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BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – Poetweet – February 28, 2015

Writer from Philadelphia

Hello everyone!  This is Jen again, greeting you from BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond.  Thank you for participating in last week’s challenge!  I hope you enjoyed Bastet’s Fibonacci!

For this week you have the choice of writing a shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5), or a “poetweet“.

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Poetweet is simple to explain – but less simple to construct.  “Poetweet” is a free verse poem constructed with *exactly* 140 characters.  That number *includes* punctuation and line breaks.   (Hence the “tweet” portion of the name.  “Tweets” in “Twitter” can be no longer than 140 characters.)

I was introduced to Poetweet by thotpurge.  Please visit the author – Rajani has a wonderful perspective and has given us permission to share this poetweet:

See us,
tiny pieces
in a giant kaleidoscope,
turning,
tumbling,
forming exquisite patterns
of incoherent magnificence.
Until a mirror breaks.

(c) thotpurge

While (technically) a “poetweet” can be less than 140 characters long, for this challenge try to write your poem as close to 140 characters as possible – without going over the limit.  You’ll need to weigh every word – every bit of punctuation – every line break – very carefully.

For your inspiration I’m adding a great old cabinet card – of a handsome gentleman at his writing table!  (I like to be contrary that way.) However – feel free to write on any subject you prefer.

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Feel free to write a shadorma and/or poetweet.  The choice is yours! When you have written your poem(s), please TAG them BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.

Good luck!
Jen

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26 comments on “BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – Poetweet – February 28, 2015

  1. Cheryl-Lynn
    February 28, 2015

    Now THAT is original and a challenge but a great exercise to practice since tweets are so limited in space.

  2. thotpurge
    February 28, 2015

    Reblogged this on THOTPURGE and commented:
    Jen, thank you for introducing my poetweet to your readers.

    • Jen
      February 28, 2015

      Thank YOU for allowing us to share this form and to share your poetry! 🙂

  3. Bastet
    February 28, 2015

    Very original and very au courant! I’ve never tweeted in my life … so this is also a real challenge … I’m uses to counting beats, I’m used to counting syllables but I’ve never counted characters!

    • Jen
      February 28, 2015

      I tweet every once in a great while — and each time have to cut words and punctuation and compress that online gabbiness! Nrml twts luk lk ths bc I tlk 2mch! 😉

      Yes. A huge challenge 🙂
      But Thotpurge makes it look so easy.

      • Bastet
        February 28, 2015

        Well I did a write .. but I’ll have to do another .. that just doesn’t look like a poem to me 😉

      • Jen
        February 28, 2015

        But it was a great experiment and that is half the fun, right???

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  9. georgeplace2013
    February 28, 2015

    If I counted right… lovely challenge, I’ve never tweeted.

    • Jen
      February 28, 2015

      Glad you enjoyed!

  10. wyattsmind
    March 1, 2015

    To all the people on this site that have been supportive of my work, I would like to say thank you. Here I found a place that fostered creativity and acceptance. I will not go into details here, but you can find out why I am leaving the blogosphere on my homepage. Once again, thank you to all and good luck in all your future ventures.

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  14. Anna Elizabeth
    March 1, 2015

    I’m not entirely sure how to ping back but I put a link on the link page 🙂 Loved this challenge. 140 characters! It’s hard but definitely worth a try!

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  19. lifelessons
    March 2, 2015

    Thanks for the prompt! Here are my Shadormas:

    https://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/five-shadormas/ ‎E

    • Jen
      March 3, 2015

      So glad to see you here! Off to read your shadormas now 🙂

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