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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – The Baker Street – April 11, 2015

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Wikimedia.

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Wikimedia.

Hello everyone!  This is Jen again, greeting you from B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond.  Thank you for participating in last week’s challenge!

For this week, you have the choice of writing a Shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5) or a Baker Street Poem, which is a form that I invented about a year ago.

Yes, it was created because I am a huge fan of BBC’s Sherlock.
And yes, “Baker Street” refers to 2-2-1b.


Each stanza has three lines.

Line 1:                   2 syllables
Line 2:                   2 syllables
Line 3:                   1 syllable and includes a “b” in the word.

You may choose to bend the rules and
substitute any consonant or vowel
for the “b” – so long as you use the same
consonant or vowel in each third line.

There are no specific rules regarding number of stanzas,
rhyme, meter, linking stanzas, not linking stanzas, etc.


Here are two examples.  The first is pure “fan fiction”.







For the second example, I substituted a “j” sound for the “b” sound.  Plus, the formatting is slightly different – giving the poem a sort of “running” feel – and showing that you don’t need to group your poem into three-line stanzas so long as you’re following a 2-2-1b pattern:

No rhyme
today –
too much
thrown like
cheap shots]

.       [jabs
     that take
     my breath]

.       [junk
     wild and

.       [jeers



Eastern State. Wikimedia. (Tinted)


Feel free to write a shadorma and/or Baker Street.  The choice is yours! When you have written your poem(s), please TAG them B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.  If the link does not work, please leave your post link in the comments section.

Good luck!


40 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – The Baker Street – April 11, 2015

  1. Bastet
    April 11, 2015

    Cool … now let me see ….

    • Jen
      April 11, 2015

      Fingers crossed — hoping everyone can see the “play” in this as much as the “discipline”. And really — “b” started out as an arbitrary thing — but it can be any consonant, any vowel, any sound you wish to carry along. (And hey — we get to look at BC, too!) 😉

      • Bastet
        April 11, 2015

        lol … this looks like a lot of fun … kinda like a mini haiku … I’ll give it a whirl!

      • Jen
        April 11, 2015

        Yay! Yes, perhaps seeing it as a series of mini-haiku would be helpful — haiku with alliteration 😉

      • Bastet
        April 11, 2015

        Darn you and your alliterations … I hate alliterations, well basically I just understand them 😀 … It’s just about ready … and remember the title of our prompt has changed dear!

      • Bastet
        April 11, 2015

        It’s up!!!!

      • Bastet
        April 11, 2015

        Uhm … our title has changed … We’re now B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond 😉

      • Jen
        April 11, 2015

        Rats! Sorry — this was in the pipeline before the name change and I forgot to adjust the prompt! Fixed now 🙂

        Thanks for telling me — yikes!

      • Bastet
        April 11, 2015

        No Problem ..

    • Jen
      April 11, 2015

      Off to check it out 😀

    • Jen
      April 11, 2015

      Yes, took twice to remember to change the title — and added the tag too. Ugh. C’mon brain, work with me ….!

      But … um … alliteration is your pal, perfect for prose and poetry, thus preacheth Paloma. (Too tired to think of more P’s. Sorry!) 😉

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  4. CC Champagne
    April 11, 2015

    Micropoetry is not my friend, just so you know! Gave it a shot though, and thanks for a wonderful prompt!

    • Jen
      April 11, 2015

      Very welcome 🙂
      Off to check it out now 🙂

  5. phylor
    April 11, 2015

    I’m not going to write a poem, I just wanted to say I like Sherlock Holmes, but for me it’s the older series with Jeremy Brett. They played it like Doyle wrote it. Brett was fantastic.
    I’ve been to 21 B Baker Street. It’s a touristy place — unfortunately. But it was neat to visit, then walk in the nearby park.
    Happy poetry to you.

    • Jen
      April 11, 2015

      Everyone has their favorite, right?
      Not sure that I’d ever visit — I like it in my imagination, you know?

      • phylor
        April 12, 2015

        I was in London as a non-tourist and had some free time. I wandered around the city, and found myself in front of the museum.
        The Jeremy Brett series actually represented Sherlock’s room much as I would expect it to.
        Sometime I’ll tell you about this neat Sherlock Holmes book I have.

    • Jen
      April 12, 2015

      Sounds good!

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  7. julespaige
    April 11, 2015

    Last week my link here disappeared…so I’m only going to put it in the linky thing.
    Still a bit annoyed with a family member… you’ll see. I did a Baker Street.

    • Jen
      April 11, 2015

      Uh oh! Off to read it now.

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  9. Vagrant Rhodia
    April 11, 2015

    I challenged myself by writing one shardoma followed by two Baker Streets 😀

    • Jen
      April 11, 2015

      Awesome! Off to check them out 🙂

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  13. thotpurge
    April 13, 2015

    Total fun… here’s mine: https://thotpurge.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/baker-street/

    Jen, this one’s for you and your dear Mr. Holmes…Cheers! 🙂

    • Jen
      April 13, 2015

      LOVE IT! 😀
      Thanks for joining in 🙂

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    • Jen
      April 13, 2015

      Off to check it out – thanks for joining in 🙂

  15. Ngobesing Romanus
    April 13, 2015

    Looks pretty brilliant. Bravo!

    • Jen
      April 13, 2015

      Thank you 🙂
      A bit of fun 😉

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