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B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – Bytelle – May 23, 2015

Greetings from Paloma, with the latest edition of B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond.

For this week you may write a shadorma – a non-rhyming sestet with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5 – or – a Bytelle.  This poetic form was invented by Judd Labarda of Poeformology.

The bytelle is based on the binary system in computing and programming.  In binary code, each symbol (letter, number, punctuation, character, etc.) is assigned a string of 8 bits that come in pairs of binary digits of either 1’s or 0’s.  The 8 bits (0’s and 1’s) become one byte.

For example – the letter “a” becomes “01100001” in binary code.

How to Write a Bytelle

1. Choose a word. Preferably, a short word!  I chose “free”.

2. Visit this site. Type your word into the site and press “encode”.
“Free” becomes “01100110011100100110010101100101”.
[http://nickciske.com/tools/binary.php]

3. Divide that string of numbers into sets of 8. “Free”, then,
becomes “01100110 01110010 01100101 01100101.”  That is
your poem’s structural pattern.   You now have the framework
for a poem with 8-line stanzas.

4. Look at the 0’s and 1’s. All lines labeled “1” are rhymed;
all lines labeled “0” are unrhymed.

5. That is a lot of rhyme! If you want, feel free to make your
poem 1-2 stanzas long.  Go longer if you’re up to the challenge!

Here is the bytelle I created with the binary code for “joy”:

Joyful moments startle me like
lobbies imploding with laughter:
bright as novae – stars’ hereafters –
thin as the skin of a bubble.
Having known the quick’ning after
weeks of this dark and cold vacuum,
how I seek the light, a rafter
fighting the currents of worry.

 ♦

Feel free to write a shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5) and/or bytelle. 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.

Happy writing!

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44 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – Bytelle – May 23, 2015

  1. berri myst
    May 23, 2015

    Your bytelle is phenomenal.

    • Jen
      May 23, 2015

      Thank you Berri 🙂

      • berry mist
        May 23, 2015

        I think I did mine incorrectly. At the beginning of the post, you gave a syllable form of 3/5/3/7/7/5. At the end, you gave a different guideline. I followed the first, not having seen the second. But according to Wikipedia, the second is correct. Sorry. I’ve written a new one now.

      • Jen
        May 24, 2015

        I’m so sorry for the confusion — and have fixed the post now. o.O
        Very sorry —!

  2. Bastet
    May 23, 2015

    Damn … you do come up with the most original stuff … I’m going to have to reread this carefully on first sight it looks challenging – but once I got past the number crunch concept I find it should be great fun… but your example is fantastic …. bravo!

    • Jen
      May 23, 2015

      Thanks Bastet 🙂
      At first glance the numbers sound confusing but if you walk thorugh i step by step it should be okay. I had to shorten mine — too much rhyme! But it can be divided into octaves and shortened. 🙂

      Glad you liked the prompt!

      • Bastet
        May 23, 2015

        Uhm … divided into octaves and shortened .. just kidding .. a fantastically original post and I’ll get down to it asap … that is after haiku et al.

      • Jen
        May 23, 2015

        Well, just make it 8 lines long. How about that 😉

        I am so far behind with haiku – oh my.
        Good luck!

      • Bastet
        May 23, 2015

        LOL … I’ll enjoy this I’m sure no alterations at all 😉

      • Jen
        May 23, 2015

        Just pick a very SHORT word — “Paloma” would make an epic-length poem 😉

      • Bastet
        May 23, 2015

        Ah .. now that’s an idea!

      • Bastet
        May 23, 2015

        And good luck to you on your haiku!

      • Jen
        May 23, 2015

        Yeah … not looking so hopeful 😉

      • Bastet
        May 23, 2015

        I decided to write the haiku today explaining why I wrote what I wrote … seems that people are getting really bogged down with the haiku … intellectualizing too much .. or maybe that’s just my impression.

      • Jen
        May 23, 2015

        off to check it out 🙂

      • Bastet
        May 23, 2015

        Ooops .. i’m still in the planning stages! I’m going to try with Dove … so I’ll use the 4 sequences twice in an 8 line stanza … geez so much rhyming to do!

      • Jen
        May 23, 2015

        Yup! That’s why I said “use a short word”!
        So much rhyme 🙂

        [Dove —- yay!]
        😀

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  4. DELL CLOVER
    May 23, 2015

    I’ll do the Shadorma, thanks.

    • Jen
      May 23, 2015

      Wherever the muses lead you 🙂

      • DELL CLOVER
        May 24, 2015

        I’m rethinking my cowardice… chose the word “grace”, which has lots of binary. Can I just make one stanza, using the first grouping of “8” digits??

      • Jen
        May 24, 2015

        Absolutely 🙂

      • DELL CLOVER
        May 24, 2015

        Ok, thanks–I’ll keep pondering…

      • DELL CLOVER
        May 24, 2015

        Okay so–the Mr Linky says something about “weekend reflections”. Am I still supposed to put my link info there, or not?? When I clicked on “learn more about weekend…” it seems to suggest that no longer exists. I’m beyond confused now–maybe I should just stick with the pingback….

      • Jen
        May 24, 2015

        Try reloading the page – there’s a large burgundy bar in the middle of the page and inside it you’ll see “your name” and “your url”. Just type your name and blog link there. 🙂

      • DELL CLOVER
        May 24, 2015

        Yes–I see the burgundy bar. My confusion is about the “weekend reflections” part–do you not see that from your view? If I’m to just ignore that, fine–I’ll proceed as usual. Thank you.

      • Jen
        May 24, 2015

        Just ignore it 🙂

      • DELL CLOVER
        May 24, 2015

        Okay good–thanks for your trouble!

      • Jen
        May 24, 2015

        Glad to help 🙂

      • DELL CLOVER
        May 24, 2015

        I was afraid I caused too much trouble–but now I have both a shadorma and that math thing!

      • Jen
        May 24, 2015

        Very good! 😀
        I’m glad it worked out 🙂

  5. Candy
    May 23, 2015

    I gave the Bytelle a try using the word sun
    What a great mind stretcher!

    • Jen
      May 23, 2015

      Glad you enjoyed the exercise 🙂

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  8. julespaige
    May 26, 2015

    If you do a Bytelle with more than one stanza does each stanza have the same or different rhyme end…. I think I’m going with different …

    I’ve been away, and today is a double duty day so I may end up waiting….just a tad more to play this. I’ve got the word and the code. Now I just need the time and the ryhme 😉

    • Jen
      May 26, 2015

      Hi Jules — adapt the form however you see fit and make it your own — wherever the muses lead you — the prompt is here to inspire, not to herd you into a little box 😀

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  10. julespaige
    May 27, 2015

    OK I worked on this and combined it with another prompt.
    Enjoy:
    https://juleslongerstrandsofgems.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/route-sixty-six-5-26-s/

    • Jen
      May 27, 2015

      Sounds great — I’ll check it out 🙂

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  13. adaspoetryalcove
    July 12, 2015

    Wrote a poem back in May, but forgot to post. Love all the challenges.

    • Jen
      July 12, 2015

      Very glad you like them! Will check it out 🙂

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