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”.
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.