B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Elfje – July 4, 2015

Maxfield Parrish. From The Story of Snow White. WikiMedia.
Maxfield Parrish. From The Story of Snow White. Wikimedia.

Hello everyone!  This is Paloma, greeting you from B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond.

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 an “Elfje“.  Bastet introduced the form to MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie in 2014 – but this is a fun form, well worth revisiting.

This is an elfje:

Line 1:              One word
Color or feature – the atmosphere of the poem;

Line 2:              Two words
Something or someone with the color/feature in line one;

Line 3:              Three words
More information about the person/ object in line two;

Line 4:              Four words
The poet in relation to the object in line two – a conclusion, of sorts;

Line 5:              One word
The “bomb” or “essence” of the poem

**You may write in either 1-2-3-4-1 syllables
or 1-2-3-4-1 words. 

Here is an example of an Elfje from Richard Ankers‘s blog:

Elfje: Richard Ankers. Graphics: Notegraphy iOS

Thank you, Richard!

Here is another example, inspired by Bastet’s prompt in 2014:

such clouds burn away – 
first pink then  
tangerine – 
every sweet fantasy 
one day burns to grey 

Paloma (2014)


Feel free to write a shadorma and/or elfje.  The choice is yours!  The Maxfield Parrish artwork is provided for your inspiration – but feel free to use any photo or event that inspires you.

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.

Good luck!


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