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:
Thank you, Richard!
Here is another example, inspired by Bastet’s prompt in 2014:
such clouds burn away –
first pink then
every sweet fantasy
one day burns to grey
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.