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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!

22 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Elfje – July 4, 2015

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  2. C.C.
    July 4, 2015

    The linky seems to have all our tanaga’s from a week ago! So, not sure where to link my elfje! So, here it is: https://consciouscacophony.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/cobalt-heart/

    Great fun, Thanks again B&P 🙂


    • Jen
      July 4, 2015

      Oh dear! Sorry! Mister Linky is going to drive me insane(r). For now, go ahead and link here in comments. I’ll try to get a new linkup live tonight.

      Glad you liked it – it is a fun form 🙂


    • Jen
      July 4, 2015

      Fixed the Linky and added your link 🙂


      • C.C.
        July 4, 2015

        Thanks Jen 🙂 You’re awesome!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jen
        July 4, 2015

        Welcome! I’m sorry it was acting weird again …


    • julespaige
      July 4, 2015

      I’ve noticed that the Linkiy always has the last thing you put in it – doesn’t matter even which prompt if it is the same linky-dink system.
      So I just delete the old one and put the new one in.

      I don’t think it actually messes up where it was last linked to.
      So I always put my link in the comments as well.


      • C.C.
        July 4, 2015

        Yeah, that happens with Mr. Linky….he has a steel-trap memory or something :-). Jen fixed the problem that was happening here. She’s awesome 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

      • Jen
        July 4, 2015

        Aw, shucks 😉
        Linky has been so frustrating….


    July 4, 2015

    Great prompt, Paloma–thank you!


    • Jen
      July 4, 2015

      Very welcome – Glad you enjoyed! 🙂


  4. Rall
    July 4, 2015

    Here’s mine.Mr Linky is doing battle with me again. Good prompt Jen!


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  6. thotpurge
    July 4, 2015

    Great prompt… Thank you! Loved the “Elfje” … here’s my link: https://thotpurge.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/om/


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  8. julespaige
    July 4, 2015


    Happy 4th to those on this side of the Pond in the US.


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  11. adaspoetryalcove
    July 12, 2015


    Getting around to trying these new poetry forms.


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