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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Essence – July 18, 2015

Eyvind Earle.  Land of the Midnight Sun. WikiArt.

Eyvind Earle. Land of the Midnight Sun. WikiArt.

Greetings from Paloma! Welcome once again to B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond.

For this week, we feature the work of Eyvind Earle and give you the option of writing a Shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5) – or an Essence.  The essence was used in December, but it is good to review the tools in your writing toolbox from time to time.

Created by Emily Romano, the “Essence” consists of two lines of six syllables each.  There is an end rhyme (rhyme at the end of the line) and an internal rhyme (rhyme in the middle of the line).  You may give your Essence whatever title you desire.  For example, take Jan Turner’s essence poem, “Reflection”, found on Shadow Poetry:


Orion studs the sky
as tulip buds grow high.

Jan Turner, 2006

The internal rhyme is in blue; the end rhyme is in red.  Here is another example, about summer fireworks since the Fourth of July is still prominent in my memory!


Pillar of fire, crackling,
Vulcan’s choir is singing.


Eyvind Earle. Tumblr.

Eyvind Earle. Tumblr.

For your inspiration I’ve added paintings by Eyvind Earle.  If his style seems familiar, it is because he created the backgrounds for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Eyvind Earle.   Fields of Fog. WikiArt.

Eyvind Earle. Fields of Fog. WikiArt.

Once you’ve written your post please tag:  B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, then put your info into the Mr. Linky app.  If you ping us back, we’ll be able to read your post ASAP because we will be notified that you’ve written the post (not so with Mr. Linky). Please add your link to the comments if you have any difficulties in linking up.

Have fun!

23 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Essence – July 18, 2015

  1. Bastet
    July 18, 2015

    Interesting revisit .. and love his art work too!

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    • Jen
      July 18, 2015

      Couldn’t resist the artwork — have been wanting to share it for a while. Very dreamy! And the form is similar to the forms that use climbing rhyme, so I thought it could be useful. 🙂


      • Bastet
        July 18, 2015

        It looks interesting and glad you could get to use that artwork … sounds like a good week!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jen
        July 18, 2015

        Fingers crossed! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

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  3. September Last
    July 18, 2015

    This is all so beautiful–“essence” sounds a bit tricky, but I’m sure I’ll have a go at it later on. Thank you for being here, inspiring us always.


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  5. adaspoetryalcove
    July 20, 2015

    Another interesting post. Love the painting. great inspiration. Had to give it a try.

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    • Jen
      July 21, 2015

      Glad you found it interesting!
      I love this artist – a favorite 🙂


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  10. julespaige
    July 21, 2015

    Included this Essence at my daily this morning.


    in and out, patter feet
    some give pout, not all greet


    (I think of Wil Robinson’s robot – from TV’s “Lost in Space” flailing his arms;
    “Intruder Alert! Intruder Alert!” – though I may have my references askew…
    Ah, I think The Robot says things like: ‘Danger Wil Robinson’, And ‘Warning’ –
    ‘Intruder Alert’ – I think comes from the computer of the Star-Trek series.)


    • Jen
      July 22, 2015

      Ah! Very interesting, Jules — nicely done ‘essence’! 🙂
      You may be right about Intruder alert 😉

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