B&P Shadorma and Beyond – The Oddquain – October 10, 2015

Lourdes Castro. Sombras Projetadas, 1964. WikiArt.


Welcome to B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond.  For today you may write a shadorma (an unrhymed poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5), or an “oddquain“.

An oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem with seventeen syllables in five lines: 1, 3, 5, 7, 1.
It was created by Glenda L. Hand.   The oddquain may stand alone, or it may be combined / modified as follows:

Oddquain Sequences – a longer poem made of several oddquains;

Crown Oddquain – a series of five oddquains;

Reverse Oddquain – an oddquain with a reverse pattern of 1-7-5-3-1;

Oddquain Butterfly – a nine-line stanza with 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1. For example:

Celebration (Butterfly Oddquain)

dances in
September’s swirl of
leaves, golden colors form her
of dazzling freedom, twirling
into the final
fall to earth’s

Glenda L. Hand (c) 2006

For this week you may write a shadorma, or an oddquain / oddquain variation.

When you have written your post, tag itMindLoveMisery’s Menagerie and B&Ps Shadorma and Beyond.  And don’t forget to add your link to Mister Linky.

Have fun!



  1. Another opportunity to write something outside my “comfort zone” like TheSeekersDungeon has asked us. Hmm, while the turkey is cooking perhaps, I’ll find time tomorrow:)


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