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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – The Lento, Revisited – October 31, 2015

Grandma Moses. Halloween. WikiArt.

Grandma Moses. Halloween. WikiArt.

Greetings, and Happy Halloween —

This is Paloma, filling in for Bastet.  For this week I’d like us to revisit the “lento”, a poetic form first introduced by Bastet this summer.   It was created by Lencio Dominic Rodrigues.  Here’s what “Shadow Poetry” has to say about it:

A Lento consists of two quatrains with a fixed rhyme scheme of
abcb, defe;

All the FIRST words of each verse should rhyme.

There is no fixed syllable structure to the Lento, but keeping a good,
flowing rhythm is recommended.

Here is an example:

Composed in winter of Two Thousand Five, (a)
Proposed by my dreams, this entire theme, (b)
Exposed now for all to write and have fun, (c)
Supposed to be easy though it doesn’t seem. (b)

Two verses of four lines each you will write, (d)
Do rhyme the beginning word in every line, (e)
Pursue to keep last rhymes in line 2 and 4, (f)
Chew your brain a little, you’ll do just fine! (e)

(c) 2005 Lencio Dominic Rodrigues

Please write a Lento or a Shadorma [a  six lined poem with a syllable count of  3/5/3/3/7/5].  Or, write any combination of the two!

For your Halloween inspiration I’ve offered the painting by Grandma Moses or this short film by Tim Burton, featuring the voice of Vincent Price:

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.

Have Fun!


20 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – The Lento, Revisited – October 31, 2015

  1. J Lapis
    October 31, 2015

    Lovely of you to sit in for our dear Bastet, and a formidable prompt you’ve set us….unfortunately, I’ll have to pass on this one 🙂

    • Paloma
      November 1, 2015

      I understand 🙂

      • J Lapis
        November 1, 2015

        Thank you so much 🙂

      • J Lapis
        November 1, 2015

        Hey you pirate, you! I loved the pic–you are Gorgeous!! I wasn’t sure if you wanted both that, and the comment “gone”, but that’s what I did–just in case. Stay strong…that’s what we do, eh? 🙂

      • Paloma
        November 1, 2015

        Thanks!! 😉
        Yup, that’s what we do .. we’re phoenix and we are tough and strong! 🙂

      • J Lapis
        November 1, 2015

        We seriously need T-shirts, ya know!

      • Paloma
        November 2, 2015

        Much less painful than tattoos 😉

      • J Lapis
        November 2, 2015

        I don’t have any tattoos–but I have a cute story about chatting with a guy on the bus about his. I asked if the ones on his scalp and neck had hurt. He admitted, “a little bit”. Then he smiled teasingly and said, “why, are you thinking of getting one?” Now, he could tell just by looking at this frumpy little “church lady” that that was NEVER gonna happen! He was very nice, just moved up from Las Vegas, where he’d owned a tattoo shop…

      • Paloma
        November 3, 2015


        One guy I know says a tattoo feels like unicorn kisses 😉

      • J Lapis
        November 3, 2015

        Ahhh–guess I’ll never know 🙂

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  4. julespaige
    October 31, 2015

    I thought I’d have to take a pass…but well I didn’t –
    Confounded Cosmos

  5. tale weaver/ing
    October 31, 2015

    Grandma Moses is inspiring, my muse and I conspiring, my synapses a firing, my imagination acquiring, my resolution expiring . . .

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  7. tale weaver/ing
    November 2, 2015

    Well, it is the day after Hallowe’en, but these 2 Shadormas remain frightful nonetheless. ;D

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