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!



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