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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Shadorma Pair – November 7, 2015

Van Gogh. Courtisan.‍‌

Greetings from Paloma!

For this week I’d like us to simplify and look at paired shadormas.  As you remember, the shadorma is a non-rhyming six-line poem with a syllable count of  3/5/3/3/7/5.  ‌

I‌n looking at shadormas, I found the following shadorma written by our own Bastet, from her earlier prompt featuring Vincent Van Gogh:

the courtesan peeks
at the blooms
in the spring
slowly like gentle snow flakes
cherry blossoms fall

(c) G.s.k. ’14

For this exercise, please write two (or more) shadormas based on the Van Gogh paintings, the music, or your own inspiration.  Bastet’s painting choices (above, below) inspired the following shadorma pair:

Van Gogh. Cafe Terrace At Night.

she had wished   
for so many things   
to appear   
that midnight –   
like the whisper of rushes   
tangled in her robes   

no whispers –   
only worn-out boots,   
and dull eyes –   
yellow sunflowers, dying   
under starry skies    

Paloma, 2014



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Have Fun!


26 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Shadorma Pair – November 7, 2015

  1. Bastet
    November 7, 2015

    Wow Paloma … your double shadorma is so very moving! Thanks for sitting in for me once again. A marvellous choice – it’s nice to go back and do straight shadorma for a change!

    • Paloma
      November 7, 2015

      Yes, I thought it would be a nice change ….
      Very glad you liked it … Very glad to help.
      Next week is yours 😉


      • Bastet
        November 7, 2015

        You bet! And thanks again. Huge hugs!

      • Paloma
        November 7, 2015

        Aw…. thanks!
        Very welcome 🙂

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  6. thotpurge
    November 7, 2015

    Great fun to do a shadorma pair..so much more space to let the words wriggle around. Thanks B&P !

    • Paloma
      November 7, 2015

      Very welcome – glad you’re finding it fun 🙂

  7. anmol(alias HA)
    November 7, 2015

    That’s a beautiful pairing. Very well written. 🙂
    I just love this track by Don McLean.

    • Paloma
      November 7, 2015

      Thanks HA
      Very good to see you again!

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  9. julespaige
    November 7, 2015

    Just lovely inspirational art:
    uni verse all

  10. humbird
    November 7, 2015

    Ah, my favorite one, Paloma, your shadorma by Van Gogh makes my day…thank you.

    • Rall
      November 8, 2015

      I must agree. These are wonderful.Excellent work !

      • Paloma
        November 8, 2015

        Thanks so much, Rall 🙂

    • Paloma
      November 8, 2015

      What a great comment — thanks Humbird 🙂

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  12. J Lapis
    November 8, 2015

    2 Shadormas, oh Yippeeee!

  13. adaspoetryalcove
    November 8, 2015

    Wonderful post! Love the Baset’s shadormas. Video clip was a nice ending.

    • Paloma
      November 9, 2015

      Very glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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