B&P Shadorma & Beyond – January 15, 2016 – Distillation

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Looking As If She Is Waking Up, 1888. WikiArt.
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Waking Up, 1888. WikiArt.


Greetings, fellow writers!

For this week we will look at poetry distillation, a technique first taught to me by Chevrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

As you may have heard, Alan Rickman passed away this week.  While the actor is mostly known for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series – and Hans Gruber in Die Hard – he was extremely versatile and multi-talented.

And his voice is amazing.

Alan Rickman. Wikimedia.
Alan Rickman. Wikimedia.

So for this week I offer you two pieces read by Alan Rickman.   Please listen to them, choose one piece, and distill the meaning of the piece into a shadorma.

[A shadorma is a non-rhyming six-line poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5.]


Robert Herrick’s poem, “Delight in Disorder”,  goes with the painting:

(Poem: Rober Herrick – Delight in Disorder)


The second piece comes from philosopher Marcel Proust:

(Text: Marcel Proust – Life Would Suddenly Seem Wonderful)

Once you’ve written your shadorma (or two!) please link to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and B&P Shadorma & Beyond then add your link to Mr. Linky.

If the link is being temperamental (or not working!) please add your link to the comments.

Have fun!



  1. Splendid Paloma .. I’m happy you made this tribute to such a fine actor, thank you so much and I really do like distilling poems and these were splendid choices. A great post!


    • Thanks so much!

      Was so shocked to see he had passed away …

      And as new forms are hard to find (!) I’m hoping the distillation will be a good exercise for everyone 🙂


  2. A brilliantly talented actor of the old school variety.(real talent) The likes of him will not pass this way again.His role as Mr Slope in The Barchester Chronicles was
    absolutely superb. Terribly terribly sad to lose an artist of this stature.

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