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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – February 6, 2016

Hello Folks … this is Paloma with the latest issue of B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond.

For this week I’d like to introduce the Huitain.  Originally, the huitain was a French form. It was popular in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Later, Spanish and English forms were developed. The French form is an 8-line stanza with 8 syllables in each line (huit et huit, or “eight and eight”).  The French / English rhyme scheme is either ababbcbc or abbaacac. The Spanish rhyme scheme is ababacac or abbaacca.

I used the Spanish scheme in this poem:

Woe to the kingdom, complacent!
Dark fairy’s spent years on her grudge
and from her harsh sport she’ll not budge.
We tremble now, Maleficent!
Sable wings: how magnificent!
Flaming breath: molten peridot!
In your cruel thorns we’ve been caught –
all for summons never sent!


Maleficent as the Dragon in Sleeping Beauty, via Pinterest

Of course, you may also write a shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllables).

Once you’ve written your Huitain or Shadorma please tag your post: Mindlovesmisery Menagerie and B&P Shadorma and Beyond then add  your link to the Mr. Linky App below.

Have yourself a great week!


15 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – February 6, 2016

  1. Melinda Kucsera
    February 6, 2016

    great poem Paloma! 🙂 “We tremble now, Maleficent!
    Sable wings: how magnificent!
    Flaming breath: molten peridot!” — those are fantastic lines! So evocative that you can picture the scene without the accomapanying image.

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  3. kim881
    February 6, 2016

    The huitain look like a challenge ! I think I might give it a go in the morning.

    • Paloma
      February 7, 2016

      sounds great!

  4. ladynimue
    February 6, 2016

    Lovely poem. Wish i was as skilled in rhyme ! Sticking to simpler things for now 🙂

    • Paloma
      February 7, 2016

      No worries … I’m not normally so good in rhyme either. But there are plenty of rhyme generators that you can use as an aid from time to time :)’


  5. Cressida
    February 7, 2016

    Another good form..Thanks Georgia. Love the huitain….You said I wrote like a dragon once….so with this in mind … fired it out in a flash LOL

    • Cressida
      February 7, 2016

      Oops sorry Jen….a bit muddled today.

      • Paloma
        February 7, 2016

        no worries 🙂

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  9. julespaige
    February 8, 2016

    Ah, this was tricky especially when trying to incorporate the wordle!
    Trembling Tribulations & Crying Uncle

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