B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond: Twelfth Song – August 27, 2016

Grasshopper and Moon.  Ohara Koson

Greetings, friends of MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie!  This is Paloma, returning to B&P’s S&B to fill in for Bastet.  I’d like to thank Bastet for her patience over the past few months. And I’d especially like to thank Candy for filling in for me.

Thank You 1

For this week we will follow Candy’s lead and re-interpret existing poems as a shadorma.

A shadorma is, of course, written with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5. It can be one stanza or several – so long as each stanza follows 3/5/3/3/7/5.

The first poem for your inspiration is a Navajo ceremonial chant:

Twelfth Song of the Thunder

The voice that beautifies the land!
The voice above,
The voice of the thunder
Within the dark cloud
Again and again it sounds
The voice that beautifies the land.

The voice that beautifies the land!
The voice below,
The voice of the grasshopper
Among the plants
Again and again it sounds
The voice that beautifies the land.

The second poem is a song by Rich Mullins.  Here are the lyrics.  Use the poem or the images for your inspiration:

Here is my attempt:

seventeen ages
underground – 
did you thirst
in sap-fevered dreams 
for the song of the thunder?

– Paloma 8/27/2016

After you’ve written your Shadorma post it on your own blog. Tag it B&Ps Shadorma and Beyond and MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie, then link it here so we can all read and enjoy your work. Don’t forget to visit and comment on other blogs!

See you again in two weeks!


  1. Hope you’ve had a relaxing summer Paloma! I’ve got to do something to make myself less attractive to mosquitoes. 😉

    Cicada are very interesting. There are some that come every year, some have a 17 year cycle and another has a 13 year cycle. This year I have a wasp in my yard called a Cicada killer. Most cicada are harmless they are related to the grasshopper and not the locust. Though too many cicada can also damage the plant that they lay their eggs in.

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