Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 18 November 2017

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 18 November 2017!

This week I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Shadorma! Your challenge, is to write a Shadorma poem about an emotion.

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is Shadorma? 
Luckily, our own Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie has an explanation…

The Shadorma is a poetic form consisting of a six-line stanza (or sestet). The form is alleged to have originated in Spain. Each stanza has a syllable count of three syllables in the first line, five syllables in the second line, three syllables in the third and fourth lines, seven syllables in the fifth line, and five syllables in the sixth line (3/5/3/3/7/5) for a total of 26 syllables. A poem may consist of one stanza, or an unlimited number of stanzas (a series of shadormas).

An example of a Shadorma poem

Early Winter

point accusingly
at pot plants
frozen stiff.
I meant to bring them inside-
winter came too soon!

by Mary H. Sowell

Originally Published: February 1st, 2014

And here is another example (by me!)


Its bough bends,
with outstretched fingers 
that trail through 
the water 
and whisper to fish below 
carry me with you

By Sarah ©2017

Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Shadorma’ – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #LuckyDip.

As always, make sure you link your fabulous creation to the helpful Mister Linky.


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