This week’s prompts are at the bottom. I’m exploring the poetic form of Shadorma this week, sharing with you what I have learned; and practicing. Practice makes perfect.
You guys may have noticed that I’ve been somewhat enamored with poetry of late. If you read this whole post you’ll figure out why. I thought I’d explore the mysteries of the Shadorma this week.
The Shadorma is a style of poetry written in stanzas with no set rhyme or meter scheme. It is a 6-line syllabic poem running: 3/5/3/3/7/5 giving a total of 26 syllables, and as near as I can tell, there are no other rules defining the form. I don’t have a lot of information on where or why it came about, but my research suggests that it may have originated in Spain. I have read that it originated out of a sense of frustration with Haiku. This may or may not be true but I like the idea. It makes me hope it is true.
A Shadorma may consist of one stanza, or an unlimited number of stanzas (a series of shadormas). I wrote a couple of them for this post. The first is a two stanza attempt about submarine warfare (I know, I know – not anyone’s idea of poetic). I titled it:
Iron men in
steel boats, protected
by depth and
to dispatch death from below.
Run silent, run deep.
The death that
comes, bubbles up and
with a kiss;
bestowing rest and repose.
Run silent, run deep.
Not too long ago I found a Veterans Poetry Circle. We are led by a wonderful poet and teacher, Ruth. I believe that we are her first group of grizzled warriors but she has previously taught her craft to inmates of the local correctional facilities around here. I believe, truly that she could squeeze a poem out of a water pipe. It’s an honor to know her and absorb the skills she so generously shares with those of us who probably don’t deserve it.
We meet weekly and each week we all draw a word from a box that she carries. We then ponder and work with this word for a week. We can use it for inspiration and write something with it if we want. This week my word was:
We should seek
Strive to rise
narrow ways, and always work
for an open mind.
OK – without further ado please note that this week’s prompts are:
- She smiled that way
- It’s a curse
- Money to burn
If you have more information on this form of poetry; share it with me, please. I’d love to know what you know.
Go ahead and dive in,
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.