cloud shadorma


 “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).” Taken from B & P’s Shadorma & Beyond.

Just Jot It January, January 6, 2016: cloud, suggested by Geoff Lepard at TanGental, and Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, B & P’s Shadorma & Beyond, January 2, 2016: snow. Two shadormas with clouds and snow. The full moon in January is known as the Wolf Moon. “Shadormas are structured; I’m not great at structured poetry, but I gave it a try,” she said without much confidence.

Wolf Moon I

stars snap, crack

winter deep velvet sky

full wolf moon

north star bright

clouds skuddle cross, opaque shroud

blankets cosmos’ light


Wolf Moon II

whitecaps snow

brilliant wolf moon night

solstice past

winter’s home

crested drifts of frozen waves

storm clouds marching in


“So, how did I do?” she asked timidly. “I really would like to know.”


@ a darkened house, 2016

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