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Shadorma Poems

Shadorma is a Spanish 6-line syllabic poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllable lines respectively.  

If the mood takes you, you might link multiple 'shadorma.' Here are a couple of Shadormas I made earlier.

Winter Winds

Waves and wind
Wrestle out to sea
Tumble, crash
Slap and smash
A wintery encounter 
The shoreline resists

Image result for wind and waves wrestle

Lost in Transit

Please help me

It appears I'm lost
This way first
That way next
No direction works for me
In a circle constantly

Image result for lost direction


  1. Winter Winds perfectly captures my recent visit to the tumultuous sea. The ending line is perfect! This is a form that I haven't played around with at all. Thanks for reminding me to give it a try!

    1. Great word -tumultuous. Glad you liked my Shadorma poem Molly. Good luck with your poetic ponderings.

  2. I can relate to "in a circle constantly" Thank you!

    1. We all experience that feeling from time to time Irene. Don't get dizzy...

  3. Your "Winter Winds" makes me want to travel to see. It's been a long time since I've been to the ocean in a season other than summer. I love that 'tumble, crash/slap and smash".

    1. I am in the fortunate position of witnessing the seas moods all year round, living 300 metres from Port Philip Bay. The sea in winter possesses a power and majesty that sometimes evokes a sense of awe. Hope you get to 'see the sea' in one of its wild, untamed moods Linda.

  4. Thanks for sharing your Shadorma, Alan. I especially love the image of the ocean and the wind tumbling and wrestling, and slapping each other around. As for "Lost in Transit," I don't think I'd know a straight line if one stared me in the face! Looking forward to giving this form a try.

    1. Thanks for your feedback Michelle. Glad you liked the imagery. May you enjoy your Shadorma experience.

  5. thanks for the introduction to this concise form. I like the way those two three syllable lines in the middle create a sense of pace- and in both cases have been used to great effect.

    1. Thank you for highlighting that Sally. It does indeed provide the form with a sense of pace right in the middle of the poem.

  6. Thanks for introducing a new form to me! It looks fun to try

    1. My pleasure Kay. Have fun, make discoveries. Poke at them with your pen...

  7. Wonderfully rolling movement in your first poem Alan. I love the second poem it flows flawlessly, and can be taken in multiple ways-one's own busy life too, thanks!

    1. Thank you for your kind remarks Michelle. Both these short poems were fun to make. I enjoyed the challenge and I'm pleased with the response.


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