I thought it would be fun to share a poetry form that is new to me, so I’m guessing it’s going to be new to many of you. It is said to have originated in Spain, but I haven’t been able to document that.
It’s called “Shadorama” and it is made up of 6 lines per stanza with a specific syllable count, but no need for rhyming.
It can be a one-verse stand-alone poem or you can string together as many stanzas as you wish to complete your poem.
Before I share the format – I thought I might suggest a couple of crazy ideas for today’s poem (strictly suggestions, of course): Today, April 12th is “Walk on Your Wild Side Day.” It’s also “D.E.A.R. Day,” which stands for “Drop Everything and Read Day,” in honor of Beverly Cleary (today, April 12th, is her 100th birthday), who wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. So, you MIGHT want to create you poem about your wild side or perhaps write a Shadorma poem about a favorite book or about reading. Just a thought.
There is no rhyming scheme but the syllables per line are precise: 3/5/3/3/7/5
Line 1 ~ has 3 syllables
Line 2 ~ has 5 syllables
Line 3 ~ is back to 3 syllables
Line 4 ~ also has 3 syllables
Line 5 ~ has 7 syllables
Line 6 ~ end in 5 syllables
So, here’s my example, such as it is:
My wild side
Might be a surprise
To my friends
Who think me to be low key
It’s a childhood wish
My wild side
Likes to see the clouds
Up close at
Flying a helicopter
Landing on buildings
Up and down
Back and forth, hover
Save the day,
I think I would have been great
But now it’s too late
© 2016 Stephanie Abney
Ha ha! Who would’ve thought? Don’t judge – just go write your poem. Cheers!!!!
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