Saturday, April 6, 2019

Day 6 ~ Shadorama Poem for #NationalPoetryMonth and "30 poems in 30 days"

For Day 6 let’s try a poem that has 6 lines per stanza. It’s not a common poetry form and may 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. (Tomorrow we will move away from all the syllable counting for a few days). J

It can be a one-verse stand-alone poem or you can string together as many 6-line stanzas (following the correct syllable count) as you wish to complete your poem. Most lines only have 3 syllables so choose your words carefully to be able to get your point across. I have often found that in poetry “less is more” and with just the right words amazing pictures can be painted and they can be very thought-provoking.

This is another poem where we need to pay attention to the syllable count:
There is no rhyming scheme but the syllables per line are very precise: 3/5/3/3/7/5

Line 1 ~ 3 syllables
Line 2 ~ 5 syllables
Line 3 ~ 3 syllables
Line 4 ~ 3 syllables
Line 5 ~ 7 syllables
Line 6 ~ 5 syllables

So, here are three different examples I wrote.
I could have opted for a much longer poem by adding additional stanzas.
But these will give you the main idea.
I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!! Cheers!!


Fill my heart with joy
Give me hugs
And artwork
They are so entertaining
I lead a charmed life

        © 2019 Stephanie Abney

I marvel
When I pause to look
At sunrise
And sunset
At the beauty of the earth
God has made for us

        © 2019 Stephanie Abney

My grandson
Calls me to come see
He’s in awe
Nature’s feast
He is guarding a treasure
For our eyes only

        © 2019 Stephanie Abney

Your turn. Cheers!!!!

PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to them as soon as they post them. Thanks so much!

Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or your FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work. 


Anonymous said...

Today's offering.

The blue sky
With white puffy clouds
Which drift by
Create wonder
As they form shapes in the air
For me to enjoy.

Connie Cockrell said...

The above was mine, don't know why it didn't accept my name.

Stephanie Abney said...

Stange, Connie - I don't know why either, but your poem is lovely! Thanks for sharing it!!

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Ack. So the comments came back. Okay then, here's mine:

Peggy Barker said...

Here is my Shadorama poem:

Conference thoughts
I love to listen
To the talks
Taking notes
Oh, the anticipation
I wished to attend

Tears do flow
Like Nephi of old
I will go
I will do
This is my day to obey
Follow the Prophet

Stephanie Abney said...

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your poems. Nicely done!!

Peggy, love it!!