Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Day 12 - Shadorma Poem for #NationalPoetryMonth “30 Poems in 30 Days”

For Day 12 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 a few different examples I wrote, one just today about our new adventure (service missionaries to students in Nigeria).

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!!




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



Serving God

Helping others learn

Guiding them

See it through

A better life lies ahead

Knowing others care


                   © 2023 Stephanie Abney




Fill my heart with joy

Give me hugs

And artwork

They are so entertaining

I lead a charmed life


                  © 2019 Stephanie Abney




Your turn. . . Cheers!!!!


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Xoxojme said...

my small dog
perfect cartoon pup
good natured
stays with me
like a shadow always there
never shy to love

Connie Cockrell said...

Been on Vacation with relatives so am behind. Working on the Tan-Renga but have this finished.

Driving far
We take our kinfolk
To local
Parks and views
To see natural wonders
Of Arizona.