Last month, I asked Jules to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was the the shadorma.


I researched the shadorma form for my book, Word Craft: Prose & Poetry. In Chapter 13, pg. 185, I share:

“Shadorma poetry is purported to have originated in Spain, but I could find no concrete evidence to back up this assertion.”

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry

The Shadorma consists of a six-line stanza (or sestet). Each stanza is written as 3-5-3-3-7-5 for a total of 26 syllables with no set rhyme scheme. When writing a Shadorma, I would concentrate on a specific subject. Shadorma need a title.

This is a lovely form to write. There is no set rhyme scheme, but I’ve read some great shadorma poetry featuring end rhymes. Have fun and be creative.

Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry?

READ THIS FIRST: How to craft Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet






Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry


  • Write your syllabic poem. Try not to use “ing” ending words to satisfy the word count.
  • Post it on your blog. Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL: https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink). You might have to delete your previous entry.
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.


Follow the schedule listed below:

💜 September Specific Theme: Jules

 💚 September Photo Prompt: Britta

 💛 September Theme Prompt: Sangeetha

Now, have fun and write some tanka poetry!

28 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 289, 9/13/22 #SpecificForm: Shadorma

  1. I’ve been both busy and slow…
    Thank you Colleen for featuring my choice of the Shadorma form.
    I hope to read everyone’s entry and even write something… sooner than later 🙂

    Shadorma… interesting origins or not… shadow or sleep (dorma = spanish for slept).
    Hm…. 🙂


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