Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. For this week’s challenge, Jules selected the shadorma. The Shadorma comprises 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 concentrate on a specific subject. Shadorma need a title.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena10.D. L. Finn19.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
2.Sylvia Cognac11.Ron Lavalette20.Jules
3.Britta Benson12.Kerfe21.The Versesmith
4.ben Alexander13.Pat22.rob kistner – funhouse
5.Paula Light14.Annette Rochelle Aben23.kittysverses
6.sillyfrog15.Gwen Plano24.Colleen Chesebro
7.Balroop Singh16.Anita Dawes25.Ruth Klein
8.Cheryl17.s. s.26.You’re next!
9.Gail Henderson18.Jude  

I could not believe all the amazing poetry this week. Thanks so much for writing syllabic poetry with me. If you haven’t visited the links above, please do.

Here are a few I really loved:

Paula Light: Who knew avocados could be a metaphor for the simple things in life?

Ron Lavellette: This shadorma called Reluctant Commuter says it all!

Anita Dawes: I love the wistfulness in this heartfelt shadorma called Memory.

I loved Kerfe Roig’s shadorma sequence because she uses short word phrases to move her message forward. Each line of her shadorma is full of imagery and emotion. She’s not writing sentences, she’s sharing thoughts. In my humble opinion, this is excellent writing. The addition of punctuation acts as an emphasis for each line. The effect is stunning! Please visit her post to experience the artwork she created to accompany her poetry.

"The Melting of Time"

Snowfall. Night.
The shore is distant.
I dream of
I remain enclosed within
ice blue, glittering.

North seems far–
where I am has no
The landscape
retreats until almost all
is trapped within dreams.

Barren seas
echo with silence.
The world cracks.
Wind weeps in
side chasms of solitude–
the melting of time.

© Kerfe Roig

This week, I’ve asked Kerfe Roig to choose the prompt for the October #SpecificForm challenge. Please email your selection to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

💜 October Specific Theme: Kerfe

💚 September Photo Prompt: Britta

💛 September Theme Prompt: Sangeetha

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24 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 289 |#SpecificForm: Shadorma

    1. I see what you mean about the punctuation in Kerfe’s poem. I especially like the ‘sharing thoughts” idea. It never occured to me that way. Now, that gives me a clearer picture of the form. Thanks Colleen.



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      1. I think the sharing of thoughts and not writing in sentences works for all syllabic poetry, Pat. The punctuation really draws attention to her words and their meaning. The Japanese forms are picky, but the other syllabic forms could be improved upon with this poetic technique. I think it also has to do with how your emphasis is placed for the meaning.


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