#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 289 |#SpecificForm: Shadorma

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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Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

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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