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Christmas Shadorma

I’d forgotten this Spanish form–remembered, gave it another try. Shadorma is a six-line form of counted syllables, divided as follows: 3/5/3/3/7/5.  Go ahead, you try too–everyone has time for 26 syllables.

Colored lights
tacked along white walls
against night
help darkness
set itself on a new path:
To reflect and glow.


sounds cold, no
humor or passion.
Instead, see
as ballet—perfect timing,
gears in pink tutus.

Plus: Vacation Shadorma

Shadorma is a poem of counted lines of syllables, like this: 3/5/3/3/7/5

plus my same old life
plus you, friend–
wine, laughing
long walks, longer talks, good food,
the plain world blossoms.


According to Robert Lee Brewer, on his wonderful poetry blog, Poetic Asides, Shadorma is a Spanish syllabic poetry form, structured in 6 lines of syllables like this: 3/5/3/3/7/5. You can link sets of 6 lines together, he says.  Here’s my first attempt:


Sounds like a
warrior princess
on the side
of good poems.
Soldiers, peasants, conquered foes
listen as she reads.

Their faces
open like windows
long shuttered
as each poem
echoes off her pink armor.
Another war, won.


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