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Shadorma: Poetic Forms

Learn how to write the shadorma, a Spanish six-liner, with guidelines for the form and an example poem.

I recently discovered a poetic form called shadorma (thanks to P.J. Nights via Tammy Trendle) that I had no record of in my two poetic form handbooks. Shadorma is a Spanish 6-line syllabic poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllable lines respectively. Simple as that.

Also, you can link multiple shadorma (shadormas? shadormae?) like in my example below:

"Miss Shadorma"

She throws birds
at the school children
on playgrounds
made of steel
who run intense spirals to
the chain-link fencing.

Sad teachers
watch as they spiral
into air
like reverse
helicopter seeds searching
for their maple trees.

I've found myself addicted to writing in this shadorma form. It's simple and has a nice ebb and flow to the lines. Very fun!

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