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Monday, December 9, 2013

Winter Night

Quiet night
stars shine intensely,
crystal air
snowflakes fall
as silence drops around us
filling all our lives.

  Today's poem is a shadorma, a Spanish six line poem.  This is a syllabic form with 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables in the lines.  You can check to see if I've done this correctly by counting the syllables in each line.

Line 1 = 3 syllables
Line 2 = 5 syllables
Line 3 = 3 syllables
Line 4 = 3 syllables
Line 5 = 7 syllables
Line 6 = 5 syllables

    If you are one of those people who hates rhyme, or just can't do it, try some of the syllabic forms to get yourself started.  Your challenge for today is to try writing your own syllabic poem.

    I saw a sweatshirt this weekend that said, "Have you noticed LISTEN and SILENT are made from the same letters?"

    Have a fun day writing poetry.  Stay warm.


  1. When that snow comes, it is so very quiet, isn't it? Lovely words, Joy, & thanks for the structure!

    1. I always like trying new things and I wasn't familiar with this nonce form. It really is fairly easy and a fun one to try.

      Thank you for reading my poem. I do appreciate you.

  2. Joy,
    I like the image of silence dropping.

    1. Isn't there a kind of hush that comes with the snow? Everything slows and the sounds, even of the birds sounds more crisp and clean, like the forest is taking a bath.

  3. I like the idea of silence being filling, taking up space. Very peaceful!