Shadorma and The Fib

Two new types of poetry

Wednesday, April 7, 2021/Categories: Entries

Shadorma and The Fib

April 7 – NaPoWriMo2021

If you know me pretty well, you know I write a lot of haiku – today gave me a new and fun challenge!

And now, for our (optional) prompt! There are many different poetic forms. Some have specific line counts, syllable counts, stresses, rhymes, or a mix-and-match of the above. Of the poetic forms that are based on syllable counts, probably the most well-known – to English speakers, at least – is the Japanese form called the haiku. But there are many other syllable-based forms. Today, I’d like to challenge you to pick from two of them – the shadorma, and the Fib.

The shadorma is a six-line, 26-syllable poem (or a stanza – you can write a poem that is made of multiple shadorma stanzas). The syllable count by line is 3/5/3/3/7/5. Like the shadorma, the Fib is a six-line form. But now, the syllable count is based off the Fibonacci sequence of 1/1/2/3/5/8. 



My nose runs

my wife hates sniffling

I blow it

my niece yells

I stand in the woods alone

they are both happy





needs me

and I, him

unshakable bond

co-dependency at its best

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