Whittled Words – Shadorma Poem


Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:


Shadorma is a Spanish poetic form composed of any number of 6-line stanzas. No required rhyme schemes. A great way to hone syllabic meter. Simple as that!

  • 6-line poem
  • Any number of stanzas
  • No Rhyme schemes

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

Examples of Shadorma Poems:


by Robert Lee Brewer


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.



By Brad Osborne

Fly now death

My waning spirit

Crying out

Casting off

Mortal bonds release their grasp

Exhaled life

Taken now


Glories rise

Closed my eyes

Head on heavenly pillow

Eternal slumber

Life so grand

Be just grains of sand

Dripping slow


Through the bottleneck of now

Emptied to the past


I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Shadorma poem. Thanks for reading!

9 Responses to “Whittled Words – Shadorma Poem”
  1. beth says:

    both so sad and well done –

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I feel like the number of syllables makes this challenging. Maybe because I am terrible at Haikus. I feel like syllable count is harder than rhyming.

    I enjoyed both examples, but I enjoyed yours the best! You really know how to tug on the heartstrings. ❤

  3. A very interesting style and your example was smashing good my friend!

  4. Bridgette says:

    Another interesting format! Well done.

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