Insider, or: Outsider

A quadrille

In the form of a Shadorma

My best friend
in graduate school
was Christian.
As a Jew,
I asked for help with our school's
tree and its tinsel.

I'd gone to
Salvation Army
to pick up
Angels for 
that fake fir tree. Each had a
poor child's name on it.


  • The Shadorma is a Spanish poetic form made up of a stanza of six lines with no set rhyme scheme (rhyme is optional); 
  • It is a syllabic poem with a meter of 3/5/3/3/7/5;
  • It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.

d’Verse Quadrille #142:

The above Shadorma is my take on today’s d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge.

The Quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word â€œtinsel” in a Quadrille.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

74 thoughts on “Insider, or: Outsider”

  1. Hello David, I hope you are well. It is absolutely facinating the different forms of poetry that there are.

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