Whispered wonders, or: Dream Queen

A magnetic shadorma

birthday girl,
Dream Queen of kind world,
plays; pretends;
adventuring, wings aglow,
through whispered wonders


  • a six-line stanza;
  • syllable count: 3/5/3/3/7/5 per line, for a total of 26 syllables;
  • a poem may consist of one stanza, or an unlimited number of stanzas (a series of shadormas).

Magnetic poetry?

Poetry constructed from words in one of several ‘kits’ of magnets, available online.

  • For this particular poem, I employed the ‘kids’ set of magnets, in honor of my soon-to-be-seven-year-old daughter’s birthday in early February.

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!

38 thoughts on “Whispered wonders, or: Dream Queen”

  1. You’re so fortunate to be able to understand and feel the beauty of poetry. I am, unfortunately, blind to its charms. All I can do is smile wryly and dryly cough as others are transported, wheels spinning, beyond my ken.

    1. โค Robert โค ~ I honestly never thought about it that way… It just seems natural to me to play with different ways of combining words together… it fascinates me.

      Thank you for your kind comment.


      1. Oh, don’t get me wrong – I love clever wordplay too. I just don’t get why poetry has to be so… dense. Poems (and poets) should come with instruction manuals. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

        1. well, there are, as I’ve been discovering! that’s what poetic forms are for me – they show me where to put the words and syllables!


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