Peer pressure, or: I resist

A shadorma peer pressure does not draw me as a subject for verse; but my poet community's writing about it I resist the great temptation to compose in free verse like fellow bards just to prove how unique I am Shadorma? six-line stanzas (or sestets); each stanza has a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5, for a… Continue reading Peer pressure, or: I resist

God, or: Hell’s denizens

Poetry Partners #87 'Speaking to God', a poem by George Ellington of 'Gaelic Dreams' speak to God, he said to me speakingly sing in prayerful praise: thus honest and whole wholesomely sounding cords that only a reverent voice can calm yet loving attain but this, i said, is my voice voyaging beyond this self— how… Continue reading God, or: Hell’s denizens

Sternlight, or: Spotlight

A shadorma barge sternlight glows through dense night fog; dim, old dock; vain gulls pose on catwalk in the spotlight; fancy themselves grand Mist by Ton Heijnen, via 500px This poem was written in response to: The Sunday Muse #210;Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #259 Shadorma? six-line stanzas (or sestets);each stanza has a syllable count… Continue reading Sternlight, or: Spotlight

On a Saturday, or: Word-torrents

A shadorma Papa died unexpectedly several hours after reaching the emergency room on a Saturday Crushing waves; turbulent mood swings; treacherous reflections still pound my soul // spill over into word-torrents Shadorma? a six-line stanza (or sestet);each stanza has a syllable count of three in the 1st line, five in the 2nd, three in the… Continue reading On a Saturday, or: Word-torrents

Longing, or Belonging

Poetry Partners #78 'ALL Belong', a poem by Anna Smit of 'Shalom Aleh' They turned And looked At me fierce "Go home Where you Came from" They shouted. Tears Became my Playground lot I thought I belonged But came up Short. Finally I cried Now I be- Long. But no! Accents Set us apart A… Continue reading Longing, or Belonging

Unicorn, or: Dragon

Poetry Partners #51 A tanka by Jane Aguiar of 'Literature World' Since antiquity the unicorn is described a legend creature projected from its cute forehead a single pointed longhorn Jane Aguiar: https://meandmyliterature.wordpress.com/ A shadorma by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ serpentine wingless water gods; oceans; lakes; foggy skies; auspicious Eastern dragons symbolize good luck… Continue reading Unicorn, or: Dragon

Dive, or: Drown

Poetry Partners #30 'Dive', a poem by Martha Anewa of 'a young writer's mind' Time to dive into the words you spoke to me, The day you told me you loved me and I thought it was a lie, How little of love I knew back then, Now I'm drowning in the fountain of love.… Continue reading Dive, or: Drown

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. Shadorma The Shadorma… Continue reading Insider, or: Outsider