Week Thirty-Five: Shadorma


Though it is said to be a popular exercise in modern poetry workshops and classes, there’s not a lot of information to be found on this variation of the haiku, which consists of any number of sestets with a strict syllable count. It is rumored to be of Spanish origin, but even that claim is hard to substantiate. Of course, none of this detracts from the enjoyment in writing the shadorma, especially once you get locked into the rhythm and flow of its short lines.

Key Features of the Shadorma

Syllable Count: 3/5/3/3/7/5
Form: Any number of six-line stanzas (sestets)


An Original Shadorma

Little Goldfish

you can’t swim
your way out of this
bowl little
goldfish and
you can’t learn to breathe this strange
unnatural air


Want to Learn More? Start Here:

Shadorma – Writer’s Digest
Shadorma – Wikipedia
Shadorma – Poet’s Collective


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  1. Pingback: Little Goldfish – Adam Astra

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