“Lovely As…”

At Real Toads, we are writing “lovely” micropoems (fewer than 12 lines) today. I wrote a shadorma again, which is a form I really enjoy.

Lovely as

Early birdsong is


For it makes

Ev’ry word mean more — yet I

Long to hear your voice.



Blossom: A Shadorma

This week’s “Meeting the Bar” is all about the Shadorma form. Like many other forms, it requires a particular syllable count but no rules about rhyme or meter. Due to the form’s unknown origins, Amaya is challenging us to write about some aspect of mystery, life, and death, but Shadormas can be about any topic.

Planted seeds

From darkness they rise:



Taking variable time,

To see true colors