I’ve been very casually keeping track of what’s going on over at Na/GloPoWriMo. I haven’t written every day, and what I have written has been off-prompt. I liked today’s prompt, though, which was to write a Shadorma or a Fib. Each are six-line poems with specific syllable counts. The Shadorma syllable count by line is 3/5/3/3/7/5, while the Fib’s syllable count is 1/1/2/3/5/8.
I, naturally, chose what felt like the harder of the two. I like the challenge of using as few syllables as possible. It makes me more conscientious of the language I use, and I think, by doing so, I write better poetry.
Here’s my contribution for today:
or opera games
a riddle behind ivory
peel away the venetian lace
you still won’t see me
2 thoughts on “To Tell a Fib”
I really love this. Writing in short forms that constrict the lines to as little as a single syllable can make it so hard to create movement and make the poem compelling but you’ve done it well. ❤
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Thank you! I feel like I work best within restrictive parameters–most times. It gives me something to focus on.