Leaf And Life

Another stab at MINDLOVEMISERY’S weekly photo Shadorma prompt. I’m trying to come away from my usual rhyming format and this is great practice. I may only be an amateur but you gotta love a girl for trying.

For those that don’t know a Shadorma is composed of six non-rhyming lines (sestina or sextet) and the syllable pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5.  It can have as many stanzas as you like, just as long as each stanza follows the syllable pattern mentioned above .

This week has an added extra of a shape poem called a laturne poem … the shape a Japanese lantern!  It has 5 lines with the syllable count is 1-2-3-4-1. So here goes….



Threads of life,

On a fallen leaf,

Etched in time,

Set in deep,

Woven threads of history,

Float like air and dust,


Threads of life,

As the seasons change,

Summer sun,

Autumn rain,

Woven threads of memory,

Scattered on the ground.


Threads of life,

As the winter comes,

Hidden vein,

Hidden life,

Woven threads of mystery,

Buried beneath the snow.

* * * * * *


And life,

Woven threads,

Weep as nature,


3 thoughts on “Leaf And Life

  1. Beautifully executed! I lke the repetition of the first line throught out the poem and your lanturne conclusion is perfect! Thanks for participating!

  2. I agree with Georgia — the repetition works incredibly well, and the form is perfect! It has a wonderful Sara Teasdale feel to it — and I like it very much! You call yourself “amateur” but in my humble opinion this is *not* an amateur effort. Brava!

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