A break from the usual…

First of all — WELCOME to my new followers…I’m thankful you stopped by, and that you liked what you found here! I look for and write to prompts. I have a few sites I follow on a regular basis, others I’m a hit-and-miss contributor.

This little introduction isn’t my usual process. However, the prompt I am posting for today was to write a “bad poem” — not necessarily about something bad, but just a bad poem (or a bad form). I frequently use the shadorma form…it follows a regular syllable pattern of 3/5/3/3/7/5. So yes, I know the following shadorma breaks the rule. (It’s BAD, after all. ;))  Plus…it’s just a bad poem in keeping with the fun of the prompt.


A BAD (shadorma) POEM

indigo blue
moon shadows dancing
behind me
stained glass windows
sandstorms across the desert
blinding me

P. Wanken

Written for Poetic Bloomings Prompt #108: Bad Form / Bad Poem. Posted for day 78 in 100 Days of Spring – 2013.


  1. I don’t think this is !bad! at all: it is just two stanzas joined together, each beautiful, but seemingly better detached, with a nice play on words linking them.


    1. LOL — well, thank you, ViV. It was a hard concept/prompt…what is “bad” is so subjective. And I write free-form enough that I don’t have a mastery of the mechanics of some of the metered forms, which I could then mangle. (I should have just pulled up the first sonnet I attempted — now THAT was BAD!)


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