Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Meeting The Bar:  Phantom Form – Shadorma
(posted by Gospel)
“Let us dVerse poets be allured! Shadorma is a syllabic poem consisting of six-line stanzas. The pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5, and you may write one stanza, twenty, or anywhere in between. In honor of its nebulous origins, I suggest the content explore the fog, the paranormal, the unexplained phenomena of life and death. Ultimately though, let the Shadorma lead you in what you shall write…and reveal.”


(Source: Lauren (elycerose), via Flickr)

He is lost,
I call my ghost dog.
Too windy,
fog rolls in
obscuring all but this tree .
Maybe he will find me.



About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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21 Responses to Lost

  1. I thought that was such a haunting image, the ‘direction’ of the tree, the sole figure… And your Shadorma does it justice. Thank you, Sara!


  2. Truly a verse filled with yearning. I’m with Amaya on the Image, too!


  3. Candy says:

    You really captured the mood of the picture in you Sadorma – lovely


  4. Ghost dog might me think of the hound of Baskerville, and maybe not wanting to be found.


  5. rothpoetry says:

    Human or animal… The ghost dog lost in the fog!! Creepy!


  6. Just Barry says:

    I like how this can be interpreted literally — as a dog obscured by the fog — but also in the spiritual abstract, as a loved one lost to the infinite fog that will eventually envelope us all…

    Lots of depth here for a micro-form.


  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the idea of hoping to be found by the ghost dog.


  8. Kathy Reed says:

    🙂 Nice and eery..


  9. Did you pick the picture first and then write the poem, Sara? I often do that or find a good one after. Loved your ghost dog take! You lost a dog in the fog. Lol!


  10. finding the dog is part of it – dogs can usually find their way home as well – but sometimes they don’t. I spent many hours every few weeks looking for a dog we owned that wandered. Sometimes I was so mad I wished the dog gone forever 🙂


  11. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Oh, I so love this!


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