Phantom Shadorma

snow ghosts drift
in a late blizzard
rags tattered
dignity
phantoms of the fantastic
suspended in ice

and we hide
behind heavy drapes
misty panes
bated breath
while winter and spring battle
it out once again

Kim M. Russell, 2018

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The Blizzard by Joseph Farquharson – image found on Pinterest

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Phantom Form – Shadorma

Amaya is our host this week and she asks whether hearing the word spooky sends shivers right to the source of our poetic inspiration. She says that the Shadormat is a phantom form enshrouded in shadows and mystery: a syllabic poem consisting of six-line stanzas, with a pattern of 3-5-3-3-7-5, which can be one stanza, twenty stanzas or anywhere in between. In honour of its nebulous origins, Amaya suggests we explore the fog, the paranormal, the unexplained phenomena of life and death.

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32 thoughts on “Phantom Shadorma

      1. The year I turned four, we had the worst snow ever. My mother couldn’t get to the nursery school to pick me up as my little sister was poorly, so some older children who lived nearby were asked by a teacher to accompany me home safely. The snow was up to my shoulders and I struggled to keep up, so they pelted me with snowballs and left me a several yards from home. But I couldn’t recognise where I was in the snow. Luckily my mother was watching from a window. I was soaked through and tinged purple when she got me inside.

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    1. Thanks Viv! I hope I haven’t talked it up. At the moment it’s pouring with rain, and we seem to have our own eco system in our little village, so the snow might miss us completely.

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  1. I enjoyed this–the phantoms of ice and snow, and we waiting behind the heavy drapes with bated breath for spring to finally win the battle.
    I hope you don’t get that storm. We’re supposed to get another nor’easter Tuesday or Wednesday.

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