An oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem with seventeen syllables in five lines: 1, 3, 5, 7, 1.
It was created by Glenda L. Hand.   The oddquain may stand alone, or it may be combined / modified as follows:
Oddquain Sequences – a longer poem made of several oddquains;
Crown Oddquain – a series of five oddquains;
Reverse Oddquain – an oddquain with a reverse pattern of 1-7-5-3-1;
Oddquain Butterfly – a nine-line stanza with 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1.

full of joy
let your hair fall down
as if no one is watching
with freedom and verve
to your hearts content
just do it


a good life
be compassionate
treat everyone with respect
show charity

Essence and Shadorma -Wild Horses

Essence and Shadorma -Wild Horses

 BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond

Created by Emily Romano, the “Essence” consists of two lines of six syllables each.  There is an end rhyme (rhyme at the end of the line) and an internal rhyme (rhyme in the middle of the line).


Edvind Earle. Land of the Midnight Sun. WikiArt.


the land of midnight sun
a band of horses run


autumn eve
the flaming sun sets
horses race
just for joy
across the wind kissed meadow
shadows gently fall



The Dinggedicht or Object Poem. This poetic form was introduced by Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke in the early 1900s whilst he studied impressionistic paintings.  They can either be an observation of man-made objects (especially the more recent Dinggedicht) or an observation of nature.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie
B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – The Dinggedicht

The Dinggedicht is:

• framed at the discretion of the poet.
• formed by acute observations of concrete images in the world around, expressing symbolically an event, social condition, mood or idea.


town square
filled with people
playing games
children laughing
balls rolling
summer foods laid out
harvest celebration

Elfje – Chimney Rock

Elfje – Chimney Rock

MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie  – B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond

This is an elfje:

Line 1:              One word
Color or feature – the atmosphere of the poem;

Line 2:              Two words
Something or someone with the color/feature in line one;

Line 3:              Three words
More information about the person/ object in line two;

Line 4:              Four words
The poet in relation to the object in line two – a conclusion, of sorts;

Line 5:              One word
The “bomb” or “essence” of the poem

**You may write in either 1-2-3-4-1 syllables 
or 1-2-3-4-1 words. 

I wrote two – the first using syllables and the second using words for the count


shrouded in fog


Devil’s Head
natural rock formation
treading on loose stones



Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

Bytelle.  This poetic form was invented by Judd Labarda ofPoeformology.

The bytelle is based on the binary system in computing and programming.  In binary code, each symbol (letter, number, punctuation, character, etc.) is assigned a string of 8 bits that come in pairs of binary digits of either 1’s or 0’s.  The 8 bits (0’s and 1’s) become one byte.

For example – the letter “a” becomes “01100001” in binary code.

How to Write a Bytelle

  1. Choose a word. Preferably, a short word!  I chose “free”.
  2. Visitthis site. Type your word into the site and press “encode”.
    “Free” becomes “01100110011100100110010101100101”.
  3. Divide that string of numbers into sets of 8. “Free”, then,
    becomes “01100110 01110010 01100101 01100101.”  That is
    your poem’s structural pattern.   You now have the framework
    for a poem with 8-line stanzas.
  4. Look at the 0’s and 1’s. All lines labeled “1” are rhymed;
    all lines labeled “0” are unrhymed.
  5. That is a lot of rhyme! If you want, feel free to make your
    poem 1-2 stanzas long.  Go longer if you’re up to the challenge!


01101000 01101111 01110000 01100101

Hope fills the winter days
with hints of joy and mirth.
To long cold days it gives birth
to powerful dreams.
To waiting it adds worth
and gives credence to thought
Hope sustains us with sweet fruit
during the frozen periods



B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Triolet

What is a Triolet? 

*  There are two four-line stanzas;
*  Line length and meter are the poet’s choice;
*  Lines 1, 4, and 7 are the same;
*  The rhyming scheme is abaa / abab.

Edmund Dulac. Abysm of Time, n.d. WikiArt.
Down by the seaside I wander
Profuse tears still flowing.
Our parting I still ponder
Down by the seaside I wander.
I stare into the wide blue yonder
My heartache ever growing.
Down by the seaside I wander
our brief affair now showing.


3/5/3/3/7/5 Shadorma

ocean waves
crash upon the beach
my tears fall
at my feet
water swirls, makes me stumble
my sorrow drowning