Dormant Fibs? – Day Seven – #NaPoWriMo21

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Hello there! 😊

It is Eldest’s birthday, he’s a whole eleven years old.  Not sure quite what to feel about that, but yesterday’s Harry Potter viewing went well and we all enjoyed our ‘cinema snacks’ too.

I have been up for about an hour (it’s 7.10am), the rest of the house is snoozing peacefully…we’ll see how long that lasts while I write this up 😉

There were two possible prompts to go with on the NaPoWriMo site today, and they were short poetry forms so I attempted both.  The prompt said:

…there are many…syllable-based forms. Today, I’d like to challenge you to pick from two of them – the shadorma, and the Fib.

It then went on to describe the first form:

The shadorma is a six-line, 26-syllable poem (or a stanza – you can write a poem that is made of multiple shadorma stanzas). The syllable count by line is 3/5/3/3/7/5. So, like the haiku, the lines are relatively short.

I actually wrote this first one second, but no matter 😉


I light up,

fill a grey room with


spider scrawl.

What clarity I’ve gleaned here,

Whittling at my soul!


I love this pic that I took in our local park on 16th November 2020. It quietly says a lot to me.


There is then an explanation of the second form (on the NaPoWriMo site):

Like the Shadorma, the Fib is a six-line form. But now, the syllable count is based off the Fibonacci sequence of 1/1/2/3/5/8. You can  link multiple Fibs together into a multi-stanza poem, or even start going backwards after your first six lines, with syllable counts of 8/5/3/2/1/1.

Well! I am allowed to write a form one way, then reverse it?! You can see why I originally chose to play with the Fib first 😉





coos low.


slow-stirring, ruffling

feathers in dismay at dawn’s light.


As I take pictures of him sleep,

my child transitions:


year has




Enjoy yourself, whatever you get up to today, and I’ll come back here tomorrow with tales of birthday celebrations and some more poetry.  The menfolk are all still quiet, so I’m off to get this published quickly…!



Monty X



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2 Responses to “Dormant Fibs? – Day Seven – #NaPoWriMo21”

  1. Manja Mexi Says:

    Lovely, especially the second. I’m really glad to have been introduced to the fib. First time I hear of it. It works so well, so naturally. As you can see, I’m going through your month to see what I have missed. Happy May.

  2. Montaffera Says:

    Aww 🙂 thank you for your lovely attention! I have been attempting to do the same with yours since I found your lovely blog, but no day is linear here so it may take me a while 😉

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