Whittled Words – Cinquain Poem

 

 

Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:

 

CINQUAIN POEM

 

I love playing with poetic forms, especially when the rules aren’t so complicated that I have trouble keeping up with the technical issues of the poem. I cannot tell you how many times I have struggled with the final stanzas of a longer form poem.

So, I’m happy to share the cinquain, which is a nifty five-line poetic form from Adelaide Crapsey. Inspired by tanka, the cinquain is comprised of 2 syllables in the first line, 4 in the second line, 6 in the third, 8 in the fourth, and 2 in the fifth. Plus, poets have the freedom to add or subtract one syllable from each line. That’s a lot of freedom for such a small poem, which makes this form a joy to write and explore.

 

Examples of Cinquain Poems:

 

THE ONLY SECRET

by Toni Joell

 

You wait
curled in my dreams,
clutched to the edge of my
darkest desires. Why do you still
haunt me?

 

NEW HOUSE GUEST

by Cin5456

Kitten
nipping at my
toes or tangled in the
curtains. Welcome little one, my
precious.

 

BUSTED

by Laurie Kolp

Midnight,
Lucy’s curfew –
curbside parting kisses.
Upstairs, spying little brother
giggles.

 

LOVER

by Cindy M

 

Kiss me
Darling I can’t
Live without you here now
Your absence, a void in my heart
Unfilled

 

TOUCH

by Brad Osborne

 

Your touch

Close and caring

Expression beyond words

Action replaces oration

Say less

 

 

MONK’S LIFE

by Brad Osborne

 

No need

No luxury

Content with lesser wealth

Investing in a better self

Monk’s life

 

 

SEED

by Brad Osborne

 

The seed

A cocooned life

Waiting for earth and rain

To bring forth that which lies dormant

Nature

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Cinquain poem. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Comments
7 Responses to “Whittled Words – Cinquain Poem”
  1. jupitergrant says:

    You’re a very talented poet 💖

  2. Jim Borden says:

    seems like a fun style; enjoyed your versions of cinquain. your reference to monks reminds me of my recent visit to Bangkok – I never saw so many monks!

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