Saturday, December 27, 2008

Totally Optional Prompt: Cinquain

I don't know if you're like me but I'm so glad that Christmas is over and now my school vacation can really begin.

My problem with vacations, though, is that I have a hard time writing. Here I am with extra time on my hands but my brain is MIA!

So, I thought a nice short prompt would be appropriate for this week. (At least for me, anyway!)

Let's try to write a cinquain. Here's a short description of it and a couple of examples:

A Cinquain is a short, unrhymed poem consisting of twenty-two syllables distributed as 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, in five lines. Like the game Mastermind (I think!), it takes a few minutes to learn but a lifetime to master.

An effective cinquain is one that has a shift of focus in it. In other words, it starts simply and innocently but by the end makes a comment about life by showing instead of telling.

A cinquain also has a title to help explain the poem but that title usually does not act as the first line of the cinquain.


Love Restored

sexy and sleek…
he admires her body
then takes out the keys for his old
~Deborah P. Kolodji

Laramie Night Wind

long howl from some
coyote soul . . . hollowed out
down to the heart & a mile from
~Ann K. Schwader

If you have a longer poem in you, you could try writing it as a series of cinquains. Or, you could write anything else you want, of course; we'd still love to see it next Thursday.


Winnie the poohi said...

Ah my attempt ..

I believe now

MissMeliss said...

This is short enough that I, a non-poet, was moved to try. I won't remember to come back on Thursday, so mine is here.

one more believer said...

linda thank you for an excellent post with a great explanation and samples... back later with mine...

Leonard Blumfeld said...

Since mine is a New Year's Eve Cinquain, it could not wait until Thursday :)