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.

Examples:


Love Restored

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


Laramie Night Wind

lonesome
long howl from some
coyote soul . . . hollowed out
down to the heart & a mile from
morning
~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.

4 comments:

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 :)