Those who know me or read this blog have most likely realized I’m fascinated with poetry. Probably because I can’t write it.
So here’s my latest poetry comment. I’d like to challenge you to write a Cinquain. I’ve attempted this and laughed myself silly over the results and would love to see someone succeed where I fail. Below is the description of a Cinquain and an example. Can you create one?
A Cinquain is made up of five lines. Line 1 is one word, a noun, and the subject of the poem. Line 2 is two words, adjectives to describe the noun. Line 3 is three words, verbs ending in ‘-ing’ to describe the noun. Line 4 is four words, a sentence about the noun. And Line 5 is one more word, either a noun or adjective related to the noun.
Personally, I’d like to smack the person who thought this up. It’s torture. Anyway, a sample is over on the sidebar. I apologize for the structure in the sidebar; for some reason it’s not formatting the way I’m entering the words. You should be able to tell the separate lines by the capitalization.
Have fun and hope you share your results.
14 thoughts on “Cinquain Challenge”
I did read your post wrong the first time, so I came up with this:
running, trickling, falling,
Through my right hand,
into a glass to keep.
I read that line 5 is supposed to be 5 words…
I will make up another one with the right directions later.
I like this, and the last line made me laugh because five words is what you would assume from the previous directions. The first time I came across cinquains I assumed the same thing. Looking forward to your next attempt.
I love sharing your blog with the family. . .so here’s what Lance came up with (by the way; you’ve completely exhausted his creativity) 🙂
Living, breathing, growning
Giving life from death
Falling, cleansing, rushing
Creating art it flows
This is great! Lance needs to keep going and write more. I loved these. Find a way to replenish his artistic talent. And by the way, where are yours?
HA! I wanted this to be a ‘colaberted’ effort, but he wanted all the glory for his own! Men! 🙂
Wonderfull!! I really like those!!
shining, warming, blazing
burning on my skin,
I feel all gooey inside! I love the warmth of the sun.
waiting, counting, hoping
another year older again
Oops, did I miss your birthday?
I like the previous Cinquains submitted by your commenters. I couldn’t seem to find the sample on the sidebar, but I went ahead and gave one a try. (I think I might like to smack whoever came up with this, too!) Here’s my attempt:
flowing, hesitating, inverting.
Thoughtlessly commanded, they fail.
Wow, that’s a beautiful one. Would you mind if I shared it with my writer’s group, or posted it on the sidebar here on the blog?
I’m so glad you liked it! And I wouldn’t mind at all if you share it. You can use my name, Ré Harris. Thank you so much! 🙂
Thanks. I’ll let you know what comments I get back at the writer’s group. They meet the 28th of this month.