Wednesday, April 1, 2009

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.
I don't claim to be a poet.
But I gave it a try.


This is
the form of the
cinquain. the five lines have
2,4,6,8,2 syllables,
as here.

No need to rhyme, just keep count of your syllables!

You can do it this way.

Title (noun)
description (adjectives)
action verbs about title
feeling about title
synonym for title

Here's mine. . .

I look
out my window
at the pair of robins
tugging and pulling at the worm,
for lunch.

and another. . .

Our books
with worn pages
turning, flipping, closing.
Books always there for all to read.

and another. . .

deep red, hot pink
smeared upon tiny lips.
She wants to be just like Mother,

Cinquains teach you to be simple, direct and precise.

As you see from my samples, I'm not a poet. But I tried.

I usually write rhyming poetry. I may post some of that later in the month.

Now, it's your turn. If you like, write a cinquain in your comment.


  1. Janet,

    You did a great job. At our Writer's Guild two weeks ago, we did another form of this, which is very much like haiku. It's called Naani. It consists of four lines and 20 to 25 syllables. Here is one of mine:

    A clock
    tells of passing time
    moments of our lives
    until the ticking stops

    Enjoyed your post this morning. Keep writing, my friend.

  2. What do you mean you're not a poet!


    I LOVED those!

    My response is not nearly as poetic -- but here goes.

    My first cinquain:

    I think
    I understand
    the way that it is done,
    and I hope it might be easy
    to do.

    Alas, my hope is lost. It isn't easy.

    Thanks for sharing yours with me!

  3. Hi Janet,
    I never heard of cinquain before. It's very interesting! I'm going to give it a try but not tonight. I'm tired. Nite!
    P.S. Did you hear anything about the contest you entered or your submission?
    Deb :-)

  4. Janet,

    Last night at writer's guild, they gave us a homework assignment of sound poetry. Have you ever written it or do you know anything about it? They told us very little, so I'm a bit baffled. A Goog*le search did little to aid me in my dilemma. Any help you might give would be greatly appreciated.



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