Poetry challenge #6 Cinquain: the entries

Personally I found the concept of the cinquain a difficult one to get right. Syllable counting works fine, but trying to fit ideas into a set number of words is trickier. You all seemed to manage it though 🙂

Here are the results.

First in was Greg. I liked this one a lot.

https://gregwolford.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/circle-of-life/

Next was Ben Naga with two different forms, and very different styles.

OH DEAR, PATER’S VEXED AGAIN

Silent.
Enigmatic.
What has she done this time?
What random act deemed faulty? Best
Grovel.

THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS

Vision
(Enigmatic, fleeting)
Made him grovel,
Forswear his faulty murderous
Dream.

Next, with illustrations, was Kerfe of the memadtwo duo

Coiled as
if lightning, as
if combining brightness
and death. Revealing suddenly:
shadow.

Serpent.
Cosmic bridge
connecting regenerating transforming
healing poison hollow
fangs.

 

Carol of writersdream sent in this peaceful cinquain

https://writersdream9.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/quietcinquain/

 

Ken (rivrvlogr) chose a magnificent Flemish painting to illustrate these moving cinquains

Her tears
May seem to dry
To the unseeing eye
Grieving mother’s souls know only
Sorrow

Time
Is powerless
Holds no sway
Tears dry not with
Age

Doug the Elusive Trope’s contribution. I am trying, honest.

R&R

relax
feel the trees sway
roll with the waves lapping
let the stress drip from your muscles
relax

http://elusivetrope.com/2015/11/19/rr/

 

This third cinquain of Ken’s I’m adding separately since it is in such a different style to the previous two.
KEYBOARD KAT

Insistent
Sweetie Pie
Assertive black feline
Subtly staking out territory
Demanding

https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/keyboard-kat/

 

and it also ties in very neatly with this one from R.Todd, entitled

BUBBLES
Bubbles
Tiny and light
Dancing on the cat’s nose
Who’s, coincidentally, named
Bubbles.
https://rtoddwrites.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/bubbles/

He has been experimenting with cinquains for a while. You can read them all here

 

Then we had another poignant poem from thesecretkeeper

 

Someone else trying out the cinquain form for the first time, vronlacroix.

Thank you Veronica, it’s a beautiful small poem

 

Likewise Kat Myrman making it look so easy!

 

Three contributions from Janice Spina to wrap things up. Thanks Janice!

Acceptance

Refuge

and this one

 

Refugees,

caught in

bleak killing chaos,

rise with courage, to seek

asylum.

 

Thank you all. I hope you found this an enriching challenge. I know I did. Tomorrow, challenge #7 will be something (I think) of my own invention.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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