How to write a CINQUAIN POEM

Posted: November 6, 2011 in collaboration, poetry
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A cinquain is composed of five lines and each line has a set number of syllables. In this regard it has similarities to a haiku and is fair game for play. I’ve been using this form as a vehicle for collaborations with other people. The following cinquain are all I’ve done so far – unedited. The syllable requirements are listed with the first example in which, well, we were just getting warmed up! The first TWO cinquain below were composed with Tom and Dawn Cassidy on Nov. 2nd, just this past Tuesday, after Dawn won a very brief Yahtzee game:

(2 syllables)  collar

(4 syllables) burglar jail cell

(6 syllables) do the fish laughter sigh

(8 syllables) Mormons remarry their X’s

(2 syllables) olive

 

twist’ems

oh those bastards

pom pom pool ball jump jump

red pom blue pool yellow ball jump

Go Bob!

 

Here are more that were authored last month by John M. Bennett and myself. The capitalization remains as originally written down:

EAT IT

SANDWICH IN HEAT

FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET

BAG OF SOGGY WHITE BREAD AND MEAT

GAG OFF

 

TWIN GOOP

SAVES YOUR SUNSET

SAND BAR WITH BURNING HUT

My Foot Stinks like Rotting Hot Dog

FOOT PRINTS

 

NOSTRIL

ON THE PINK SHELF

PEARLS BOUNCING OFF THE EDGE

ELASTIC EARS AND TWINKLING EYES

FORK CLOCK

 

SPANKY

MY FRUITY SHIRT

IT’S SLEEVES ARE TICKLING YOU

Blindly Crawling Under the Bed

Naked

 

SHOOT WALL

PRIMARY DOTS

STRUNG UPON THE WINDOW

SPATTERING MILK and CHEERIOS

HOT DAMN!

 

LATER

COUGHING TUNA

AND YOU ARE IN THE TRUNK

Kicking the lid thinking Sandwich

cell phone

 

 

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Comments
  1. Leo Rex says:

    Hmmm I might try this. maybe we can collab on one or something.

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