Maggie Sawkins, who leads local poetry and creative group Tongues & Grooves has unleashed a local #writingchallenge and they kindly let us publish the responses. This week’s challenge is to write a Cinquain, a syllabic form invented by American poet, Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914).
- Five lines
- It does not rhyme but is based on a set of syllables per line, as follows:
- two in the first line; four in the second; six in the third; eight in the fourth, and two in the fifth
- (2, 4, 6, 8, 2)
- The poem builds as each line becomes longer until the last line which, being suddenly short, allows particular emphasis to fall on the words and meaning of the ending.
The moon shines on the fox
As it wanders the empty streets
Out of the muted dawn
Into the field of wet grasses
Which slowly comes
Into view, sees us two
I know so much but cannot tell
we’re living through.
Routine is made anew.
Himself indoors chafing, missing
Loo roll for sale!
Forty-five pence a sheet.
Do not let yourself get caught short —
The grassy path winds through
The long grown dewy lawn, it’s dawn
In the white noise
Under the floorboards still
Forty years of expectation
The window wide
The deadly virus floats
Inside. Slowly she takes a breath
Not the one who
Stained the grass green, or who
Pricked the slate black sky nightly so
Another day at least
No pasta. Rice for dinner then
68 What do
We appreciate today?
The crowd that once bustled about
Egrets seeking molluscs
On glistening mudflats’ shining
on the grey-lichened back
of a forgotten chair, trills its
You can take part in the regular Tongues & Grooves #WritingChallenge over on their Facebook page and check out their website and Twitter, too.
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