Sunday, April 17, 2016

Day 17 ~ Cinquain Poem (pattern 1) for #NationalPoetryMonth for “30 poems in 30 days”

I really love cinquain poetry. Depending on where you get your instructions there are a few variations. I’ve narrowed it down to three and today will share with you the one I call “pattern one.”

Cinq is French for FIVE ~ this poem has five lines that follow a specific pattern.

This short five-lined poem doesn’t have an actual title; rather, the FIRST line (two syllables in this case) becomes the title.

It does not rhyme and in this version you count the number of SYLLABLES per line and each line has specific requirements. The first line has 2 syllables; each line increases by 2 syllables until the last line, which returns to 2 syllables.

RESIST the urge to add words - follow the pattern - you'll be surprised at your results!!

1st line ~ two syllables – the subject (or title) or your poem
2nd line ~ four syllables that describe the title/subject
3rd line ~ six syllables that express action
4th line ~ eight syllables that express a thought or feeling
5th line ~ two syllables that show a synonym for title (restates your subject using a   
               different word)

Here are some of my poems as examples of a cinquain poem, (pattern 1):

Feelings expressed
From down deep in my heart
So you know who I am I’ll sing
Word Songs

© 2011 Stephanie Abney


A gift from God
Grace our lives for a time
Remain in our hearts forever

   © 1999 Stephanie Abney



Feeling secure
Where judgment has no place
Wrapped in the safety of your arms

    © 1998 Stephanie Abney

Let’s create!!

Please remember any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments section of this blog. They are the property of the person who shares them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them in any form without their express permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to it. Thanks!! 

And if you choose to post your poems on your own blog – that’s awesome. But please don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem and LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to read the instructions. Thanks for respecting my work.


Vicki said...

Day 17- Cinquain poem

A loving God
He loves us so much
We are His children forever

Heidi Murphy said...

Stephanie is quite the poet
Diligent and we all know it

She finds the poems we all love
Her words all fit just like a glove

Let us strive to fill our time
Crafting both free verse and rhyme

For more couplets and cinquains from
Me go to