12 Degrees & Skiving

what began as year-long challenge has become perpetual until further notice

• Week 16 • Cinquain •

A Night in the Forest

sunlight
is a lozenge
sucked to warm golden glass
blinding birds bright with molten joy
and song

Bristles
of pine needles
alert as a hare’s tail
green as a heart, orange as a
young fox

eyes take
to the peacock
book of the sky, adding
shadows from the promise of night
and fire

the moon
came in to roost
drenching owls’ down silver
they stirred, and I, nothing more than
a ghost

dawn stole
into my sleep
wrapped first around my legs
like my jet-brindled cat’s
greeting

The Size of Time

my mind
too callow to
encapsulate all this
time the earth has dreamed and whimpered
and breathed

A cinquain is a five-line poetic form with a syllabic pattern of 2, 4, 6, 8, 2. There are a number of variations that follow different specific rules. A Night In The Forest is a Crown Cinquain and The Size Of Time is based on the American Cinquain. To create a Garland Cinquain I would take the Crown Cinquain and make a sixth stanza using a line from each of the previous 5 stanzas, so that the final stanza of the first poem – in this case not making much sense – would look like this:

sunlight
of pine needles
book of the sky, adding
they stirred, and I, nothing more than
greeting

2 comments on “• Week 16 • Cinquain •

  1. poemation
    April 15, 2012

    Very nice! Delightful! Inspiring! You are doing this exercise so beautifully – this one’s a gem.

    • kittykatmandoo
      April 15, 2012

      Thanks, Lucy! I’m loving the process of writing them – no matter what – and finding which forms I love the best (generally those that don’t rhyme, of course. We all like to run free!). 🙂

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