Day Five’s NaPoWriMo prompt is a small, yet effective one – to write a cinquain; a poem that employs stanzas with five lines… sounds easy, right?
Well, it is, except each line has a particular number of stresses and syllables per line – working with a 1-2-3-4-1 stress formation and with 2-4-6-8-2 syllable pattern – and it is this that really gets your brain working when writing!
As you can tell by now my NaPoWriMo prompts and poems are coming at random, to make the order a little interesting for you, so here are a few examples of cinquains from me, taken from National Poetry Month’s Day Five, on this very fine April morning… and, with the weather as drunk as it has been over recent weeks, I’d say the topic is rather fitting!
and I leave home
to snow – a brightly cut
wool taken from sheepskin – lies flat,
the sun is out
in force, and beaming high
in clear blue sky above us all –