I was scanning through some old files and found a poem I wrote in 2007 for a cinquain poetry contest on FanStory.com. Of course I did not win anything, however the poem itself means a lot to me and rereading it brought a smile to my face. I decided to share this dip into poetry – to a different side of my writing mind. If you have not ventured into poetry for a while or ever, the cinquain set up is fairly easy to follow. It is similar to haiku in that it is based on the number of syllables per line. Syllables per line – 2, 4, 6, 8, 2. So pick a topic and try it out.
Jigs, hornpipes, and waltzes
All wrapped up in joy and freedom
Now, go find a photo to help the reader visualize what you have written.
And now I may have to do this again. The syllable restrictions have whetted my imagination. I realize that sometimes authors need to venture into other areas of writing to keep vocabulary and ideas sharp. Has this spurred any thoughts? What did you come up with? Please share.