Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Cinquain for Barry

Chemo over.
Bells struck around the world.
Gently stirred meditation bowl
Sings here.

A Cinquain is a 5 line poetic form inspired by Haiku and Tanka but adapted to English by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey. Cinquain poetry has achieved a following over the years. In its basic form, a Cinquain's five lines display a syllabic count of 2-4-6-8-2.

Try it, you'll like it!


Margaret Pangert said...

I chimed for Barry today.

And I wrote my first cinquain:
"Ice cold,
But at the church
Worn sandals in the sand,
Succulents and cacti, spare and

Dan Gurney said...


Wonderful that you chimed.

Wonderful to give Cinquain a try.

It was fun to read, brrr! and I'll bet fun to write.

Stream Source said...

You changed your page... I had to laugh and smile with joy at the sight of it... happy, happy, happy!

Precious Cinquain... blessings to your friend ~

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, SS--

I keep changing my page around. I never know what I'll think of next.


Dave King said...

I like the feel of this cinquain. I shall definitely try it.

Thanks and every blessing to you.

Friko said...

cinquain is new to me,; I love poetry, it is a large part of my life; cinquain shall become part of it.
Thank you.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Dave--

I'm glad to hear you'll try writing a cinquain. I think in your hands the cinquain will yield some wonderful poems.

Dan Gurney said...

Friko, cinquain is spreading like swine flu. It's contagious, I guess. But in a very good way. As the old Motown hit used to say, "What the world needs now is LOVE, sweet LOVE. And poetry can be a big part of love!

The Pollinatrix said...

The bell ringing for Barry has been really something! And your cinquain is a lovely finish to it.

I adore your stretching Buddha.

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Polli.

I'm glad you like the cinquain. Have you ever heard a singing bowl stirred into sound like a wine glass? It produces a wonderful harmonious sound, much clearer than if it is hit.