WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cinquain

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It's time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge, and as you may have guessed, this time around we're going to attack the cinquain. Click here to read my original post on the cinquain, but here are the basics of this form:

  • Five-line poem.
  • First line has two syllables; second line has four syllables; third line has six syllables; fourth line has eight; and the final line has two.
  • There is the option of adding or deleting one syllable from each line, though for the purposes of this challenge, I'll prefer a straight up cinquain.

All you have to do to participate in this challenge is to write a cinquain, share it in the comments below, and include your name as you'd like it to appear in print. It's really as simple as that.

Other specs:

  • Challenge is free. No entry fee.
  • Winner (and sometimes a runner up or two) will be featured in a future issue of Writer's Digest magazine in the Poetic Asides column.
  • Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time) on July 23, 2013. So you have one week to write five lines and 22 syllables.
  • Poets can enter as many cinquains as they wish.
  • All submitted poems should be previously unpublished. If it appeared on your personal blog or a previous Poetic Asides post in the comments, I'd consider those previously unpublished if you do. If you have a question about a situation, just send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com.

Happy poeming!


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