Alive, By Donna Matthews

Today’s poetry form is called Cinquain. From Brewer, “A nifty five-line poetic form from Adelaide Crapsey. Inspired by tanka, the cinquain is comprised of two syllables in the first line, four in the second line, six in the third, eight in the fourth, and two in the fifth.” Other considerations include the freedom of adding and subtracting syllables from each line. Read here for the basic rules.


abstract textures
colors bleeding, bursting
come together without protest

Now to you…wanna try a Cinquain poem? Share a link in the comments below!

© 2014-2020 – Donna Matthews

Recently, I started a personal challenge to explore and write in 100+ different poetic forms.  To assist me in this journey is Robert Lee Brewer’s The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms where he gives the form and an example. Alive is #8 in this collection I’m calling, very simply, 100+ Poetic Forms.

Hey y’all, thanks for visiting the Go Dog Go Cafe and I hope you enjoyed reading today’s selection. I am Donna Matthews, a born and bred Texan who can usually be found writing, painting, taking pictures, or traveling the world on foot. I’m all about love, people, sharing, and doing life together and would love to get to know you. I host two blogs…the first, The DJ Ranch, documents my personal adventures while the second, Slay The Chaos, focuses on mindsets, technology, productivity and organization. Come on over for a visit sometime 💙

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