I’ve never attempted a cinquain before. I had to look up the rules and found that the original form developed by Adelaide Crapsey expected a seemingly unmanageable accentual stress rule as well as a syllabic pattern. I am writing this just as a 22 syllable poem following the challenging 2/4/6/8/2 pattern. I think this will be an exciting form once I figure out the best way to use the opening and closing two-syllable lines! Here’s my attempt- the theme today is love!
at summer’s end
when fireflies stoke the burn
the moon melts into liquid heat
in the morning
I can love with reason
but the night succumbs to the stars
the angry wind
the hungry lick of rain
the storm that wraps our nakedness
like morning dew on grass
does it know those secrets of love
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