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American Cinquain 2/4/6/8/2

A chapter in the book One Thousand Cranes


by Gypsy Blue Rose

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gray fog lingers, 

thick and wet in silence,

witness of life’s inequities —

in tears.

Cinquain Poetry contest entry

AMERICAN CINQUAIN is inspired by Japanese haiku and tanka, is akin in spirit to that of the *Imagists. The form is five lines with 22 syllables count in a pattern of 2/4/6/8/2. The title is used as the sixth line. It's usually unrhymed but it can be rhymed and about any subject. It was created by American poet, Adelaide Crapsey in 1915. Her cinquain depends on the strict structure and intense imagery to communicate a mood or feeling. more information

*Imagism was a movement in early-20th-century American poetry that favored precision of imagery and clear, sharp language, very much as haiku and tanka. more information
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