Five Cinquains

When I was first taught the cinquain, I was told it had a pattern of 1, 2, 3, 4, 1 syllables, not 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, so that’s why these poems follow the pattern they do—really a half-cinquain. Impressionable young mind. This problem was not quite as bad, however, as being told in high school that haiku was 5-7-5. But I digress.

Cinquain for Introductions

aitch
aitch-ee
aitch-ee-el
aitch-ee-el-el
Oh!

Furniture

Da!mn
—his voice
,drop-ping low,
Cursed the stub-bing
toe.

Vowel Movement

eh?
eh-yee!
eh-yeeee-I!
eh-yee-I-oh!
You!

Mule

If
You say
So then that
Is the way it
Is.

The Drowning

Slip
Stumble
Splashing deep
Sinking beneath
Weeds.


Previously unpublished.