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
Cursed the stub-bing
So then that
Is the way it
From Ninety-Seven Poems, but otherwise previously unpublished, except for the first piece, which appeared in The Stuttering Priest in 1984.