For day 5 on NaPoWriMo it is suggested we write a cinquain, which I had not heard of until today. A cinquain is a poem that employs stanzas with five lines. Each line has a certain number of accented or stressed syllables, and a certain number of overall syllables per line. In the “American” cinquain, a form invented by Adelaide Crapsey, the number of stresses per line is 1-2-3-4-1, and the number of syllables is 2-4-6-8-2. So the first line would have two syllables, one stressed and one unstressed. The second line would have four syllables, two of which are stressed, and so on.
Here is my attempt at a cinquain
while on the beach
I spied a blue heron
camouflaged by the tall grasses.
April 5, 2013
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