Cinquain is an icky form…

Cinquain?
Who thought this up?!
An awful rule to use!
Of all the forms, it’s this I hate
the most.

Loathe it:
Strongly, deeply.
Being forced to pattern,
prescribed scheme, however useful
it is;

the will
rankles against
conformity, damn it!
Self-governance suits me the best.
My way!

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7 responses

  1. This slightly hypocritical poem is the reason why I am not using today’s prompt for today’s poem. Very amusing piece though.

    1. Haha I do dislike this form quite a bit. When poems are “inspired” I prefer to let them take their own form, and tweak a bit during revision. However, I do like being stretched and tested occasionally; for today, the prompt forced that in a cruel way!

      1. Well I have written in fixed form before, I even attempted the December Form Challenge, but I believe that often you need to have the right poem to use fixed form.

  2. LOL. Funny poem! I have not tried to write a Cinquain yet as I am not a huge fan of forms in general… BUT, I am trying to make myself do them more and more because I find it improves my first drafts of non-form poems in the long run… helps my poems take natural style.

    1. i agree. they can be harder to work w, but it’s a fun challenge! even silly stuff like this feels like it takes on its own life, and turns into something interesting. I had no idea where this one was going! thanks for commenting! šŸ™‚

  3. Coupling syllabl-icky skilful with linear legitimacy forms your perfect silly cinquain. ‘Silly’ because you accepted a challenge and rose to the occasion with good humour so what’s not to like? Now quit complaining because this piece is very well done šŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much! I had fun writing it, however much i dislike the form. I’m glad you appreciated my silliness! Haha it’s an inherent…”quality”(?) in me! šŸ™‚

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