A Cinque a Day Keeps Depression Away
Okay, it’s not your mother’s prescripton for keeping the doctor away. So don’t give up the apple–
But have you tried a cinque for gathering your thoughts, griping gently or smiling at your world?
The simplest of poems, a cinque is counted syllables and gets its rhythm from the syllables themselves.
You arrange it like this:
Like the last verse of haiku, the final syllables seem to become a natural summation. But not always.
In journal workshops, I often close by having people write an AlphaPoem, beginning each line with an alphabet letter. In writing workshops, I sometimes suggest a poem for each character, rapidly writing lines that begin in seuqnence with each letter of the character’s name.
If you haven’t tried an AlphaPoem, I recommend it. If you want examples, check out Journal to the Self by Kathleen Adams.
But for fun, give me a limerick or a cinque
A cinque a day for a writer at play.