Cinquains, “Mysteries”

I am having a load of trouble formatting on WordPress lately.  so it goes….but I’ll try to work this out.

However, cinquains are a neat form of poetry, and there are many different versions.

Lady Nyo

MYSTERIES

1#

Rose
Dropping petals

Covering the bed

Leaving sadness behind now

Alba.

2#

Ice moon

Cuts through my eyes

Bringing sadness upward

Welling sentiment crying forth

Despair.

3#

Kiss

Fleeting sentiment

No honesty given

Leaving lust far behind

Lips

4#

Hard hand

Commands my own

But mine soft with yearning

Yours flies out fast with passion’s speed

Claiming.

5#

Gaze

Half veiled

Invitation coyly given

Heart guarded but hopeful

Eyes.

#6.

Contempt

Tossed out warning

Don’t dare to cross me now

Darkness will be your portion then

Defeat.

#7.

Beauty!

Elusive, fleeting,

Fading fast enough

Tears apart held concepts

Radiant!

#8

Wounded

Unstaunchable

Creating so much pain

Give over the sword of mercy

End life.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2009

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2 Responses to “Cinquains, “Mysteries””

  1. Berowne Says:

    Interesting. These seem to be relatively free-verse cinquains; several lines have an odd number of syllables. Is “Alba” a variety of rose?

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Yes, Alba is a variety of rose….a very old one.

    Several lines have an odd number of syllables because I deleted some words before I posted….LOL! I’m out to break the rules. If others….

    Cinquains are quirky…and totally American as I remember.

    I wanted to take a break from the gloom and doom winter poems and just grabbed these old cinquains, from ERWA memory.

    Thanks for reading and commenting, friend.

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