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Valentine Desires: A Love Cinquain

Updated on June 4, 2015
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How to write a love cinquain.

Whether it's a birthday, an anniversary or Valentine's Day, personally writing something short, romantic and from the heart, for the one who spins your wheels, can be seen as a very sensual and caring act. When you take the basic structure of a Cinquain poem, add your most special words to it and give this as part of your gift, then you may find that you will make a really positive impression, simply because you took the time to learn a unique and fun way of skillfully communicating in words that create a unique imagery and presence.

A basic, Standard Cinquain poem is made up of 5 lines, each containing a set number of syllables, with a total count of 22 syllables per verse. The final format should look something like this: Line 1 - 2 syllables, Line 2 - 4, Line 3 - 6, Line 4 - 8, Line 5 - 2 syllables. It doesn't have to be absolutely perfect to be effective, but it pays to follow this structure, as it makes you think about each line and how that line helps to develop into the overall message.

Another variation to this fun and powerful form, is that of a Mirror Cinquain, in which 10 lines comprising of 2 complementary verses each of 22 syllables come together to create an even greater message. In this case, the final format will look like this: Line 1 - 2 syllables, Line 2 - 4, Line 3 - 6, Line 4 - 8, Line 5 - 2 and then Line 6 - 2, Line 7 - 8, Line 8 - 6, Line 9 - 4, Line 10 - 2 syllables. Below are examples of both formats referred to here. The first examples are standard Cinquains and titled, 'Uninspired' 'Lost to Love' and 'Sadness' with the second format, a Mirror Cinquain (containing 44 syllables) is titled 'Valentine Desires.'

Don't be afraid to try this style of poetry, it is similar in many respects to haiku and tanka imagery objectives. Although some traditionalists may say it must be written only about nature; I'm pretty sure that a declaration of love is far better suited to one's feelings, than perhaps the ebb and flow of Bumble Bees flying backwards! To be fair though, be bold, be original and enjoy all the love in your life!


__________Standard Cinquains._________

They say


Must be considered

To be the greatest compliment

Is it?



* Cinquain by Pearldiver *


You are

All that I see

All that I feel each day

Insatiably, completely, lost

To Love...


'Lost to Love'

*Cinquain by Pearldiver *



Love’s loneliness

Valentine’s Day arrives

Swirling streams become mighty




* Cinquain by Pearldiver *



________A Mirror Cinquain.________

True Love

Lasts longer than

Valentine desires

Unrivaled beauty demands

Far more

Much more

Than one heart could ever hope for

Yet when two hearts are one

Nothing equals

This Love...


'Valentine Desires'

* Cinquain by Pearldiver *


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      Rob Welsh 2 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Lizzy, glad you dropped by to read these, cinquains should fit your writing style and no they aren't that tricky, unless of course the author a bit wily with a bushy tail. Thank you for your positive comment... get your pen cracking, I reckon and take care

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      These were lovely! Cinquains are tricky; I've only written one or two. I'll have to look them up.

      The mirror cinquain is not quite what I thought it would be; I wrote a poem to accompany an artwork back in college, and at first glance at your Hub, I thought that might be the style, but it is not. ;-)

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi SimpleJoys, thank you for your positive comment and compliment.. I wish you good luck in your efforts and hope that your Valentine words keep you both going for another 31 years! You take care.. cheers.. PD

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      Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Eddy, cheers for taking the time and enjoying these examples of cinquain style.. I appreciate your positive support and vote.. thank you so much for that... take care.. PD

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      SimpleJoys 5 years ago

      What a lovely idea! I think I will try this for Valentines day for my love of almost 31 years. Thank you

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful I loved this one and am saving as well as voting up,across and sharing.


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      Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Rasma, thanks for that and for taking the time to review Valentine Desires.. glad that you enjoyed this style, perhaps we will see your creation skills adopt this form, huh? Cheers and you take care... PD

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Interesting form of poetry. Enjoyed your examples. Very romantic for Valentine's. Passing this on.

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      Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Genna, thank you for reading and commenting on this article... I'm glad you enjoyed these cinquain verses... Yes, indeed this style really does do justice to imagery and word selection... I am surprised that it is not promoted more, given the growth in appreciation of haiku and tanka styles... though it does still of course require the talent to create a multi faceted image and perspective... Cheers for taking the time and your vote... take care.. PD

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is very interesting…I love this style. There is power and beauty in simple words that catch the mind so refreshingly – it is very disarming. I loved your examples as well. Up +++. :-)

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      Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Lizzie, I believe poetry is all about words and the imagery that different combinations of them can help to create when applied to various forms and rules.. I'm pretty sure Cinquain was created to effectively become America's version of the Japanese Tanka.

      Valentine Desires was merely written as an example of how powerful words can be, when used in cinquain format... but I'm sure that what words fit on Valentine's Day, can also fit throughout the year.. Cheers for your positive words... take care.. PD

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      Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Martin, thank you for taking the time to consider this piece... Cheers... Cinquain is similar to a Tanka and highlights the imagery of the words.. glad you enjoyed my examples of that... take care.. PD

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      I am still learning about poetry and it's forms, so Cinquain is pretty new to me...... But your words are beautiful! I am sure the one on the receiving end of this poem will be more than pleased with such a romantic piece :)

      Thanks for sharing..... PD

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this introduction, lesson and fine examples.