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Five Cinquains

Updated on December 7, 2015


 Dinner plate sized Clematis.
Dinner plate sized Clematis. | Source


B y A. Gagliardi



White blossoms

inflate my heart

with pleasure of unsuspected


The Snow

Snow falls

around our tree,

softly, steadily, cloak-

ing our marriage bed and shouting


Oh My!

Missed your birthday!

Can't believe how time flies.

Thought you were set upon the throne

of youth.

Says You

Says you,

the umpteenth time.

“All your opinions are

mine.” Unless I choose to differ

with you.


Small bird

at my window

sitting, singing, looking

in - eying my lunch crackers greed-

i-ly .

What is a cinquain?

A cinquain is a precisely counted five lined poem. (A.K.A. a quintain or qintet) It can stand alone as a poem or act as a stanza or stanzas withing a larger work. It is thought that this form or poetry originated in French medieval times. The Cinquain tells a little story, with some action or expresses feeling.

The counting is in the words or the syllables and there are a specified number on each line.

  1. line one: is one word ( a noun or a subject - the title)
  2. line two: ( consists of two words that describe line one, usually adjectives describing the title)
  3. line three: (three words that provide action, usually verbs or words ending in -ing)
  4. line four: (four words that provide feeling, and may be one phrase or complete the sentence)

line five: (One word again; a noun that sums it up, or is a synonym for line one)

If you look just at syllables, this type of poem provides an opportunity and a challenge to write a poem with meaning in just twenty two syllables.

  1. Line one: 2 noun syllables
  2. Line two: 4 adjective syllables
  3. Line three: 6 verb syllables
  4. Line four: 8 syllables
  5. Line five: 2 synonym syllables.

Writing a poem using this last syllable count, a Didactic Cinquain technique, also provides the release of word choice, so it doesn't matter wither the word is a noun, verb, adjective, or synonym.

Third graders from Kenny Community School do Cinquains


By Grant


Playful, funny

Running, playing, licking

Kittens are mini tigers. Roar


The Clown

By Kyjuan

The clown

Crazy, funny

Scarying, jumping, running.

The clown is tricky, magical


Cool Cat

By Latianna

Cool Cat

furry, funny

eating, licking, playing

She loves her kittens very much



By Aysia


Yummy, oh my

dancing, celebrating, enjoying

on my birthday delicious cake


Dark Night

By Jacqulynn

Dark night

frighten, scary,

yelling, screaming, running.

People crying over strange noise.



By Harry


green and bumpy

sitting, doing nothing.

Pickles are very sour and weird


Oh, Chips

By Kentrell

Oh, chips

tasty, sweet

brown, tiny, crispy

smooth, brown, salty, chocolate chip



By Phataja


noisy, playful

breaking, rolling, puppies

black as the night, smart as

my pet.

Cinquain Poem

By Aidan


rich and creamy

eyeing, looking, drooling

can’t wait to sink your teeth into



By Betsy


playful, happy

playing, sleeping, running

I throw a ball, he catches it



By Aislin


silky, creamy

drooling, waiting, sneaking,

licking my fingers and dreaming

cream stick


By Olivia

Ice cream

toppings, yummy

sugar, smelling, licking

ice cream is so delicious

Brain freeze!


By Miles


graceful, falling

freezing, flying, dancing

delightful flowing in the air

white snow

My Cat

By Quentin

My Cat

pooping icky

licking, scratching, napping

My cat is a scratching beast, roar!



By Aiisha


playful, graceful

playing, laughing, jumping

fun for all of the kids yahoo


Fun Pet

By Justin

Fun Pet

furry and loud

purring, licking, sleeping

moves very fast and agilely



By Haydan


Wonder, yummy

Eating, munching, snacking

Mega delicious flour baked



By Preston


menacing, wild

calming, weirdo, awesome.

When the cowboy meets his cowgirl



By Umayyah


yummy, sugary

eating, laughing, playing

blue cone with cotton candy fun

so good!


by Jaida


playful, funny

playing, jumping, running

little cats playing with big cats


Teaching Poetry

I recently had the pleasure of teaching a "making Cinquains" Lesson to third graders in the school where I teach. The students were witty, bright, funny and intriguing. And they worked tocome up with great poetry! Check out the poems they created.

Your Turn!

Now it's your turn to try a Cinquain poem. Put your work in a comment below. We would love to see what you come up with.

Thanks for playing our game of poetry.


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      agaglia 4 years ago


      Thank you for your kind comments. I like to think that I am an awesome teacher. It is something I love to do and have a passion for.

      I have a passion for poetry too.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You must be an awesome teacher! You are definitely an awesome poet.

      Thumbs Up!

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      agaglia 4 years ago

      DzyMsLizzy, I would invite you to read and comment on poems here on Hub pages. There are many lovely people who read your stuff and comment. It isn't the same as visiting with your mom, but it could be as gratifying. thanks for reading my stuff.

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      agaglia 5 years ago

      Hi AudreyHowitt, Jhamann & DzyMsLizzy, Thanks for commenting on my hub. I found Cinquains very interesting - and they did sort of just come to me almost full-blown, like you said, DzyMsLizzy. perhaps you will find a new muse on Hub Pages. We are here for each other, you know.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I haven't heard of these in years. Now that I see your hub, I'm reminded that we had an assignment once in our creative writing class in college.

      I only wrote the one; they are indeed quite challenging, and I admire your proficiency with the form.

      My poems usually just "come to me" almost full-blown. Trying to write poems on demand usually produces mediocre results for me.

      My mom and I used to be constantly on the phone, reading our latest poetry to each other. Since she died, I've written very few poems these past 14 years--it seems my muse died with her.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and beautiful.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      What an interesting form I like how it works. Well done! Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Beautifully done--and a difficult form I think--

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      agaglia 5 years ago

      acaetnna, Thanks for your comment. Yes. they are difficult. Just when I thought I had it, I had to regroup and start over. I have some others that are still in process. THis is a fun and interesting way to write poetry.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      You are clever to write cinquains. They are difficult I feel but yours are so good.

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      I also enjoy writing. I can't find enough time to do as much writing as I'd like.

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      Love it! you are a great artist and a writer!

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      thank you. I had to work on them.

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      cnwriter 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      quite fascinating love. I have been writing poetry as it flows through me but really dont know how to label it except I always enjoy writing and reading it as I do the above.

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      Betty ann, Good for you- good try! thanks for playing my game.

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      Betty Ann 6 years ago

      I'll give this a try:


      white, clean, waiting.

      imagining capture

      of images of great portent


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      agaglia 7 years ago

      Thank you. they come out different than what I published. I will keep trying to get the right number of words on each line.

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      Lovingu 7 years ago from London

      Gosh cinquains are difficult and have not come across these since I was at school. These are brilliant.