Catching up…for September’s short form, I’ll be exploring the Cinqku. (Read the description below.)
means never…but there is
it’s what they do
its victims, helpless still,
(Thoughts for those affected by the hurricane…may they be safe.)
A cinqku must always have 5 lines and a perfect seventeen-syllable count. The lines typically follow a 2,3,4,6,2 format. There is no title requirement on the second line. As for syntax and diction styles, it follows the free Tanka style originally. There are no metric requirements for a cinqku poem. Additionally, the final line must contain a cinquain or kireji turn for emphasis.