September Cinqku 1 & 2

Catching up…for September’s short form, I’ll be exploring the Cinqku. (Read the description below.)


means never…but there is
one day

Hurricane Dorian -photo by VOX


rage wildly
it’s what they do
its victims, helpless still,
ask why

(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. 

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