Today, the NaPoWriMo participants were challenged to write a cinquain, a form of poetry requiring a stanza of five lines, in which each line consists of, in order, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 2 lines with, again in order, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 1 stresses each. (Phew, that rule was a challenge just to remember and reproduce!) Upon googling cinquains (as one does), I found (thanks to our ever generous Wikipedia), that there is a certain variation on the cinquain called the ‘mirror cinquain’, ‘a form with two 5-line stanzas consisting of a cinquain followed by a reverse cinquain’. Currently suffering of a certain obsession with reflection (ahem!), I couldn’t resist the urge to go with that one for my day 5 poem.
As a side note, I find it it fascinating to ‘analyse’ my poems as I’m writing them. Each year I find that I have a fixation with certain motifs and, no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to be able to overcome it. In 2011, it was faces and masks; in 2012 it seemed to be cogs and wheels; this year it would appear to be birds and flight… (Let’s see if it holds for the whole month, though.) Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you:
The clouds were spun
In mist of tears and sweat
Our voices floated crisp and free
Fine webs of glacial sadness break
The flight of melody
And shadow birds