Slipstream/ Day 5

"Bird Catcher" by Judith Kindler
“Bird Catcher” by Judith Kindler

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
To God.

Fine webs of glacial sadness break
The flight of melody
And shadow birds

2 Replies to “Slipstream/ Day 5”

  1. So beautiful. And I love that you found an alternate approach to the prompt and made it so your own. Today was the first I even tried it.

    Stunning art find of Judith Kindler. Thanks for that as well!

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