Broken Dream: A Cinqku*


Broken Dream: A Cinqku*

her arms,
her breath’s warmth,
bring me to life;
tears flow, smile fades, she’s been
long dead.

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Photo credit: Rodion Kutsaev

In response to Daily Post: Contrast


Cinqku is a 5 line haiku attributed to American poet Denis Garrison found at Poetry Bridge. It particularly explores the use of the line break and retains the maximum syllable count of the haiku. (Note: the haiku is a small poem of 17 syllables or less, the Cinqku is more restrictive with a strict syllable count of 17.) The Cinqku should have a turn or surprise in L4 and L5.
The Cinqku is:

  • a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
  • syllabic. A strict syllable count of 2-3-4-6-2 syllables per line.
  • composed with a turn or surprise in L4 or L5.
  • untitled.

58 thoughts on “Broken Dream: A Cinqku*”

  1. Oh I love this! I admit, haiku never really captured me (I think I’m looking for rhythm not just in music but in poems too) but this version sounds a lot better to my ears. And of course your talent just made it better. 😊

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      1. Thank you, Amy! I am still fearful with sonnets. I am not brave enough to write my own. 😀 😀 😀 And my P is a Pantuom while my S in a Shape Poetry. 🙂


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