Broken Dream: A Cinqku*
her breath’s warmth,
bring me to life;
tears flow, smile fades, she’s been
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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.