Constellate: A Crapsey Cinquain*

from two to one,
fused, bonded, tied, combined,
‘neath heaven, ‘bove earth, makes one more

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Word Inspiration: Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies (Thank you, Sarah!)

*Crapsey Cinquain, one of the most popular modern variations of the cinquain was created by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey, 1897-1914. In 1909 Ms Crapsey became interested in Japanese poetry. In her study notebook she lists tanka and haiku translations from which she developed a set form which she called the “Cinquain”. In some poetic circles this form is referred to as the Crapsey or Crapsey Cinquain, in others, particularly on-line it is simply referred to as a Cinquain. (The latter could be misleading since technically the term “cinquain” is defined as any poem or stanza which is 5 lines.

Crapsey Cinquain is:

  • a stand-alone poem, a complete poem in 5 lines. It can be written in a chain, but each cinquain should be able to stand alone.
  • syllabic lines in a pattern of 2-4-6-8-2 syllable per line. The original poems were mostly iambic.
  • often composed with a reflective theme
  • unrhymed.
  • always titled. The title almost acts as a 6th line.

55 thoughts on “Constellate”

      1. Oooooh, I love it–thank you!!!!! oops, I mean “salamat”! Also, I may have made an incorrect assumption when I said Tagalog–please correct me if I’m wrong 🙂 (I just read a quick thing that said the Filipino language has other dialects aside from Tagalog.)

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      1. I’m back from having been away to see family. Lots of catching up to do. Happy August! I did make a point of reading your work while I was traveling. What can I say? Your verse picks me up, sister! I hope maybe you’re having a good week so far.

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      2. Awwww. That is so sweet of you, brother! I am more than delighted to know that you are back! I think having a break is necessary, right? 🙂
        You have a blessed month, brother!

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