Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - MTB:  Crowning Crapsey
(posted by Laura Bloomsbury)

Today, the 5th surely invokes the five-line stanza style of poetry or cinquain.  The American cinquain developed  by Adelaide Crapsey of 22 syllables in 5 rhymeless lines as in 


“How frail
Above the bulk
Of crashing water hangs,
Autumnal, evanescent, wan,
The moon.”

Crapsey’s cinquain has since been elaborated on by others in several ways and given today’s double whammy of the 5th of the fifth month, our challenge today will be:

Either the cinq-cinquain,

. a series of 5 [entire] Crapsey Cinquains, 25 lines total
. syllabic count: 2-4-6-8-2 in each stanza
. written with or without breaks between stanzas


The cinquain chain/crown cinquain.

. a series of 5 [entire] Crapsey Cinquains, 25 lines total
. syllabic count: 2-4-6-8-2 in each stanza
. written with a break between each stanza
. last line of the previous cinquain repeated as first line of the next
Note: The final line of the last cinquain does not have to equal the first line of the first cinquain, but it is an option.

Oh, wow!
you cut your hair.
I never thought you would,
especially not that severe.
Too short.

Do you
like the result?
Gives you an appearance
of a librarian, you know–

on chain.
Not a bad thing.
They can be attractive.
I do not wish to insult you.

look for you, but I'm sure
we will get used to it in time,
right, hon?

At least
if you decide
this haircut doesn't suit
your face or lifestyle, you can just
grow it. 

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Hair

  1. what a fun response – your cinquain flows like locks!! love the conversational and especially these lines
    “gives you an appearance
    of a librarian, you know–


  2. merrildsmith says:

    This was so much fun to read. I, too, enjoyed the conversational tone.
    It did make me wonder if it was based on a true experience.


  3. Helen says:

    How much fun to read this morning!! Bring back memories of long ago. On my lunch hour at a travel agency I managed, I left with shoulder length hair, returned an hour later with a pixie! Jaws dropping all over the place. Certain they thought I had lost my mind … but I loved the freedom, kept it for some time.


  4. There is nothing wrong with librarians 🙂


  5. Jim says:

    “just grow it.” That’s what I’m doing now. A new lady cut mine way too short, now after six weeks with the help of my scissors over my ears a few times I am about ready for another haircut, with a different cutter.


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