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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cinquain Swirl

  • Cinquain Swirl is an invented verse form based on 2 or more Crapsey Cinquains syllable count written without breaks using L5 of each cinquain as L1 of the next cinquain. When centered on the page the lines form a swirling effect.
    • Writing.com Syllable count is 2-4-6-8-2-4-6-8-2-4-6-8-2 etc. It can be written in any number of lines that complete the 2-4-6-8-2 cycle.
    • At Poet's Garrett L1 of the first cinquain is repeated as the 2 syllable line similar to a refrain throughout the poem. 2-4-6-8-2-4-6-8-2 It can be written in any number of lines that complete the 2-4-6-8-2-4-6-8-2 cycle.


In Cinquain Swirl and Cinquain Chain Poems are American style poems with French names.
In a Cinquain Swirl, Cinquain poems with a 2-4-6-8-2 syllable beat are melted together to form a longer poem, and the 2 syllable beat is repeated as the refrain, 2R-4-6-8-2R-4-6-8-2R-4-6-8-2R.
In a Cinquain Chain, Cinquain poems are linked together to form a longer poem, and the 2 syllable beat is repeated as the refrain in all the 2 beats lines, 2R-4-6-8-2R-2R-4-6-8-2R-2R-4-6-8-2R, or as the first and last line of the poem with the 2 beat lines between Cinquain repeated, 2R1-4-6-8-2R2-2R2-4-6-8-2R3-2R3-4-6-8-2R1.
Both, Cinquain Swirls and Cinquain Chains may or may not have rhyme. They must be at least 2 Cinquain long, but they have no limit to the number of Cinquain used. The examples below are of 3 Cinquain in length.

Examples: by Frank G. Poe, Jr.
My Blog Swirl                                                My Blog Chain
Follow,                                                            Follow,
You’re hypnotized.                                         You’re hypnotized.
You will follow my blog.                               You will follow my blog.
Click on follow; you will follow.                  Click on follow; you will follow.
Follow,                                                            You must,
You must tell friends.                                    You must,
You cannot imagine                                       You must tell friends.
Life without following my blog.                    You cannot imagine  
Follow                                                             Life without following my blog.
You need my blog.                                         You need,
Soon, you will awaken.                                  You need,
You will not remember this poem.                You need my blog.
Follow…                                                         Soon, you will awaken.
.                                                                       You will not remember this poem.
.                                                                       Follow…

Well ...After much exploration to try to iron out the differences above, I found many cinquain swirls written without any refrain at all.  So my specifications shall state that the Cinquain Swirl is an aggregation of Crapsey Cinquains strung together omitting the two syllable Line 5, except for the poems ending line.
Save the refrain for the Cinquain Chain.   (If you like.)
2, 4, 6, 8, 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, 4, 6, 8, 2
My Example

Choose Happy

not a single
reason joy needs to wait,
I'll use this and every season
 up high my plate.
Stack it up with cheer then
Grinning; spread it- spread it all around. 
 lies our path to
winning,  giving gloom no
ground. Steer your bark with fear
behind you putting hope now in

(c) Lawrencealot - February 20, 2014

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