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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mirror Cinquain

  • The Mirror Cinquain is:
    • decastich (10 line poem)
    • syllabic, 2-4-6-8-2  2-8-6-4-2 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.
    • titled.

This is a mixture of the standard Cinquain and a Reverse Cinquain. Basically a standard followed by a reversed.

So, using the usual syllable counting convention, a mirror cinquain = 2,4,6,8,2 blank line 2,8,6,4,2 syllables. This pattern repeats for longer mirror sequences.
Related forms: Baxter's Hexastitch, Butterfly CinquainCinquinoCrapsey Cinquain, CinqCinquainCinquain ChainCinquain Swirl,  Didactic CinquainMirror CinquainOddquain ButterflyStandard Cinquain 

Example Poem

Soulful Husbandry    (Mirror Cinquain)

Two wolves
lives in each of
us to make us what we
are, though we train them how to serve
our goals.

They both
compete to make us what we are.
So train them well and choose
the wolf that you
will feed.

© Lawrencealot - February 20, 2014

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