Two Cinquains To Open May

John Mackenzie celebrating the 5th month with a 5-line poetic form, the cinquain, with links explaining the form and related forms.

Mumbling Jack

Got the idea of writing cinquains today from this blog, Visible Poetry: Aesthetic Acts in Progress, that my friend Becka pointed me to this morning.

And so I went walking with the idea rolling around, and found that the magnolias are finally blooming here. Ended up by the harbour where I managed to get the cormorant poem I’ve been wanting to write forever.

Now, who knows? Since May is the fifth month, I may make it Cinquain Month here at Mumbling Jack.

Two Cinquains To Open May

1. May First

Today
the magnolia
buds are cracking open
at last, a slow blush of petals
spreading.

2. And at the Harbour

Narrow-
throated, constant,
hunger skims blue water
on a cormorant’s black wings, long
thin strokes.

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