By Josie Whitehead

Rose 3
Rose 3

Cinquain is an American poetic form that can be traced back to Adelaide Crapsey. Crapsey, influenced by Japanese haiku, developed this poetic system and used it to express brief thoughts and statements.


Most cinquain poems take the form of a single, 22 syllable stanza. A cinquain consists of five lines. The first line has two syllables, the second line has four syllables, the third line has six syllables and the fourth line has eight syllables, the final line has two syllables.

Memorial Red Rose


(A Cinquain)

By Josie Whitehead

True hue,

Touching my heart;

Filling me with such joy.

I am drawn to your sweet fragrance.

Sweet bloom.

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