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Monday, January 03, 2005

Kakizome, haiku and cinquain

Kakizome is a traditional Japanese way of greeting the new year with poetry, written for the occasion. In recent years this has become a Sunnyhill tradition as well.

Haiku is a form wiht three lines, the first with five syllables, the second with seven and the third with five. The lines need not rhyme. (See notes for example and submissions.)

Cinquain is a five line poem, with a structure which gives it the form of a diamond.
Line 1: one word to name the subject.
Line 2: two words to describe it.
Line 3: three action words about it.
Line 4: a four or five word phrase describing the subject (a thought, not a complete sentence)
Line 5: one word that means the same thing as the first word, or a word that sums it all up.


Anonymous said...

Example Haiku from American poet, Richard Wright:

A moment ago
There was just one icy star
About that mountain.

Anonymous said...

Example, Cinquain taken from a Girl Scout site:

tall, green,
growing, reaching, standing
a witness to the past

Anonymous said...

Judy Armstrong's submissions:

bright, warm
glowing, dancing, burning
Robert made it

More from Judy:

Christmas, was it here?
It seems like a blur of fur
That went to darn fast.

And a third from Judy:

good, strong
running, throwing, tackling
best season in years

Anonymous said...

From Carol Loadman-Copeland

One hundred thousand
And more are gone in a day
So many lives lost

Mark Rauterkus said...
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Anonymous said...

Steve Doell wrote:

Job loss suddenly
So off to Cleveland I go
Leaving this behind

Mark Rauterkus said...

Pat Williams wrote:

posture, position
stretching, breathing, growning
to promote serenity

Mark Rauterkus said...

Expressive media
surf, post, rant
networking opinions for the outspoken

Mark Rauterkus said...

we vote
messy, duty, peaceful
challenging community with issues

Anonymous said...

Murray Zeldman wrote:

Baby Girl
Learning about life
Reaching out to her parents

Anonymous said...

Bill Cook wrote:

Cute, adorable
Peeing, pooping, playing
It gives and gets