Wednesday, June 19, 2013

writing exercise

This writing exercise was a little different.

Via Rachel McKibbens' blog, exercise 83:

Write a poem built out of four (or however many) cinquains that tell the story of someone getting old. Make sure one of the things that made them old was something they ate. Something they saw. Something they heard. Something they felt. A fragrance. Have the first line be the person's name. If you want each cinquain to be about a different person, cool. Oh, and if you forgot what a cinquain was, here's the format:

line 1 - 2 syllables
line 2 - 4 syllables
line 3 - 6 syllables
line 4 - 8 syllables
line 5 - 2 syllables

Never tried a cinquain before. I tried three. Here's what immediately arrived:

eats apple stems
hair shot grey as he chews
comma backbone over blue cane,

Touches puddle
Beauty queen wrinkle deep
Ankle bones click and shift to dust,
Bed rot

Sniffs bonfire
Trembles with the buttons
Yellow nail living will, torn heart

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