Shackles Cold Restraining Chilling Locking Binding Inescapably bound in place Cable Round Connected Coiling Twisting Looping Securely wrapping all around Bracelet Pretty Shiny Sparkling Glinting Twinkling An attractive wrist ornament Trinket Tiny Worthless Hanging Dangling Swinging Only for sentimental folks Trifle Paltry Little Piddling Trifling Niggling Utterly worthless minor thing Fragment Shattered Pointed Piercing Cutting Stinging Greater picture remains hidden Portion Lot Separate Parting Taking Giving Different for every person Fortune Wealthy Elite Boasting Owning Spending Far beyond mere security Plenty Nice Comforting Soothing Saving Freeing Enough for all emergencies Torrent Wet Powerful Gushing Bursting Flooding Tremendous deluge overcomes all Outflow Swift Measured Streaming Rolling Pounding Water and language similar Poem
I’ve been experimenting with various forms of poetry of late, and I came upon the ‘cinquain’. At its core, the ‘cinquain’ is a five line poem. There are, of course, variations; and I settled upon the following rules, as a challenge to myself:
- Line 1: One word, two syllables (a noun, the subject of the poem)
- Line 2: Two words, four syllables (adjectives that describe the subject in line 1)
- Line 3: Three words, six syllables (-ing action verbs–participles–that relate to the subject in line 1)
- Line 4: Four words, eight syllables (a phrase or sentence that relates feelings about the subject in line 1)
- Line 5: One word, two syllables (a synonym for the subject in line 1 or a word that sums it up)
I was immediately struck by the fact that the 5th line of a cinquain (according to the above rules) takes the very same form as the 1st line (i.e. one word, two syllables), which led me to wonder… how many cinquains could I reasonably manage to string together?
My goal, I decided, would be to start with the word ‘shackles’ and somehow get myself to the word ‘poem’.