Five, or: Sixth

My 1st Crown Cinquain

my eyes
can only see
that which is, and even
then they must close sometimes, unlike
my ears

my ears
sometimes pick up
strange, seemingly distant
sounds, but get distracted, unlike
my tongue

my tongue
can distinguish
'tween umami; sweet; sour;
salty; bitter, but not without
my nose

my nose
is sensitive
to odor and fragrance,
but it gets congested, unlike
my skin

my skin
feels hot & cold;
rough & smooth; hard & soft,
though it tends to seek guidance from
my eyes

Crown Cinquain?

  • a series of 5 Crapsey Cinquains;
    • syllabic count: 2-4-6-8-2 in each stanza;
  • written with a break between each stanza;
  • last line of the previous cinquain repeated as first line of the next cinquain;
  • the final line of the last cinquain does not have to equal the first line of the first cinquain, but it is an option.

d’Verse poetry prompt

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to write ‘Crown Cinquains’ (five stanzas of five lines each) to mark May 5th (the 5th day of the 5th month).


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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