Tree Pose

One foot

Roots leg to earth.

Toes clutch. Corners balance.

Thighs cinch. Wind blows. Arms shake. Heart bared.

Grit grows.

Poems have roots.

Writing poetry is like planting words into a fixed space or form, a plot of soil, or a pot, if you will, where words take root and grow up inside you. This poem is a cinquain (pronounced sin-KANE). Isn’t that a great word? A cinquain is much like a haiku, a poem whose form is determined by the amount of syllables on each line. 2/4/6/8/2 distinguishes this lovely little structure. To find more about the history of the cinquain, check out this week’s Tweetspeak Poetry prompt.

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September 6, 2017