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Life is short by Guenther , DebbySue
Transition by Guenther , DebbySue
Style by Guenther , DebbySue
Just Beautiful - The American Cinquain Style by Petersen Potter, Dorian
Jolly by TM, jam
Disagreements by Lambrecht, Megan
DEW ON MY STUMP by Vincent, Messoh
A PASSIONATE PROCESS a structured quintain by Strand, Brian
LONELY LOVE by Vincent, Messoh
Absent by Promise, Rainbow

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Waiting, hoping
Heart slowly dying
Memories re-fuelling forgotten dreams

Wistfully awaiting
Dreams to stir
Prayers to be answered

Penned 18 December 2014

Copyright © SEREN ROBERTS | Year Posted 2014

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Soaring Free as a bird No wings to restrain us Blown gently on salmon pink clouds Heaven! 01~11~15 Contest: An American Beauty – Andrea Dietrich Visual 5: Balloons Checked Using How many Syllables 2,4,6,8,2 ~awarded 4th place~

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2015

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Desire Yearn, hunger Wanting, needing, craving I need you now! Longing Lust Passion, urgency Thrilling, arousing, smouldering Strong desire for intimacy Obsession 12~26~14 Contest longing Dr Ram Mehta ~awarded 2nd place~

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2014

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Silent Hearts

Silent Hearts

silent hearts
words left unsaid
never find their voice

4:20 pm
© All Rights Reserved

Copyright © James Marshall Goff | Year Posted 2010

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Water gushed over parched land fractures are slowly filled left by drought terrain humidified by cold water pouring down replacing warmth everything ice-covered Water set in ice form fluffy and breathtaking an impish sting to its beauty arctic my clothes are drenched twirl around with outstretched arms tears are forgotten By: Wilma Neels Contest Name: Nature, Four In One
1st Place

Copyright © Wilma Neels | Year Posted 2011

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The Twinkling

The Twinkling

the hazy moon
night time whispers stories
shooting stars race in close to hear
and wink

Copyright © James Marshall Goff | Year Posted 2009

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Always - American Cinquain

~Always~ (American Cinquain) Always Keep all your dreams Let them grow never let them go Keep your dreams alive let them shine Always. Your dreams Need time to grow Just keep them glowing near to you Dreams are like rainbow shining in The sky. Dorian Petersen Potter Aka ladydp2000 copyright@2015 January,10,2015

Copyright © Dorian Petersen Potter | Year Posted 2015

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The one who survived

Cancer came as a shock Treatment made me fragile Close to death, but disease has gone for now
6 February 2016 The One who survives contest by Sara Kendrick Cinquain is five line stanza First line two syllables Second line four syllables Third line has six syllables The fourth line has eight lines The fifth line has two syllables

Copyright © Silent One | Year Posted 2016

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The One That Survived

She stands
In the graveyard
Where he sleeps forever
Beneath the heavy weight of all 
Her tears.

For:  Cinquain contest
Awarded:  First Place

Written:   Feb. 6, 2016

Copyright © Elaine George | Year Posted 2016

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Autumn Stroll

Autumn Stroll Autumn Gold foliage Brilliantly surrounds me Strolling forest's sunlit pathway Aglow. Sandra M. Haight ~1st Place~ Contest: Autumn Stroll Cinquain Form Sponsor: Eve Roper Judged: 10/26/2015

Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2015

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Woodland Walks In Autumn

Smoky mornings drifting like woodsmoke on the breeze... mushrooms are white buttons in grass, dew-damp. Snapping berries from barbs, my fingers sunset-stained; the puce juice of drupelet fruit slow- bleeding. Swollen, the pregnant pods sway on summer-scorched stems - seed-heavy wombs that will soon birth winter. Goodbye the winds soft-sigh... a crackling cremation of crimson as leaves die, skies cry goodbye...
23/10/2015 'Autumn Stroll Cinquain Form' contest

Copyright © Charlotte Jade Puddifoot | Year Posted 2015

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Wrongful conviction

Sweetened dung is shoveled down
gluttonous throats with eager appetites for
alleged misdeeds skillfully spun
into a frenzy of sensationalized hype
by media-seasoned reporters.
Seduced by speculation and hearsay,
a jury of pseudo-intellectuals assembles
neatly with moral turpitude tied
smug and tight around rigid white collars
stained heavy with sweat and anticipation.
She stands alone as the eyes of
the court pierce through her appraising
her posture and expression while
the echo of charges being read dissipates
with the smell of type ink and old mahogany.
Fragments of truth embellished
for shock-value and dramatic effect
spill forth as vomit
from confessional mouths
reeking of rot and fermentation.
Vulturous prosecutors rise in fluid
motion squawking accusations in
expert execution of closing arguments, 
pecking apart flesh, unconscionably
scattering the meaty bones of her defense.

Copyright © Thvia Shetley | Year Posted 2010

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The poet and the jester (on embracing duality)

It is the conversation
between the poet and the jester.
The poet- with solemn introspection;
the jester- with careless regard,
each captivating the other.

It is the ultimate irony
of this unlikely coupling,
entwining their words,
combining truth and mischief,
sabotaging established decorum.

Neither threatened nor contrite,
nor challenging the others' wisdom,
but with enthusiastic fornication
and eager indecency
they consecrate their mutual madness

Copyright © Thvia Shetley | Year Posted 2010

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Sweet Music

                                  He sits
                          Softly Humming 
                 And seems to have no cares,
               Playing peacefully with his toys
                               For hours.

                                He sings
         Words that seem to stem from his heart.
                 Words that have no meaning,
                         Yet sweet they be;
                                  To me.

Written by Brenda Meier-Hans 

Copyright © Brenda Meier-Hans | Year Posted 2014

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Only Longing

I think of you sometimes - your strong arms around me - and a white cloud envelops me gleaming. At times the cloud is grey, for life rains down on me. You are not here; I have only. . . longing. Traditional style cinquain: syllable count: 2/4/6/8/2 an oldie for the Cinquain Contest of Dr.Ram Mehta; not a win (theme: Longing)

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2014

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Professional Crime - Cinquain

slippery snake,
white collar criminal,
mirror image of thievery,

For John Heck's 12-In-1...Choose Your Forte! contest.

Copyright © George Aul | Year Posted 2011

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Holiday Goodies

                                       is the sugar.
                             Once worn to coat cookies
                     now just pinched and licked by fingers 
                                           In jar.

                          Contest: A Quentin Christmas 

Copyright © Brenda Meier-Hans | Year Posted 2014

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My Bed's Just Here For The Cat

Hairy nuisance
Sprawling over bedsheets
Crowding limited sleepspace with

Copyright © William Masonis | Year Posted 2009

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like bottled air
clinging to nothing real,
except to slippery inside walls
of space

like heart chamber
holding on to first love
bouncing back and forth, side to side
then gone

like nerve feeling
continued ceaseless pain
until all feeling is dissolved
or cold

Copyright © 2011  By Caryl S. Muzzey

First Place Winner ~ "An Old or New" Poetry Contest
Sponsored by: Brian Strand
July 20, 2011

Copyright © Caryl Muzzey | Year Posted 2011

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A cinquain for Mothers Day

I must collect
In a jar on my desk
For all the tears my mum shed through
My storms

Copyright © Michael Dom | Year Posted 2013

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Longing What Was

Us Two Peas Talking, Hearing, Touching Love exemplified, Union personified. We Singular Empty Pod Silent, Deaf, Abandoned Trust betrayed, Marriage broken Alone 24~12~2014 Maurice Yvone Sponsor: Dr.Ram Mehta Contest Name: Cinquain Theme: LONGING  

Copyright © Maurice Yvonne | Year Posted 2014

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Failure Vows were exchanged Many promises made Two hearts crushed as feelings vanished Breakdown
Entry for Catie's "traditional cinquain" contest

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2011

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Loves End

              Every ounce of love you give me
                   Knowing it shall soon end
                          Shall it last me
                             No chance

Written by Brenda Meier-Hans

Copyright © Brenda Meier-Hans | Year Posted 2014

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Weeping Willow

                                              The tall
                                        Weeping willow
                                     Waves majestically
                        Somehow she seems to be haunted

                           She’s merely airing her branches
                                   In the windy meadow
                                       Being heard by

Written by Brenda Meier-Hans
Fall 2012
This is know as a Mirror Cinquain
5 Lines + 5 Lines
Syllables 1-2  2-4  3-6  4-8  5-2        6-2  7-8  8-6  9-4  10-2

Copyright © Brenda Meier-Hans | Year Posted 2014

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gold sand

Gold sand 
Milk waves washes
Foot prints of yesterday
Restore with clear smooth surface for 
New feet

Copyright © manel gunatillake | Year Posted 2013