You ask me
Who I want to be?
Dare I return back to see?
Where will I find the roots to my tree?
Am I free?


Tony Maude of dVerse posted an interesting challenge today. To write, how shall I call it?…Once removed Cinquain.

The Cinquain is a five-line poem, invented by Adelaide Crapsey, an American poet. The first and last lines each have 2 syllables, with the intervening lines having 4, 6 and 8 syllables respectively. Tony asked us to write a five-line poem with 3, 5, 7 ,9 and 3 syllables.

I must say this challenge really intrigued me. Since English is not even my second language,  sometimes it is hard to frame my emotions in a more technical verse form. I fell in love with acrostic form and it came surprisingly easy to me. When I read this latest challenge, I thought I might try it.

So, here is my humble offering. I have no idea if it is technically correct, but I gave my best. And if you don’t try it, you’ll never learn it.


40 thoughts on “Singularity

  1. hey your link @ dverse works fine….smiles.
    questions…contemplative questions like that can be pandoras box
    cause you ask one and another follows….where will i find the roots of my tree
    is def a poignant one for all of us…

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  2. This is really good; you have the right number of syllables in each line – and you’ve rhymed them too.

    If I could write even half this well in any language other than English, I’d be really proud of my achievement.

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  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    I like your comment, “why make it simple, when U can complicate it?”. Because my poetics tend to be verbose, I usually counter with, “Why use just one word, when ten will due?” Your poem is quite accomplished; congrats.

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  4. very cool. I like how you made your modified cinquain a set of questions, rather than a statement. I would have never guessed from your writing that English is not a first or second language for you.

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  5. I often have trouble with new forms of poetry, sometimes taking longer than Mr linky allows! Good job – the thing with poetry is we start with something – and fiddle with it and make it our own.

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  6. No sturggling with language there… and I think these brief forms work much better for those of us who don’t have English as a first language – we’re not so wedded to standard constructions and grammar. I love your self-interrogation – quite a philosophical poem.

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