“The Specter,” A Cinquain


Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Weekly Poetry Challenge where we can write a Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Cinquain, or a Senryu using the prompt words: ghost and haunt. Today I wrote a Cinquain because I couldn’t resist having some fun with the upcoming Halloween season just around the corner.

Cinquain poetry is also known as quintain or quintet, which is a poem or stanza composed of five lines. Poetryforkids.com shares the following:

Adelaide Crapsey, American poet, and creator of the modern cinquain

A cinquain – which, by the way, is pronounced “sin-cane,” not “sin-kwane” – is a form of poetry that is very popular because of its simplicity. It was created by American poet Adelaide Crapsey about 100 years ago and is similar to Japanese poetic forms, such as haiku and tanka.

Cinquains are just five lines long, with only a few words on each line, making them easy to write. The first and last lines have just two syllables, while the middle lines have more, so they end up with a diamond-like shape, similar to the poetic form called the diamante.

Though they are just five lines long, the best cinquains tell a small story. Instead of just having descriptive words, they may also have an action (something happening), a feeling caused by the action, and a conclusion or ending.”



shadow spirit

haunting plaguing hounding

ghostly nightmare terrors beguile


©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro


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Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

24 thoughts on ““The Specter,” A Cinquain

    1. Thank you, dear friend. Cinquain are a fun form. I like the shape your words make. It is visually pleasing. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Ritu. These are fun and if you can get the story from your words… cool!


    1. Thanks, Teagan. I have to agree with you. Anything with the number three has always been favorable to me. Hugs on the wing! ❤

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        1. I shared another article from the Old Farmer’s Almanac about the number 13. Pretty interesting stuff, I agree. ❤

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