Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.
Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤
I was drawn to this Cinquain because of the simplicity of the words describing a rose. What really surprised me was her choice of the word, “chroma,” which means purity or intensity of color.
That one word makes this Cinquain sing. For me, it describes something so unusual and so beautiful that no other word would describe this rose with the same meaning.
So, even in a Cinquain (2, 4, 6, 8, 2 syllable structure) the perceived limitations of syllabic poetry really don’t exist because we have a wide array of words to choose from. The creativity comes in our taking the time to find the perfect two-syllable word to make our descriptions stand out from all the usual words.
The brevity of words is what makes this kind of poetry so special. Don’t be afraid to experiment with Cinquain poetry. The various types have a natural rhythm that you don’t always find in freestyle poetry or other forms.
© 2018 Miriam Hurdle
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