Poetry Friday ~ Cinquain

3 Apr

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my blog.

March is the first month to feature five Tuesdays. So, Colleen Chesebro from Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry Challenge would like us to work with a specific syllabic poetry form.

This week’s form is:

The Cinquain & It’s Variations, (excluding the Tanka).

My contribution this week are a grouping of Reverse Cinquains:

Photo by Fred Pixlab
to the pounding of my heartbeat
it can better tell you
of my longing
for you
My love
I dream of you even when you
are sleeping by my side
and I miss you
We fought
harsh words tumbled from salty lips
fists balled like angry stones
sorrow lingered
I bled
I spoke
your name and cringed at its sour taste
it was all a dream that
ends in nothing
I woke

Sometimes relationships end badly, and all you can do is learn from your mistakes and move on. Some people argue as if it’s the last time they’re going to see the person they’re arguing with and so they say the nastiest things. Once you’ve crossed that line there’s no turning back. An argument doesn’t have to be the end of a relationship. This applies to disputes between friends, co-workers, siblings . . . We all have disagreements, but there’s no need to leave mental scars. There is a right way to argue. If more couples argued the right way there wouldn’t be so many break-ups. We can choose our words carefully because they are powerful, and if used to cause maximum damage things will end badly. Check out this article from Psychology Today. 10 Tips to Having Arguments the Right Way

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

~Maya Angelou

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I appreciate your visit! Stay safe!

69 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Cinquain”

  1. Annette Rochelle Aben April 3, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

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  2. specialk718 April 3, 2020 at 3:28 pm #

    Very nice thanks

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  3. John W. Howell April 3, 2020 at 3:29 pm #

    All good, Vashti. The poem and the advice.

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  4. Gwen M. Plano April 3, 2020 at 3:32 pm #

    Brilliant, Vashti. You captured the moment and offered down-to-earth advice that all should read. Hugs… ♥

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    • Vashti Q April 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm #

      Hi, Gwen! Thank you. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Take good care of yourself.🥰


  5. Linda Mims April 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm #

    Vashti, so many great images, but I will keep close and re-examine, “fists balled like angry stones”! Also loved your words of wisdom which followed! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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    • Vashti Q April 3, 2020 at 8:22 pm #

      Hi, Linda! Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for the visit and sweet comment. Stay safe, my friend❣️


  6. Priscilla Bettis April 3, 2020 at 5:47 pm #

    Like flesh-n-blood relationships, the poem started so romantically and ended with such emptiness. Impressive!

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    • Vashti Q April 3, 2020 at 8:30 pm #

      Thank you, Priscilla! Too often things end that way.😔 Take care and stay safe!🥰


  7. Colleen M. Chesebro April 3, 2020 at 6:09 pm #

    EXCELLENT Cinquains, Sis. I do like where you went with your poetry. You touch us all inside with your words. ❤

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    • Vashti Q April 3, 2020 at 8:32 pm #

      That’s so kind of you to say.💞 Thank you, Sis! Stay safe!💗

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  8. trentpmcd April 3, 2020 at 6:24 pm #

    Very nice reverse cinquains 🙂

    I attempt to make arguments a way to achieve understanding, not a victory to be made. Of course I am human, so… 😉

    Stupid question, though one that none of us is smart enough to answer – why is it that Maya Angelou could say the simplest things and yet cut right to the heart of the matter and speak plain truth like few others? Great quote you used.

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    • Vashti Q April 3, 2020 at 8:42 pm #

      You’re so right about Maya. I completely get what you’re saying. She has this innate wisdom that’s shockingly simple, but blows your mind. I think she had more common sense than anyone in the world.😊
      I’ll be honest, when I was younger my words were like daggers when I argued. That’s how I reacted when I was hurt, but I’ve grown wiser now. I try to keep it civil and I don’t aim to hurt but to clarify. Thank you, Trent❣️ Stay safe.

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  9. tracikenworth April 3, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

    Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger for all Genres as well as craft books and commented:
    Nice, Vashti. Well chosen words.

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  10. yvettemcalleiro April 3, 2020 at 6:55 pm #

    I hate confrontation, so I always try to have civil conversations with people, even when I disagree with them. I’m a believer of listening with love. It isn’t always easy, but anger never solved anything. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q April 3, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

      You’re so right, my friend. I used to be a hot head in my late teens and early twenties, but believe me, I’ve since learned (the hard way) to remain calm and be civil. I now choose my battles wisely and keep my emotions in check.🥰 Have a safe and happy weekend!

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author April 4, 2020 at 3:44 am #

    I love your poem and message today, Vashti xo

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    • Vashti Q April 4, 2020 at 9:52 pm #

      That’s awesome, Denise! Thank you. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the post. Stay safe❣️

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  12. watchingthedaisies April 4, 2020 at 3:45 am #

    Beautifully said Vashti. I think we are in the midst of a mighty wake up call. Hopefully, appreciation will win over arguments. x

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    • Vashti Q April 4, 2020 at 10:06 pm #

      Thank you, Brigid. I agree. I’m sure everyone has time for reflection now. Stay safe, my friend.💞

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  13. Natalie Ducey April 4, 2020 at 10:59 am #

    Beautifully written, Vashti, and a timely, poignant message for sure. I hope you’re doing well. Stay safe. Stay awesome, my friend! XO

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    • Vashti Q April 4, 2020 at 10:24 pm #

      Thank you, Natalie❣️ I’m happy you thought so. I’m doing great staying home and doing lots of reading and writing. I hope you’re doing great too, my friend.💞

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  14. balroop2013 April 4, 2020 at 12:37 pm #

    Lovely, meaningful poetry Vashti! You nailed it with that quote of Maya Angelou. Disagreements define us but shouldn’t make us bitter. Have a happy weekend.

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    • Vashti Q April 4, 2020 at 10:31 pm #

      Thank you!💗 You’re so right, my friend. I love that Maya Angelou quote. I was going to use only a portion of it and then changed my mind. It’s perfect. Have a safe and happy weekend❣️

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  15. Jan Sikes April 4, 2020 at 5:34 pm #

    This poem touched me deeply. When my husband was still alive, we would have arguments and I would be physically ill until we were okay again. It affected me that strongly. I love Maya Angelou’s wisdom! Thank you for sharing, Vashti! I hope you and your family are safe and well!

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    • Vashti Q April 5, 2020 at 2:54 pm #

      Hi, Jan! I understand that feeling. We try to practice never going to bed angry. It’s difficult sometimes, but if we don’t make up before going to bed I can’t sleep. Our arguments affect me strongly, too.
      This is one of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou, but she has so many wise and insightful quotes. I also love, “I know why the caged bird sings.” which is also the title of her autobiography. I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote since being on quarantine. By the way, that book has so many amazing quotes.
      My husband and I are doing great. We’re staying home and reading, writing, watching TV, cooking up a storm (I may need to be rolled out of my house once this is over). My mom and siblings are also well. One of my husband’s cousins tested positive as did his wife. He’s hospitalized with symptoms and she’s home. So the coronavirus has hit home, and it’s even scarier now. We’re keeping them in our prayers. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. ❤


  16. dgkaye April 4, 2020 at 10:28 pm #

    Gorgeous words and reminders Vashti. Sounds like much I write about in some of my books – Words We Carry. ❤ Stay safe! xx

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    • Vashti Q April 5, 2020 at 3:28 pm #

      Thank you, Debby! Maybe I’ve learned this from you. 😉 Whenever I write anything I pull from experience, situations I’ve witnessed and things I’ve learned from the books I’ve read. You take good care of yourself. ❤

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      • dgkaye April 6, 2020 at 11:37 am #

        Well that is humbling. ❤ ❤ Yes, stay safe and masked! xx

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  17. robbiesinspiration April 5, 2020 at 12:06 pm #

    This is a great poem, Vashti, and your advice is good too.

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    • Vashti Q April 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm #

      I’m happy you like it, Robbie. How are things in relation to the corovirus in South Africa? I hope all is well with you and your family. ❤

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      • robbiesinspiration April 5, 2020 at 11:56 pm #

        Hi Vashti, there is a lot of anxiety here at a gov level as this virus has gotten into our townships and squatter camps which are very overcrowded and people share water, food and toilets. Gov is now trying to move some of these people to other places – funny how it takes a crisis to get action. We are just spectators in this world-wide play, aren’t we? How are things on your side.

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    • Vashti Q April 7, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

      That sounds like a tough situation, Robbie. I hope they can resolve it soon. Like you said, it seems like governments wait until the sh!ł hits the fan before taking action. The numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases in the USA keep rising so we’re in a scary situation. My husband and I have been on quarantine for 3 weeks now. All non-essential businesses in south Florida are closed, and we can only go out for essential business like buying food or medicine. We’re doing okay, but like you we’re a bit anxious.

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      • robbiesinspiration April 7, 2020 at 11:43 pm #

        We have been in lock down since Michael got sick with a virus on 11 March, it feels like forever. I hope you both have an income as that is an added worry for many people. I can work but that won’t help if clients can’t pay so that is a niggling worry. Anyhow, I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend.

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      • Vashti Q April 8, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

        I hope Michael is doing much better. That is a long time. We’re both working from home so thank God for that. I hope this situation comes to an end soon before things get any worse. You have a fabulous Easter weekend, too. ❤


  18. TooFullToWrite April 6, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

    The poems complement the advice very well. Insightful and poignant, an excellent use of the poetic form itself to learn more about ourselves and teach us valuable lessons when it comes to relationships.

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    • Vashti Q April 8, 2020 at 4:43 pm #

      Thank you for the visit and the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Stay safe! 😀

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  19. Inspiredlatia April 7, 2020 at 6:22 pm #


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  20. OIKOS™-Publishing April 8, 2020 at 7:39 pm #

    Thank you for this wonderful poem, Vashti! The following advice ist great, too. Stay save and well, too. Michael

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    • Vashti Q April 10, 2020 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi, Michael! You’re so sweet. Thank YOU for the visit and the fabulous comment. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Thanks for the well wishes, too. ❤


  21. Miriam Hurdle April 8, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

    There’s so much wisdom in your poem and the quote, Vashti. I had no control of the relationship for ten years until got out of it. Now with my husband, we learn to overlook the little things. In our early years, we argued on the disagreements, but it affected my sleep. We keep reminding each other that we are meant to be with each other from our first meeting. Now we make sure to say “I love you” before going to sleep.

    Thank you for sharing the quote! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q April 10, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

      That’s so romantic, Miriam! ❤ You keep reminding each other that you were meant to be together from your first meeting––that's amazing. Yes, my husband and I say "I love you" when we rise in the morning and before going to sleep at night. That's good practice. I love that quote by Maya Angelou it's so incredibly insightful. Thank you for the compliments, my friend. Have a safe and fun weekend! ❤

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      • Miriam Hurdle April 10, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

        Yes, Vashti. I remember coming home from a vacation, my neighbor passed away in a short period of time. His wife told me her husband asked her to apologize to me. I asked why. She said he said he didn’t mean to tease me. I told her I knew her husband was joking.
        It seems like this thought of reconciliation is one of the thought in people in passing.

        Happy Easter, Vashti. ❤

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    • Vashti Q April 13, 2020 at 7:59 pm #

      I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend, Miriam. Thanks for sharing about your neighbor. I believe you’re right. Have a great week! ❤

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      • Miriam Hurdle April 14, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

        We had a wonderful Easter weekend watching the live streaming of Easter service and had a video chat with my daughter seeing my granddaughters. ❤

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  22. D. Wallace Peach April 13, 2020 at 8:35 am #

    Just lovely, Vashti. I enjoyed the poem as much as the wisdom behind it. I think “how to argue constructively” should be taught in schools. Lol. It’s a tough skill to figure out without a bit of guidance. 🙂 I hope you’re weathering this virus well, staying balanced and healthy. Take care. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q April 13, 2020 at 8:05 pm #

      Hi, Diana! I completely agree. Why not teach several Psychology based classes in middle school and high school. I think it would help significantly. My husband and I are working from home and taking every precaution to stay safe and healthy. So far, it’s working. You take good care of yourself, too. Have a great new week! 😀 xo

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  23. Writing Silence April 15, 2020 at 1:38 pm #


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  24. markbierman April 15, 2020 at 5:17 pm #

    There’s alot of raw emotion in this poem, I could feel it. Well done!

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    • Vashti Q April 17, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi, Mark! It’s fantastic that the poem made you feel something. That’s what I aim for in my poetry. Thank you! 😀 xo

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  25. Marje @ Kyrosmagica April 16, 2020 at 5:06 am #

    Lovely cinquain Vashti. Now’s a difficult and testing time for relationships. Both if your cooped up with your partner/husband or separated from your boyfriend as my youngest daughter is. A stressful time. Sending love and light, and hope for a happier time. ❤ x

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    • Vashti Q April 17, 2020 at 2:38 pm #

      Hello, Marje! You’re right, this is a difficult time for relationships. However, this post does not depict my situation at home. My husband and I get along great. We haven’t had any issues––so far. He, he. Anyway, I wish all the best for your family. I hope this quarantine and virus situation ends sooner rather than later. ❤ xo

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  26. judeitakali April 21, 2020 at 2:20 am #

    Such beautifully written cinquains, sombre and I also love the advice it’s great advice

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    • Vashti Q April 24, 2020 at 1:49 pm #

      Thank you very much, Jude! I’m happy you liked the cinquains and my humble suggestions. 😀 xo


  27. CoachKanika findingabetteryou September 8, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

    Emotional piece
    Stay wealthy healthy safe and happy

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  28. Elizabeth September 11, 2020 at 5:13 am #

    there are lots of up and down in any relationship, we need to find a balance to keep it going. beautiful poems.

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    • Vashti Q September 11, 2020 at 1:40 pm #

      You’re so right, Elizabeth. The key is to try to work things out calmly. I’m happy you enjoyed the poems. ❤

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