“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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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  2. Excellent Horror Movie! 😎😎😎😎😎

  3. Brilliant, Colleen! I love it! Spooky! 👻👻👻👻👻

  4. Colleen, the poem is marvelous! And so are the gorgeous images. How perfect for pre-Halloween. Happy Friday the 13th! I’ve always believed it was a lucky day. Hugs on the wing!

  5. Yet another fabulous example of how you were born with a poet’s soul!

  6. Thank you for the additional information on the Cinquain form–as well as how to pronounce it. 🙂

  7. Lovely! Happy Friday to you!

  8. Happy Friday the 13th!

  9. Happy Friday the 13th to you, Colleen!

  10. Love it Colleen!

  11. Wonderful Colleen, until today I had never known about Cinquain poetry, it’s lovely. Happy Friday the 13th❤️

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