Adelaide Crapsy, Cinquains, poetry, Storms

After the Storm

I don’t claim to be a poet, but I try my hand occasionally, especially when I can’t stop thinking about something like what I found on my patio after a storm this week. I’ve spent way too much time trying to write Cinquains today, but I’m telling myself it’s good for my brain. I thought I’d share a few.

The Cinquain form was invented by the American poet, Adelaide Crapsy. Composed of five lines, constructed of 2, 4, 6, 8, 2 syllables, it makes a brief statement or captures an image.


Disaster Averted

To think
the broom would have
destroyed a home, had I
not noticed in time the twigs were
a nest.



I feel
grateful when I
find the bird nest hidden
beneath a clump of twigs to be


the storm, I see
the nest lying under
debris and think where will Mom lay
her eggs?


Interior Design

weaves her nest with
neutrals before adding
fuchsia and translucent strands for


I bet
she trilled with joy
and danced a jig after

swirling the bright tendrils inside
her nest.

… Your dwelling place is secure, your nest is set in a rock;  Numbers 24:21

Copyright © Dorothy Johnson 2014 All rights reserved

10 thoughts on “After the Storm”

  1. Great cinquain sequence. I don't capitalize every beginning line. Does Ms. Crapsey? Cinquains are my form of choice now because I can comment, use personification, etc. that haikuists don't look kindly on (at least the experts).


  2. Thanks, Freeda. A friend who knows more about birds than I, thinks it's a mockingbird nest. There's a couple that spends time on the deck. Wishing I could put it back for them, but alas the tree is too tall.


  3. Thank you, Pat. I always feel good when you like my poetry. Truth is I don't know if Ms. Crapsey caps first lines or not. I'm still learning and appreciate your pointers. (Wouldn't you hate to have that last name!) I think it will be my choice too because the reasons you mentioned.


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