Exquisite Elements

Garden 3

Exquisite Elements

(Cinquains and Couplets)




I do hope you’ll grant my pardon,

I’ll describe a Japan garden.

The breakdown is quite intense,

It has so many elements.

But I will do the best I can,

So you might duplicate the plan.

Here goes:



Japanese purity

Exquisite element display

Well done

The path

A way to peace

Emotional  release

Trail around nature’s masterpiece

Calm hath

Pond stones

Of Mother Earth

Adds heavy weight and girth

Quiet dignity yields their worth



Is so serene

Providing placid scene

Helps keep the setting clean and green


A bridge

To walk across

Order from all chaos

Creates a setting of ethos


Trim tree

Branches stately

Adds to garden greatly

Lofty limbs are rather courtly



Stone human touch

Artistic mood,  as such

Mankind’s keynote, but not too much

Fat urn


Bright blue blossom

Flower truly awesome

An Egyptian sacred emblem



In these primary elements

You’ll find the seeds of elegance

The Creator’s works joined with man’s

Quintessential Japanese plans


Author Notes

These are the elements of the Japanese garden pictured above. It tried to bring out their essence in the poem, inspired by the photograph. These gardens blend natural beauty with human artistic effort to create a setting of serenity.

This poem contains a blend of rhyming couplets (two lines with rhyming end rhymes)and Cinquains.

A Cinquain is written using a pattern. “Cinq” [pronounced SINK] is French for the number 5. This type of poem only has five lines. Each line follows a specific pattern.  The traditional Cinquain, as developed by Adelaide Crapsey, has five lines and a strict structure based on syllable count.

  Line 1:  Two syllables 

Line 2: Four syllables 

Line 3: Six syllables 

Line 4: Eight syllables 

Line 5:  Two syllables 

There is no required rhyme scheme, but for this poem used one. The rhyme scheme is: abbba in each Cinquain.

The lines need not relate, but for this poem I tried to have the two 2 syllable lines reflect each other.

The author took this photograph at the Charlotte Ordway Japanese Garden located at Como Park in St. Paul, Minnesota during September 2013.

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