(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.
Exquisite element display
A way to peace
Trail around nature’s masterpiece
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
To walk across
Order from all chaos
Creates a setting of ethos
Adds to garden greatly
Lofty limbs are rather courtly
Stone human touch
Artistic mood, as such
Mankind’s keynote, but not too much
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
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.