Best Cinquain Poems

These are some of the best cinquain poems written by web poets on

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Poem Details | by Seren Roberts |
Categories: hope, longing,


Waiting, hoping
Heart slowly dying
Memories re-fuelling forgotten dreams

Wistfully awaiting
Dreams to stir
Prayers to be answered

Penned 18 December 2014

Poem Details | by JAN ALLISON |
Categories: freedom,


Soaring Free as a bird No wings to restrain us Blown gently on salmon pink clouds Heaven! 01~11~15 Contest: An American Beauty – Andrea Dietrich Visual 5: Balloons Checked Using How many Syllables 2,4,6,8,2 ~awarded 4th place~

Poem Details | by James Marshall Goff |
Categories: lost love

Silent Hearts

Silent Hearts

silent hearts
words left unsaid
never find their voice

4:20 pm
© All Rights Reserved

Poem Details | by JAN ALLISON |
Categories: desire, longing,


Desire Yearn, hunger Wanting, needing, craving I need you now! Longing Lust Passion, urgency Thrilling, arousing, smouldering Strong desire for intimacy Obsession 12~26~14 Contest longing Dr Ram Mehta ~awarded 2nd place~

Poem Details | by James Marshall Goff |
Categories: imagination

The Twinkling

The Twinkling

the hazy moon
night time whispers stories
shooting stars race in close to hear
and wink

Poem Details | by Dorian Petersen Potter |
Categories: dream,

Always - American Cinquain

~Always~ (American Cinquain) Always Keep all your dreams Let them grow never let them go Keep your dreams alive let them shine Always Your dreams Need time to grow Just keep them glowing near to you Dreams are like rainbow shining in The sky Dorian Petersen Potter Aka ladydp2000 copyright@2015 January,10,2015

Poem Details | by Elaine George |
Categories: death,

The One That Survived

She stands
In the graveyard
Where he sleeps forever
Beneath the heavy weight of all 
Her tears.

For:  Cinquain contest
Awarded:  First Place

Written:   Feb6, 2016

Poem Details | by Sandra Haight |
Categories: autumn,

Autumn Stroll

Autumn Stroll Autumn Gold foliage Brilliantly surrounds me Strolling forest's sunlit pathway Aglow. Sandra MHaight ~1st Place~ Contest: Autumn Stroll Cinquain Form Sponsor: Eve Roper Judged: 10/26/2015

Poem Details | by Thvia Shetley |
Categories: allegory, social,

Wrongful conviction

Sweetened dung is shoveled down
gluttonous throats with eager appetites for
alleged misdeeds skillfully spun
into a frenzy of sensationalized hype
by media-seasoned reporters.
Seduced by speculation and hearsay,
a jury of pseudo-intellectuals assembles
neatly with moral turpitude tied
smug and tight around rigid white collars
stained heavy with sweat and anticipation.
She stands alone as the eyes of
the court pierce through her appraising
her posture and expression while
the echo of charges being read dissipates
with the smell of type ink and old mahogany.
Fragments of truth embellished
for shock-value and dramatic effect
spill forth as vomit
from confessional mouths
reeking of rot and fermentation.
Vulturous prosecutors rise in fluid
motion squawking accusations in
expert execution of closing arguments, 
pecking apart flesh, unconscionably
scattering the meaty bones of her defense.

Poem Details | by Thvia Shetley |
Categories: allegory

The poet and the jester (on embracing duality)

It is the conversation
between the poet and the jester.
The poet- with solemn introspection;
the jester- with careless regard,
each captivating the other.

It is the ultimate irony
of this unlikely coupling,
entwining their words,
combining truth and mischief,
sabotaging established decorum.

Neither threatened nor contrite,
nor challenging the others' wisdom,
but with enthusiastic fornication
and eager indecency
they consecrate their mutual madness

Poem Details | by William Masonis |
Categories: animals, funny, pets

My Bed's Just Here For The Cat

Hairy nuisance
Sprawling over bedsheets
Crowding limited sleepspace with

Poem Details | by Brenda Meier-Hans |
Categories: child, happy, love, music, peace, sweet,

Sweet Music

                                  He sits
                          Softly Humming 
                 And seems to have no cares,
               Playing peacefully with his toys
                               For hours.

                                He sings
         Words that seem to stem from his heart.
                 Words that have no meaning,
                         Yet sweet they be;
                                  To me.

Written by Brenda Meier-Hans 

Poem Details | by Andrea Dietrich |
Categories: longing,

Only Longing

I think of you sometimes - your strong arms around me - and a white cloud envelops me gleaming. At times the cloud is grey, for life rains down on me. You are not here; I have only. longing. Traditional style cinquain: syllable count: 2/4/6/8/2 an oldie for the Cinquain Contest of Dr.Ram Mehta; not a win (theme: Longing)

Poem Details | by Brenda Meier-Hans |
Categories: children, christmas, food,

Holiday Goodies

                                       is the sugar.
                             Once worn to coat cookies
                     now just pinched and licked by fingers 
                                           In jar.

                          Contest: A Quentin Christmas 

Poem Details | by Michael Dom |
Categories: mom, mother, mum,

A cinquain for Mothers Day

I must collect
In a jar on my desk
For all the tears my mum shed through
My storms

Poem Details | by George Aul |
Categories: people

Professional Crime - Cinquain

slippery snake,
white collar criminal,
mirror image of thievery,

For John Heck's 12-In-1...Choose Your Forte! contest.

Poem Details | by Caryl Muzzey |
Categories: depression,


like bottled air
clinging to nothing real,
except to slippery inside walls
of space

like heart chamber
holding on to first love
bouncing back and forth, side to side
then gone

like nerve feeling
continued ceaseless pain
until all feeling is dissolved
or cold

Copyright © 2011  By Caryl SMuzzey

First Place Winner ~ "An Old or New" Poetry Contest
Sponsored by: Brian Strand
July 20, 2011

Poem Details | by Isaiah Zerbst |
Categories: imagery, inspiration, light, sky,

Clouded Lake, Visual 6

The purple lake
Pale sunrays spread like songs
To burn away the shadows in
My soul.

Poem Details | by Carolyn Devonshire |
Categories: lost love


Failure Vows were exchanged Many promises made Two hearts crushed as feelings vanished Breakdown
Entry for Catie's "traditional cinquain" contest

Poem Details | by Brenda Meier-Hans |
Categories: death, desire, emotions, feelings, i love you, longing, love,

Loves End

              Every ounce of love you give me
                   Knowing it shall soon end
                          Shall it last me
                             No chance

Written by Brenda Meier-Hans

Poem Details | by Brenda Meier-Hans |
Categories: beautiful, fantasy, mystery, nature, spiritual, tree,

Weeping Willow

                                              The tall
                                        Weeping willow
                                     Waves majestically
                        Somehow she seems to be haunted

                           She’s merely airing her branches
                                   In the windy meadow
                                       Being heard by

Written by Brenda Meier-Hans
Fall 2012
This is know as a Mirror Cinquain
5 Lines + 5 Lines
Syllables 1-2  2-4  3-6  4-8  5-2        6-2  7-8  8-6  9-4  10-2

Poem Details | by kash poet |
Categories: love, music, romance,


Foreplay melodic love her bangles' symphony sleepless night's moonlight sonata prelude © 2011 kashinath karmakar ========================= Placement:3rd; (September 2011) By:kashinath karmakar Contest:Melody of Cinquain Sponsor:Nette Onclaud

Poem Details | by manel gunatillake |
Categories: nature,

gold sand

Gold sand 
Milk waves washes
Foot prints of yesterday
Restore with clear smooth surface for 
New feet

Poem Details | by Sandra Haight |
Categories: blessing, creation, god,

Alone - Visual 7


In wonder of

The glory of God’s light,

I stand in brilliance of all life...

With Him.

© Sandra MHaight 2015 
   All Rights Reserved

~3rd Place~
Visual #7, Lone Tree
Contest: An American Beauty
Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich
Judged 01/25/2015

Poem Details | by Sandra Haight |
Categories: december, magic,

December Magic

December Magic Christmas Great time of joy For our Savior’s birth, while December ends to birth a brand New Year © Sandra MHaight 2014 All Rights Reserved ~5th Place~ Contest: A Quintain Christmas Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich Traditional Cinquain 2-4-6-8-2 Syllables Judged: 01/04/2015

Poem Details | by JAN ALLISON |
Categories: death, for her, heartbreak, poetess, sad,


Broken Wounds will not heal Surrounded by sadness Grief pours from every single line Constance Form used traditional Cinquain 2,4,6,8,2 syllables Contest: Fragment of Life Sponsor: Broken Wings 02~24~16

Poem Details | by Rhonda Johnson-Saunders |
Categories: color, peace, sky,

Lavender Sunset, Visual 6

casts lavender 
hues across lustrous sea,
then brushes clouds as bustling day
falls still.

Poem Details | by James Marshall Goff |
Categories: angst, autumn,

Lost in the Autumn Air

Words tremble
Crisp winds bear burdens
Summer promised, as daylight drifts away
Your heart...singing in choirs of fading bloom
Hears not

james marshall goff
for Russell's Up In The Autumn Air contest

Poem Details | by Andrea Dietrich |
Categories: morning,

The Wink

Waking, Sun could see sky reflecting its color in the lakeFeeling playful, he winked pink

Poem Details | by Dr. Upma A. Sharma |
Categories: beauty,



First Rays,
on horizon,
Mesmerising purples,
that radiate and scintillate,
Treasure !!

Written Jan 19th, 2015
On Visual 6
For Andrea's contest

Awarded HM

Poem Details | by hija de la luna |
Categories: absence, leaving, lonely, longing, love, memory,


He left
That night locking
Her away with a kiss;
Her soul captured by his spirit,
She stayed.

She waits -
For the spirit
To light her pitch-black days;
To breathe into her missing nights;
She’s still.



Traditional style cinquain: syllable count: 2/4/6/8/2
for the Cinquain Contest of Dr.Ram Mehta (theme: Longing)

Poem Details | by Pandita Sanchez |
Categories: beautiful, bird, nature,

White Peacock

White Peacock
Snow-white beauty unfurls embroidered silk plumage, fashioned by fingertips of the Divine.

Poem Details | by Caroline Cécile Delacroix |
Categories: education, inspirational, life, nature


In the wet sand
Footprints of gulls, and man
Disappear in the tidal dance
Of waves.

In the red dust
Feet of man, and horses
Up in canyons, leave no trace of
The brave.

In the garden
Of such delightful scents
In spring and summer by winter

Of human life
Throughout world's history
However, are reported upon its
Of wins and woes
Like hand prints upon walls
Can't be erased, for their foothold

Poem Details | by Shadow Hamilton |
Categories: moon,

Moon contest


shining bright

cool, tranquil, mysterious

you make my soul delight 


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

contest Old or new poems in five or less free poetry

Category: nature

written  05/19/2013

Poem Details | by Joseph Spence Sr |
Categories: art, happiness, hope, inspirational, nature, seasons, visionary, wife,

Rainbow Colors (Cinquain)

Colorful arch
Heavenly gracious light
Glorious feeling from above

© Joseph, 8/19/07
© All Rights Reserved

Poem Details | by Caroline Cécile Delacroix |
Categories: inspirational, life, recovery from..., uplifting

Gold Refined

Uneven ground
When you sit on a fault
For a heartbreak makes your faith

A broken trail
Requires sunshine and rain
Water cleansing the heart that needs
Warm rays.

From high above
Be the only recourse
To recover, the heavens charged
With force.

The Force
That never fails
May be at times at bay
By somber fearful clouds
A phase.

To build
Your inner strength
Which raises faith again
That the sunrise brings a new day
That grants.

New hope
Comes to restore
Your dream sleeping no more
The tarnished gold of your soul, refined
Bright ore.

By CarolineCécile
Copyright © 09.07.10

Poem Details | by JAN ALLISON |
Categories: autumn, beauty, nature,


Dappled Sunlight streaming Casting dancing shadows Leaves whispering very gently… Listen Crunchy Foliage falls Wizened leaves decaying Autumnal blanket covers earth - Stunning 10~22~15 Contest Autumn Stroll Sponsor Eve Roper

Poem Details | by Dorian Petersen Potter |
Categories: betrayal, people,

Beneath The Mask

(Cinquain Chain) Feelings May come and go Some pretend them so well Hiding theirs under the thick mask Most of the time They wear Conflicts Are born,you hurt People when you pretend Love and feelings that you don't feel Donning a mask All time True self Is never shown Some choose not to do so Believing's not important- Then Love,kindness just Gets lost Dorian Petersen Potter aka ladydp2000 copyright@2014 October,31,2014

Poem Details | by Afroze Ali |
Categories: imagination, words,

Heaven's Grace


beautiful ones
lost in  work
all I need now

As I stand at the threshold of imagination,
forcing these hallowed gates open, 
I enter a magical land.
Soulful poetry flowing everywhere
Precious words crystallize in the air
Soaking it I stand
Ideas blooming on every tree
Creativity buzzing with the bee
I feel a divine hand

I put pen to paper and words fall in place
I have none to thank but heaven's grace.

Forms used: Modern Cinquain, Tail Rhyme & Couplet
Afroze Ali

Date: 5th August 2011

Poem Details | by Michele Nold-Godleske |
Categories: caregiving, health, sad,


Bittersweet necessity
Futile screams overpowered
By warm indifferent waves

Poem Details | by Michael Jordan |
Categories: father, forgiveness, happiness, hope, inspirational, life, love, peace,


Immortal love
Tranquility for us
Our life everlasting thereof

Poem Details | by Kim Merryman |
Categories: mother, music,


Whisper Soft lullabies A mother's melody Soothingly shushes fretful cries Precious.
Kim Merryman For nette onclaud's Melody of Cinquain contest 2nd place win 9/8/11 For PD's 2nd place winners contest

Poem Details | by Jay Smith |
Categories: passion


So relieving,
Just so mesmerizing,
Always distracting my body,

Poem Details | by amour krezha cordova |
Categories: family

be good

Oh goodness!
Stop filtering money
Mamita's sick, papa's away.
be good.

Poem Details | by Michael Degenhardt |
Categories: love

Ever After

Be there In the morning And every day after For eternity then exists For us Seeing Each tomorrow Through your beautiful eyes Excites my very heart and soul Always

Poem Details | by Broken Wings |
Categories: dark, death,


My tears, Full of sorrow, My destiny to weep; And yet, yet I find sweet beauty, In death. ____________________ June 4, 2015 Cinquain

Poem Details | by Elaine George |
Categories: nature,

River of Kings - Cinquain #2

Bed of water
Meandering in dreams
filled with  Egyptian memories
The Nile

Poem Details | by Sandra Haight |
Categories: desire, today,

Live For Today

Live For Today Relax embrace today. Regretting past mistakes, overplanning the future, drains today. Sandra MHaight ~3rd Place~ Contest: What Would You Say (this is what I would say to a younger me) Sponsor: Alexis Y. Judged: 11/07/2015

Poem Details | by Laura Loo |
Categories: sister, suicide,

The One Who Survives

The On Who Survives Contest
Sponsor:  Sara Kendrick
   couldn't save her
    live to tell her story
    I'm a suicide survivor
       miss her...

~Date Written: February 5, 2016~

*** I call myself a suicide survivor not because I tried to take my own life and lived to tell the story, but because I have lost a close family member to suicide, therefore I am a suicide survivor***

Poem Details | by Sandra Haight |
Categories: dark, fear, horror,


Nyctophobia Darkness instant horror huge demon cannibals hell's voracious toothy monsters devour Sandra MHaight ~NA~ Contest: In 5 Lines Or Less #1 Sponsor: Skat A Judged: 11/07/2015
========================================= Nyctophobia is a phobia characterized by a severe fear of the dark Those afflicted may fear that there are monsters lurking in the dark or ghosts that can attack them.