Famous Cinquain Poems

See also: Famous Cinquain Poets

RELEASE

With swift
Great sweep of her
Magnificent arm my pain
Clanged back the doors that shut my soul
From life.

by Adelaide Crapsey
TRIAD

These be
Three silent things:
The falling snow…the hour
Before the dawn…the mouth of one
Just dead.

by Adelaide Crapsey
SNOW

Look up…
From bleakening hills
Blows down the light, first breath
Of wintry wind…look up, and scent
The snow!

by Adelaide Crapsey
ANGUISH

Keep thou
Thy tearless watch
All night but when blue-dawn
Breathes on the silver moon, then weep!
Then weep!

by Adelaide Crapsey
TRAPPED

Well and
If day on day
Follows, and weary year
On year…and ever days and years…
Well?

by Adelaide Crapsey
MOON-SHADOWS

Still as
On windless nights
The moon-cast shadows are,
So still will be my heart when I
Am dead.

by Adelaide Crapsey
SUSANNA AND THE ELDERS

"Why do
You thus devise
Evil against her?" "For that
She is beautiful, delicate;
Therefore."

by Adelaide Crapsey
YOUTH

But me
They cannot touch,
Old Age and death…the strange
And ignominious end of old
Dead folk!

by Adelaide Crapsey
THE GUARDED WOUND

If it
Were lighter touch
Than petal of flower resting
On grass, oh still too heavy it were,
Too heavy!

by Adelaide Crapsey
WINTER

The cold
With steely clutch
Grips all the land…alack,
The little people in the hills
Will die!

by Adelaide Crapsey