Friday, July 16, 2010

Razor's Edge for 7/16/2010

The Paddling Poet workshop on Lake River in Ridgefield went beautifully last night. The temperature was just right, there was a little wind, clear skies, and a variety of birds and some other critters.We paddled, talked about writing, I read a cinquain poem and we talked about structures of poetry. And paddled - with our eyes and ears open, open to what Lake River offered us as fuel for our creativity.

Good company, good setting, physical and mental and spiritual all at the same time.

With all of that in mind, today's Razor's Edge is about water and cinquain poetry. I'll give you a definition of this form and, as an example, will use the cinquain I wrote last night in response to being on the water.

In any order you want, watch the River Song flute video, the kayaking video, and look at the picture of the Blue Heron.

Pick the strongest image for you. Look at the description of form for the Cinquain Poem,

Write a cinquain for the river object you selected.

five-line cinquain 

line 1 - one word name of the subject
line 2 - two words  describing the subject
line 3 - three words describing an action related to the subject
line 4 - four words describing a feeling about the subject or a complete sentence
line 5 - one word referring back to the subject of the poem

My cinquain from our paddle last night (7/15/2010)

Lake River Native

sleek, whiskered
gliding, diving, observant
seeking a path home

"River Song" by Cesar Espinoza

photograph credits
paddlers near Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge : Team Hymas on flickr
Ridgefield boat launch : Columbia Trail Org.