In December I’m posting several Advent Reflections: some quotes, some images, some meditations. It’s not a series so feel free to dip in and out as and when you have a moment or are looking for new inspiration!
A cinquain is a five-line poetry style that was first used by Adelaide Crapsey, an American poet inspired by Japanese haiku and tanka. In it’s purest form the style prescribes a certain number of syllables per line.
I adapted this to a simpler style for the Advent Family Retreat by giving the following guide:
The first line is one word, which is also the title of the poem.
The second line contains two words
The third line has three words
The fourth line has four words
The fifth line is one word that links back to the title.
Here’s an example from Insight, where I first picked up the idea:
HOPEFUL JOYFUL SEARCHING
FOLLOWING THE EASTERN STAR
You might like to create your own Cinquain as part of a quiet time this week. Maybe you’ll reflect on another character or theme from the Advent story: Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels, Light, Saviour or perhaps there is a word that has kept coming up for you during Advent that you would like to explore and record in more depth.
This is a really fun way for children to engage more deeply with the nativity story. I asked who was their favourite character from the nativity and we took it from there. Here are a couple that we have written this week:
LOVE BECAME MAN
HE WALKED WITH US
FIRST TO KNOW
IMMEDIATELY WENT TO SEE
I’d love for you to share your Cinquain in the comments below.