Advent reflections: poetry

JESUS-OUR-SAVIOUR-LOVE-2In 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:

MAGI
GAZING UPWARD
HOPEFUL JOYFUL SEARCHING
FOLLOWING THE EASTERN STAR
WISE

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:

JESUS
OUR SAVIOUR
LOVE BECAME MAN
HE WALKED WITH US
EMMANUEL

SHEPHERDS
WATCHING SHEEP
FIRST TO KNOW
IMMEDIATELY WENT TO SEE
BAAA!

I’d love for you to share your Cinquain in the comments below.

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Writing about my contemplative journey to come closer to Jesus. I hope to inspire and equip others on their journey.
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4 Responses to Advent reflections: poetry

  1. trishamugo says:

    My niece and I just wrote a few of these, all Advent themed. What a neat activity. Since I homeschool her, I love that this is educational!

  2. Constance says:

    This is too fun Victoria! My 3rd and 4th grade Bible study this morning went right along with your post. Here’s my Cinquain:

    Mary
    A virgin
    Visited by Gabriel
    Found favor with God
    Perplexed

    Jesus
    The Son
    God with us
    His Kingdom won’t end
    Immanuel

    Thank you for another great post Victoria! Blessings to you and your family,

    Constance

    • Thanks so much for sharing these, it’s lovely to see the few words that others choose as most significant. I love how you ended your Mary poem with ‘perplexed’, such a good word. I really enjoyed thinking about you sharing them with your bible study group 🙂

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