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14 Jun 2011

How to Write a Garland Cinquain

The final adaptation we are looking at is the garland cinquain. The garland cinquain is 6 traditional cinquains written as 5 separate stanzas, with the sixth cinquain being made up from the previous 5 to create one large poem.

The first 5 stanzas follow this pattern:

Line 1 has 2 syllables.
Line 2 has 4 syllables.
Line 3 has 6 syllables.
Line 4 has 8 syllables.
Line 5 has 2 syllables.

And the final cinquain follows this pattern:

Line 1 is line 1 from stanza 1.
Line 2 is line 2 from stanza 2.
Line 3 is line 3 from stanza 3.
Line 4 is line 4 from stanza 4.
Line 5 is line 5 from stanza 5. 

One in a Million - A Garland Cinquain

My love,
You are my all,
My heart, it beats your name,
All I can think about is you,

I am
All that I am
Because of you my dear,
I shine when I am around you,
My love.

You are
The sun, the moon,
And all that's in-between,
The person who lights up my life,
My all.

Lost an angel
On the day you were born,
That makes me the luckiest girl
In love.

Dear love,
You complete me,
There is no one like you!
My one in a million makes
Me smile.

My love,
All that I am
And all that's in-between,
That makes me the luckiest girl,
Me smile!

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