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14 Jun 2011

How to Write a Mirror Cinquain

The second adaptation we are looking at is the mirror Cinquain. This is made up of 2 Cinquains, a traditional Cinquain and a reverse Cinquain. These are usually written as 2 5-lined stanzas. You can use the same Cinquain and mirror it, or write two separate Cinquains. The former is the easier option and as this is the advanced Cinquain workshop we suggest you challenge yourself by writing two separate verses.

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.
Line 6 has 2 syllables.
Line 7 has 8 syllables.
Line 8 has 6 syllables.
Line 9 has 4 syllables.
Line 10 has 2 syllables.

One in a Million - a Mirror Cinquain

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

You are
My one in a million, you …
There is no one like you!
You complete me,
My 'One'.

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