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Bank Holiday Poems

August 26, 2013

Hi Folks, and a happy Bank Holiday to those in Britain,

Shortly before our recent family camping holiday on the Isle of Anglesey, I discovered the cinquain.

The cinquain is a verse form invented about a century ago by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey (1878 – 1914).  She was inspired by Japanese haiku and tanka.

There are variations but the cinquain as defined by Crapsey has five lines with 2 syllables in the first line, 4 in the second, 6 in the third, 8 in the fourth and 2 again in the last.  The finest cinquains create mood and tell a brief story with feeling.

I had fun penning my first two cinquains on the eve of our departure for Red Wharf Bay.  ‘A Feathered Dog’ is factual, by the way.




Soon now

my living ghost,

like a night owl, will haunt

this bitter land of love betrayed

for you.




The jay,

towpath friendly,

bobbed around my feet,

and she thought him my little dog,

she did.



It was the first time under canvas for Stella and I, and quite an experience.  Great spending time with the family in gorgeous surroundings – the bay sparkling in the early morning sun, rabbits scurrying, the cries of seabirds aloft.  Great to feel so close to nature and truly alive.  But the weather was rather changeable, a pity.  I’ll never forget sitting in a circle with hoods and umbrellas up, sipping wine, in the drizzly dark.  Nor forget our visit to Beaumaris, when a vicious gale blew up.  But the sight of dolphins leaping in the bay one night was wonderful.

It was shortly following our return home that I wrote the following double-haiku.  




All night long, the bombs,

our wondrous world destroyed;

toxic is the breeze.


A thousand years on,

poetry blossoms again;

camp fires spit and glow.



My best wishes to you all – have a good day.



Copyright © Paul Beech 2013

[My poems above have appeared on Linkedin.]


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