I’ve always loved writing and story telling. “English. Language. ARTS!”, I always said. I loved to use words to create get drama, passion, and emotion.
While in college I jumped at the idea of taking a poetry class to get a brain break from the less interesting classes like world history.
Professor Fox definitely made the credits worth it. The safe space of the classroom allowed even the most nouveau poet to bring out their inner Nikki Giovanni.
One particular homework assignment I forgot to complete, I rushed to class early to get my poetry on.
The prompt was to write a cinquain poem. Now if you don’t know what a cinquain poem is, its rather simple and similar to haiku poems. Here are the rules:
Cinquains are five lines long
Syllables are the most important: 2 syllables in the first line, 4 syllablles in the second, 6 in the third line, 8 in the fourth line and back to 2 syllables in the fifth line
I decided to dedicate it to my late Hamster Little Joan Camelot Norales:
Joan was an ass
of a pet. She kicked me
whenever I tried to pet her.
My professor loved it so much a few months after the class ended I received a letter that my poem was chosen to be featured in her latest book, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets. I was too excited that the poemI rushed to complete before work had been the best work I had written in class all term.
So now I can say I’m a published poet!
If you’re looking to work on your poetry, or just want to get into more creative writing. I highly recommend you get your own copy of Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets. The second edition was just released.