Thanksgiving and the Cinquain

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Thanksgiving and the Cinquain:


For those who occur to reside in Canada, you have already celebrated the Thanksgiving vacation on October 12th. In the US, we have a good time Thanksgiving individually from Columbus Day (identified in some U.S. communities as Indigenous Peoples’ Day or el Dia de la Raza). This yr it occurs to fall on November 26. As Thanksgiving approaches, the type of writing that at all times springs to my thoughts is the cinquain.

Thanksgiving celebrations:

Cinquains, an Americanized model of the normal Japanese haiku kind, are five-line poems. They consist of 1 line of two syllables, one line of 4 syllables, one line of six syllables, one line of eight syllables, and a remaining line of two syllables.


What do cinquains need to do with Thanksgiving? I realized the cinquain kind in the course of the 2006 Thanksgiving Day service at St. Paul’s, the Episcopal Church throughout the river from my dwelling. Father David Ottsen, St. Paul’s pastor at the time, can be a gifted poet, and he used the cinquain as a platform to specific gratitude to the Increased Energy. One of many fascinating issues concerning the Episcopal church and its sister church abroad, the Anglican church, is its intimate reference to the English language. The good English poet John Milton was additionally an Anglican clergyman. If there was an official faith in English-language poetry, it will be Anglicanism.

However again to the poetry. Listed here are 4 cinquains I wrote to commemorate Thanksgiving 2006:

1. My niece

Playful, guffawing

Fingers are in olives

Anticipating Santa Claus tonight


2. Child

Crawling, drooling

Taking part in with a turkey

Chews a photograph of her grandpa

My dad

3. The day

Grateful, grateful

Too many cranberries

Crowd out the mashed candy potatoes

No extra

4. Today

Grateful, grateful

Individuals we love to collect

Consuming, laughing, speaking, consuming

Then the pie


Now it is your flip! Flip the cinquain towards your personal Thanksgiving celebration, use it to specific your personal thankfulness, or some other topic you’d wish to tackle. The haiku is historically about nature, however, the potentialities of the cinquain are limitless.

Supply by Erin Schmidt

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