12 Aug 2009


Blogger's Block
Further ticks Clock
I ponder in Shock

I heard that the shortest poem in the world, titled 'I' has a single word, 'Why?'.

At least mine has 11 words.

Actually, I just tried my hands on cinquain, a form of poetry with just 5 lines and 11 words. As evident from my composition,

Line 1 has just one word, i.e. the title; line 2 has two words that describe the title; line 3 has three words that tell the action; line 4 has four words that express the feeling; and line 5 has one word which recalls the title.

It need not rhyme. Nonetheless, I composed a rhyming cinquain. An achievement indeed, for a blogger who claims to be experiencing a block as massive as a rock!

1. Before someone objects to my tampering with the semantics, I must admit that the action in line 3 and the feelings expressed in line 4 should be of the same subject. However, in my poem, while action is performed by the clock, the feeling is mine. Now that's what they call poetic licence, isn't it!

2. Cinquain has many variants which can be checked here, here, here and here.

Image Courtesy:
http://www.coloringbookfun.com and http://playingspoons.files.wordpress.com (edited)


Siddhesh Kabe said...

err...i did not understand...where is d poem??

Vipul Grover said...

Nvr mind buddy.. thts ur block ;)

IndianPundit said...


Am following that blog-a-ton blog

Whats next??

Shilpa Garg said...

WoW!! That's a good one.
And learnt a new form of expression!! :)

Dhiman said...

That one's certainly a new form of poetry.... I am no poet so I don't think I'll ever be able to do it...

Unknown said...

After 55 ficiton... now poems?? good..keep going..

Bharathi said...

Ditto - Dhiman

Vipul Grover said...

@Shilpa.. hey thnx, now lets hav one frm ur side:)

@Shankar.. um luving the shorter versions of literature.. save me a lot of time ;)

Vipul Grover said...

@Dhiman.. yup,a new nd intrsting one..
jus try it once.. if u see the various links i've provided, it has many variants.. u mite jus hit one of thm :)

@Bharathi.. ditto ;)

Vineeta said...

Too good.. I loved cinquain form of poetry :) Short and very apt :)

Vipul Grover said...

Hey thnx a lot vineeta for the short nd apt review :)

pawan said...

Cinquain, a hitherto unknown form of poetry has been introduced to me by you Vipul!

I'll try a poem with it!
A good one nevertheless!


Vipul Grover said...

hey,pawan.. thnx! it will b intrsting 2 c how d poet in u restrict himslf 2 jus 11 wrds.. um waiting:)

Mr.R said...

Just recently you passed me on the 55 fiction virus and now a new mutant in the form of cinquain ? You are a blog Bio war specialist eh ? :p

Vipul Grover said...

lol.. a nice title! well 55 Fiction is so common on blogosphere tht i cant take d credit bt definitely cinquain 'virus' is sumthing tht i searchd nd introduced here :)
I hop othrs take it up soon..

IndianPundit said...

Hi Vipul



Unknown said...

where is the tag vipul???

Vishnu said...

thnx 4 showin me the newest thing aftr 55..
n abt ur cinquain..
u ponder.. but y in shock.. is shock a response to ur ponder??

Vipul Grover said...

@shankar.. hey, i'll b posting it aftr cmpleting a couple of othrs like the last time i did it:)

@Vishnu.. hey, welcum 2 my blog.. my pleasure:)
I ponder in shock
um shocked bcoz um unable 2 think of a topic 2 blog on.. i ponder tht why um not able 2 do it ;)

Roshmi Sinha said...

After 55 fiction... a new form of poetry! Wow!!!

I learnt a new form of expression too, courtesy you!

There, I rhymed it :)

Vipul Grover said...

Yup, it rhymed:) bt why not cmpose a cinquain 2 cnvey d same message ;)

Anonymous said...

Nice Poem.

P.S. Thanks for the Information about the shortest Poem

Vipul Grover said...

Hey thnx pramathesh.. its my pleasure! welcum 2 my blog.. keep reflecting:)

Sugandha Gupta said...

Happy Indi Day :)

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan hehe :)


Vipul Grover said...

Happy independence day 2 u 2 suga :)
And as Shekher Kapur said in a recent episode of India's Got Talent,
Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan aur Jai Mazdoor
Keep reflecting:)