A cinquain is a five-line poem that was invented by Adelaide Crapsey. She was an American poet who took her inspiration from Japanese haiku and tanka. A collection of poems, titled Free Verse was published in 1915 and included 28 cinquains. Cinquains are particularly vivid in their imagery and are meant to convey a certain mood or emotion.

Look up…

From bleakening hills

Blows down the light, first breath

Of wintry wind…look up, and scent

The snow!