Poetry Forms: Different Cinkqu Formations

The Cinkqu  is a poetry from related to the Cinquain, and also a kind of cross between the Cinquain and a Haiku.  The Cinkqu, like the Cinquain, is five lines long.

There is no rhyme in a Cinqku.  The syllable count is

two, three, four, six, two.

An example of a Cinkqu is below.



Worry, friend;

When God has said

That our ev’ry need He’d


© Stacey Uffelman 10/14/15


Because it is so close to the Cinquain, it can be used in many ways that the Cinquain is used, including the “Crown” form, which is five Cinqku strung together, and if a page is turned on its side, the poem resembles a crown.  There are acutally two more different Cinqku formations that come to mind.


Below is a Crown Cinqku that I wrote, based on verses in Matthew Chapter six (verses twenty-four and on)



Who clothe the

Lilies of the feild,

Why do we not trust You

With our

Small needs?

We cannot

Just by thinking

Add even an inch to

Our height.

Why do

We worry

About the things

That we cannot control?


Will be

What it is

And it is You

Who will be in control

If we

Will just

Trust that You

Will provide all.


© Stacey Uffelman 10/14/15


The Cinkqu could also be written, like the Cinquain, in “Mirror” form.  In other words, a regular Cinkqu first, with the syllable count two, three, four, six, two,  followed by a “mirror” or “backwards” Cinkqu, with the syllable count two, six, four, three, two.



Lord, I want

To lift You up

Whatever way I can


You, in

Your wonderful mercy

Lifted me up

From the depths

Of sin.

© Stacey Uffelman 10/17/15

Those are all of the ways (at least, that I know of) to write a Cinkqu.  Some poet out there may very well  think of other ways to use this already crossed over form of poetry… hm, for example, why not use it along side or along with another form of poetry entirely (which would make it twice or triple or quadruple crossed over and through—) but, that is for another post. 🙂