Today I decided to start a writing prompt across various social media networks. You see, for a long time I have followed Baffled’s haiku challenge on Twitter, but more recently I have been writing cinqku in addition to haiku. A cinqku is a blend between a cinquain and a haiku and could be deemed very similar to a tanka; however the cinqku uses 17 syllables like a haiku, but in a 2-3-4-6-2 format. Typically the first three lines represent the objective or the question, then the last two lines are the “aha” moment or the “turn” in the poem. I will endeavor to send out the “Cinqku Challenge” every morning at approximately 7am Central Time.

I first discovered cinqku by following Denis Garrison on Twitter, which you can follow here. Although we no longer follow each other on Twitter, I still enjoy reading many of his haiku, tanka and micro-poetry.

So without further ado, today’s Cinqku Challenge is to write any cinqku using the word “haste.” No doubt, I can’t wait to check your cinqku out. And by the way, feel free to include your cinqku in the comments below and I will start posting my favorite cinqku to Twitter.

Keep on writing.

The Product Poet