The Cinquain is a popular five-line stanza, derived from a very casual French form by Adelaide Crapsey. The five lines have specific syllable count starting with a two-syllable line and each of the following three lines increasing by two syllables and the final line is two syllables. Many poets use iambic meter, but that is optional to the poet’s want. Terry’s example below explains the form
First two And two make four And two to four is six And two and two to four is eight The end
Many poets write their Cinquain chains without linking them, however it is possible to link them by using the last line of the first stanza for the first line of the next stanza and the last stanza linking back to the first by using the first line of the first stanza as the last line of the poem, as demonstrated by Lori Martin below.
sunshine warm on my face tilted to catch spring breeze refreshing, uplifting after winter winter ice drapes on roofs frigid air, frozen breath car won't start, cloaked people scurry cranky cranky suffocating winter's chill seizes heart seasonal depression's cure is sunshine
The Cinquain swirl takes the chain one step further with the first line becoming the link between the stanzas and a swirling effect is created, returning to the first line at the end of the poem. Again, Lori Martin nails this form with her example below
"Someday" he'll say when asked when we'll be together; impatient, discouraged, vision short-sighted, heart can't see someday, mythical time where all hopes and dreams dwell while future plans wrestle with Fate's someday rides a rainbow into happier thoughts then dances a Passe doble someday I'll find my smile, my heart will stop aching, life will be painted in pastels someday