Andrée Gendron


poetry RULES

one breath - haiku - senyru - tanka

cinquain - fibonacci - diamante


Basic syllable, word counts, directions and examples:

One Breath: start out with one word....(dots) then one or two imaginative definitions or feelings on the subject separated by dots. Able to recite without needing to take a breath.


shadows....dim memories....absence of light

They can also be any poem said (spoken or read) in one breath such as one complete sentence

Haiku: 5, 7, 5 syllables, any topic works but they are mostly about people, typically serious but not always. Seldom include capital letters except for formal nouns, nor proper punctuation of any kind.


four children - three swings
the brat, the youngest, their friend
and someone to push

Senyru: 5, 7, 5 syllables, usually about nature, typically humorous, cynical or dark


peanuts, seeds, or corn
squirrel ponders his choices
lunges, leaves, returns

(repeat verses over and over)

Tanka: 5. 7, 5, 7, 7 a haiku with an added statement used as a conclusion


you miss her don't you,
he asks a familiar face
all the time, they say
so then you knew my mother
no, but I still miss my wife

Cinquain: 1, 2, 3, 4, 1 stresses per line. The syllable rules are:
1 word noun with 2 syllables
4 syllables, adjectives
6 syllables, 'ing' action verb followed by result
8 syllables, expressing feeling
1 word, 2 syllables, synonym of line one noun


old pines and hardwood
burns ‘til it's burned out
charred and bare, already whispers
woodland \I/ \I/ \I/

Fibonacci: 1, 1, 2 , 3 , 5 , 8 , 13   

Use the pattern created by Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. No other rules. The sequence is simple. Add two adjacent numbers for each verse: 1, 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 2+1=3, 2+3=5, 3+5=8, 5+8=13


never standing still
has no regard for history
not even here and now and promises no future

Diamante: 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1 - this sequence shows word count, not syllable count
1st subject noun
2 adjectives about 1st subject noun
3 participles ending in 'ing' about 1st subject noun
4 nouns - 2 about 1st subject noun then 2 about 2nd subject noun
3 participles ending in 'ing' about 2nd subject noun
2 adjectives describing 2nd subject noun
2nd subject noun. Last and first words are opposites with the two adjacent lines pertaining to them


falters, descends
stumbling, slipping, sliding
crumbles, crashes, resurrects, renews
clawing, clinging, climbing
reaches, ascends




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