Gold and Brown

This is,


the twilight fading hour–

all gold things brown with age and light;

no more.

* My latest contribution to the wonderful One Shot Poetry Wednesdays! The style used here is known as Cinquain, a five-line stanza form containing twenty-two syllables, in the sequence: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2. The form was invented by Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914), an American poet.

26 thoughts on “Gold and Brown

  1. Oh woww!! I am amazed at how well you have managed to convey a world of meaning with just such few words!!!
    On reading this cinquain, I could think of so many things.. People ageing (in fact, anything ageing), changing thoughts, changing seasons (that’s probably cuz my One Shot was on those lines :))
    But seriously.. I absolutely LOVED the line “all gold things brown with age and light;” — this line, in my opinion, was beauty in its purest form!!

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  3. I’ve read of this form but thought it might be hard to say much with–you’ve certainly proved that to be far from the case here. A simple few lines with a great deal of texture and complexity under the hood. Liked it very much Chris.

  4. Such beauty in brevity here Chris. Love how the first and last lines are a complete thought and the quantifying element of the piece is encapsulated between those two lines.

    I’ve started a thread on the group, a sort of mini-challenge to post a piece which is a complete thought/idea/question in no more than five lines. This would fit perfectly.

  5. After two attempts at Tanka, thanks to Lady Nyo’s article, I am now introduced to the Cinquain via yourself. Yet another form, I will be obsessing over pretty soon.

    Lovely Cinquain, especially all gold things brown with age and light. I have heard of green things turning brown hundreds of times. But this one is new and I like it:)


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