May seem to dry
To the unseeing eye
Grieving mother’s souls know only
Holds no sway
Tears dry not with
This is my response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry challenge #6: Cinquain
Cinquain – a five line poem formatted with:
– a syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2, or
– a word count of 1-2-3-4-1, with the second & third lines as descriptors,
the fourth line an emotion and the fifth line a synonym
or reflection of the first line
I have incorporated both formats into my poem.
Image source: Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain
The Descent from the Cross (Deposition of Christ), by Rogier van der Weyden
I first wrote a poem inspired by this evocative painting six year ago (using the same title). While understanding the significance associated with it, my immediate impression was the passion behind a mother’s tears. Returning to it for my first attempt at a cinquain, I find that has not changed.