Saturday, February 2, 2013

Cinquain for Marian at Real Toads

Here I am, in a rush, up to my eyeballs in suitcases, backpacks, clothes for different climates (surely, however, there will be lifejackets in our cabin?) but wanting to contribute to one last Real Toads challenge before we head off tomorrow.
Marian Kent photos
This might be our most exciting adventure yet, crossing the Atlantic by ship in February, although a nice young lady named Gloria at Carnival Cruise Lines said the weather should be good this time of year.
Marian has selected the cinquain for the first Sunday mini-challenge of February and has given us many examples from her own oeuvre. She has also given us some photos from The Big Apple, in case we “abhor syllable counting” and prefer a photo prompt.
Ah, but, Marian, the photos spoke to me in a cinquain sort of way, although ignoring the traditional nature image the cinquain inherits from haiku and tanka.
And so, as I may be contributing nothing to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads for the rest of the month, here is my cinquain. It adheres, you see, to the five lines (by the very nature of cinq) and syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2. It also has a strong title. Imagery, not much, and Mother Nature, not at all.


I heart
New York, I heart
its t-shirt shops and all
its many postal boxes, too,
I do

Kay L. Davies, February, 2012


At February 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM , Blogger Marian said...

and i heart you, Kay! this is simple and pure, i adore it.
funny thing, when i left MA for NYC this week, it was (ridiculously) 60 degrees and pouring and super-windy. i went back and forth about what coat to bring (on the train, i couldn't bring two), a raincoat or my wool winter coat. i chose the raincoat, as i couldn't imagine tromping around hot and wet in heavy wool. alas! the temps plummeted, the winds were outrageous, and i was FREEZING being dramatically underdressed. which is all to say, i feel your pain about packing for varying climes, and sayonara! have a great and wonderful voyage! safe travels and see you soon. xoxox

At February 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Poet Laundry said...

I like the way this photo spoke to you 'in a cinquain sort of way'. Thanks for the smile I got from this write :-)

At February 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Helen said...

Safe journey, Ms. Toad! I 'heart' your cinquain. (I also love NYC)

At February 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM , OpenID razzamadazzle said...

This is fun!

At February 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Blogger kkkkaty said...

such a familiar sight anywhere but especially in make it look easy..

At February 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM , Blogger Gattina said...

Wow ! you are off again ! Lucky girl ! Whereto this time ?

At February 3, 2013 at 2:09 AM , Blogger vivinfrance said...

Your cinquain is great fun. Have a wonderful voyage, and come back safe and sound. I think your Cruise-selling lady was over-optimistic: I've seen the shipping forecast!

At February 3, 2013 at 6:07 AM , Blogger Loredana Donovan said...

Love it! I work in NYC, and I think it's the greatest city in the world. Have a nice trip :)

At February 3, 2013 at 6:49 AM , Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

Perfect response for a well-seasoned traveller.

At February 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

I heart this, too! That would be too cool if NYC happens to be where you're going. Wherever it is, have a great trip!

At February 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM , Blogger Laura said...

have a wonderful trip!!!

At February 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM , Blogger Fireblossom said...

Does Frankie Ford know about this sea cruise??? Have fun!

At February 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM , OpenID said...

Kay, very sweet. Using the "I heart" phrase always makes me laugh - there was even a movie called, "I Heart Huckabee's" a few years back.

Lived in NYC for years and love to go back. Once in a while. For a short visit. Hope you have fun, my dear. Amy

At February 3, 2013 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

I heart your cinquain....Enjoy your cruise. We are going on one in May!

At February 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM , Blogger Ella said...

I enjoyed your take on the prompt :D
Have a great adventure and be safe!

At February 3, 2013 at 11:57 PM , Blogger Lady In Read said...

i heart this cinquain!

At February 4, 2013 at 8:03 AM , Blogger Daryl said...

brava .. and bon voyage

At February 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM , Blogger Susan said...

"Heart" as a verb is the fingernail on the chalkboard for me. I'll bet Shakespeare would like it though. But I know you are only joking, playing the Insensitive North American, I mean come-on--mail boxes? tea shirts? Tell that to the Taj Mahal!

At February 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM , Blogger Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I WROTE A POEM! Finally! After all your fabulous motivation. Hope you are well.
Happy trails.
Cheers from Cottage Country!

At February 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM , Blogger Lily Hydrangea said...

it touches my heart that you heart NY. You're a sweetie.
Happy Valentine's Day wherever you are this February 14th.
: )
& a safe trip home too.


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