We're working on creating a poetry booklet in my second grade classroom and next week we may tackle cinquains. I did a little research (or what passes for research in the 21st century) and found information from Kenn Nesbitt and Wikipedia.
The inventor of the modern version of the cinquain was Adelaide Crapsey (see picture on the left). I could make jokes about her last name but that's too easy and sophomoric. Let's take the high road! Adelaide's poetry was similar to the Japanese haikus and tankas. Her cinquain consisted of five lines with a syllable pattern of 2-4-6-8-2. That's the pattern that I chose to follow below with an cinquain in honor of my dog Pumpkin:
From what, you ask?
Watching for enemies
UPS man is not my friend
Here is a picture of Pumpkin as she waits to hear the sound of the menacing brown truck which will unleash her ferocious barking.