WeWriWa – Poetry inspired by Egypt


Well I’m told I can submit poetry on here. So while my new story is still percolating that’s what I will do.


Set up – In January we visited Egypt  The Cinquain I wrote recently for a challenge a friend threw at me. The haiku was written as the river flowed before my eyes.

a photo given to us after the cruise. Was a great carriage ride but spouse had camera taking pics of old stuff while I wanted to catch the locals

a photo given to us after the cruise. Was a great carriage ride but spouse had camera taking pics of old stuff while I wanted to catch the locals



horses hooves clop

dark shades native attire

languages mingling dry air unscented



Cinquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of twenty-two syllables distributed as 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, in five lines. It was developed by the Imagist poet, Adelaide Crapsey. Another form, sometimes used by school teachers to teach grammar, is as follows:


Line 1: Noun

Line 2: Description of Noun

Line 3: Action

Line 4: Feeling or Effect

Line 5: Synonym of the initial noun.

I tried to follow this form but not too successful.

Cruise on the Nile

Cruise on the Nile

Haiku (5,7, 5 syllables)

The Nile river flows

Birds swoop, sun shines on water

Good morning to you



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35 Responses to WeWriWa – Poetry inspired by Egypt

  1. Cara Bristol says:

    Nice. Enjoyed both poems.

  2. Enjoyed the poems and the photos!

  3. Kate Warren says:

    The haiku was very good! Perhaps the cinquain would work better with commas added to separate the phrases without breaking the pattern?

  4. Your haiku was great. I can’t write poetry at all.

  5. S. J. Maylee says:

    The photos are both so interesting and I enjoyed the words too. Thank you, Sue.

  6. Your Haiku is outstanding–even with respect to the third line being a bit detached from the first two! Wonderful. 🙂

  7. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I’m not a “poetry person,” but these two poems were very vivid for me. Especially the second one. Love the pictures!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Jenna – their first was is still a work in progress and I haven’t been able to meet with my writing partner to get her input.

  8. historysleuth1 says:

    Well I liked them. I thought they both reflected well the viewpoint of a tourist’s experience.

    History Sleuth’s Writings

  9. Nice Poems. Egypt sounds so exciting.

  10. Wow, I’ve never heard of that type of poetry before! Both were wonderful! 😀

  11. I’m not a poetry person either, but I enjoyed both of these. Succinct and beautiful!

  12. What a lovely way to create a memory of an adventure. 🙂 I’ve heard of cinquain, but didn’t know how it came about. Thanks for sharing your lovely poems, and pics, and knowledge!

  13. VR Barkowski says:

    Great photos, Sue, and I really enjoyed the poetry. Truth is, I know little about poetry, but I do know something about words, and yours inspire lovely, evocative images of your journey.

    VR Barkowski

  14. Marcia says:

    Sue, these are quite nice. It’s so lovely to see poetry at WeWriWa. I hope you’ll consider putting up more 🙂

  15. siobhanmuir says:

    Intriguing take on both photos. Nicely done, Sue. 🙂

  16. India says:

    Sweet, Sue. I used to write tons of poetery but not so much any more. Very enjoyable.

  17. I’ve always had trouble following a format with poetry, so I appreciate what you did here. I liked the wording you chose.

  18. Interesting poems, enjoyable read.

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