Q: Quinzaine


The English word quinzaine come from the French word qunize, meaning fifteen. A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse of fifteen syllables.

These syllables are distributed among three lines so that there are seven syllables in the first line, five in the second line and three in the third line (7/5/3). The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement.


We’ll stand up for our children.

Are you with us, then?

Do you dare?

Break selfish chains of “NOT ME”

How do you sleep, nights?

Do you care?


2 Comments Add yours

  1. CRD says:

    I like this form of rhyme verse. It’s like confronting someone and asking them uncomfortable questions…no? 🙂

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  2. latika fernandes says:

    Cud’nt sleep…. Her eyes haunted relentlessly ….

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