Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. – Special Guest Post

Today I have the special honor of welcoming guest writer, Sweet Bug, to my blog. Yep, on this day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s a privilege to share her tribute to Dr. King, which comes in the form of a lovely cinquain.

brave, courageous
leading, caring, changing
inspiring others to dream on


Photo of Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, it’s your turn! See if you can write a 5-line tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and leave it in the comment box below for all to enjoy. Don’t worry if you feel woefully inept at poetry. So do I, but I still found this to be a fun way to celebrate MLK, a man who made a profound impact on our world. And of course, it’s more the thought that counts–even if you don’t have the right number of syllables! 

A cinquain – which, by the way, is pronounced “sin-cane,” not “sin-kwane” – is a form of poetry that was created by American poet Adelaide Crapsey about 100 years ago, and is similar to Japanese poetic forms, such as haiku and tanka.

Though cinquains are just five lines long, the best ones tell a small story. Instead of just having descriptive words, they may also have an action (something happening), a feeling caused by the action, and a conclusion or ending.

The first and last lines have just two syllables, while the middle lines have more, so they end up with a diamond-like shape, similar to the poetic form called the diamante.


  1. Cinquains are five lines long.
  2. They have 2 syllables in the first line 4 in the second, 6 in the third, 8 in the fourth line, and just 2 in the last line.
  3. Cinquains do not need to rhyme, but you can include rhymes if you want to.Source: Poetry4kids.com

12 thoughts on “Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. – Special Guest Post

  1. You have a poet on your hands, Becky! :) Please tell Sweet Bug how very much I enjoyed her poem. It’s lovely, and says so much. And further — it’s inspired this great internet discussion. Bravo Becky and Sweet Bug!

    One might
    Look away, not
    at the Face of change for
    Fear of what we might do ourselves.
    Look. See.

    Fear tears
    open the wound
    and buries the Courage
    until someone steps up to bat
    and scores

    A man
    did just that, he
    stepped up, he scored, he gave
    his heart, his life, his dream, so we
    breathe free

    Our job
    is to keep that
    dream alive, hope alive
    courage alive so that All may
    breathe free

    And his
    Dream will live on
    changing and saving and
    Martin Luther King, Jr., we
    thank you

      • Melissa…so much to share…so few hours in the day! I just put up a new blog post with an explanation of what I’ve been up to, but for some reason it didn’t send it out to my subscribers. Argh. Perhaps my blog gave up on me, thinking I’d thrown in the towel.

        Here’s a link to the new post in case you get this message from me and you’re interested:

        Thanks for checking in on me! By the way, I just noticed that my reply comment to your Martin Luther King cinquain never got posted. My blog gremlins are working overtime these days! I was blown away by your poem! Absolutely stunning!

  2. I was so impacted by Dr. King’s life so I will try a Cinquain as a tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Beautiful job, Sweet Bug!

    young girl
    cried openly
    Martin taught me to love
    everyone and bring peace to
    our world.

  3. What a lovely poem, Sweet Bug! And a lovely way to honor Martin Luther King Jr. I have never heard of a cinquain, so this post has been extra informative for me. I will try something:

    King was
    A humble man
    Who saw the potential
    For people to love. Thank you, God
    For King.

    Not very poetic, but I’ll have to practice! :-)

    • This is fantastic, Tina! I really enjoyed it and appreciate you giving it a shot. It takes courage to put it out there. Now I must step up to the plate too!

  4. I have to admit that as I’m not a poet in any way, shape or form, this assignment made me immediately anxious. Therefore, I think I’ll pass. Why is it so easy for children to write so easily and freely? Maybe it’s because they’re not yet concerned about what others think of them. Aside from my lack of poetic talent, it’s a great way to honor such a wonderful man on this very special day. Maybe I’ll come back later and post something if I get inspired.

    • I do hope you come back later to post your cinquain. You are so talented with words, I’m sure something will percolate and bubble up to the top.

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