A cinquain is a five line poem. It has very strict rules about the number of syllables in each line.
Line 1 has 2 syllables and states the poem’s topic.
Line 2 has 4 syllables and describes the topic.
Line 3 has 6 syllables and expresses action.
Line 4 has 8 syllables and expresses feeling.
Line 5 has 2 syllables and describes the topic.
Try this site if you want help counting the syllables for use in your poem.
Here is a cinquain about Lord Rollo from Catherine Called Birdy. It was written by 7th grade students in class in about 3 minutes :
Slaps Birdy all the time
Greedy for riches and silver