Speak Truth (Cinq Cinquains) – #AtoZChallenge

Apr 4, 2021 | Creativity & Inspiration, Poetry

But you hold back –
Scratching the surface, form
Over substance. Superficial.

The beauty of form:
Hold that thought at arm’s length –
Can’t hurt you, dangling, wriggling there.
Can it?

Was that easy,
Breezy. Don’t turn away –
That thing that’s locked inside you can’t.

But then,
Neither can you.
Joined at the hip, limping,
Numb, void of thought, the pristine page
Mocks you.

Nick bone.
Transfuse yourself
With ink and move your hand –
Exhale on paper words unsaid,
Speak truth.



Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle, illustrated by Jordan Vinyard; A Puppy, Not a Guppy, illustrated by Ryan Shaw; and the newest release: A New Leaf for Lyle, illustrated by Carrie Salazar. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young-at-heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.


  1. Red

    Check your email to confirm your subscription.

    You’re right. Transfuse myself with ink. Maybe that will help!
    Thanks for visiting my A to Z! (I would have gotten here eventually)

    • Holly Jahangiri

      I hope so, but with nearly 300 blogs, I wasn’t talking chances! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Stuart Harlan Nager

    Truth is truth. I wish more people embraced that instead of hiding behind those who spew loudest.

    Hi Holly

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Thank you!

      Well, did you smack the bouncer, here, or step on his foot or something? I don’t understand it. One of three comments went through, not a hitch. Two fell in the moat. But it seems an improvement, somehow, over having to fish you out and dry you off EVERY time you set foot in the castle. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve asked the bouncer, by the way. He just mutters like Lurch and says, “I don’t want to talk about it, ma’am. I’ll try to do better.” Perhaps you remind him of someone he met on another world, once. But if that were the case, surely, he’d welcome you with open arms and a bear hug.

  3. Bob Jasper

    Clever title. Had to do some research. Learned a new poetic form. Thanks!

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Excellent! ๐Ÿ˜‰ These are just popping into my head as I go. No plan. No roadmap… LOL But I’m always happy to send readers down the rabbit hole to learn new things!


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