Hackneyed, outworn,
Sighing, mourning, why-ing
Penned expressions of emotion


It is, they say, just a cliché
To pen a mournful verse,
An ode to love, a billet doux,
A burning flame…or worse…

And yet, the universal pen
Of lovers everywhere
Turns first to rhyme and doggerel
When seeking words of care.

Perhaps the poet and the heart
Have gone too deep for skill
And with emotion’s misaimed sword
Their own expressions kill?

Sometimes a cliché’s all that works
… The rose and turtle dove…
To confine hearts to paper words
(Or find a rhyme for ‘love’).

Do not dismiss the doggerel;
Within outmoded form,
The heart that seeks the words to speak
Is genuine and warm.

Although the words are shaped awry
And though the phrases pall,
The love they hold is not cliché’d
But at the heart of all.

(Cinquain for Colleen’s poetry challenge)

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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28 Responses to Cliché…

  1. Pingback: Cliché… — Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo | O LADO ESCURO DA LUA

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Well that’s a glorious cinquain 💜💜


  3. Colleen Chesebro says:

    Sue this is a fabulous cinquain and the accompanying poetic prose touched my soul. I’m blown away by your creativity and gift for words. You are amazing! ❤


  4. Well done. That looks so hard to do and you pulled it off, Sue.


  5. Jennie says:

    You did this well, Sue!


  6. memadtwo says:

    Beautiful, Sue–“genuine and warm” (K)


  7. dgkaye says:

    Wow! Sensational cinquain Sue. You have the gift. ❤


  8. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Love a bit of poetry from time to time…

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Pingback: Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 98, “Sad & Write,” #SynonymsOnly | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

  10. merrildsmith says:

    Beautifully done, Sue.


  11. Vivian Zems says:

    I love this! Even though doggerel- it’s pure because it’s from the heart. Perfect.


  12. Beautiful! Great job Sue


  13. Pingback: Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 98, “Sad & Write,” #SynonymsOnly | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

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