Day 11 Poem-a-day challenge

Prompt: Maureen says, “I have for you another deceptively simple challenge. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about a very large thing.”

Having thought about this prompt a long time, I chose to write about the very large sea cow, also known as a Manatee, specifically, a West Indian Manatee found in Florida. These sea mammals are dying off in huge numbers, 1000 in 2021 and already 300 dead in 2022 ( You can help!

In a twist, I am using a short poetry form–the Cinquain–to write about a large—even huge—subject. The form is a Cinquain which was invented by one of my research interests, poet Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914) Alas, a young Adelaide died of tuberculosis at age 36. Poetry Foundation says of the poet: “In addition to her poetry, Crapsey also produced a small but meticulously researched study of English metrics that also drew the praise of several contemporary reviewers” (  Even if you don’t know Crapsey, you may recall this famous cinquain of hers.


These be

Three silent things:

The falling snow. . the hour

Before the dawn. . the mouth of one

Just dead.

Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914)

And below is my Cinquain for today about something very large.

Mourning Manatees

A crime

Starving Sea Cows

Pollution kills sea grass

One thousand pound Manatee needs

To live

Jacquelyn Markham (4/11/2022)