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I'm not much of a poet, but sometimes when I become frustrated with prose I'll try something new.

I picked up on cinquains mid-way through writing Seeking Hyde, and the first one below serves as the opening quote before chapter one of that novel. I made up the poet's name, "Arpad Laszlo," inspired by Dean Koontz who did somethign similar with his "Book of Kells."

In case you're not familiar with the form, a cinquain consists of 22 syllables, distributed in lines of 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables.

Ariadne's Thread

Chaos and dread,
Hope, truth, and steadfast love
Stitch profane to sacred between
Lost souls.

    -- Arpad Laszlo

Here's another, also written in the middle of writng Seeking Hyde.

My Demon

You sing
songs with no notes.
You tell tales with no words.
Your dreams are moon-shadow and mist.
My muse.

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