NaPoWriMo: Poem – Cinquin – “Unconditional Love”


And now for today’s (optional) prompt! Today, I challenge you to write a poem in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does. I think of the “surprise” ending to this James Wright Poem as a model for the effect I’m hoping you’ll achieve. An abstract, philosophical kind of statement closing out a poem that is otherwise intensely focused on physical, sensory details. Happy writing!

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Let me,

Tell you of her,

Fur so soft, silky, faun,

Course hair ontop, white underneath.

Ears back.



In this posture,

One paw on you always,

Rump on your lap, managed.

Love shown.


On side, 

Lifting leg, paw,

Access given, sweet spot,

Rounded tummy, furry, blissful.

Eyes shut.


Rub her,

Tummy, circle.

She’ll stay for hours while you,

Worship her tummy soft, peering up,

Brown eyes.



Of Northern Dogs,

Around her mischievous eyes,

For blocking out sunlight, arctic light.




When she thinks you’re,

Threatening her pack, protection —

Her job, in her domain, deep bark,




For her treat when, 

You’re finished with your lunch food,

She receives last bite and it seems more,



No charge, 


Love a dog shows family,

Cuddling, thanking, and begging,

Large heart.



The way humans,

In her world should love,

Love each other, unconditionally,

So, hard! 


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

37 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: Poem – Cinquin – “Unconditional Love””

    1. Lol. I knew you’d like this one Christopher. Nikki wasn’t too slobbery, thank goodness. Although, she would sit up beside you and quick as lightening flick her tongue out to lick you in the eye or where ever.

      Mostly, we dealt with her hair and her unending shedding schedule. Thanks for your thoughts Christopher. How are you feeling these days? Does it help that the weather is getting nicer?


    1. I came across a inspirational post the other day. I wanted to show you it with picture but the comments won’t let me do that on my iPad. It inspires me in this poem:

      “What a Beautiful World it Would be, if People had Hearts Like Dogs.”

      Thanks for your thoughts Ameena. Always, glad to hear from you my friend.


    1. Awe. Nikki passed back three-years ago around this time. She was my favourite dog and from time to time I still think about her. I would like another one but it’s just not going to work right Thanks for reading Melinda.

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      1. You are welcome yes, you did spell it right 🙂 Since we are friends, you can call me D. 😀 😀
        It was a bit of tricky one, but who does not like tricky prompts? I liked it 🙂

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  1. This is so lovely, Mandi. I can totally relate, having the unconditional love of my little dog, Roxy. It is a dreadful shame that humans do not have this ability despite us supposedly being an intelligent species!
    You managed to stick to the brief as well, something I really struggled with for this prompt.

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