How to Write a Sixku Poem

image used with permission of Cendrine Marrouat

The sixku (pronounce ‘sis-ku’) is a poetry form created in 2019 by artist Cendrine Marrouat.

Sixku are six-word, untitled poems based on haiku, my favorite form. Each piece must be inspired by and contain a photograph. A reference to nature is encouraged. For example: season, weather, month, time of the day, etc.

Three mandatory lines:
Line 1 = idea 1 (one or two word(s))
Line 2 = idea 2 (two or three words)
Line 3 = twist, surprise (remaining words)

A seventh word is acceptable, only if it is an article or preposition (e.g. ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘up’, ‘down’…). Do not abuse this exception, though. 

Can’t get enough?

You can read more Sixku and other poetry on the on Cedrinemarrouat.com and Auroras & Blossoms.