Part of our Second Chance Juvenile Mentoring Initiative includes offering a creativity class for the youth at the Polk County Juvenile Detention Center. We do this to help the youth find ways to express themselves, provide another structured activity/group session as a way to serve the staff, and to introduce Second Chance as an aftercare option for youth when they get out. Today’s group had the youth writing cinquain poetry which is similar to haiku.
The template for a Cinquain poetry goes like this:One Word (title) Two words (describe title) Three words (action) Four words (feeling) One word (refer back to the title)
The poem below was written by a 16-year-old young man:Christmas Giving Presents People Open Presents The best holiday ever Nice
This next poem was written by another 16-year-old young man:Christmas Gifts joy Wrapping and buying All the happy faces Holidays