I had read Sandra Markle’s Toad Weather, and I was just in a mood to play with words, so I started jotting. Out came “toads” with “toes,” and “toads” with “roads,” and “herds” with “hurry.” I followed the syllable count of a cinquain here, but that’s a form I really like, and this poetryaction doesn’t do justice to a cinquain. In other words, it doesn’t use the line breaks or lengths in a particularly meaningful or impactful way. So, even though it’s technically a cinquain, it’s not a shining example of one, certainly! But it’s a reaction to literature, and it made me connect with Markle’s fun book even more.