A butterfly cinquain is a nine-line syllabic verse of the following pattern:
2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 2 / 8 / 6 / 4 / 2.
This is a poem that makes a pretty pattern, a butterfly, in fact.
Here’s my example, based on yesterday’s drenched grass poem.
Damp grass weeping,
Beneath a leaden autumn sky.
The dead are buried, tears all shed,
mountain of memories,
Simple and effective. I’ll leave the theme up to you. Just leave the link to your poem, or the poem itself if you don’t post it on your blog, in the comments. Looking forward to reading your poetry.
31 thoughts on “Poetry challenge #8: Butterfly cinquain”
Seems I’m in first with this one: https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/english-essays-and-poems-2/butterfly/
My pleasure, Jane!
The image, by the way, was done by my brother. You may have seen it before.
I like both of your poems, and the way that Peter played off the butterfly shape of the poetry form.
Thanks Merril. I agree with you about Peter’s poem 🙂
Wonderful example for an interesting challenge.
of a receding fog
banked along a winding river
slowly drifting among the reeds
last remnant of a cool
(Which refuses to center in this comment.)
Here’s the link:
Lovely. The photos could have been picked specially for this one.
Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.
I like the butterfly effect and look forward to giving it a try. Your poem is very timely and I appreciate the way you have been tracking Paris’s mourning (l’m assuming).
You guessed right. It’s still very present in our minds. Looking forward to reading your poem.
A few days late on this, but I liked the challenge and wrote about coots and ducks: https://bastetandsekhmet.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/pondering-butterfly-cinquain-december-4-2015/
Not late at all. And I enjoyed the spring-time feel of this one.
Thanks Jane .. I’m happy it brought spring to you in this wintry moment! 🙂
It’s the time of year when I tend to forget what comes next.
my first try 🙂
Thanks for playing 🙂
Here is my effort. Great form with which to work (play).
Great challenge, Jane! I’d never heard of the butterfly cinquain. I wrote a poem for this challenge; it’ll be on my blog tomorrow. 😉
By the way, I nominated you for a quotes challenge! There’s no need to participate, of course, but if you do, I’d love to see what quotes you choose!
Thanks! Have a great week! 😉
Thanks for having a go at a butterfly cinquain. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I’ll accept the quotes challenge gladly. Been looking up suitable quotes for this latest book, so I’ll start with that one 🙂