“Rebirth,” A Butterfly Cinquain


Here is my contribution to my Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge using synonyms for the words energy and knowledge. I used spirit for energy, and power for knowledge.

Let’s continue to explore Cinquains. Tanka’s fall into this category, too. I chose to do a Butterfly Cinquain. These poems are visual, the words forming “word wings,” based on the syllable count: 9 lines, with syllables of:  2, 4, 6, 8, 2, 8, 6, 4, 2. I’ve centered the Butterfly Cinquain on the page so you can appreciate the shape.

Wikipedia shares: The Crapsey cinquain has subsequently seen a number of variations by modern poets, including:

Variation Description
Reverse cinquain a form with one 5-line stanza in a syllabic pattern of two, eight, six, four, two.
Mirror cinquain a form with two 5-line stanzas consisting of a cinquain followed by a reverse cinquain.
Butterfly cinquain a nine-line syllabic form with the pattern two, four, six, eight, two, eight, six, four, two.
Crown cinquain a sequence of five cinquain stanzas functioning to construct one larger poem.
Garland cinquain a series of six cinquains in which the last is formed of lines from the preceding five, typically line one from stanza one, line two from stanza two, and so on.

When you write these forms, think about the message you want to impart with your words. Chose words to convey that meaning. Your poetry should make sense.

I used the syllable counter here to create my poetry. I provided the link to the syllable counter. If you go to Howmanysyllables.com, click on the workshop menu tab to access the syllable counter.



guided power
new strength, new path, new life
a joyful redemption at hand
full moon
completion of tasks is crucial
rise from the Chrysalis
clear out the old

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

I based this Butterfly Cinquain off of the Rune stone I drew this morning (3/2/18): Inguz Fertility, New Beginnings, Ing, the Hero God) The Book of Runes, by Ralph H. Blum, p. 107-108.


Find ways to have fun with your poetry. Play with it, create, and make it speak for you. ❤

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Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

49 thoughts on ““Rebirth,” A Butterfly Cinquain

    1. You’re welcome, Ritu and thank you. I will try to work on one of the longer forms so we can get the feel. I’ve never cared for sonnets or ballads. String a bunch of tanka or cinquain together and that’s poetry in my book. The syllables make it sound cool too! 😀 ❤


    1. Many thanks, Natalie. I have been blessed by the messages from the Rune stones. I’m loving it!

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    1. It’s the rune stones… they are leading the way. Thanks, Sis. I want to tackle one of the longer Cinquains from the list. This poetry is structured but you wouldn’t know it. Play with these, Sis. You will love the way the words flow. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Diana. It’s the magic from the Myths of the Mirror! Or, maybe it’s the belonging… You have bewitched me with your writing once again. Once again, I’m blown away. ❤

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        1. Well, just so you know… you are my writing idol. I’m learning so much about how to spin that magic with words to tell your stories. It’s been emotional, to say the least. 😀 Yes, kindred souls, for sure! ❤

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        1. LOL! We haven’t had much winter this year. I can’t complain. I hope spring pops for you soon. 😀 ❤

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  1. Wow, I didn’t know there are so many forms of cinquain. I can see that the garland cinquain would be the most challenging when it comes to the sixth cinquain with one line from each previous cinquain and the lines fit together and make sense as one cinquain. Humm, I’d like to try someday! Thank you, Colleen!

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  2. Thank you for all the information on cinquains. And yes–rebirth. I’m ready for spring. Like Kerfe, we just had a nor’easter with snow. It was nasty yesterday!

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    1. Thanks, Scott. I really enjoy the cinquian forms. Thanks for the link! 😀


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