#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 273 #SpecificForm: butterfly cinquain

What a busy week it’s been! I’ve spent most of the week digging garden beds, planting plants, trees, and bushes. Afterward I had to cover everything up with mulch. After the long winter inside, it felt wonderful to be outside. I’ve lugged so many bags of mulch… I wore myself out! Hopefully, the week ahead will see me writing poetry again!

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week, Sally Cronin selected the form for us to work with. She chose the butterfly cinquain. The Butterfly Cinquain is an unrhymed, nine-line syllabic poem with 2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2 syllables per line.

You all outdid yourselves this week!! Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena9.Sarah David17.anita dawes
2.ben Alexander10.The Versesmith18.Elizabeth
3.Harmony Kent11.Mayuri Srivastava19.Sally Cronin
4.Cheryl12.Yvette M Calleiro20.Annette Rochelle Aben
5.Gwen Plano13.Donna Matthews21.theindieshe
6.willowdot2114.Jules22.You’re next!
7.Laura McHarrie15.Ruth Klein  
8.Tzvi Fievel16.Kerfe  

Writing syllabic poetry has its challenges. One challenge that is often overlooked is the message. Do you ask yourself why am I writing this poem? What message do I want to send to my readers? Am I only writing pretty words (purple prose) on this page? What is the point of this poem?

I want to draw attention to Sally Cronin’s poem HERE, because the message is crystal clear. Of course, not everything has to be stated in order for you to get the gist of the poem. As you can see, Sally’s words flow effortlessly.

This week, I selected Gwen’s butterfly cinquain to feature. Her poem carries a powerful message as well. Notice how effortlessly she conveys her message?


© Gwen Plano

This week, I’ve asked Gwen Plano to choose the specific form for us to learn more about on next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to wordcraftpoetry@mail.com. Thanks.

Think you can’t write poetry? Join me, and learn some tips and tricks in writing syllabic poetry. Find the book on Amazon: mybook.to/WordCraftProsePoetry.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

29 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 273 #SpecificForm: butterfly cinquain”

  1. I loved both Sally’s and Gwen’s poem. I look forward to seeing what form Gwen picks for next week. Your garden beds look very loved. Thanks for sharing the pictures, Colleen! 🙂


      1. I love your posts that share information about different poetry forms. Very, very helpful.

        I gave up on Blue Host and merged Eugi’s Causerie into my WP.com blog and renamed it Eugi’s Causerie. Blue Host is too slow plus there is too much down time.
        I emptied the Blue Host blog and set it to “Coming Soon”. I’ve already noticed an increase in new followers for Eugi’s Causerie plus my posts are showing up in the reader. I don’t regret the learning experience but I spent way too much time on it. ❤️


          1. I found your last post (15 hrs ago) without having to search for it. Mine are also appearing without have to search for them!


  2. Congrats to poetry stars. Loved Gwen’s and Sally’s poems. You are rocking that garden Sis. I admire your tenacity. ❤ xx


    1. Well, I’m determined to make this house shine. My house spirit has been very happy indeed. Besides, there is something spiritual about working in the soil. It nurtures my soul. Then I remember how bad my back hurts and head inside for my heating pad. LOL! ❤


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