“Sultry Summer Nights,” A Butterfly Cinquain

Life is likea cup of tea

This week for my Weekly Poetry Challenge, I decided to get creative. I used “hex” for the word, bewitch, and “jewel” for the word, treasure.

Love poetry can be the most fulfilling type of poetry to write. No matter how many syllables, love and passion always find expression. I like dabbling with illusionary words. Less is more. Let your imagination fill in the blanks.

Butterfly Cinquains have a magnificent rhythm due to their syllable structure: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, 8, 6, 4, 2. I like the use of punctuation because I like the way it guides the poet’s voice.


“Sultry Summer Nights”


summer night dreams
twisted sheets foretelling
a hex upon my soul’s desire.
I wait—
as the jewel’s fire heats the blood
exploding in pleasure,
my thoughts of you

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Fairy orange wings Learn the unique butterfly cinquain form. Have fun and write some poetry! ❤

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.

34 thoughts on ““Sultry Summer Nights,” A Butterfly Cinquain”

    Joseph wore a coat of many colours, Jesus wore a crown fit for a king
    When evil comes it doesn’t raise a banner, evil will not harm us hear us sing.



  2. My poetry has always been so free. I don’t know anything about structured poems. Funny, the one aspect of writing I have not delved into, but poetry was just always there for me and song lyrics with hooks and verses, the refrain and chorus, the bridge were dominant.
    The hex of life is upon us
    Don’t be afraid, don’t rush
    The jewel of life is laid upon us
    Embellish, crystalize your feelings
    Worship and immerse yourself in erotic reeling
    Be free, see what is before you, and rejoice!
    Such is our nature; giving and receiving in a raw, luscious choice…

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    1. How gorgeous! Structured syllable poetry appeals to the accountant part of my brain. It’s easy to write if you count the syllables with the help of a counter. The brevity of words makes your word choice so important. Using synonyms for the prompt words gives you some control. I’m convinced that you use a different part of your brain when writing this kind of poetry. You know like math! 😍❤️

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  3. I admire any writer who feels the inspiration to compose in verse and the courage to publish it. Nicely done, Colleen! The summer season in particular has a way of arousing that euphoric feeling of romance we experienced in our youth; I think we all have our own summer story of first love.

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    1. What a nice comment, Sean. Thanks. Actually, I was inspired by an author friend who encourages her friends to write 3-word stories as a comment on her facebook post. I think her prompt was about the heat. That’s how the “sultry summer nights” part came about. LOL! That’s all it took and the rest of the words flowed. I especially like the Butterfly Cinquain format. 😀

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