“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! ❤

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Colleen M. Chesebro is an author of paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

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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