“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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