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Sunday Scribblings #151: Fluttering Words in the Beauty of the Butterfly Cinquain

Butterfly flutter by! I love this play on words for some reason.. and today’s featured poetic form for Poetic Sundays is called the Butterfly Cinquain. Read on to learn why and what of this form. Plus, I am celebrating my birthday today..

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Notepad and a pen over it with a cup of coffee next to it. words read Sunday Scribblings, and this is for Sunday Scribblings #151: Fluttering Words in the Beauty of the Butterfly Cinquain

Poetic Sundays: Fluttering Words With the Butterfly Cinquain

Today is literally the middle of the year. July 2nd splits the year into two equal halves with 182 days on either side of it (except of course, during a leap year when the 1st and 2nd share the honors). With that in mind, as well as having recently discovered the Butterfly House in Pacific Grove, I decided to go about fluttering words with the Butterfly Cinquain poetic form where one 2-syllable line splits the poem into two halves with 4 lines on either side.

What is the Butterfly Cinquain Poetic Form?

First, the butterfly cinquain is not a cinquain at all. A cinquain by itself refers simply (and originally) to a five-line poem. The Butterfly Cinquain actually has nine lines with a central line serving as the fifth and first lines of two mirroring Crapsey Cinquains (another cinquain form). The structure of the butterfly cinquain resembles the shape of a butterfly, hence the name.

The Butterfly Cinquain’s Poetic Form’s Characteristics

So the Butterfly Cinquain’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:

  • a nine-line poem
  • syllabic: with a syllabic count of 2/4/6/8/2/8/6/4/2 across the lines
  • unrhymed
  • centered to give the butterfly shape it is named after
  • title optional

References, h/t, and Further Reading:

My Butterfly Cinquain Attempt

What do they do?
Do they age us? Do they?
Do they make us a bit wiser?
Hope so!
Hoping for a bit more wisdom,
for aging gracefully
with each coming

~ Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites


At Home and On My Blog

It has been a hot few days and hopefully slowly cooling down in the coming week. So we have mostly been indoors with the exception of going to the flea market which happens once in a month nearby (we only recently went there for the first time ever.. and hadn’t been there the last couple of months so simply because trip there).

While we hoped to do something more, like a trip to the beach today, the weather is most likely prompting everyone to visit there. We decided we would rather stay home than brave crazy traffic in sweltering heat. So here is to a home-stay-quiet-birthday…

So for recently on my blog, here are the posts since the last Scribblings:


On My Blog & Homefront

Another month, another UBC, so this means a post everyday here on my blog.

This Week’s Celebrations

The Literary and Close-to-it Celebrations

  • Literary Birthdays this week: July 3rd celebrates the birthdays of Dave Barry, Franz Kafka, Rohinton Mistry, and Matt Haig; Nathaniel Hawthorne’s is on the 4th; July 5th celebrates Bill Watterson; Hilary Mantel and Bessie Head on the 6th of July; Jeff VanderMeer, Kathy Reichs, V. E. Schwab on July 7th; followed by Erin Morgenstern and Jean de la Fontaine on the 8th; Dean Koontz and Barbara Cartland’s birthdays fall on the 9th of July
  • The 4th is Alice in Wonderland Day
  • Followed by Mechanical Pencil Day on the 5th of July

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, this was it for this post. As always, appreciate and totally welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions on these scribblings on Sunday! And which of these days in this wonderful week do you plan to celebrate?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon. And 👍🏻, also to the Ultimate Blogging Challenge throughout this month.

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18 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #151: Fluttering Words in the Beauty of the Butterfly Cinquain

  1. I haven’t seen this poetic form before, but I really like it. I’ll have to try some. Quietly.
    I’ve also got a thing about the flutterby butterfly expression and am teaching it to my 3-year-old grandson. He loves watching them.

  2. Your blogs are always so interesting especially the different styles of poetry. I never know there were so many! But I especially like your National Foodie Days…. National Chocolate Almond Day AND Blueberry Day both together! My favorites!!

  3. Happy Birthday!!! 🥳🎉🎂🎈

    It’s my first time hearing about the Butterfly Cinquain. Learned something new today. Thanks. I also liked the bit of trivia about today being the middle of the year.

  4. Happy birthday, Vidya!

    We do a butterfly count for a naturalist group every week, so I feel I should definitely try the butterfly cinquain.

    Here’s a post I did in January of 2022 about all the butterflies I had seen thus far:

    And here’s one on broken-winged (but still beautiful) butterflies I have seen. It might be the best to inspire a poem:

  5. Happy birthday! I enjoyed reading your post about the Butterfly Cinquain poetic form and your attempt at creating one. The structure and elements of the form were explained well, and your personal poem was lovely. Your blog updates and upcoming celebrations added a nice touch. Keep up the great work!

  6. This is quite specific for putting together a poem! I’ve never heard of this before. So interesting, and I would think it is hard to fit a poem into these parameters.

  7. Happy happy Birthday! This is truly a really nice poem, I want to read more of your poems. Can’t wait to read more of your works

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