#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #273 #SpecificForm @ColleenChesebro #ButterflyCinquain

Hi everyone! πŸ™‚

Today, I’ve joined Colleen’s weekly TankaTuesday challenge, which asks for us to create a specific syllabic poem based on the Butterfly Cinquain.Β 

As ever, we need to avoid β€˜ing’ ending words if at all possible.

You can find Colleen’s post HERE.


For this week’s challenge, Colleen asked Sally Cronin to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was the Butterfly Cinquain.


Did you know the Butterfly Cinquain isn’t, actually, a Cinquain? It’s a nine-line poem. The Butterfly Cinquain uses the syllable count of the Crapsey Cinquain and then reverses it. The name comes from the butterfly shape it creates when centred on the page.

The Butterfly Cinquain is an unrhymed, nine-line syllabic poem with 2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2 syllables per line.Β 


Broken Wings


dead or damaged?

I barely made it here

our emotional wounds can kill

the same

as the most-deadly of weapons

when will I know it’s safe

to bare my soul

once more?



I hope you enjoyed today’s poetry. Because of the subject I’ve written on, I’m also adding that I’m doing fine. The poem isn’t from a current event. Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚


Β© Harmony Kent 2022


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ben Alexander

I feel your soul in this poem, Harmony…

DG Kaye

A lot said in such few syllables Harmony. Well done on the cinquain. <3

Balroop Singh

Beautifully said Harmony! Emotional wounds don’t show but are most deadly. Thanks for explaining the form of this poem. I’ve never tried it. 😊

sally cronin

Love it Harmony.. so difficult to learn to trust again … β™₯


Reminds me very much of teen angst. When we think the world completely stops. But we do recover!! πŸ’–


Your words really set me thinking!
Thanks for sharing!


Once that trust is lost, it’s hard to get it back.

Colleen Chesebro

I love this comment form, Harmony. Would you share the name with me? Now, I loved the emotions you expressed in this poem. Even better, is to know you are doing all right. Those emotional wounds… The other day, I found this saying and wanted to share it with you. I am a child of this earth. I realize my own true worth. When times are tough, I hold this stone, reminding me I’m not alone. πŸ’œ

Colleen Chesebro

I forgot to add that you hold a piece of rose quartz.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

This is a lovely poem, Harmony.


Enjoyed this beautiful butterfly cinquain πŸ‘


What a heartfelt write, Harmony and thanks for the disclaimer. β€οΈπŸ™‚


Beautiful and thoughtful!

You plumb the depths of emotion with sensitivity.


Broken Wings beautifully captures the poem, Harmony. I love this one and can relate. πŸ’—

Mae Clair

A poem that really makes you pause and think about what’s beneath the surface. Well done, Harmony!

D.L. Finn, Author

I really felt this one, Harmony!

Ruth Klein

Well done!! I’m glad you survived, and this reflects the past!


This is beautiful Harmony πŸ¦‹πŸ’œ

Jan Sikes

A powerful poem, Harmony. And I’m glad you added the disclaimer.

john howell

Lovely poem and I’m glad you added the information that you are okay.

Yvette M Calleiro

Ugh, that hit me in my core. Well done, Harmony! πŸ™‚

Priscilla Bettis

Harsh words and non-physical events do harm. You’ve expressed this well in your poem, Harmony.


Great and very expressive, Harmony! Thanks for partizipating, and have a nice week! xx Michael

Joan Hall

This one speaks volumes, Harmony. Great job.

Staci Troilo

Wow. That one really resonates with me. Powerful stuff. Nicely done, Harmony.