Former Performer: A Butterfly Verse*


Former Performer: A Butterfly Verse*

Old man
with ebullience,
lives beneath rusty lamp,
beside rubbish, stinky trash dump.
epiphany, with eloquence
he sings ethereally,
‘fore ephemeral
voice fades.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to Napowrimo Day 24. (yes, I’m catching up! :D)


Today I challenge you to write a “mix-and-match” poem in which you mingle fancy vocabulary with distinctly un-fancy words. First, spend five minutes writing a list of overly poetic words – words that you think just sound too high-flown to really be used by anyone in everyday speech.

*Butterfly Verse

Butterflies are shape poems. I am embarrassed to admit I found a few links to different Butterfly verse forms but when I went back to look more closely I keep getting an error. So although there is a Butterfly Septet and a Butterfly Kimo somewhere out there, right now I can’t give you any details. I was able to find a different site for the Butterfly Cinquain however. Here it is:

  • Butterfly Cinquain isn’t a cinquain at all:it is a nonostich (9 lines)and uses the syllable count of the Crapsey Cinquain and then reverses it, therefore the misnomer.
  • The Butterfly Cinquain is:
    • 9 line poem.
    • syllabic, 2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.

Read more of my Napowrimo 2016 poems here!


22 thoughts on “Former Performer: A Butterfly Verse*”

  1. That is so cool! A butterfly verse! how cool! and your execution is perfect. I love this little portrait of the homeless man you painted with a butterfly verse–the perfect form for a transient life.

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  2. Ebullience! A new word added to my dictionary. Thanks, Rosema! 😀
    This is a lovely poem… I can’t help but feel a tinge of sadness with that last five lines. Is that what I think happened? He died?

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      1. You are ebullience personified dear! 😉
        So I thought. You’ve managed to merge sadness and glee with this butterfly verse Rosema. Bravo!

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