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!


Stead: A Shape Poem


Stead: A Shape Poem
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

am a
of the loved-home I am
from. My writer-self comes
from the genes of my mom. While
my singer-self’s the influence of my dad.
My friendly-self was developed
‘cause I’m the eldest among six.
My dreamer-self was honed by
our life’s tough– messy tricks.
All that I am, and all that I will
soon become, I owe to nothing
but the home where I am from.

Photo credit: Arno Smit

Sharing with you a photo of my real ‘home’:


In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeS is for Shape Poetry

Shape Poetry

Shape Poetry is also associated with Concrete Poetry-

Shape is one of the main things that separate prose and poetry. Poetry can take on many formats, but one of the most inventive forms is for the poem to take on the shape of its subject. Therefore, if the subject of your poem were of a flower, then the poem would be shaped like a flower. If it were of a fish, then the poem would take on the shape of a fish. ><<<*>

Shape and Concrete Poetry go hand-in-hand; however, Concrete or Visual Poetry don’t have to take on the particular shape of the poem’s subject, but rather the wording in the poem can enhance the effect of the words such as in this line:

an angel tumbling
         to earth . . .

Designing your own shape poem can be simple and fun, but try not to pick anything that would be too difficult. We suggest mapping out or drawing your shape first, and then importing the text of your poem into your shape.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.