A Tangle of Verdure, #Tanka Tuesday, #Butterfly Cinquain

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my roof

is a tangle

of assorted verdure,

twisting branches woven, forming

an arch,

like the nave of a cathedral.

bright leaves and Spanish moss

gracefully sway


© Susan Joy Clark 2021

This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday challenge. She asked us to write a syllabic poem with synonyms for “green” and “morass.” I chose to write a butterfly cinquain. The Poets Collective defines a butterfly cinquain this way: “An  unrhymed 9 line poem. syllabic, 2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2 syllables per line.”

I’m feeling super lousy today after my second Covid shot. I’m glad my migraine brain could still come up with poetry, though I decided I didn’t want to bother with rhyme today. 😛 Thinking about the chosen words and synonyms, I thought about Spanish moss and remembered hiking under trees like this while visiting Virginia. Unfortunately, my poor dad was a feast for chiggers that day, but the trees were beautiful.

10 thoughts on “A Tangle of Verdure, #Tanka Tuesday, #Butterfly Cinquain

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. 🙂 I am feeling somewhat better. The intensity of the headache has lessened, but it’s still somewhat lingering. I’ve been taking Excedrin migraine and was able to take another nap this afternoon.

  1. Susan, I hope you feel better, and I’m glad you were able to receive your shot. I love the comparison to the trees growing over your house to the nave of a cathederal. I caught an instant mind image of green trees forming a canopy of protection. How lovely! <3

  2. I have a small arbor that grows a plant that has little white flowers in the end of summer. It is a fast grower and I am constantly trimming it! Right now there is a curtain doorway of live plant! 😀

      1. I did trim the curtain a bit… And took some of the plant out of the pine it was chocking. Sometimes plants do grow better when trimmed… like hair 😉

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