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14 Jun 2011

How to Write a Butterfly Cinquain

The third adaptation we are looking at is the butterfly Cinquain. The butterfly Cinquain only has nine lines and it's called a butterfly due to the shape the form creates once written.

Line 1 has 2 syllables.
Line 2 has 4 syllables.
Line 3 has 6 syllables.
Line 4 has 8 syllables.
Line 5 has 2 syllables.
Line 6 has 8 syllables.
Line 7 has 6 syllables.
Line 8 has 4 syllables.
Line 9 has 2 syllables.


One in a Million - A Butterfly Cinquain

My love,
You are my all,
My heart, it beats your name,
All I can think about is you,
You are
My one in a million, you …
There is no one like you!
You complete me,
My 'One'.


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