Poetry Friday

27 Jul

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Poetry Friday!


A butterfly approached a horned viper and asked, “Are you a dragon?”


The viper narrowed its strange yellow eyes. “Is there something wrong with your sight? Can’t you see I’m a snake?”


The butterfly flitted around the snake’s head and said, “You look like a dragon to me.”


The viper hissed and slammed its tail on the grass. “I told you, I’m no dragon! Dragons breathe fire!”


“Your venom is fire to your prey. They are consumed by it,” said the butterfly.


“Dragons fly!” said the viper with an exasperated sigh.


“I’ve seen you in trees and on mountain tops where only flying things can go,” said the butterfly without a doubt.


The snake tilted its head and narrowed its eyes in confusion. “Dragons are huge creatures.” The viper’s voice was soft and uncertain.


“You are much larger than I. To me you are a giant.” The butterfly stood before the snake, its small wings aquiver.


“So––I’m a dragon?”


“Yes! It’s what I choose to believe,” said the butterfly.


The viper lifted its chin with pride. “I am a dragon!”


The butterfly cheered and did loops in the air.


“Now that you know you’re a dragon you must behave like one,” said the butterfly. “You must cleanse your mind of all things viper.”


The snake nodded and grinned. “So, what do dragons eat?”


The butterfly landed in a pirouette on the dragon’s nose. “Dragons do not eat butterflies.”


Then with a perfect Grand Jeté, the butterfly flew far beyond the dragon’s eyes.

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Butterfly Cinquain

I am

A butterfly

You, a mighty dragon

I only ask for freedom to


What I tell you

Put behind your serpent

ways and risky ideas, don’t

eat me

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Brain and Cleanse are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

I’m also participating in Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge. In Colleen’s challenge we’re required to use synonyms of the prompt words. This week’s prompt words are Beliefs and strange.

Enjoy your day!

64 Responses to “Poetry Friday”

  1. Love it Vashti..hugsxxx

    Liked by 2 people

  2. olganm at 4:38 am #

    Fabulous! Clever butterfly! Happy Friday, Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. wiergeezy at 5:08 am #

    ❤this one Vashti!
    Cute with deep meaning.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. lyndafiller at 5:11 am #

    haha, the last line is killer!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Jill Weatherholt at 6:28 am #

    I loved this, Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. john flanagan at 8:47 am #

    Different and wonderful

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 2:18 pm #

      Hi, John! Thanks for the lovely comment. I’m happy you liked it. 😀


  7. Enchantingly brilliant! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  8. D.L Finn, Author at 11:05 am #

    I loved this on so many levels Vashti! It’s one you can think about for a while:) Plus, I’m a fan of butterflies and dragons…have a great weekend.(Glad to see Poetry Friday.)

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 2:23 pm #

      Hello, Denise! I’m happy you enjoyed it. Happy Friday and a great weekend to you too. Thank you, my friend. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  9. specialk718 at 1:00 pm #

    I love that he lifted his chin with pride! And learned his identity, taught by a cute butterfly

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 2:28 pm #

      Hi, Kat! I watched the movie, ‘I Feel Pretty’ with Amy Schumer and Michelle Williams and, believe it or not, that was my inspiration for this. Ha, ha! I’m glad you liked it. Thank you! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  10. robbiesinspiration at 1:15 pm #

    This is fabulous, Vashti. Very clever.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. balroop2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Profound and perfect! A butterfly may be small but powerful! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Colleen Chesebro at 3:31 pm #

    This is absolutely fabulous!!! I Love it!! ❤ I have to share!! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Charmed Chaos at 3:43 pm #

    So Lovely!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. jazzytower at 3:43 pm #

    Wow! Love this Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. John W. Howell at 5:54 pm #

    Terrific, Vashti,

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Olga at 11:46 am #

    Aesop would be overjoyed. The moral could be, ‘Even if you’re small, you are a powerful force.’ 🙂 Love this post, Vashti. This is something that could be read to a young child. My inner child is smiling. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 11:52 am #

      I love fables, Olga. My inner child was wide awake when I wrote this. 😉 Thank you for the sweet comment, my friend. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  17. dgkaye at 12:30 pm #

    Loved this Vashti – the mighty power of the all seeing butterfly. 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  18. tracikenworth at 7:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide and commented:
    Good save.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Such a profound thought…expressed beautifully…. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Quine Atal at 2:41 pm #

    Well a comment then for a smile! Happy day to you Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 6:27 pm #

      Thank you! You have a happy rest of the day and week! 😀


  21. merrildsmith at 3:15 pm #

    I enjoyed the fable, beautifully told, and the fun of the tanka–“don’t eat me.” 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 6:26 pm #

      Hi Merril! Ha, ha. I’m glad you had fun with it. The poem is actually a Butterfly Cinquain. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Miriam Hurdle at 4:46 pm #

    It’s lovely, Vashti. The poem is beautiful. I love the butterfly.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 6:22 pm #

      Thank you, Miriam! I’m happy you enjoyed it. I’m having fun learning the different styles of poetry. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle at 7:02 pm #

        Yes, it’s fun for me also. I’ve learned about 10 poem forms so far. Some are too complicated and I don’t have the courage to try yet. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Q at 9:59 am #

        Yes, some are complicated. I’m intimidated by some of the forms, so I can relate. Happy Friday! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle at 1:09 pm #

        Yes, it’s good to learn those forms, but for now it’s not practical to me. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Q at 8:16 pm #

        Thank you. You have a great weekend too! 😀 xx

        Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle at 11:45 pm #

        Thank you. 🙂 xox

        Liked by 1 person

  23. Teagan R. Geneviene at 1:02 pm #

    I absolutely loved this, Vashti. So unique.
    It sort of put me in mind of some of the stories that go with the “Medicine Cards” (Sams and Carson). Hugs on the wing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 10:02 am #

      Hi Teagan! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. I always love it when I read the word “unique” in relation to my work. Thank you very much and have a fantastic Friday! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  24. danymason at 2:18 pm #

    Love these. Great whimsy! Reminds me of old fables, where they’re kind of silly but there’s a little lesson to be learned.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 3:13 pm #

      Hi! That’s exactly what I was going for. I love those too. Thank you very much! 😀


  25. Billy Ray Chitwood at 8:02 pm #

    Loved it! ♥

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Joey Blue at 4:17 pm #

    Creative and enjoyable post, Vashti

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 10:41 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Joey! Thank you! 😀



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