Salute To Satire

Salute To Satire
By Madeleine Begun Kane

yet insightful,
making people ponder
as it soundly zaps its targets.
subtle, pointed ammunition
aims, fires, amuses,
inciting us
to think.

(Author’s Note: This is a Butterfly Cinquain. The syllable count is 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, 8, 6, 4, 2. At least, I hope it’s a Butterfly Cinquain — I’ve never tried writing one before.)

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13 Responses to “Salute To Satire”

  1. JL Dodge says:

    Very nicely done !
    Thank you so much for stoping in and joining us !

  2. I really enjoy your wrtiting. I especailly likeyour saluteto satire.
    I have been trying with the prompts left over at Dodge prompts here visitng from there.

  3. jesse levy says:

    Van Nuys, Van Nuys.
    (that’s how Arnold Schwartzenegger says Very Nice, Very Nice)

  4. Patrice of the ManyCats says:

    Hi Mad, I unfortunately lost some of our “many cats” last year but am glad to be back in touch :) Enjoyed your Butterfly Cinquain, and ask if you can post a prompt for submissions?

    Inspired by yours, I will “jump the gun” nevertheless and offer my own, with attempted centering:

    delight my mind ~
    images flow freely,
    tantalizing glimpses into
    new worlds
    whether “yours” or mine. I ponder
    form, mood, coloration,
    word choice, tone, and

    Hmm, aesthetically pleasing, and mental process similar to writing haiku :) Love the visual sideways butterfly form!

  5. Patrice of the ManyCats says:

    Well, dang, no centering, after my careful efforts! :>(
    Content alone must suffice…

  6. Patrice of the ManyCats says:

    I couldn’t resist adding more food for thought: researched a plain cinquain, which is a five-line poem [per cinquain]

    Line 1: one word (subject or noun)
    Line 2: two words (adjectives) that describe line 1
    Line 3: three words (action verbs) that relate to line 1
    Line 4: four words (feelings or a complete sentence) that relates to line 1
    Line 5: one word (synonym of line 1 or a word that sums it up)

    Poem example given:

    pointy edges
    revolving, rotating, angling
    Triangles are all different.

  7. Hansi says:

    Now you’re getting into real poetry. far beyond my limerick laden capabilities. keep it coming.

  8. versebender says:

    Fan of satire…never new what a butterfly cinquain was…admire your adventurous nature. This was very good. Vb

  9. madkane says:

    Thanks so much to all of you for your enthusiasm and kind words. And thanks, Patrice for your charming verse and cinquain info. I may try such a prompt one of these days. I do worry, though. Because every time I stray from limerick-prompts, few people participate. For instance my Double Dactyl was pretty much a flop. Oh well… :)

  10. Patrice of the ManyCats says:

    Well, now that you’ve indirectly thrown down the gauntlet…I leapt forward to snatch it up, competitive contrarian that I am ;^P

    In the spirit of increasing your response rate (by one), I just posted a Double Dactyl to your page. Fun (never wrote one before), and a worthy challenge ~ glad you DID “stray” from limerick land! :>)

  11. madkane says:

    Patrice, I love contrarians and am looking forward to reading your Double Dactyl. :)

  12. Mia says:

    a great fit for national poetry month!

  13. madkane says:

    Thanks so much, Mia!