Thursday, March 14, 2013


image borrowed from bing


“A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”
--Paul Valery


Our cat,
once but a stray,
has now a decade been
feline ruler of feeding times
for him.



the First now reigns,
and Catholics can cheer
as a man of the people stands
out front.



more popular
than ever these days, pop up
in television and movie
plots now.



far from perfect,
was our family dog
for twelve wonderful years, but is
long gone. 

Glenn Buttkus

March 2013

Posted over at dVerse Poets FFA

Would you like the author to read these Cinquains to you?


Brian Miller said...

sorry you lost taffy man...
ha, and my cat his def that his sister is gone....will be interesting to see the response to the new pope...

cool use of the form in very different verses....

Claudia said...

smiles...always find that cats rule the households they live in.. sorry to hear about the loss of your dog..and yeah...let's see how the new pope is doing

Susan Daniels said...

Sorry about your dog, Glen--that is hard to deal with. Enjoyed this quartet.

brudberg said...

I really love the cat cinquain, there is this saying dogs have owners cats have servants... Sorry for the dog. I really loved these 4 cinquains.

Mary said...

Quite a collection here! Yes, I have been noticing the increase in vampires too. Things go in cycles!

Laurie Kolp said...

I'm really excited about our new pope.

The Zen of Gavin said...

Such lovely random tiny stories linked together in perhaps my own cruel way. I love cats, dogs meh, tough to lose any pet to be sure.

Jessica Lynn Lang said...

The last poem is a bummer. I've lost a few of my own.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the variety of your cinquains, Glenn. It really is a surprisingly versatile form, once you get the hang of the restrictions.

Sorry about your dog - they are such faithful companions, so they are missed greatly when they're gone.

Anonymous said...

I like hidden message that the "Pope" is a bloodlust predator like vampires and cats and dogs.....

And the hidden message that the "Pope" is as common and base as cats and dogs and fictional vampires

Unknown said...

the gentle acceptance and inclusion of the cat is lovely.

Unknown said...

Sorry about Taffy :( Nicely done. Three! I couldn't even do one haha

Heidi said...

I loved your quartet, especially in conjunction with the picture.I'm still thinking about the order. I also got a laugh over "plots." The poem about Taffy was sweet.

Anonymous said...

amazing conjectures and heartache heartbeat and beauty! Sincerely Deborah

Dana Dampier said...

I'm sorry to hear about your taffy... pets are so much more than just pets. I love how you choose to do several different poems. They are all wonderful!

Marina Sofia said...

Wow, you're on a roll with this verse form! I think I like the cat one best - it really does describe those feline lords perfectly!

Wolfsrosebud said...

LOL... had a hard time writing just one

Anonymous said...

Ah - I especially like the Taffy one - they are all clever - but of course, we all feel moved by a sweet remembrance of a dog.

Hope Francis will be great. k.

Sabio Lantz said...

Amazing -- I haven't visited you in forever.
And low and behold, we share a "Taffy". Mine, from childhood.
I have had many dogs since. But my children know the legendary Taffy and that there can never be a better dog.
Nicely done!

Apparently Francis has already declared that social efforts not done in Jesus' name are doomed to fall apart, fail and be worthless. Alas -- really?