Butterfly Kisses ~ acrostic plus

Butterfly Kisses

Beauty on the wing
under a hot August sun
takes the mind on flights of fancy.
Twists and turns, taken
easily on the lightest breeze,
round and round in loops and swoops,
free of restraint, free of complaint,
leaving wispy traces of airborne color,
yellow, orange, and blue.

Who could it be, you might ask.
Certainly not you, nor I.
Colorful antics such as this,
that bring us thoughts of carefree bliss
on these hot days of summertime,
belong to lovely butterflies.

This poem, is my response to Poetics: For the love of puzzles…, the prompt from Lillian at dVerse ~ Poets Pub. Similar to an acrostic poem, in which the first letter of each line, when read from top to bottom, spells out a name, a word, or a message, in the Acrostic Plus, created by Lillian Hallberg, the first letter of each line in the first stanza, when read from top to bottom, spells out a message or word(s) and in the second stanza, the last letter of each line when read from top to bottom, spells out the rest of the message or additional word(s).

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

25 thoughts on “Butterfly Kisses ~ acrostic plus

  1. Delightful – and I do feel “kissed” in a sense when the monarchs come to my patch of blue mist … not yet this year, we’re patiently waiting for the blue mist to bloom (late due to the winter freeze-all) hoping it’ll do it on the monarchs’ timeline. (I feel an urge to go read this aloud in the mist midst … if they bloom too late for the intended, they might need a poem, right? And if the monarchs do cooperate, they too can enjoy these lines.)

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  2. Nice take on the prompt. I got a little lost in the first stanza (with what seems to be some extra letters), but the “kisses” in the second stanza is bold & clear.

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  3. Extra points given for an acrostic plus! Well done.
    Indeed….a summer full of butterfly kisses….lovely! Only thing I think that might be better for me personally, now that I live in Boston, right in the city….is a summer full of butterfly kisses by day and flashing lightning bugs at dusk 🙂 No such thing right in the middle of the city 😦

    Smitten most especially with these lines:
    “free of restraint, free of complaint,
    leaving wispy traces of airborne color,
    yellow, orange, and blue.:

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    • Thank you, Lillian. One key to the Plus is the letters needed in the second stanza. There aren’t many usable words ending in “i”
      Spaghetti?
      Illuminati?
      Maybe fungi, but not here!

      Early/mid summer is the best time here for fireflies.

      Thanks for the prompt.

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  4. This is incredibly gorgeous! I especially love; “free of restraint, free of complaint, leaving wispy traces of airborne color, yellow, orange, and blue.”💝💝

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