I ripped another page from the calendar hanging on my kitchen wall. We enter the month of May with thoughts of spring swimming around in our heads. The sun is shining bright on the days it isn’t raining. The snow vanished into distant memory. This month I plan to explore a poetry style that reminds me of a trickling waterfall. Udit Bhatia created the Cascade poem. There are no rules for rhythm or meter. The layout is simple in that the lines of the first stanza are repeated as the refrain lines in the stanzas that follow. The poem flows like this ABC, xxA, xxB xxC. Add lines if you want the poem to be longer. Thus, making a cascading effect with words. How hard can that be? This Cascade Poem I titled Light and Shadows.
Note: I will also be adding Black Out Poems as we go along the way. I plan to keep using this style until the book I’m using runs out of pages for me to play with to create these unique and visual poems. I might as well get started. I’m excited about jogging down this road.
Light and Shadows
Light and Shadows Shadows and light, light and shadows Reflections on the water running free and fast Ducks and geese floating without a care The park bench and spring sun that glows Casting pristine images that won’t last Shadows and light, light and shadows Ducks and geese, geese and ducks float past Squawking warning and tales without a care Reflections on the water running free and fast They all compete for their fair share As the ball in the sky races and plateaus Ducks and geese floating without a care
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