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 to the poem longer. Thus, you are making a cascading effect with words. How hard can that be? This Cascade Poem I titled Through the years.
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.
Through the Years
Through the years Loving you is a simple thing I’ve been doing it for a long time As seasons turn into years Difficult when we were young But we Mellowed as we aged Just as the winter turns to spring A restless heart learns to stay Flowers bloom in the sunshine Dark clouds bring the healing rain Loving you is a simple thing A summer of love is so sublime Like a cool drink in the shade To conquer the hazy, humid heat Sittin on the porch late at night I’ve been doing it for a long time The heat turns cool, changing gears Fall leaves glide through the air All the world bathed in red and gold Jack-o-lanterns stare from front porch steps As seasons turn into years All the hallelujahs that the choir sung The trees are covered in strings of light Presents wrapped in paper of silver and gold Waiting for the fat man dressed in red Difficult when we were young The world moved on, and the storms raged We stuck together through thick and thin Passion played a bigger part Still smoldering in our breasts But we Mellowed as we aged
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