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 About Spring.
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.
About Spring The rumble of thunder still far away Rain pounding on the metal roof Smell of fresh ozone filling the air But the absence of the robin’s shrill voice There is something dangerous about Spring Pressure from a storm moving our way Dark clouds gathering in the west Moving to replace the blue of the sky Lightning sparks across the black The rumble of thunder still far away Warning on the television screen as proof That something evil is moving your way You don’t need a better sign That you are in the path of a vicious storm Rain pounding on the metal roof The hand of nature isn’t always fair Spring madness visits the rich and the poor It tosses and turns in a frightful dream Sending us the sweet perfume of despair Smell of fresh ozone filling the air Hiding is not always the perfect choice When trouble stalks your steps Times you need to stand your ground The message isn’t in the howling wind But the absence of the robin’s shrill voice Living is sometimes a fragile thing When faced with the tyranny of a storm It’s best to find a safe place to hide Until the skies turn blue again There is something dangerous about Spring
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