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 . The Death of a Dream
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.
The Death of a Dream
The Death of a Dream My once upon a time Became never, never land Still a girl has to dream Even after the fairytale Succumbing to a lingering death It never was a crime To believe little girl stories The prisoner with the long hair A servant with a magic shoe My once upon a time I never could really understand The difference between rich and poor Beauty and the dreadful beast Why my fate was so jagged Became never, never Land It seemed like such a simple scheme An arrangement of consonants and vowels Simple words on a page The illusive world of books Still a girl has to dream The ship of hope set sail On a dark drunken sea Miles away from the safe port Carrying a cargo of words Even after the fairytale Persevering until my last breath I dream the dream of fools I write my stories with restless hands Creating dreams with eyes open Succumbing to a lingering death
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