Delight in Disaster

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 Delight in Disaster.

 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.

Delight in Disaster

Delight in Disaster

Bottom feeders delight in disaster
It is their stock and trade
Bloated blood sucking leeches
Sluggish vampires feast on despair
Misery reigns when evil prevails

What you serve is your master
A slow dance at a lavish masquerade
Mask in place so no one will know
Persuasive words from important speeches
Bottom feeder delight in disaster

The answers in the reflection you portrayed
Slick and smooth and down twisted trails
Lies and rumors to increase fear
Spoken without a single care
It is their stock and trade

For one who doesn’t practice what he preaches
You always manage to get your share
Your lips move, but we don’t understand
When you leave out so many details
Bloated blood sucking leeches

We travel on wobbly legs unaware
To reach a spot to rest in the shade
Memories of when things made sense
The image of hope starting to fade
Sluggish vampires feast on despair


Eyes that are weary with scales
Can’t see the path where they strayed
Water wets the face as tears fall
A graven image in alabaster
Misery reigns when evil prevails


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4 thoughts on “Delight in Disaster

  1. I don’t know why but I laughed at “Bloated blood sucking leeches”. I think you are having something or somebody in your mind.

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