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 search for Substance.
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 Search for Substance
The Search for Substance In this world of the artificial In a crowd of fake people Expressing phony passions I remind myself not to judge But I still search for Substance I feel like an emotional cripple Stranded in a church steeple The one unable to shed tears Stubborn one refusing to budge In this world of the artificial Life can deal a blow that’s lethal That looks benign at first glance Leaving you to shift gears And try to not hold a grudge In a crowd of fake people Actions unmatched by affections We glide in an unsteady dance The accumulation of all my fears We stand silent in shades of purple Expressing phony passions Little affection left to smudge The time to surrender to temptations Disappeared along with the years Excuses all seem so feeble I remind myself not to judge Days filled with sweet romance Dressed in all the latest fashions Wrapped in worldly cares Down the streets I trudge But I still search for Substance
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