Chasing Ghosts

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 Chasing Ghosts.

 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.

Chasing Ghosts

Chasing Ghosts

Dreaming is like chasing ghosts
Across a foggy field
Playing catch me if you can
An invisible figment of imagination
Glows brightly in dark rooms

Hats hung on a mahogany bedposts
A fragile figment of costumes
Cloaked in fantasy, you sleep
On whisps of sublime flotation
Dreaming is like chasing ghosts

Harsh reality half-concealed 
Between a myth and a plan
You know you’re in too deep
Stuck in a sluggish stagnation
Across a foggy field

The ghoul is only the boogeyman
Trying to work damnation
A cringe-worthy creep
Like most haughty hosts
Playing catch me if you can

More than a simple passing vibration
Rattling chains and funky fumes
Cosmic plasma under a doorway seep
It amounts to something more than
An invisible figment of imagination

Some nights the moonlight zooms
Through closed windows in frustration
On a mission to make the sleeper weep
Like shards of glass in a dustpan
Glows brightly in dark rooms



Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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