Pretty Shiny Thing

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 Pretty Shiny Thing

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.

Pretty Shiny Thing

Pretty Shiny Thing

It’s in the thrill of the moment
This object that caught your eye
Sparking at the end of a string
And like a cat, you reach for
That pretty shiny thing

A fleeting instant of entertainment
To keep you from keeping score
A place for your imagination to cling
Soothing your short attention span
It’s in the thrill of the moment

Did you bother to ask yourself why?
You never bothered to ask for more
Something to make your heart sing
Something greater than
This object that caught your eye




A new treasure, sparkling bling
A new toy to possess and try
Whatever can buy to keep you poor
As long as it fits in the plan
Sparking at the end of a string


You change loyalty like a dirty whore
Nothing lasts forever in a pigsty
Good enough for your amusement
Something to toss into a trashcan
And like a cat, you reach for


Coasting on a swift swing
You wonder with a sigh
Why does nothing satisfy anymore
Since you held it in the palm of your hand
That pretty shiny thing

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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