Udit Bhatia invented cascade poetry in 2007. This relatively new style of poetry got its name because it should flow down the page in a waterfall effect. The poem’s structure is simple and relies on the refrain to create the cascading rhythm. The magic of these poems centers around the refrain. The unmetered poems vary in theme depending on the poet’s desire. The only rule used when writing a cascade is that all the lines in the first paragraph are repeated at the ends of every stanza that follows. I will call this cascade poem Absolutes.
Structure of a cascade poem and Absolutes
- The first stanza has three lines.
- The lines are represented as ABC.
- The first line ends with line A.
- The second line ends with Line B.
- The third line ends with line C.
I had written this form of poetry before and had fun with it. I plan to start the month of March using this style. The length of the stanza can vary. There is no rule about sticking to three lines. The thing to remember is that the longer the stanza, the more complicated the poem.
Absolutes But there was a time in my youth When expanding their consciousness People searching for the truth That day has passed I must confess Now everyone is convinced in their mind That gives them permission to act uncouth. And shout and scream and be unkind. But there was a time in my youth. Everyone with a unique point of view We live in a time of dire distress Everyone doesn’t know what to do When expanding their consciousness The 1960s have come and gone Days of blind exploration of youth Smoking dope on the courthouse lawn People searching for the truth There are only absolutes now Absolutes to create a mess We need to sit and talk somehow That day has passed I must confess
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