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 Purple Flowers.
Structure of a cascade poem and Purple Flowers
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.
Purple Flowers I watched the rain run down my window Seconds before it switched to blowing snow Purple flowers pushed their head up out of the dirt Searching for the warmth of the sunshine yesterday I don’t know why the buds decided to grow It’s too early to sprout as planned. Purple flowers engaged in a dangerous growth spurt I watched the rain run down my window. They weren’t created because I decided to sow. I know it is much too early for the flowers to start There is a chance for the winter’s return Seconds before it switched to blowing snow The wind kicked up, and the cold hurt Blew so fiercely it made my face burn I’m finding this weather hard to understand Purple flowers pushed their head up out of the dirt It is too early for the flowers to come and play The cold will kill and make them wither away Mother Nature playing her part Searching for the warmth of the sunshine yesterday
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2 thoughts on “Purple Flowers”
Nice one, Molly!