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 Considering.
Structure of a cascade poem and Considering
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.
Considering If I had a magical crystal ball And could travel back to my past. What would I eliminate or change? What would I leave the same? Would I be tempted at all To complicate my fate? Would I delete a moment, If I had a magical crystal ball? Some events were made to last. Some could possibly be rearranged. With a wand made of wishes And could travel back to my past. Would you think it strange If I put my eraser away When you think about it What would I eliminate or change? I might be a little to blame When it comes to creative thinking And I brush the idea aside without blinking. What would I leave the same?
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