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 Butterscotch Pudding.
Structure of a cascade poem and Butterscotch Pudding
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.
Butterscotch Pudding It doesn’t look like much. When you first put in the powder And the milk is in the bowl Mix it for a while at high speed, Until we have butterscotch pudding. You have to have that special touch And combine it with a pinch of faith Deep down in the pit of your soul Because when you take the first glance It doesn’t look like much Why don’t you shout a little louder, So they can hear you in the next room? You know it’s going to turn out right There’s going to be a spoon fight When you first put in the powder. Everyone has to play the right role Because that’s what we always do Someone should probably fetch the broom Things tend to get messy around here And the milk is in the bowl There is a difference between greed and need I wish someone would turn on the light Someone wants more than his share Passions are running high in this room Mix it for a while at high speed. I don’t see any reason for shoving and pushing There’s always enough to go around I don’t consider it very fair When it’s me doing all the fancy mixing Until we have butterscotch pudding.
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