A Quintain Cascade  (also posted

The cascade poetic form was invented by Udit Bhatia. For the cascade poem, a poet takes each line from the first stanza of a poem and makes those the final lines of each stanza afterward. Beyond that, there are no additional rules for rhyming, meter, etc. It can be based on any number of lines, with the tercet or quatrain being immediate choices. But the Quintain Cascade is based on the much more popular form of Quintet as it has no set measure or foot and has a rhyming scheme of a. b. a. b. b.
If it appears to be too taxing, a quatrain or tercet cascade will suffice.

From sunny and hot in May
to cloudy and cool
on a mid-August day.
Kids are thinking school,
too cold for swimming pool.

On limbs of maple tree
red leaves dominate,
some already fallen.
Yard looks like autumn
has come ‘round to stay.

Snap! Just like that, heat is back,
time to hit the beach.
Traffic jams on highway
cause trip to take twice as long.
Splat! Burst of rain, sun overruled.

When traveling home, a fog sets in;
cars crawl cautiously
with sight at a premium
on a mid-August day.

Commercials scream sale
on back-to-school supplies.
Puts a damper on play.
Instead of thinking summer,
Kids are thinking school.

We watch disasters unfold
on television news–
famine, floods and fires,
quash our weather woes, like–
too cold for swimming pool.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Trivia

  1. says:

    and don’t forget the ever popular upcoming election

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