With Open Arms, I’ll Fly With You – A Cascade

Cascade, a form created by Udit Bhatia, is all about receptiveness, but in a smooth cascading way like a waterfall. The poem does not have any rhyme scheme; therefore, the layout is simple. Say the first verse has three lines. Line one of verse one becomes the last line of verse two. To follow in suit, the second line of verse one becomes the last line of verse three. The third line of verse one now becomes the last line of verse four, the last stanza of the poem. See the structure example below:

a/b/c, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C

To make the Cascade an even longer poem, use more lines in verse one. For example, if verse one has 6 lines, the poem must have seven stanzas so that each line of verse one is reused as a refrain in each following stanza (a cascading effect).

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Winter, Spring” by Jim Harrison: black, beige, drought, oaks, warblers, branches, surprise, open, arms, fly, aiming, feeders

With open arms, I’ll fly with you
We will sing with the warblers
Aiming to reach the feeders
You’re my one big surprise

Black birds sing on old oak tree
Building nest on some branches
My world used to be all beige
With open arms, I’ll fly with you

Nowadays with you, it’s all bright
The colours of the rainbow
Embrace me as you do
We will sing with the warblers

You’re the last piece of my puzzle
My morning sun and evening moon
I’m so pleased you have found me
Aiming to reach the feeders

We’ll climb the highest mountains
Walk till we circle the globe
Just love me as you do
You’re my one big surprise

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Music Prompt #34 “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding and Whirligig 51 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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