OctPoWriMo Day 19 (A Solitary Beach) – Cascade Form – October 19, 2015


On a solitary beach I watch the waves
Their swelling and ebbing reminds me of life
In this moment that is the here and now

Wheeling in the space between the clouds
A sea gull’s plaintive cry filters down to me
On a solitary beach as I watch the waves

The swelling waves crash on the shore
And in their ebb leave flotsam treasure troves
Their swelling and ebbing reminds me of life

Gulls and waves and flotsam combine
In a mystical whirling dancing vision of time
In this moment that is the here and now

© G.s.k. ‘15


Please take note that I will be going away for my son’s graduation ceremony in Padua and will not be able to link on Wednesday and Thursday, though I will schedule my daily poems for OctPoWriMo and will link them on the proper days upon my return.  Thanks – Bastet.

This poem is written in the Cascade form  which was created by Udit Bhatia, and 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

27 thoughts on “OctPoWriMo Day 19 (A Solitary Beach) – Cascade Form – October 19, 2015

  1. You always amaze me with your sheer brilliance, Bastet. Hope you enjoy your trip and the company of your son. I am waiting for that day when I would visit US for my daughter’s convocation 🙂


    • We are looking forward to this day, and I can imagine you too will be very happy, a special moment for the young persons! Thanks for the wonderful compliments and encouragement Sunita .. 🙂


      • That pleasure is felt in each line, too —

        Someone has been encouraging me to live in the here and now …. and while he (and you!) are right … it takes a lot of retraining.

        Gorgeous write 🙂


        • Yes, it can be difficult to learn and sometimes to get to work in a crisis … I am so thankful to have learnt the technique though – it helps me realize how things are relative and that I am me in a storm tossed sea – and not what one would want me to believe I am. A boon!

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