Thursday, November 4, 2010

::Smiles of a summer night::

Radiating through violet shadows
resplendent rays of moonlit charm
Smiles of a summer night.


Velvet moss on pavement grey
elegant shimmer of crystal stream,
Radiating through violet shadows,

Maple adorning colors of Fall,
bedecking a world, still and calm,
resplendent rays of moonlit charm.


Butterflies engaged in spirited plays
Gently rings the memory bell, like
Smiles of a summer night.

Poetry form - Cascade

* Written for Jingle's Thursday Poet Rally

Accepting the perfect poet award gifted by Jingle in week 30
* Image : google

** 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 6lines, 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).


  1. You truly are amazing and clever :) The poem did have a cascading effect - like a waterfall flowing down from one level to the next....I feel happy after reading your poem :) You are good :)

  2. sweet of you,

    last time, you did not take the perfect poet award,
    you can take it in this post, along with your nomination...
    Thanks for the beautiful contribution.

  3. lovely imagery,
    thanks for the delightful read.

  4. paints a pretty picture."Maple adorning colors of Fall,
    bedecking a world, still and calm" favorite lines

  5. Gently rings the memory bell--nice line for memory often slips in gently. A poem to remember.

  6. wow this was nice, amazing.. and also thanks for the learnings...

    Three Knots

    Happy Rally !

    --Someone Is Special--

  7. Just amazing!! And the style that you've written is really complicated.

  8. wow. lovely poem you got here dear. thanks for sharing. ^^,

  9. Oh how i wish
    to watch those butterflies...
    do they show when the moon is up, too?

  10. I love the imagery in this poem and how they make me feel light. I'm reminded of many happy summer nights. :)

  11. great imagery as others have stated
    thx for the poem, excellent read.

  12. Dear Rajalakshmi
    Beautiful and vivid image of the summer night.. I liked it so much.. very nice flow and rhythm of your verse... beautiful.

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Twitter: @VerseEveryDay

  13. Very pretty and a good use of the form.

  14. Just a darling poem, as pretty as its subjects. Nicely "cascaded" :-) Thanks for sharing fine work with Rally folks.

    Poem on...

  15. Good use of a form without becoming formal. Nothing stiff here, just a good flow and a consistent image. Nice one.

  16. Wonderful poem. place me right there peering up at the moon. I will be sending this to my seven year old daughter who will love it.

  17. Thank you very much for this beautiful poem and introducing the Cascade! (to me anyway) Good luck with the rally!

  18. I swear I thought I was the only poet using the cascade style and all the different styles on haha

    I loved this

  19. Interesting form! I think I will have to try it myself and get my students to play with it in my English classes.

  20. nice one, Raji :) the image especially is very nice..! and I've got a new form to try too..! :D

  21. how are you?
    please return favors to poets who were here.

    let me know after you are done.
    have fun!

    here is mine:

  22. Cascade form..well written poem
    Thanks for sharing this :)

  23. The gushing cascades have such a lovely rhythm, which is also evident in your poem. Good work:)

  24. Fantastic poem! Your words really capture summer in a beautiful way! Keep it up!


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