Shawn L. Bird

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poem- forward February 15, 2020

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:29 am
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(A cascade poem)

What it is,
what it isn’t,
converging in a secret wish.

She knew
from the very beginning
what it is,

didn’t let anyone
force her to accept
what it isn’t,

held herself together,
past and future
converging in a secret wish.



The form of a cascade is to create a free verse first stanza, and then repeat subsequent lines of that first stanza at the ends of the following stanzas, cascading the lines from the first stanza throughout the poem.  This form was created by Udit Bhatia.


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