Joey Jones


So I Took a Walk (Cascade Form)


So I took a walk in the cool midnight air
for I was lost in the contemplation of my life
the stars all winked and the moon only smiled
at the silly fool who walked all alone at night.

The wind whispered its rambling scheme
while the night owl kept questioning me
echoing the inquisition of my own soul
so I took a walk in the cool midnight air.

I asked the stars to shine on my tomorrow
and the moon to reflect yesterday's light
their faithful reply gave me no direction
for I was lost in the contemplation of my life

Then at the intersection of the one-way streets
of What Will Be and What Once Was I stopped
and pleaded for answers from the midnight sky
the stars all winked and the moon only smiled.

Then the ever waving hands and familiar face
of the old town clock answered my query
as the heavens and Father Time just laughed
at the silly fool who walked all alone at night.


© Joey Jones 3/13

Submitted: Friday, May 31, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is written in cascade form. No real story to it but one of my favorite formed poems.

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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