Cascade Poetry Challenge – Longing

Waterfall painting

‘Silence, Waterfall and Forest’ by Arthur Bowen Davies. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

I really enjoyed Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge last week, so I thought I’d give it a go again this week. This time, Jane has challenged us to write a cascade, which consists of four stanzas each with three lines, where each line from the first verse is the last line of each subsequent verse. Jane shared the above painting as inspiration, and here is my cascade poem:

Longing

Among pine-scented shadows,

As water falls

I hear your voice, beloved.

 

Clad in velvet we wait,

The deer and I,

Among pine-scented shadows.

 

Cool spray rippling silver

Across a darkened pool,

As water falls.

 

Bright hair, red cloak,

A flash of light.

I hear your voice, beloved.

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I found this form more difficult than last week’s kyrielle, yet just as enjoyable to write. I found I had to consider the story I wanted to tell in the first stanza, as it would shape the remaining three. Thanks to Jane for another interesting challenge!