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Creative Challenge: Write a Cascade Poem

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My fellow critique member, Irene Uttendorfsky, challenged me to write a Cascade Poem. (Writer’s Digest presented this creative challenge on page 15 of the February 2011 edition of the magazine.) After a trip to Egypt three weeks ago I wrote this poem in the cascade format:

The legs of the fruit stand bend under the weight of its wares
Bright round balls of oranges glisten in the hot sun
The tangy smell, beckons a buyer dressed in traditional garb
While the wind tosses refuse over the desert sand
With its long tainted fingers.

A man approaches the stand and
Greets the woman sitting on chair near by.
He reaches for a succulent piece of fruit and pays.
Then he peals the away the skin letting it fall to the ground
As the juice drips off his fingers
And makes small drops on the dry sand at his feet
Adding to the trash that surrounds
The legs of the fruit stand that bend under the weight of its wares.

The patron grabs another orange
Hands still damp from the first
Peals the fruit, and pops each tangy bit into his mouth
Drawn by the flavor of the
Bright round balls of oranges glistening in the hot sun

More peals join the first
Adding to the confusion below
Another man comes as
The tangy smell, becons a buyer dressed in traditional garb.

The peals form a small mountain
Filled with paper, plastic, and orange bits of rind
The buyers sigh with contentment
While the wind tosses refuse over the desert sand.

The wind picks up bits of paper
Wraps them around the orange peals covered with sand
And lifts them into a traveling funnel.
The men watch
Mesmerized by its relentless turning
As bits of orange rind dot the yellow earth
While the wind pushes the funnel over the sand
With its long tainted fingers.

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3 Responses to Creative Challenge: Write a Cascade Poem

  1. Tom Davis says:

    Great Job MOM!!!

  2. Taylor Davis says:

    Great job!! How DO you write a Cascade poem? Also, your book sounds quite interesting!! LOVE you!! Happy Valentine’s day!!!

  3. jordan says:

    I LOVE THIS BOOK EVEN THOUGH I DONT HAVE IT THE COVER ART IS MAGNIFICENT.

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