Cascade is a form of poetry in which all the lines from the first stanza (usually a tercet or a quatrain) are repeated, in order, as the final lines of the subsequent stanzas.  Beyond the repetition of these lines, the form imposes no rules.  Happy November, everyone!



She waits for the lazy sun
to warm the chilly morning
as red leaves flutter down

Snoozing later each day
beneath her cozy blankets,
she waits for the lazy sun

Chimneys puff sweet smoke
from hardwood fires kindled
to warm the chilly morning

A blazing maple shimmies
waving her arms in the wind
as red leaves flutter down

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  1. Tippy Gnu November 1, 2016 / 10:24 am

    I like this poetry form. And I also like how it inspires me to take a nap. While waiting for the lazy sun.

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    • Just Joan November 1, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      It gets lazier every day! Well, until Daylight Savings Time is over. Don’t forget to turn your clock back on Sunday. 🙂

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  2. K E Garland November 1, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    That’s very creative. I’ve never heard of it. And I agree with Tippy Gnu; it kinda cascades with a slow rhythm.

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    • Just Joan November 1, 2016 / 4:59 pm

      I found it in a poetry book. It’s challenging to think up lines that will work in both places. 🙂

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    • Just Joan November 1, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      Thanks, Marissa. Inspired by lazy mornings and the neighbor’s red maple tree. 🙂

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  3. kutchie Kender November 1, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    I have learned so much about poetry and also gained a great love of it! You make a beautiful picture with your words. Thanks!



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    • Just Joan November 1, 2016 / 5:01 pm

      So happy my work has brought out the poetry lover in you! 🙂


  4. Elyse November 1, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    That is a wonderful picture. Fall here in NoVA is a bust. Leaves turned brown then fell off. As a New Englander I really miss those beautiful maples like your Ohio maple there. Just beautiful!

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    • Just Joan November 1, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Sorry autumn didn’t work out in NoVA–it is in full swing here in Ohio. New England is the bomb though. I will never forget the October weeks we spent in Maine; I pine for them still. 🙂

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      • Elyse November 1, 2016 / 8:52 pm

        I grew up in CT and spend a lot of time in Maine (in parts where there are more pines than maples). I miss the fall something fierce!

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  5. L. T. Garvin, Author November 4, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I love the imagery in this poem! I would love a lazy morning with a lazy sun….maybe someday, sigh. Nicely done, Joan.

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