Fallow (Cascade) ~ a Collaboration

This Cascade* Poem is another collaboration between Bianca and I.  Read Bianca’s Poem HERE

Stanzas  1, 3 and 5, B.G. Bowers
Stanzas  2, 4 and 6 , Melanie Blackwell.

Autumn Lady

Immobilized by hostile thoughts

imprisoned by yesterday’s memories

progress wavering beneath an atrophied sky

an imagination blinks, and creativity stirs

disrupting transient cycles of sabotage


refreshing respite furnishes fertile fields to farm

words flow freely at first then stutter and choke

freedom proves once again fleeting

pervasive past resurfaces anew to paralyze

Immobilized by hostile thoughts


limiting beliefs borne from malign exposure

cultivated in a glass house of exotic plants 

mordant internal chatter rising like hot tropical air 

sinking creativity in drafts of cold

imprisoned by yesterdays memories 


deprivation of sunlight breeds deficiency

life affirming sunshine acts like poison

as does love to one with limited exposure

tolerance levels must be built up over seasons

progress wavering beneath an atrophied sky


but just like the sky, moods are transient

there is silver stitched into those clouds

today is a new day, improved conditions

render yesterday’s meagre harvest inconsequential

an imagination blinks, and creativity stirs 


sense of self awakens and grows stronger

slashing through the vines and weeds that tether

negativity withers away once left untended

choosing to only reap the positive things sown

disrupting transient cycles of sabotage 

© 2013 B.G. Bowers and Melanie Blackwell

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/CTo 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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12 responses to “Fallow (Cascade) ~ a Collaboration

  1. nokindofmagic

    Excellent word choice. Yes, I’m jealous 😉

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  3. seems so difficult to do in tandem

  4. I think it meshes and flows very nicely. A wonderful collaboration! Love it. 🙂

  5. laurie27wsmith

    Seems to work well indeed Ladies.

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