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dVerse — Cascade — Jones

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Amaya is the host of dVerse today. Amaya says:

Our prompt tonight asks you to incorporate the word “cascade”, or reflect on its metaphysical significance of a multi-level fall, or write a shape poem showing us a picture of a cascade. And, even though we’re not technically “Meeting the Bar” tonight with a set form, a bonus challenge is to write a cascade form poem with however many stanzas you choose… You may recycle either full lines or modify the form to use only a word or phrase from the original lines. You can choose a rhyme scheme or have unrhymed lines, but the motive should be to go for a tiered, cascading effect. 

They are beckoning me
I hear them
Come out and join the fun
*
New to this world
Let us teach you our way”
They are beckoning me
*
Talking right from wrong
But reaching when there’s pain
I hear them. I see them.
*
Raising their bottles
The pain goes away
They go out and join the fun
*
They split me in two
And I have to move
New to this school
*
They are beckoning me
Come out and join the fun
Let us teach you our way”
*
Parties at night, then in the day
I’m his, but he’s not mine
Talking right doing wrong
*
They are beckoning me
Come out and join the fun
I’m reaching — there’s pain
*
I hear them. I see them.
They split me in two
Raising their bottles, taking their pills
*
Drinks at night, pills in the day
Playing and working
The pain goes away
*
Gavel says choose
Prison or rehab?
They split me in two

37 thoughts on “dVerse — Cascade — Jones

  1. Pretty heavy duty cascade poem; but the message is clarion. I wonder how many of those rich kids that cheated to get into college end up in these circumstances?

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  2. Cathy, I can totally relate to the poem also. Alcoholism runs in my family. Thank you for the kind words. I’m going to make some A2Z rounds for today here in a minute now that I got my prompts out of the way 🙂

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  3. Cathy, I just tried twice to leave a comment at your blog and both of them disappeared. Are you getting them?? I think the same thing happened yesterday, but it looks like they got through as you saw I visited you?

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  4. Thanks, Rob. I tried to show how substance abuse (or other addictions) starts out from birth and cascades from there. So many people are addicted to something. Our whole society seems addicted to something…

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  5. Hi Jade. You inquired about whether my poem “Secret Cascade” was drawn from a real personal experience. It is, and I have just posted another picture with the piece showing Bridal Veil Falls Orego, my direct inspiration for the poem. The new photo shows a kayaker running the dual cascade falls. It will give you a great perspective of the scale and scope of Bridal Veil. You should go back and visit “Secret Cascade” to see the new photo. Also here is a link to kore info about Bridal Veil… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridal_Veil_Falls_(Oregon) Hope you enjoy!

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  6. I’m glad you connected with the poem, Reena, I’ve seen this scenario played out many many times, in my own life and in the families I worked with in my job. About the reblog button, WP is becoming a real pain. Any time I want to like or comment on a post, I have to literally sign in at the bottom of the blog with email, name, and blog address. And even then, sometimes the comments just disappear 😦

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  7. I agree, Bjorn. The biggest danger zone is during teen years, when they start out drinking for fun with their friends, but then it becomes chemical dependency. Because they never learned to cope with issues and turned to the bottle instead, the bottle becomes the coping mechanism. Very difficult to break out of it.

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