Unanswered Cascade: NaPoWriMo, Day 2



I ask,

do I smile

at blushing skies?

If scented, I’d smell

peach—my mouth waters—though

the window glass is frosted,

the peach, only a memory,

a dream of what was, or what could be.

Time, meandering in my head always

circling around, forming connections, here

cascading like a waterfall, or

a shooting star, streaking, trailing

glimmers of light as it falls–

and then, the dinosaurs

gone in random strike,

like a question






Sunrise this morning was such a beautiful peach color.

This double etheree is for NaPoWriMo, Day 2, where the prompt is to write a poem that ends with a question. It is also for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, and dVerse, where Amaya asks us to use “cascade” or write a cascade poem. Poetry Month! I wish I could sit and write poetry all day. So many prompts; too little time.



45 thoughts on “Unanswered Cascade: NaPoWriMo, Day 2

  1. How funny! I did a double etheree for Colleen’s prompt and the NaPo prompt too, but you managed to get a third prompt in, and I hear the Oracle whispering!
    The imagery of stars and water falling in perfect 🙂

  2. PEACH SUNRISE could be a book title; sweet. The shape of your poem is intriguing.Clever to submit to three prompts at once.

  3. I love it when I read a poem and I didn’t realize until the end that it was in a poetry form. I like the connection of time with the cascading falls. Good luck for this April month.

  4. This was magical Merril, and the form was captivating…! :-). Also, thank you for reminding me of NaPoWriMo. It has been a number of years since I participated. Used to never miss it.

  5. I smiled at the ‘dance’ between you and the skies, how they mirror your own coy wonder. Blushing for all the questions they know will rise in their wake, leaving only a trail of “ifs.” I like how the shape shows how thoughts are formed, and then left to the universe.

  6. I see we are both drawn to peaches this week. I love the flow of this, random thoughts connecting beautifully and the dinosaurs- suddenly I was reminded of the film The Tree of Life when it slipped away from love and loss and all that gets in between and suddenly a dinosaur slumped into the light!

    • Thank you very much, Damien.
      What is it about peaches? 🙂
      I’m not sure if I ever saw the movie, but then I don’t know why I wouldn’t have because it looks like my kind of movie. I must have had a lot going on then. . .

      • It is so your kind of move. I am shocked you missed it! I saw it first on a flight to China and was engrossed but then fell asleep mid way through as it’s quite meditative and woke up to this Dino movie and turned it off thinking I’ll catch The tree of Life again! 6 months later I learned it was the same movie!!! 🤭🤭🤭🙃

      • I looked at the trailer, and it looked so familiar, so I wondered if I had seen it. . .but I don’t remember the dinosaur, so if I did see it, then I need to see it again. 🙂

      • OK. I showed trailer to my husband, and he says he thinks we saw it, but he doesn’t really remember it either. . .so I guess we need to see it again! 🙂

  7. This certainly cascades! …..and flows…..the introduction of the dinosaurs creates that little jolt at the end which turns the poem on its head…well done!

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