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Thursday, October 11, 2018

OctPoWriMo Day #11: (falling through the cracks)

Poetry Form: Cascade

Word Prompts: unexpected, imperfection, slipping, with new eyes, begin again

I possibly found a new favourite form. Cascade is similar to a pantoum, using repeating lines, but this time each stanza ends with the following line, starting from the top of the poem (a/b/c, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C). It reminds me of a waterfall, which is likely how it got its name. Today's prompt is one about finding something perfect in the imperfect. Beauty within the ugly. Noticing something familiar in something you never saw before.

The title is a play on the setting of the poem and the finding of the lost. Probably a little silly, but the concept following me home and stayed for tea.

Bus and Found

Finding the missing piece of
A puzzle all but completed,
but only one eye is opened.

Recognizing within reflections
of the stranger across aisle,
finding the missing piece of

that you never knew was missing.
The unexpected smile and new eyes,
a puzzle all but complete.

Maybe a compliment on your shirt,
or what music are you listening to,
but only one eye is opened.

Before you know it, your stop is here
and the parting of the ways
recognizing within reflection

a kindred spirit that was found
in the most extraordinary places
of the stranger across the aisle.

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