The Meaning of Rain

The cascade was a form invented by Udit Bhatia. For the cascade poem, a poet takes each line from the first stanza of a poem and makes those the final lines of each stanza afterward.


The boy asks his father

the meaning of rain,

but the father does not listen.


The rain patters on the windowsill,

tickling the fantasy, when

the boy asks his father.


But the father is working, connecting the dots.

He’s not thinking about

the meaning of rain.


The drops call out to the open heart

and the flitting mind,

but the father does not listen.


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