Help us make it through the year

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Help us make it through the year

Sky’s the limit of what this virus do

Through our acts we could ax this

Hopefully with thoughtful deeds

A bright tomorrow awaits

Let’s not be complacent till we’ve won

Complaisant to the virus if we don’t adhere

Protect the vulnerable and the weak

With vaccination there’s hope

Help us make it through the year

Sky’s also the limit with our faith and patience

With number increasing, we have to do our part

Staying at home is still the best course

Along with being tested, being vaccinated

Sky’s the limit of what this virus do

We have to hang in there

Even sometimes it’s very confusing

Lockdown, not doing what we usually do

Not seeing our loved ones

Through our acts we could ax this

Last year was really depressing

Hopefully this year won’t be that bad

Let’s be kind to everyone

Help them get through with this

Hopefully with thoughtful deeds

And so we wait, sky’s the limit

Bright lights and rainbow await

Through our actions and words

Together we’ll defeat this

A bright tomorrow awaits*

(c) ladyleemanila 2021

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/C

To 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).

For: The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan 2021 Daily Prompt – Jan. 9th | (lindaghill.com), Photo Challenge #348 | Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie (wordpress.com), Three Things Challenge #473 | pensitivity101 (wordpress.com), Help Me Make It Through the Night – Challenge #173 | Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie (wordpress.com), Double Take – Saturday Mix, 9 January 2021 | Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie (wordpress.com)

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