Culianin in the Cascade

Culianin is a little village in Plaridel, Bulacan

It is where my father was born

It’s not far from Manila so we’re always there

Fiestas, Harvest time, Holy Week, weekends

I remember the old house where Tatang lived

Culianin is a little village in Plaridel, Bulacan

I remember us with cousins play and sleep there

We drank fresh milk from the carabao

It is where my father was born

We swam in the creek as Tatang washed the carabao

We picked up fruit from the Tumana and had a picnic

It’s not far from Manila so we’re always there*

(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

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