IN MEMORY OF DYSON DOUGLAS MCILLWAIN

Dear Poetic Bloomings Loved Ones,

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that our dear fellow Poetic Bloomings poet, Dyson McIllwain, has passed from this world to the next.  He has been missed, and I’ve been to his poetry blog more than once to try to check on him.  His daughter Kairn kindly left word for all of us on his site, “Say Aye to the Heart”:  https://ayetotheheart.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/sadness-and-regret/#comment-96.

Kairn shared his last written words with us:

IF MY WORDS SHOULD DIE by Dyson Douglas McIllwain

If my words should die afore me,
t’would be the cruelest thing
to ne’er hear their tender voice,
nor hear their fervent ring.

Silence would befall my heart
afore death gathers in,
and as my poor soul shall depart
would leave not clamour, nor din.

The soul from which compassion comes
would wither then and cease,
a muse no longer to express
of heart and mind deceased.

If my words should die afore me
my memory will fade,
the spears and arrows of my fate
will be the price so paid.

But shall I pass afore my words,
then in them I shall live,
for they will speak my final say
and comfort they will give.

They will live as they had lived in me,
much life to give within their breath,
and I am sure I will be remembered
well then after death.

~~~

To my knowledge, Dyson never saw his poem in print in “Poetic Bloomings – the first year.”  I’m thankful he knew, though, that he was included.

My interview with him may be found here:  http://poeticbloomings.com/2012/01/04/web-wednesday-dyson-mcillwain/.

Dyson, it was our joy to count you among us.  Rest in peace now, friend.

IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – CASCADE

The cascade poem was a form invented by Udit Bhatia. For the cascade poem, take each line from the first stanza of a poem and make those the final lines of each stanza afterward. Beyond that, there are no additional rules for rhyming, meter, etc.   So to help this make sense, here is the pattern for a cascade tercet:

A
B
C

a
b
A

c
d
B

e
f
C

A quatrain cascade looks like this:

A
B
C
D

a
b
c
A

d
e
f
B

g
h
i
C

j
k
l
D

And, of course, you can make this even more involved if you want.  For more information and samples, see http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/personal-updates/poetic-form-cascade-poem .

MARIE ELENA’S CASCADE

PROVERBS 2:6.  “For the LORD  giveth  wisdom:  out of  his mouth  [cometh] knowledge  and  understanding.”
 
Knowledge is good
Wisdom is better
And understanding,
The need
 
Isaiah writes
“My people have gone into captivity
Because they lack knowledge.”
Knowledge is good.
 
God gave Solomon wisdom
As He had promised him
And there was peace.
Wisdom is better.
 
Solomon asked for an understanding heart
To judge his people.
And it pleased God to provide him with wisdom
And understanding.
 
Lord, grant me capacity for knowledge
An understanding heart
And wisdom to distinguish
The need.
 
© Copyright Marie Elena Good -2013
 

WALT’S

SIGHT UNSEEN

From a distance
things look cleaner; brighter.
No one sees the flaws.

Perceived perfection
takes on a luster
from a distance.

But, there is a resistance
to look past the shine;
things look cleaner; brighter.

But beneath the surface
imperfections erode and destroy.
No one sees the flaws.

 © Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik -2013
 
For all who are interested,  all seems well at Poetic Asides —  knock wood.  😉  http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/wednesday-poetry-prompts-213