You take me through the starry night

A cascade poem for the dVerse open night, because I like cascade poems.


You take me through the starry night,

To where the wind sighs in the sedge,

Bedecked in shadows like the fox.


When the wind blows through the trees,

And the sky’s bright coping tumbles down,

You take me through the starry night.


I’ll go with you and take your hand,

While stars and lynchpins shoot away,

To where the wind sighs in the sedge.


We share our heartbeats with the drum

Of feet that tread on broken stars,

Bedecked in shadows like the fox.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

65 thoughts on “You take me through the starry night”

  1. I love this and I can’t even begin to explain the feelings it evokes…mystical and as if there are just the two of you hand-in-hand on this singular, magical journey. I will have to try one of these Cascades. Trying a new form can often energize my creativity. Thanks, Beverly!
    Gayle ~

      1. You’re right, Beverly is the other one! Oh gosh, I apologize for that, Jane. I will try that form. I’ve self taught myself so many through the years and really enjoy the challenge…mostly. 🙂

      2. 🙂 I’ve experimented with lots of forms and generally don’t care much for the ones that just involve counting syllables or getting a rhyme in an unexpected place. The cascade is one I’m fond of.

  2. This is very strong Jane – altogether a lovely read and quite a stunning finish too… I’ll certainly be back to read more of your work…

      1. thanks for the info…I usually follow Writer’s Digest now on including this…when I’ll write one will let you know…last day tried Shadorma…if you want you’ll find it in my recent posts…

  3. Its been a while I wrote a cascade poem so I appreciate the refraining verses Jane ~ Appreciate the sounds of the wind sighing and blowing ~

  4. Will admit, this is the first time, that I have read a cascade poem, while I like this poetic form to read, not sure, I will be writing them, any time soon. More of a free verse/narrative poet, myself. Thank you, Jane, for sharing new poetic form.

  5. Isn’t it true that we always find those elements in a poem which best match our own experiences and thoughts? This is the line which especially chimed with me today:
    …the sky’s bright coping tumbles down

    1. You are quite right. Which is why it’s hard to get much pleasure out of poetry that is so very personal in a restricted way that only the poet really understands the emotions or situations involved. I’m glad you like that line: I do too 🙂

  6. Late to comments due to workload and travel but this is a beauty. Not sure if I have encountered cascades before but this really does tumble off the page with elegance. Delightful.

    1. Thank you, Paul. I hope there isn’t an obligation to comment on every poem because I don’t. I’m glad you liked it though. Cascades are nice poems to write. I’m doing villanelles at the moment, and they are tricky, but really satisfying when they come out right, like an equation 🙂

      1. If you ever decide to give Bordeaux a whirl, let me know. It’s not bad either. Btw I subbed a manuscript to Blue Moose Books a few weeks ago. They probably won’t want it, but it would be funny if they did. You must know them. I wonder if Keith Duffy is any relation of the Duffy’s in Birstall.

      2. Kev 😉 Yes I know him and Heather well. Our sons are mates. Good luck with the submission. I’ll bear in mind Bordeaux…was there once in another lifetime.

      3. We’re here for a while yet, I think. Even when we finally get to to the dream home we won’t want to break off all links with the place. Send Kevin some happy pills. Might work.

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