Whittled Words – Cascada Veinte Poem



Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:




Well, we all knew it would eventually lead to this. I have tried my hand at creating a new form of poetry. It bears similarities to many other forms and was certainly inspired by the Decima, Villanelle, and Roundabout. I have coined this form as “Cascada Veinte”, Spanish for ‘cascading twenty’ in honor of a great artist and good friend, Francisco Bravo Cabrera. You can enjoy his words, music, and art on his site at Omnia Caelum.


Here is the structure:

Isosyllabic – seven syllables per line.

Five Stanzas – of four lines each. (20 lines in all)

No required meter.

Rhyme scheme – Cascading Alternate Doubles









An Example of a Cascada Veinte Poem

(Sorry, oddly I could find only one)



By Brad Osborne

It’s a crushing kind of tired

Not of body, but of soul

Grace seemingly expired

Not a feeling at all whole

Playing a singular role

Acting it well to the bone

Oneness is taking its toll

Tired of being alone

Wanting words have not atoned

And un-warmed sheets yet to show

Worth slowly being dethroned

A fragile child’s ego

Longing heart that does not know

How to let love be set free

That one on which to bestow

The heart chained deep within me

Cherished one, stay not from me

Don’t make me wait much longer

Come and bring some proof to see

That love can make me stronger




I hope you have enjoyed this egotistical entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Cascada Veinte poem. Thanks for reading!




20 Responses to “Whittled Words – Cascada Veinte Poem”
  1. beth says:

    and what a wonderful poet and poem you found! thank you for sharing and what a lucky find

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Brad first of all thank you so much! I am humbled and greatly appreciate your words and your friendship! And your poem is fantastic! This is a great series and an incredible learning experience! All the best my brother!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Brilliant! As always. ❤❤

  4. Jim Borden says:

    I love that you created your own form of poetry! When I saw the title I thought of Three Dog Night. Another beautiful poem, Brad!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks, Jim! That is exactly where my head was at. “One” is one of my all time favorite songs. I wore out the 45* listening to it over and over when I was young.

      * -“45” is an archaic historical reference to a small vinyl disc containing two songs. One being the hopeful hit that would push sales through lower costs and air play by popularity, and a “B” side of one other song from an “LP” (long playing) album also made of vinyl, but larger in circumference and containing the full studio ensemble of nine to 12 songs. These ancient “pressings were played on a motor-driven turntable and created sound by applying a needle to the surface. The smaller vinyl disc of two songs was spun at 45 rpm, thus called a “45”. This note has been provided be the Association for the Advancement of Old People Who Know Shit.

  5. Excellent Brad. I you took my breath away and what an invitation!
    “Don’t make me wait much longer
    Come and bring some proof to see
    That love can make me stronger”

  6. Paul Szlosek says:

    Bravo, Brad, for creating such a wonderful poetry form and your example is sheer perfection! I admit am bit intimidated, but you have inspired me to make my own humble attempt at a Cascada Veinte poem, but I am finding the cascading rhyme a bit tricky to master.. ☺

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Paul, for all your support. Your own creations were such a joy to attempt and quite challenging. Because of you and your works, I decide to try my hand at crating a form. I agree the cascading rhyme is tricky, but nothing an old pro like you can’t handle! Thanks, again, for everything!

      • Paul Szlosek says:

        You are very welcome, Brad, and thank you once again for the gift of this delightful form. With your encouragement, I persevered and finally took control of those runaway cascading rhymes and finished writing a Cascada Veinte poem which is a pastiche of one of my favorite Poe poems:

        The Return of the Conqueror Worm 
        (A Sequel Set in Current Times)

        Behold! The conqueror worm
        Returns again to the stage
        In the guise of a vile germ,
        Its audience in a cage,

        As it heralds in the age
        Of Zoom (with us quarantined,
        Trapped like words upon a page).
        This strutting, villainous fiend

        Having our lives guillotined,
        Cut off from family, friends
        Forcibly being pulled, weaned
        From them til this madness ends-

        Tragicomedy that blends
        Mournful pathos with jest,
        A sick farce which all depends
        On its denouement. The rest,

        Just exposition at best
        And a bad plot twist unseen:
        This play has no hero, lest
        It’s truly Covid-Nineteen…

      • Brad Osborne says:

        I am not surprised that your efforts have gifted us with such a timely and well crafted poem. You beat that cascading rhyme into a lovely sparkling flow and your word choices are delicious. Your nod to Poe is classically brilliant! Thanks for joining in the fun, Paul!

  7. Paul Szlosek says:

    Hi Brad,

    I was wondering if I could get your permission to feature both the Cascada Veinte form and your wonderful poem One Is the Loneliest in a post on my blog Paul’s Poetry Playground sometime in the near future?

    Thanks so much,


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