future (un) limited


raindrops slip off sumac’s leaves
symmetrical and dyed blood red;
drip on faded pink blooms lying in
soggy clumps on mossy ground.


torchlight flickers off fortress wall
horse hooves clop on cobblestone;
chain mail and long swords rattle
as crusaders’ templar flag unfurls.


grandmother repeats phrase
“There’s a bear in the road!”
strong premonition of danger,
growly excuse to stay in room.


furious thrashing near surface
orcas attack great white shark;
merciless predators prowl sea
dolphin cousins dress for dinner


things are not always as they
may appear, mysteries abound
i want to appreciate wild beauty
here; to live boldly before i die.



Bjorn Rudberg at dVerse poets’ pub invites us to write a cadralor form poem of 5 unrelated imagist stanzas (of equal lines) with 5th stanza pulling a thread to tie them all together.

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anotherkatewilson
    Oct 14, 2021 @ 05:50:01

    Wonderful cadralor! That final stanza really pulls it all together perfectly. And I love the grandmother and the bear. 😀 It reminds me of my grandmother, who used to say “sh*t faster, the bear’s coming”.


  2. purplepeninportland
    Oct 10, 2021 @ 19:00:40

    You had me at the first stanza! Beautiful writing and imagery, Lynn.


  3. K.Hartless
    Oct 10, 2021 @ 10:56:35

    Oh, the wild beauty. Your verse captures it so well.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 10, 2021 @ 09:23:27

    I love the end… we do have to live by making the most of it… beauty and risk walk hand in hand.


  5. merrildsmith
    Oct 09, 2021 @ 16:01:29

    Well done! I think you did the form perfectly–such different images, but tied together at the end with a lovely stanza.


  6. memadtwo
    Oct 09, 2021 @ 09:24:57

    Danger all around, and yet we can’t just hide from it. Living boldly is a way to conquer our fears. (K)


  7. sanaarizvi
    Oct 09, 2021 @ 06:58:14

    May we continue to live boldly and face all that comes head on. Beautiful, beautiful write 💝💝


  8. Laura Bloomsbury
    Oct 09, 2021 @ 04:37:42

    your final verse perfectly wraps the others together – I especially like the cautious grandmother verse versus those wishes in the finale


  9. pvcann
    Oct 08, 2021 @ 21:00:30

    Yes! To live boldly indeed, I love the experiences you raise and which resonate.


  10. Tricia Sankey
    Oct 08, 2021 @ 19:46:56

    There is adventure in each stanza, love the reminder to live boldly at the end! 😍


  11. fireblossom32
    Oct 08, 2021 @ 15:55:39

    Amen to that closing stanza!


  12. msjadeli
    Oct 08, 2021 @ 12:27:09

    I wondered how you were going to bring these together. Nice job!


  13. Helen Dehner
    Oct 08, 2021 @ 12:12:56

    Lynn, your poem will no doubt be one of my favorites! Well done.


  14. Ingrid
    Oct 08, 2021 @ 05:06:21

    Great work on the form! Your stanzas really contrast well, and are brought together by the yearning to make the most of life at the end 🙂


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