Endings, or: Beginnings

A Cadralor

In the form of 5 Kimos


two first graders play together for hours
at their local Gymboree,
out of their parents' view


packed suitcases in marble tiled foyer
full of life's necessities
await airport shuttle


childish drawings made with deep affection
lie folded in boy's red backpack
beneath his cushioned seat


stomach full of food court delicacies,
worn out from bouncing off walls,
children stream from the mall


night sky clouds over Atlantic Ocean;
stewardesses push food carts;
turbulence rocks sweet dreams


The cadralor is a poem of 5, unrelated, numbered stanzaic images, each of which can stand alone as a poem, is fewer than 10 lines, and ideally constrains all stanzas to the same number of lines. Imagery is crucial to cadralor: each stanza should be a whole, imagist poem, almost like a scene from a film, or a photograph. The fifth stanza acts as the crucible, alchemically pulling the unrelated stanzas together…


The kimo shares much in common with the haiku: it appears in three lines, making it a tristich, with each line following a diminishing pattern:

  1. Ten syllables
  2. Seven syllables
  3. Six syllables

Each of these lines are unrhymed.

The kimo often deals with a static image, a single moment in which there is no movement. Along with its brief nature, this makes it an excellent form to reflect on or celebrate a particular instance.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

10 thoughts on “Endings, or: Beginnings”

  1. You are wonderful and amazing; how you gathered together the three forms of poetry to produce five unique stories.
    Finely crafted.

  2. crisply painted scenes in each stanza – and I like the paradox in that final line as well as this:
    “childish drawings made with deep affection”
    p.s. your venture into all these forms is to be admired, David – this one I’d like to try one day.

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