Autumn skies, or: Familial warmth

A Cadralor

In the form of 5 Kimos


Mother visits the local party store;
picks out some Styrofoam fruit,
sparkling, tinsel garlands.


Her teacher organizes art projects
for the children to bring home
their own decorations.


Father has bought some twine and white zip ties
from the local hardware store,
needed for assemblage.


Thick, cloth sheets; metal poles; bamboo mat; straps
get taken out of storage.
She helps build the sukkah. 


The night sky's celestial bodies twinkle
through the hut's bamboo ceiling,
as they sit for dinner. 


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.

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W3 poetry prompt

This poem was written for Sylvia Cognac’s W3 prompt, which is to write a Cadralor poem about anything related to Autumn that is important to you (such as food, holidays, traditions, religious celebrations, seasonal changes, etc.).

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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