Friday, January 27, 2023

Cascading Into a Magical Land

Another year is here and there are many challenges that will come our way. Hopefully, the challenges will be productive and enriching. Some may overflow with joy and others tinged with sorrow because life has a constant ebb and flow of ups and downs. Understanding that transformation is key to moving forward, I now add it to my list of descriptors for my one word 2023, Be". I am ready to sink into quiet time and remember the exhilarating feeling of the ocean tide, soon to come back again. 

Now, toward the end of January, I am still trying to "de-Christmas" my home in preparation for a long-awaited family trip with my granddaughters, 5- and 3-year-old, a delightful age to visit Mickey and Minnie in Florida. The magic of Disney World will be our fairy tale story as our family enters a whole new world of imagination on site and then, off to the new cruise line, The Wish. We have waited several years for this moment that is happening due to the efforts of my daughter. My biggest wish is that COVID does not join the Magic Kingdom and our first  cruise trip.

Since I will be with the family when the Poetry Sisters showcase their January challenge on the January 27th Poetry Friday, I decided to play with a new poetic format, a  CASCADE poem prior to the family trip.

The Cascade form takes every line from the stanza of your poem and TRANSFORMS those lines into the final lines of each stanza thereafter. Beyond that, there are no additional rules, just a request.Try to incorporate the idea or word transformation as you write. 

A Magical Wish

I wished upon a star long ago
baby girls transformed into toddlers
Minnie Mouse parades into their lives

their world cascaded into a magical waterfall
experiences flowed in a continual stream
I wished upon a star long ago

now they dream of a magical kingdom
and a cruise line where wishes come true when
baby girls transformed into toddlers

they dress in matching Minnie outfits
fly into a magical  land of imagination where
Minnie Mouse parades into their lives
©CVarsalona, 2023, draft

Thank you to the wonderful Jan Annino from the Sunshine State for hosting Poetry Friday with an interesting brief look at the talented poet/author Sharon Lovejoy.

This post was written prior to today.
My family just left  Disney World and are traveling to Disney’s new cruise boat, The Wish. Since there will be very limited internet connections on the ship I will most likely read the Poetry Friday blogs on Monday and Tuesday of next week.


  1. Here's my wishes to fly after
    Here's to laughter to the rafters
    I wish you health and safety too
    As you and yours sail to the blue.


    1. Tanita, I love your short poem to me. We certainly had a lovely, magical trip with fireworks, Mickey and friends, and a host of gourmet dishes to try. Delicious, delectable, dazzling trip into the turquoise waters of the Bahamas. Thank you for wishing us all the right things: health, safety, and laughter.

    2. I finally feel connected. We are in Charlotte waiting for a connecting flight to Dulles Airport, Virginia.

  2. Wishing you a safe & happy journey, Carol. I've been thinking about you, knowing you're on the big trip!