Facing the Wind

I pilot an onyx boat of braille
Through a sea of wicked storms.
Facing the wind, I need no false friends
Whose love proved to be only lukewarm.

‘Neath an eclipsed moon, I rig my sails
Scribed with black cuneiforms.
I need no false friends, facing the wind,
I laugh at angry, purple-faced storms.

Charybdis swirls opens, maw inhales;
My boat stabs through, bow a thorn.
Facing the wind, I need no false friends
To offer up hope, pity, or scorn.

My boat rides high, powered by my wail
To adumbral shores forlorn.
I need no false friends, facing the wind,
For darkness keeps my gelid soul warm.

©2021 KT Workman

(Note: The ZaniLa Rhyme, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 4 lines per stanza. The rhyme scheme for this form is a-b-c-b and a syllable count of 9-7-9-9 per stanza, Line 3 contains internal rhyme and is repeated in each odd numbered stanza. Even stanzas contain the same line but swapped. The ZaniLa Rhyme has a minimum of 3 stanzas and no maximum poem length. Definition taken from www.shadowpoetry.com)


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KT Workman

KT Workman grew up in the rural South without the benefit of cell phones or the Internet, a time and place that has heavily influenced her writing. To this day, when she puts pen to paper—or fingers to keyboard—nine times out of ten her mind veers south onto that old, familiar road. It goes home. KT resides in Arkansas where she writes a wide variety of gothic and speculative fiction, poetry, and dabbles in watercolor painting and amateur photography.

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