Murder For Hire

vengeful crows perch on a wire
watch me through the window
a morose murder for hire

their sullen gaze never tires
sloe eyes tell me they know
vengeful crows perch on a wire

they have seen my dark desires
witnessed my bloody tableau
a morose murder for hire

their voices raise in a raucous choir
my guilty face they know
vengeful crows perch on a wire

I fear my circumstance is dire
as they wait for darkness to grow
a morose murder for hire

the sagacious birds plan my funeral pyre
beneath the half-moon’s ashen glow
vengeful crows perch on a wire
a morose murder for hire

©2021 KT Workman



Poetry form: villanelle


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Mother Moon

Mother Moon looks down on me tonight,
Full, pregnant, an alabaster ball on the horizon.
My lonely spirit yearns to take flight.

I wonder—does She feel Her children’s plight,
Or our heartaches uncaringly shun?
Mother Moon looks down on me tonight.

Oh, lovely lady, with my tears I write
Odes to your glory—have you seen a one?
My lonely spirit yearns to take flight.

If I could unfurl wings, become a sprite,
I would fly to your domain, eschew the sun.
Mother Moon looks down on me tonight.

You climb through the stars, my envy You incite.
I hunger to rise with You, dressed to bedizen.
My lonely spirit yearns to take flight.

Grant me wings and I will be Your acolyte,
Tiptoe past twilight, with this old earth be done.
Mother Moon looks down on me tonight.
My lonely spirit yearns to take flight.

©2021 KT Workman

(Note: A villanelle  poem has a fixed form, written in tercets, usually five in number, followed by a final quatrain, all based on two rhymes. The 1st and 3rd lines of the 1st stanza are repeated in alternating order throughout the poem, and appear together as the last two lines in the final quatrain.

Rhyme scheme: a-b-a, a-b-a, a-b-a, a-b-a, a-b-a, a-b-a-a.)


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