Other, Poetry by Sarah


It’s the shadows in her hazel eyes,
that betray her brightest smile.
No longer bold, as sadness takes hold,
her flame’s been extinguished, for a while.

Day after day she continues on,
wondering what it’s all ’bout.
As sadness takes hold, no longer bold,
she’s now broken and filled with self-doubt.

Dreaming of escape; far, far, away,
Her care factor has checked out.
As sadness takes hold, no longer bold,
She simply cannot see past this drought.

Inadequacy shrieks in her ear,
always consistent and strong.
No longer bold, as sadness takes hold,
never feeling so incredibly wrong.

Retreating to self; her memories,
She slowly just fades away.
No longer bold, as sadness takes hold,
choosing not to be, another day.

By Sarah ©2018

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 2 June 2018

Author’s Note: ZaniLa Rhyme. The ZaniLa Rhyme, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists 4 lines per stanza. The rhyme scheme for this form is abcb 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.

8 thoughts on “Shadows”

    1. Thank you! It was a tough form! The very tight restrictions/rules made it challenging, but I’m happy with the end result. Appreciate you stopping by and for your kind words. 😊


  1. I thought at third line only had to be the same in even verses… or similar.
    So offering is perhaps not quite up to snuff. But it will do 🙂

    Your verse reminds me very much of the last days of folks affected by memory loss diseases.


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