or “help! a poet has taken over my brain!”
ZaNila Rhyme is a modern poetic form created by Laura LaMarcha. It features at least three quatrain stanzas with a specific rhyme scheme and syllable count. I think that I will title it “What creates the bad in a bad dream?”
Who is the monster in my nightmare?
Why does it look just like me?
A me with strange, frightening features
Another me squirming to be free.
Is my imagination my friend?
Why does it create such stuff
that makes me squirm and squeal with terror,
as if my brain were calling my bluff?
Or maybe it’s just something I ate,
overcooked or maybe raw
that has addled my very small brain.
A bad ingredient in cole slaw?
What creates the bad in a bad dream?
Or is it another look at me
the side of me always kept hidden
but, in dread dreams, screams to be let free.