Poet Lorriane Walker Williams debuts in the Santiva Chronicle today with her column Poetry Places. Her first entry is Wind Whispers. 

Wind Whispers

I want to walk free as the sea,

splash surf-churning waves as they pound.

Wind whispers its secrets to me.

Birds scatter in strong offshore breeze,

sweep sky, lost in tide’s roaring sound.

I want to walk free as the sea.

No path— open beach reverie.

Alone, morning fog shuttered ‘round,

wind whispers its secrets to me.

Salt spray licks a kiss, gentle tease,

wave wrinkles its brow in a frown.

I want to walk free near the sea.

On wave’s crest, soon all my cares flee.

Dive clean in black depths— worries drown.

Wind whispers its secrets to me.

Long fetch of renewed energy,

heart at peace, no longer earth-bound.

I want to walk free as the sea.

Wind whispers its secrets to me.

Lorraine Walker Williams

About this poem: One morning as I was walking the beach, the first line came to me and I started playing with rhyme. The rhythm of walking pulled me into the cadence of the poem and resulted in my writing this villanelle, a French form with repeated lines and rhymes. This poem is from my new book, Split Poems (2014). www.lorrainewalkerwilliams.com