Claiming Hope and Family—Free Verse

Light morning mist connects a stand of leaves over trees

Except for the dead one centered in negative space

Like a black hole accreting layers of life

Just outside the event horizon daring you

To risk spaghettification

Frozen in time beyond

The point of no return

Sucked into

Geosynchronous orbit

With that woman

You’re not sure

You still know.


And yet, the house

Still shines in the sun

With the copper-colored roof

The trimmed bushes and tidy lawn

And the cutesy painted boards claiming hope and family.


A free verse poem has no set pattern for line or stanza length. Rhyme is not used, or it is used sparingly. The line length and the rhythm or the lines are dictated by the natural rhythm of speech or other concerns such as emphasis on a particular word, image, or idea.


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