Temple Gates Reflecting the Mountains and Evening Sky—Free Verse

Furrowed face of stone

Jungle vines drip over red brick rooves

Spirits born in flames

Pillars carved into the Earth

Backlit waters bleeding pastel

And faded things written on wooden signs.


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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