When Cheat Day Breaks Your Heart—Free Verse

The waxiness on the roof of your mouth.

The sickly-sweet flavor of synthetic vanilla

Like eating frozen cake frosting.

And the fine print on the lid

Hiding that this is a low-fat ice cream.

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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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