All the Things You Need to Survive—Free Verse

Shared wind and sunlight

The push of solar power’s shame

Illegal fight club in the French quarter

Even Coca-Cola was brilliant

Although still incomplete

Saying they would give this

Form of a cocaine-infused elixir

Because you need to be more specific

When suffering such stresses of

Relaxation activities and yoga

While tracking consumer scams


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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