What immorality makes the atheist
Accept the missionaries’ invitations?
He knows he won’t listen
Knows he will be wasting their time.
They could be out spending their efforts
Preparing spiritual messages
For someone who will hear what they say
Rather than a man who listens
Out of deference for the memory of his mother
Who had taught him long ago
That it hurts others to tell them
He doesn’t believe what they believe.
And so he gives them false hope
With his noncommitment saying
He only doesn’t attend because it is boring
And he never bothers to preach the good news
That he knows there is no ‘good news.’
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.