France and the Empire Continues—Free Verse

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.


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