Small Shifts in Territorial Control—Free Verse

And you didn’t think

Of summer city windows

Overlooking the old roves of Ukraine

.

And you didn’t think

I had a particular opinion

Of open urban windows and city sounds

.

And you didn’t think

To ponder over the weight of the mind

In the hour-long sunrise

City silhouette of peach fire and cloud

.

And you didn’t think

To catching a bid on the Russian invasion

Before you saw words curling

At the edges of your mind

West side of central, void and stupid

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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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