Why Must Everything be Beautiful?—Free Verse

Look into the eyes of a frightened baby

With the fat tear drops lining her cheeks.

Her cheeks all balled up against her eyes

And spasming in unwanted, wailing cries,

And tell me there is beauty in the sudden sound

That caused that poor baby girl to cry.


I accept the beauty in her mother

Running to lift her into her arms.

I accept the beauty seen in her face

Upon the realization that her mother is there

Even though she can’t quit will the tears to stop

And the wailing cries keep going under their own inertia

But they are somewhat rounder and less urgent.

I accept that there is beauty in all that.


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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