It’s not about conforming to the line.
The question is what would you do instead?
If you think free verse really is more free,
then answer this: what makes free verse a poem?
The truly free write prose. The sentence has
no arbitrary stinky Latin feet.
Within the paragraph, it with its brothers
forms the never ending line unversed.
No rhythm leads the reader marching on,
predicting of what might be coming next.
Yet, something leaves us wanting for a poem.
The heart does beat in time and so does verse,
so beauty lies in music sung, and little
it requires of the budding poet.
Only this, that within structure lies
the mystery of thought that whispers
light and smooth on silken threads,
or flashes suddenly as lightning strikes
to follow shortly with the rolling thunder’s
undulating wave. So, is it then
too much to ask a paltry fee be paid?
That all depends on how much poet you
would like to be, or whether prose more fits
your singing, rising personality.
by Paul Guernsey Player, Copyright © 2018/07/10