Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Day 25 ~ “Free Verse Poems” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

So, today let’s just abandon all the rules (as some of you fabulous poets out there prefer to do anyway) and write a free verse poem about anything you choose.

I just want to point out that “free verse” is NOT the same thing as “blank verse.”

Blank verse IS unrhymed but surprisingly, it DOES have rules - rules that pertain to things like “iambic pentameter” with unstressed/stressed syllable patterns or “trochee” with stressed/unstressed or even more craziness, how about dactyl blank verse with has stressed/unstressed/unstressed syllable patterns? There is also “anapest blank verse” – yeah, we’ll just stop there. So, we are not writing blank verse today ~ just free verse. And if nothing strikes your fancy – just use a favorite poetry form that we have used earlier this month.

So, FREE VERSE is basically random, without any fixed metrical patterns of any kind and while there is no need to rhyme, it’s totally fine if you wish to use rhyme, but there is no need to count syllables or to worry about much of anything – just let it come. But free verse is actually tricky to make it feel cohesive, but once you get it just how you want it – you will be most happy with it. Free verse poems can be long, short or anything in between, as long as it seems to have a good flow, then you are good to go.

Nature, family, life, love, religion, whatever comes to mind ~ go for it. I think it's also fun to use “National” and “World” celebration days as prompts for here are a few of them for April 25,  2018:

Denim Day, DNA Day, Hairstylists Appreciation Day, International Guide Dog Day, International Marconi Day, National Crayola Day, National Golf Day, National Mani-Pedi Day, National Plumber's Day, National Zucchini Bread Day, Red Hat Society Day, World Penguin Day, and World Stationery Day, to name a few.

OH, and head’s up – tomorrow is “Poem in my Pocket” day – so instead of writing a poem, we will try to memorize a poem and/or make copies of it to hand out to share with friends and family – more on that tomorrow. (And, of course, you can always use one of the poems you have written for this).

So, here is one of my favorite free verse poems I have written (a few years ago, but that’s okay):


Hope creates options.
It still can happen.
In fact, anything CAN happen.
Hope is what we cling to.
I hope I am doing enough.
I hope people understand the purity of my motives.
I hope my family will all be together in the hereafter.

Why do I have hope?
Because I believe what Christ said when He came.
I believe He really did die for our sins and that
through the atonement of Christ
and the power of the resurrection;
I can be raised up unto life eternal with my loved ones.
That is what I hope for.

And because I have hope
. . . I keep trying.
© 2015 Stephanie Abney

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Vicki said...

Day 25-Free Verse

This Earth of ours is so wonderful
There’s so much to be thankful for
But we need to take a lot better care
Of this planet we call home
So let’s all do our part
To reuse, recycle, and reduce
Then our children and grandchildren
Can enjoy the beauties of Earth

Heidi Murphy said...

Here's mine for today:
Have a lovely day!