I write the “Free Verse Seattle This is You.” “In a sleepless city of Seattle,/the homeless weep,” Speaking through the eyes and mouth of an abandon homeless woman. What do they see in those who walk by, those who sip their Starbuck’s coffee, in tailored suits? Mercy is in the compassion of humanitarians. I see them at the corners of streets, the hollow empty faces, the cardboard pieces scrawled with small words, begging.
Free Verse Seattle This is You
The distant look in the eyes of the homeless people
—like giving birth to a new camp on I-5.
You that walk by throwing glances on busy city streets like imperfect dreams.
—burning screams of the night like the red of a cigarette butt.
—Seattle, this is you.
Fragmented city of heritage in places I know not of all their names
—Lake Forest Park, Kent, Tacoma, like pillars of Gothic architecture.
The familial marks of faces under cylinder bonfires
The scars on the wrist of past brothers,
—like of black, woven like the dreadlocks of the leaders.
– Seattle, this you.
The tormented words of tattered face Streetman
-that urge you to place a twenty dollar in his silver tin
Seattle, the tears on the eyelids of my sister’s face,
-lost souls of a sleepless city, colored warriors of small words
Seattle, this is you in their concrete graves.
The beginning of stories I shall not finish
-the broken fundament of a splintered blade.
The city to grind my rhetorical absurdities
-abode to my stories of madness
-Seattle, this is you dwelling in me.
©Linda J. Wolff, and “Free Verse Seattle This is You.”
What is a Free Verse Poem? Typically, free verse is patterned by speech rather than a meter. Further, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Such as, visual and sound effects are often employed. It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.
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