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Free Verse – I Fight

Free Verse – I Fight to save you, them from a world that wants to swallow you whole.

“Free Verse – I Fight” was written as an example of the very reason I choose to write: So I don’t go stir crazy watching this world. At the height of the holidays, there is a point when darkness overcome one’s mind. Such heavy darkness. And having grown up with family, and friends sharing the holidays over laughter, good food. I know all to well the pain that swallows the heart when the holidays approach and you remember.

I know how strong one must be to fight the sadness that wants to creep into the light and overcome, steal the happiness and especially when those are no longer sharing your holidays with you. I have learned to cry with joy of the memories I was blessed with, and tell the stories of them. Maybe in “Free Verse – I Fight to keep the fire for life lit and those memories too.


Image Free Verse: I Fight

Free Verse – I Fight

I saw it again.
That spark.
That fire—ignited in your heart.

For the first time, in a long time.
It was there in blue eyes.

I know of the darkness,
and the night that steals the light.
It comes first in the shadows.
A black heaviness that weights one down.

Too many stones.

I kept the fire going for you.
Each day, throwing love as branches to a campfire.

Meant for warmth.

Some let the embers die.
I refuse to see the ashes of you and me.
You’re too kind of a man.

I fight to hold you, nothing more,
I fight because I can see
myself
in your eyes,
suffering.

I fight because you want to be here.
I fight because you hate being dark
and there’s no place else.

I fight because I let you feel free
and sometimes you
ask if you can spend eternity in my heart.

I love.

I provide light for the darkness
that can’t see beyond the shadows.
I’m a conduit when you just want to cry.

I fight because the world
does not provide perfect life.
I fight because I hated the darkness growing up
and I’m tired of the darkness stronghold.

I fight to love.
I fight because I want him to remember
his father, sister, and mom and quit falling.
I fight to be humble.
I fight to be strong.
I see the tears, and I can recognize the heart of pain.

Today is the only thing I control.

So, I will;

hold you when your heart is heavy
when you just need to pour words from your soul.
Cup your tears for saving.
Just know that every time I open my heart
I save you, them from a world that wants to swallow you all whole.

©Linda J. Wolff (Google), and “Free Verse – I Fight.”



What is a Free Verse Poem? Typically, free verse is a patterned through 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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Free Verse Ode to Birth or Rosebuds


Free Verse Ode to Birth or Rosebuds; I die to breathe life and strength into bones and roses.


In, “Free Verse Ode to Birth or Rosebuds,” I recalled the birth of my youngest daughter in 1983, a beautiful, blessed event in my life, only to die an hour later going through a tubal ligation. I lost consciousness due to complications of anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction to a drug used for numbing specific body areas for surgery. But due to such quick responses of doctors and nurses, my life was saved. It was then that one’s life could end in fractions of a second.

And, each time I have doubting thoughts, I remind myself of that beautifully blessed day!


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Free Verse Ode to Birth, or Rosebuds

Sometimes I need to reach—deep like taproots
Burrowing through the darkness of hardpan dirt—

I would want to establish strength; root-like,
anchored in the hopes of solidity.

Forsake the contamination of instability.
Prove I’m the poet of each line of prose.

Who needs the weakness of low self-esteem
when your fingers can grip the heart

and rise with color-drenched petals
that glows under the sun as soon as you pry your finger from it

And, still, it’s not until I reach the firmament,
hear the screech of the eagle: How to explain

to the heart that strength is within
What do you know of hope?

How to know that strength and hope collided
Not until then, that I remember the day

I gave birth to you and died
only to breathe again, at your cry.

They said; I shouldn’t of come back from the dead.
But I fought to live.

This love this strength, this rose that never dies.
I remember how blood looks on a

newborn baby and a rosebud, as I allow myself to see.

©Linda J. Wolff, and “Free Verse Ode to Birth or Rosebuds.”

What is a Free Verse Poem? Typically, free verse is a patterned through 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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