My year-long odyssey into the various styles of poetry has taught me many lessons about myself. I enjoy getting lost in the world of rhyming words. There still isn’t one style of poetry I would choose as my favorite to write in. July is the perfect month to create a selection of free verse poems. This style of poetry has no rules, which I find liberating. They don’t have to rhythm, but I suspect mine will because that is how I roll. One of the poems I plan to share during this month of free verse is called Vacation Daydreams.
I want to drive to New Orleans,
And walk a second line.
Jump on a streetcar,
And eat lunch at St. Charles Tavern.
Take a walk in musty smelling graveyards,
Filled with tombs that look like caverns.
Sit on a bench along the Moonwalk,
And wish upon a star.
I want to hop on a plane to New York City,
Visit with the kid for a while.
Limber down the streets of Manhattan,
Everything’s bigger than life in times square.
Climb on a subway and travel to Bushwick,
And see the graffiti that made me smile.
Ride the Staten Island ferry,
And wave at Lady liberty.
It seems like such a pity,
That it’s been so long since I’ve been there.
I want to ride a motorcycle to the Upper Peninsula,
And escape this summer heat.
Ride through the Tunnel of Trees,
Spend a day at Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Cross the Big Mac on two wheels,
With the water flowing below.
All the while listening to tunes,
On the motorcycle’s radio.
I have vacation daydreams by the mile,
And I’d like to take an adventure if I had the funds.
I thought retirement would give me the time,
But I’ve discovered I’m busy making up rhythms.
Taking to the road would be so sublime,
If only we could win the lottery,
We’d take a vacation this year.
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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