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 rhythm because that is how I roll. One of the poems I plan to share during this month of free verse is Not for You.
Not for You
The homeless guy on the corner
A new addition to the street.
It’s not a busy intersection,
But a good place to get money,
For something to eat.
I wish I had more to give,
But times are tough for us all.
They are only going to get harder,
Now that the pandemic has come to call.
I know where you can get a meal downtown,
And there’s a place to hang out when it’s cold.
As long as the city doesn’t shut it down,
It all depends on Covid statistics I’m told.
I don’t understand,
Why you can’t find a place,
In all these new apartment buildings
For low-income people
At a frantic pace.
I’ve heard they are not for the local poor,
Only imports from big cities,
With big-time government money to spend.
The contractors are the ones getting rich these days.
Claiming building costs are Z when they are X.
No matter what the view,
Staying warm and dry is not for you.
While apartments stay empty,
Waiting for a new tenant,
But not for you.
This is the American way.
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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