Big Water

We’ve moved into June, and I need a poetry style that starts with the letter F. I’ve decided to write Free verse Poems. Writing Free Verse Poems for an entire month frightens me because they lack meter, rhythm, and form. Sometimes a person needs these guidelines to keep them honest. What makes a poem a poem if there is no way to define it as a poem? The only way to start the party is to run my finger over the keys and see what pops up on the computer screen. I will call this poem Big Water.

First, let’s explore the characteristics of Free Verse Poetry and Big Water

  1. Candace and flow
  2. The built on the language of the poet
  3. Non-uniform lines and stanzas
  4. Experience with space
  5. Prosaic Qualities
  6. Concise Imagery

It appears free verse isn’t as rudderless as I first thought. My poetry writing challenge in June could get exciting. It’s time to read Big Water.

Big Water

Take me to big water
Where I can stare at the curve of the world
And wiggle my feet in warm mushy sand
While watching dolphins play in the waves
That crashed against the shore.
Take me to big water
Where the moon pulls the tide
And winks at me in the darkness
Like a drunken man
Tempting me to take a plunge
Take me to big water
Where the stars twinkle in the night
Keeping the secrets of the universe
Undiscovered in the centuries of darkness
Take me to big water.
Where you can kiss my lips again
We can sleep out on the beach
Where no one can see or hear
Except for the big water.

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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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

9 thoughts on “Big Water

  1. This is beautiful Molly, I understand exactly how you feel about poetic form. I find greater freedom within poetic form than I do in free verse. This one is lovely though Molly

  2. Simply put, I like this verse. It evokes the pleasure we may have in the ocean and at night with the moon. Your use of repetition is effective.

    1. I agree. This is a most skilled and evocative use of free verse. It felt like those repeating waves were coming in over the feet of my mind! Nice job, Molly.

  3. Reading this poem was a wonderful inner experience ~ followed closely by not so wonderful memories of getting sand out of various, um, crevices, um, afterward… 🤣

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