Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Eli Siegel

Free Verse

Free verse is when

You're at ease with something

You mean with your whole heart.

Free verse is the divine wag

Of a thought—

Filling oneself,

Filling what's there.

Free verse is the waver

Of strictness;

The river in the lake;

The merry brook

In the iron;

And the iron in the ever-so-going, ever so easy, smoke—

Or haze, maybe.