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Free Verse Project Print

Write lines from a favorite poem on a sandy beach, assemble twigs on a hillside, or chalk the sidewalk. Take a photo before it disappears and email it to for possible inclusion on the site. Be sure to include the source of your lines in the photo caption.

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I waited for my life to start / for years... Time collapses between the lips of strangers... Glory be to God for dappled things... Now drops that floated on the pool...
It will not last the night... I have measured out my life with coffee spoons... April / Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers... so much depends / upon // a red wheel / barrow...
The little girls / Running in the park at dusk / Are almost women now— / What you've missed... I have wasted my life... Skin doesn't have roots, it peels away easy as paper... As to me I know of nothing else but miracles...
I carry your heart... Caught — the bubble / in the spirit level, / a creature divided... I am looking for the trail. / Where is my testing-tree... I was all hers as we peeled potatoes...
the stones of the river / have sucked men's eyes dry... they have carried me in their branches... Trees make a long shadow / And a light sound... This is the way the world ends...
shine as it will, / The world will love its darkness still... Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew... I wake to sleep... at least I have not woken up / with a bloody knife in my hand...

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