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Pity the dullard who cannot read

between free verse (life)lines;  Pity  the soft,

impotent and frustrated mind, the flaccidity of his wee 

(brain)stem;   Feel sorry for the imitation poet 

who only extends his ignorance.  What delights in cognizance—

all those thoughtful layers he will miss,  lifted veils 

and those hearts-in-waiting, those soulful 

breadcrumb trails, thousands of subtle, petite mortes 

that sweat-out words, O,  the gifted breath only heard 

by those willing and able.  Forgive the dullard 

his abhorrence, his limpet pride and nipping envy,

for he is incapable of penetrating  perfect depth
or surrendering to poetic beauty.  

Copyright © Cyndi MacMillan | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 7/9/2016 3:14:00 PM

    Laughter erupts! A rather judgemental peace. And who is he, and have you two ever met? I want to see their response!
  1. Date: 6/15/2016 3:33:00 AM

    Good vent, but I got a question ( don't I always?) I just write in a one off run, then break it into chunks that are for digesting, ...but to be fare I don't know what " freeverse" is or if it is supposed to have " rules" applied to it...I just pick that category because i like the word " free"
  1. Date: 6/14/2016 6:34:00 PM

    yeah, I know good it feels to sometimes pour out your response after it has built up to a steaming whistle! LOL I understand. Ya know what I was thinking earlier about free verse, and also about writing in form. I realized that I fall back into 'form' when I am just not able to put together a good free verse. Form is so structured, and often lacking many of the tools that free verse utilizes.... hugs, catie :)
  1. Date: 6/14/2016 8:29:00 AM

    And so, Cyndi, my daily question of "what do you have to teach me today" is answered in FREE VERSE. I always love poems that slow me down, draw me back to reread, to fathom the "Shrek-like onion-ness, to sink into the layers. The title pulled me into this free verse vent.
  1. Date: 6/14/2016 7:26:00 AM

    I see so much in your poem that is true to life. I see so many who simply do not understand free verse at all, and I wonder about myself also, in that i often misunderstand. Sometime it takes a few days for the meaning of the poem to settle upon my understanding. What can I say... still not perfect. Awesome poem, Cyndi. love and hugs, catie :)
  1. Date: 6/13/2016 10:00:00 PM

    This is lovely, Cyndi!