My Stand on Free Verse

Written by: Charles Sides

Poem contests that require free verse
I avoid like a plague
I entered this one to take a stand

Poetry should have meter and rhyme
Or to me it’s something else
Like an extract from a book

It's supposed to have complex patterns
Of one sort or another
Perceived as a coherent whole

Even this definition is gobbledygook
Certainly not definitive at all
So that where I am, today

If free verse is your bag
Please don’t be offended
Help me to understand