Freedom To Verse

By M.A.D. LIGAYA

I am free!
My verse is free!
I verse —
whatever
whenever
however.
I versify —
my joys,
hurts,
thoughts,
and my angsts.
I versify my visions and dreams,
I versify my beliefs …
and disbelief
my faith and the lack of it.
I conjure up my shallowness and depth
from the hat I call my verses.
I turn to verse when … and … if I want.
I am free to verse away from meter …
to verse away from rhyme.
For to verse is a freedom!
Shouldn’t be chained …
nor boxed.
Shouldn’t be buried in the grave of standards.

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I am an expat from the Philippines teaching English here in South Korea. Writing is one of my hobbies. It’s my shield against homesickness. It keeps me alive, sane, and productive.

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