Free Verse: The Rusty Gate

A free verse poetry, “The Rusty Gate”.

He wore a scowl off arched cheekbones. Wrinkles between brows. Daring black eyes pierced through to my heart. I felt his pain. I smiled, backed it with a friendly hello. He spoke with splintered pieces. Harsh edges came from his mouth. I smiled again and said; How can I help? He muttered, pointed a wavering finger at the meat cuts. I continued with a smile with everything he wanted from the deli. He walked away.

The Rusty Gate

The Rusted Gate

A rusted, hinged gate.
Or a port of entrance.
One side is daunting blackness.
Latched with decay and oxidation.
Painted bitterness of scars.
Some say, leave a gate as you found it.
I dare to abide.
Under all that paint and rusted scars.
I see color. I see blue.
I chip away one day at a time.
One layer at a time.
Painting small doses of love.
Over slated boards and rusty bolts.
It loosens.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
|The Rusted Gate|
A Free Verse Poetry.

What is Free Verse Poetry?

A piece of poetry is free of form, no metrics or structure. No limitations, rhyming or non-rhyming scheme.


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20 thoughts on “Free Verse: The Rusty Gate

  1. I love this poem of yours. I like the word selections. 😊 would you mind visiting my site and give feedback on how i can make it better? Thank you😊

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  2. The purpose of poetry, as well as giving the excess feelings somewhere to go, is to discover what lies behind the locked and rusted gates. I like your poem very much indeed.

      1. YAY! I feel accomplished. I sometimes feel as though I’m not a good supporter of an artist’s work when I don’t understand it. Is that bad?🙈

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