We’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with voice. For example, you might try writing a stanza that recounts something in the first-person, followed by a stanza recounting the same incident in the second-person, followed by a stanza that treats the incident from a third-person point of view. Or you might try a poem in the form of a dialogue.
I don’t think I have ever done a dialogue or voice poem, at least not consciously, so bear with me.
I’ve tried to tell you I need freedom and I need love.
I’ve tried to tell you I need something more from above.
Have I not begged and pleaded for something,
for anything; maybe small or a little kind,
something I can finally call mine.
Again and again, I have asked patiently but I’ve also asked stubbornly.
Because patience dwindles; but heartaches, those never cease.
Even if the carriers are calling out for peace.
I don’t know if you’re there or if you even care,
Maybe in your eyes, this all seems fair.
But I am calling out for mercy,
One I might not even deserve,
But no soul alone can sustain so much hurt.
If you are there here my plea,
I implore, set my soul free.
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