Betsy, after reading those two pieces (and several of your other entries), you're rapidly moving up my list of awesome writers.
As to those poems--as I've said before, I'm hardly an expert on free verse, but I'd say that they definitely qualify. Even if they're not packed with poetry "tricks", they are both packed with emotion, and with deliberate word choice. Especially in the second one--you just wouldn't write prose that way. And the first one practically demands to be written in a way that challenges the reader a bit, takes her out of her comfort zone, so that she feels--just a teensy bit--what your narrator feels.
Great examples of free verse, Betsy. Thanks so much for posting them here!