Jan, I really appreciated your suggestions here. Sorry to admit (although it's plain to see), I most often write in the 8-6 pattern because that 's where my mind seems to run ahead to. I've really appreciated the practice the challenge has offered, along with your past sessions, which have given me lots to try.
I love Jim's poem here, and Linda has long been a favorite free verse poet of mine.
I've been trying to write more in free verse because that's what most poetry contests are looking for.
This is one I entered (that did not win)
I was striving for making a picture and showing emotion through dialogue.
Nothing Quite Like a Mother's Love
“You know I’m not going to be around much longer,”
she said from her position on the sofa,
as I lay on the floor of the study.
“You’re awfully quiet. Are you sleeping down there?”
“No, I’m listening.”
“I’m sorry you all had to wait at the airport for me.”
“We were glad to, Mom.”
“I saw you out there pulling weeds this morning.
I don’t want you to do that anymore when it’s this hot;
besides, you’ll get poison ivy.
You know my state policy has two thousand dollars.
I have four plots.
You sure are a pretty girl.
Your sister will have a hard time getting that bedroom suit
from my house to hers so far away.
You all watch out for those attic stairs; they’re steep
You work too hard teaching.
I’ll be glad when you can retire.
You need to rest more.
You know there’s some poison in the basement.
You’ll need to watch out for that basement door;
it’s hard to open.
Now I don’t want you all to argue over
anything when I’m gone.
I can’t see you breathing. Are you breathing?”