I consider myself a student of poetry and love to play around with as many forms as possible. However, every so often, a poem just flows from my pen…and I leave it there- sans punctuation – as I would while writing free- verse poetry. It’s a liberating experience to forget about full stops and  dotting ‘i’s’ for a change. This cherita poem reflects my feelings on the topic.


Life is too short for dotting and crossing 

or fussing over a new-born poem..
I leave the ‘i’s’ and the ‘t’s’ where they lie

I change nothing
It’s perfect…..
just the way it is

©Vivian Zems

Real Toads– Fussy little forms- Cherita

Poetry pantry at Poets United #428