Member Rara Avis
Sven, this is a rather poor example of meter. As I said in this thread, I think there are good reasons to break cadence at specific times, but this poem has several such breaks that serve no creative purpose.
My past is now just memory,
of perfect days I bade farewell,
of a goddess who once loved me
when stepped she from her pedestal.
Hear the break in cadence? Feel how the tongue sort of gets stuck around the words I bolded? The broken meter doesn't draw attention where I want it, doesn't provide a "rest" for the ear, but rather is just sloppy. There are a few places like this one, places that should eventually be fixed.
Balladeer, I also considered it a successful marriage. Very successful. It was the divorce that was an abysmal failure.
Thanks to all else who enjoyed this one.
Chris, I guess my answer depends on your definition of free verse. I write a LOT of what most would call free verse, but usually with more structure than true free verse. I agree, though, that this poem, because it lacks a single focus, would probably be better handled with a little less structure.