They say the best things in life are free
Love, music, laughter –
all free
Expression, the press –
"free"
This prose is supposed to be free
But the irony is
easily found in the protocol.

Use the right elements!
Consider your technique!
Who needs feeling? We have charts.
Am I doing this right?
Have I
indented
enough?

Please, please,
Get your filthy analysis away from me
And take the factory molds, too
On the conveyor belt of curriculum –
OH GOD! THE IMAGERY'S GOT ME!

If this is free,
I'd hate to see tyrannical verse.