poetry critical

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Poetry Critical 2.0

Hey guys, Donald here.

In a few weeks, this site will be 9 years old. 9 years! And I still know some of the earliest submissions by heart.

But, boy. That’s like 102 in web-years. So it’s time for something new. I’m building that something now with my nights-and-weekend minutes (and plenty of coffee). Buy me a cup?

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Random Poem:

Hello My Old Heart, after The Oh Hellos
spaye08

Hello my old heart.
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How have you been? Are you still
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there inside my chest?
 3
 
 
Step lightly down thick
 4
wooden steps but footing fails.
 5
Bright wishes, open-
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mouthed, strike against beams
 7
of dewy sun. Pick baskets
 8
brimming with color.
 9
 
 
Observe cluttered fir
 10
trees standing beyond an aged
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train as she hums by.
 12
 
 
Gaze upward toward blank
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endless blue. Umbrella spins
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over a child’s kiss.
 15
 
 
Drops ripple in small
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puddles, reflect mountain crests
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surrounding. Fountains,
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cascading champagne
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bottles bursting. Touch dancing
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Leaves. Rest. Fall in love.
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Stride, speak, laugh, row, dip
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in cool water. Jump steady.
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Eyes follow gaze in-
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to a fix. Enjoy
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a moment well-spent. Clouds drift
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beyond, dim rainbow
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revealed from mist. Stand
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still strong, pressing feet against
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earth. Lift a child overhead.
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Spread arms wide to sun
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salutation. Let go, hanging.
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Collide with two hands.
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Hello, my old heart.
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It’s been so long since we were
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living young like this.
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