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:

And she said to me...
ElegantWaste

I.
 1
Yesterday
 2
I told my best friend
 3
Something she needed to hear,
 4
No, what she wanted to hear
 5
And I played the guitar
 6
Better
 7
Than ever,
 8
Though still, not
 9
Very well.
 10
 
 
Last night I let myself sink into my bed and cry
 11
Like a child,
 12
Which is what I am
 13
And I won
 14
A little war,
 15
But lost the battle
 16
I lost the battle.
 17
 
 
II.
 18
she looked at me
 19
With such delicacy
 20
And all I could think
 21
 
 
(it could work)
 22
 
 
was how my beautiful dress
 23
was getting tear-stained
 24
 
 
(or maybe that was me)
 25
 
 
III.
 26
And its selfish,
 27
I know
 28
But will you keep me up tonight?
 29
I don’t want to go to bed
 30
 
 
Tonight.
 31
 
 
Tonight,
 32
I’m leaving my home.
 33
 
 
IV.
 34
Walter Cronkite is whispering in my ear
 35
And the television’s still on,
 36
It’s killing me
 37
 
 
Slowly…
 38
 
 
And you’re hurting me
 39
When you look at me
 40
Like that
 41
 
 
Like you understand
 42
Where I’m coming from
 43
more
 44
than some of the time.
 45
Some of the time
 46
I’m killing myself
 47
Or maybe,
 48
I’m just dying
 49
 
 
And I’m doing nothing
 50
By standing by
 51
 
 
Watching
 52
 
 
Watching
 53
 
 
V.
 54
Please don’t leave me here.
 55

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