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:

Like a Thousand People
Linnac

Me, I look like a thousand people
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and, of course, a thousand look like me,
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so you’d be forgiven for thinking
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I’m the most non-descript sight to see.
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It’s interesting and my hobby
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to gently watch how very shaken
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a complete stranger often becomes
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when they’re reluctantly mistaken.
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When they have just paused and called out to
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a familiar face in the street
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only to find, yet again I say,
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it was cruelly a trick of the heat.
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You’d think then that I had bowl-cut hair
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and my eyes were a bland shadowed brown;
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that I always wore washed out colours
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that blended with the grey concrete town.
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But who then would simply notice me,
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grin and say that my looks ring a bell?
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Who then would catcall across the road
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and shout that I was as hot as hell?
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The latest fashions are what I sport;
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what isn’t designer I won’t wear.
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The clack of heels denotes my presence.
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There are highlights in my straight blonde hair.
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I’ve been told that my eyes are azure
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but no one at first notices that.
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They ask me more where I got my tan-
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if perhaps I’m at least an ex-pat.
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Me, I look like a thousand people
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and, of course, a thousand look like me.
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Yet so long as I am noticed here
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who needs individuality?
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