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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:

WHEN TRAINS COLLIDE IN FINLAND
NewWarrior

WHEN TRAINS COLLIDE IN FINLAND
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By Reid Baer
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"NewWarriorMan"
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Somewhere between the ocean and the land
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late one night scurrying around the sand
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I searched for anything that would burn
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driftwood
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cardboard
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pick up sticks.
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I scavenged for hours
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for something to light
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but there was nothing dry …
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but I was strong, willful, and resourceful
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so I lit my stage
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of life
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and before my own damned bonfire
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I danced and danced like
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there was no tomorrow
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and risked all the previous lies
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from yesterday – oh my - did I say
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I hopped a coastal freight train once?
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Oh, that was a beautiful rail ride into San Manteo
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when I was so wet behind the years
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so young
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so reckless
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so very high -
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oh yeah, I took that big dive!
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I laid it all out like I could fly!
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Hell, I didn’t care
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if I made it out alive
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but between you and me
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my sweetheart wife
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that was then and this is now
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and I’m older
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and maybe a little wise …
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today I pray with all my heart
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at least my fragile mind survives.
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