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:

When He Knocks
TaylorC

The neighbors all warned you
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though you didn’t really believe,
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chalked it up to gossip,
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until you saw him yourself
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on the sex-offender list—his name
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bold-faced on the page, his crimes
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in print, no longer whispers
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in kitchens over cups of tea.
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You were always polite, always
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waved back, but now you
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force smiles, so he won’t know
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you know.
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What do you say to him,
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your neighbor
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who molested his own sons,
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when he knocks on your door
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and asks to borrow
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a cup of sugar?  If you let him,
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will he come back?  Will he
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walk over to you
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at the yearly block-party or at church
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and try to strike up conversation,
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leaving others wondering,
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whispering about you?  You lie,
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tell him no, you’re out of sugar too.
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He trudges across the yard, back
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to his truck and leaves
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(for the grocery store).
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That night you’re locking up
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the house before bed, as you’ve grown
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accustomed to doing, and you see
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a fresh bag of sugar on your doorstep.
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