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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.

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Random Poem:

The Midnight Four
threnody

It is the time to confess
 1
When the silent veil of night is cast,
 2
The sweet, seductive darkness
 3
Will heighten fear and desire fast
 4
 
 
The lone wolf stands,
 5
The darkness falls
 6
Skilled and steady working are Midnight's hands
 7
As the watchful wolf makes it's calls
 8
 
 
An elusive pack of creatures rare
 9
Gathers by this moonlight
 10
The Wolf, the Fox, Bat and Bear
 11
Indeed a strange and wondrous sight
 12
 
 
The Wolf is cunning, image seared
 13
The Fox handsome and sly
 14
The Bat; small, enigmatic, feared
 15
The Bear a lumbering beast to the eye
 16
 
 
The Wolf is the agressive one
 17
The Fox smooth talking,
 18
The Bat pondering and easy to shun,
 19
The Bear rash and stalking
 20
 
 
These animal four, this wilderness quartet
 21
Meeting alone in the dark
 22
Thoughts, trials, now to let
 23
It's time they made their mark
 24
 
 
The Wolves are those that honor strength
 25
The Foxes: witty, persuasive souls
 26
The Bats thinkers, unique at length
 27
The Bears stubborn after goals
 28
 
 
These four so different,
 29
Yet share that wild gaze
 30
Their spirits unspent,
 31
Their souls still ablaze
 32
 
 
Those worn down by silent barriers
 33
Are none of Midnight's four
 34
They are a fifth; uncalled by soul carriers
 35
The Fifth; the tamed and beaten Boar
 36
 
 
The Boars are tied, succumbed and barred
 37
Forbidden by themselves
 38
Their souls are worn, tattered, charred
 39
Like outdated books lining antique shelves
 40
 
 
Boars are those afraid to stand alone
 41
Those who deny their soul
 42
Their self-betrayal ever etched in stone
 43
Burning out, a final coal
 44
 
 
Are you the Wolf longing power?
 45
The Fox, quick of wits?
 46
Are you the imaginative Bat, or Bear who'll tower?
 47
Or are you a Boar, denial where fits?
 48
 
 
Will you be honored or will you be shamed?
 49
Honor is to listen to the soul, my friend,
 50
I chose not the Boar, the Beaten, the Tamed
 51
But the path taken all lies with you, in the end.
 52

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