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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.

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Random Poem:

permanent things (for robinson jeffers)
unknown

i hit the pipe.
 1
 
 
she hit the pipe.
 2
 
 
then i
 3
made a slow snow angel
 4
on the hardwood floor
 5
of her bedroom.
 6
 
 
she sat cross-legged
 7
on the bed
 8
and let out
 9
a loud sigh.
 10
 
 
why so
 11
down-low
 12
young cricket?
 13
i asked.
 14
 
 
she said
 15
it just dawned on her
 16
that when she died
 17
there were only
 18
three people
 19
who would be sad.
 20
 
 
and if it were a hundred
 21
you'd feel better?
 22
i asked.
 23
 
 
yea
 24
somehow,
 25
she said flatly
 26
staring into
 27
the palms of her hands.
 28
 
 
i told her
 29
the poet
 30
robinson jeffers
 31
wrote about the mountains
 32
and the oceans.
 33
permanent things,
 34
not silly temporary things
 35
like humans
 36
and their emotions.
 37
 
 
told her
 38
the way jeffers saw it
 39
we'll all be gone
 40
and the mountains
 41
and oceans will remain
 42
without ever having given
 43
one thought about us.
 44
 
 
that's pretty heavy,
 45
she said
 46
and hit the pipe again.
 47
 
 
i told her
 48
the only reason
 49
jeffers thought like that
 50
was because
 51
he stole the love of his life
 52
off a famous lawyer
 53
in california.
 54
 
 
poet
 55
got the girl huh?
 56
she laughed.
 57
 
 
i told her:
 58
yea
 59
his heart was taken care of
 60
so he could afford to
 61
ponder over his
 62
permanent things.
 63
 
 
i want you inside me,
 64
she said
 65
dropping her leg down
 66
over the side of the bed
 67
like a crane.
 68
 
 
she dug her foot
 69
into my balls.
 70
 
 
i grabbed her
 71
at the ankle
 72
and pulled her down
 73
 
 
rabble
 74
 
 
heat and motion:
 75
 
 
we didn't think about mountains,
 76
 
 
or the ocean,
 77
 
 
or robinson jeffers.
 78

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