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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:

Texas Rangers
muherrera

I went to an interleague baseball game
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between the Dodgers and Los Rinches—
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how Tejanos pronounce The Rangers—
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and sat in the packed Rangers Field stands.
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I Googled “Texas Rangers” on my iPhone
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but carelessly chose the wrong Wikipedia page.
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The baseball team was not first formed in 1823
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by Stephen F. Austin to wage war on Indians.
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Scrolled down reading General Zachary Taylor
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led a group of rangers into Monterrey to help
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gain more than half of Mexico’s sun-kissed land
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when the U.S. was high on Manifest Destiny.
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Starting in 1914, for over five years of terror,
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rangers, now Los Rinches out of utter despise,
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murdered more Mexicans in Texas alone
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than homeruns were hit in all of baseball.
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Just last week, I remember a Texas Ranger
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giving my cousin a black eye and broken nose.
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Cop said resisting arrest, but la familia knows
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the truth is its still illegal to be Mexican.
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Born and been a Texan, these 25 years
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I knew nothing of this ranger history.
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I read of rangers protecting the Lone Star
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but my Texas History teachers failed
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to inform me of Los Diablos Tejanos
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who tormented my people and were made
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heroes by Hollywood, literature, and media.
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They did not teach me the real state history.
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I couldn’t read more and put my phone away,
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turned towards the diamond and the players,
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pulled off my Texas Rangers baseball cap
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and started cheering the Dodgers on.
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