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:

Vantage Point
Screwtape

A mother of four spins the wheel
 1
How long will it take for her pains to heal?
 2
Without a word she drives through this place
 3
But what is her story, is there a poem behind that face?
 4
 
 
Depends on the way you tend to see things
 5
What vantage point the day brings
 6
Did someone hurt her in a way that’s unthinkable?
 7
Crimes unclear, such pains unspeakable
 8
 
 
Perhaps today just went slower than the rest
 9
Should someone care? Be my guest
 10
To explain that you saw her, from across the road
 11
And wanted to know if things were ok, could you lighten the load?
 12
 
 
Even if you asked I doubt she would admit it
 13
For the strong willed sometimes refuse to sit
 14
And take pity from others, instead they keep fighting
 15
Focused more upon the wrongs that they are righting
 16
 
 
Her kids can be seen, in the backseat of the car
 17
Young kids and young men, she seems to have come so far
 18
In the passenger side is the father, looking away
 19
His eyes glazed over, not even the sun can sway
 20
 
 
The look of death in his stare, where have you been?
 21
Sitting there for years, mired by indecision
 22
And when you are firm in what you think is right
 23
It proves things are all about you, what a blight!
 24
 
 
Maybe the father has truly been made a fool
 25
And thinks everything is normal, oh how cruel
 26
That the head of the family, should forget his mistake
 27
A moment that caused more than one heart to break
 28
 
 
So as I watch on, I think… who is to blame?
 29
For the way things went in this twisted game
 30
I guess it depends on the vantage point from which one can see
 31
From the outside looking in, it was the father who changed things
 32
But maybe that’s just me.
 33

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