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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:

There I Go
jacksonic

I write rhymes about writing rhymes
 1
Rocking mics and keeping thoughts precise through exciting times
 2
            She said “Why don’t you try to expand?”
 3
Looked at me direct and       grabbed me by left hand
 4
                   So I briefly dropped the megaphone
 5
We met and stoned, she smiled at my third eye and extra bone
 6
                       But I wasn’t riffin off of flesh alone
 7
She lit a bone, laid down and listened as I read a poem
 8
                             Nothing as soft or as sweet
 9
We talked about docks and taking walks on the beach
 10
                               Like one day it could happen
 11
If she kept copping strong herb and I kept up that good rappin
 12
                                          So I kept writin
 13
Checked her like a mic and       I could expect lightin
 14
                                Askin sweetly if I would flip
 15
Sayin “full lips lets lay on the grass and bullshit”
 16
I said “Yeah that could be nice, you wanna go sugar spice?”
 17
Expectin to get an ear full of hazy days and boogie nights
 18
Would he twice? That’s something I don’t really ask
 19
Like how a serious man could start fallin for a silly mask
 20
Anyways, throughout our escapades she slipped me razorblades  
 21
Like those of the grass by the shade where we played and laid
 22
                 Scrap metal, she collected but not digested
 23
She passed it all to me, and I said I would protect it
 24
Sometimes, she dropped bombs, I ain’t her father now
 25
But since I’m kinda armored I decided I’d calm her down
 26
                              On some ‘take deep breaths’ shit
 27
Think about it next time kid, but don’t stress it
 28
                                     That was my mistake
 29
Thinking I could make her happy while she cried and ached
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                               Still we proceeded to meet up
 31
Dry sometimes, mostly getting weeded and treed up
 32
                  I shoulda known that it was nothing good
 33
I had a girl, she had a man, it was understood
 34
But all things end, and soon we’re back at things
 35
Talking bout the sad things, and neither of us had rings
 36
“I need you in my life, with or without attached strings
 37
Every night I dream of flight with you, please, let me have wings”
 38
                            Saplings die before they can bear fruit
 39
Some people trample plants others prefer to tear roots
 40
Over watered flowers can drown when they’re about to bloom
 41
A fetus without food might not ever make it out the womb
 42
Needless to say, she wasn’t really tryna have that
 43
She let loose a quick excuse and dropped me like a backpack
 44
I hit the ground hard collapsed like a house of cards
 45
Couldn’t see the glass between us til I had a hand of shards
 46
Burning endo dolo and hardly getting better
 47
Communication severed, musing over unsent letters
 48
What’s a boy to do when he only wants one
 49
Girl that taught him how to open up his locked tongue
 50
She used to light my days up like the hot sun
 51
Now she hears my music and watches but wont talk none
 52
 
 
Ooh baby you made me feel soo good
 53
Let me take you by the hand
 54
Though time separated us
 55
We can still do, as we planned
 56
Let me take you  by the beach
 57
Let me walk you down the shore
 58
We sure had something wonderful
 59
And we could still have something more
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