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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:

One Path, One Choice
kripto

I’ve been trying down the beaten path
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But all the leaves and trees are down
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I just follow what is ahead of me
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That is what the people found
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And they have made it all so simple
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Clearing out the path
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This trail is no hassle
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So in turn,
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It turned into a dash
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We race and run, and make it quick
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So not to get hit by any fickle sticks
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But still we hurt for its all mundane
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The hundredth mile and the first are identical
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its all the same
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So one day, I stopped to think
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Within a blink I chose to change
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So I arose from the cement floor
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And took a left to attempt for more
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This new road was not a road
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An animal that did not roar
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But I could feel it’s something more
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I felt its wilderness and obsessive gore
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I know, for a fact, that I was alone
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Because no one else came along
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I was the first, for them to watch
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To open up this new formed path
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And as I kept on going
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I felt so scared and far
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There were rocks and withered trees
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Unknown sounds howling in the dark
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However, what really made me timid
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was simply loneliness
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There was no one there by my side
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to make me feel as if I was right
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And all these sounds and obstacles
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made me die of fright
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I do regret to tell you now,
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I did not finish my solemn vow
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I instead turned around
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And walked right back to the start
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Right back to that sacred ground
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Within a second I continued
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Pushed along by the roaring crowd
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There was no choice in the matter
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No change in direction  
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nor any in my wondered mind
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The current pushed me, I almost fell
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But at least now there are people
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here to tell me how I failed
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And kick me while I’m down
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I am glad I am not alone
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For now I do not need to dream
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I have others and their projections
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For I simply follow the beaten path
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And I can never be alone
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I need to be surrounded
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For I can not survive only with my thoughts
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I need all others
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For I have been accustomed
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To a world where thought is dead
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For others have paved the path
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And everything that was and will be
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Has already been done and said
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