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:

You Dozed Off

I can't sleep and I've got feeling in my stomach I'm not sure how to identify, this serene feeling trapped between my shoulder blades, the one that makes you tingle and good-shiver. I don't want to let it go. Its like chocolate chips but thicker and it reminds me of feeling mentholated, reminds me of your aburn eyes.
I don't know how we managed to meet like we did, I knew nothing of love, the real kind (I thought I was in love many times) that isn’t based on fear of abandonment, the one you are truly willing to sacrifice for. I never believed in love at first sight only in object lessons and emotionless physical dabbling, attachment was forbidden. I never believed a kiss or sparks could tell you everything you ever needed to know. Most of all, I never prepared for you.
We were fireworks in every application of the sense. Its been a year and a half and that kiss told me exactly what I never dreamed it could. I remember every time we ever touched. A rush of limpness ran through my body and its a blur, your lip fell to the corner of my mouth and mine found yours, my cheeks flushed and I knew something was different. I had never  blushed before. You were a set of things I never imagined I'd come to adore so much, that I don't want to give up. I could abandon every expectation I ever had, I still will.
We both needed to grow so much. I was scared and confused, you were going through a harder time than I can probably describe. I remember the fights. I'm scared of those things repeating themselves, I can't do that part again, neither of our hearts can take the strain and defeat.
That seems to fade now.
Someone told me once that some of the strongest love is passed in letters. The ones that linger with you after you've read them. Sight forces your other attributes to make up for it, that’s what I think anyways. After everything I never reopened that part of my heart with your name on it. Its become an achy pit crying at night for its lost occupant and it eats me up. I thought someone else could fill the void, but it was not open for them. I miss my tenant and his smile, words and meek hands (and not so meek...well, you know...personality). I hate being so far away, I wish I had been raised there. I find comfort here, and the world outside feels so damning, and I'm not sure I can make it. I'm terrified to fail again because if I do, I know I don't have it in me to pick myself up.
Life is worth living again;I know someone out there in this huge expanse gets me for who I truly am, and cares anyways. We have been through so much, together and alone, I’m not willing to leave it behind.
I could translate your eyes into a thousand similes, I will be better. I want to belive in you.
I think I can sleep now. Its all written down.

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