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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:

The Exigencies of Living
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Once impetuous, I bore the common boyish tyro’s flush
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that in the parabola of woman’s scent sent this lad to fairly gush,
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now thinning mane, hollow, rheumyness visage faded,
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a fate no buck can seemly moan reeking untimely worn, mere venting jaded.
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With the last chapter looming, one’s lost his one and only,
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dreams now hold, real exchange ago, while in the now lonely life’s
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motive powers wane,
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Luster of youth gone, silverado motto sagacity bullshit, a bane.
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One can boast of past heroics, conquests long gone,
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sounding like a geezer winded, the senioritis ‘quivalent of a put-upon,
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the telling lie, of restful posturing to ponder past with present’s dearth,
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I’d rather go the boxed up route and laid not so gently into Hades berth.
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My manhood’s soft, the rough and tumble warrior dead,
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All the strength and notches, most unrecalled, simply swelling in my head,
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Unable to rouse oneself unless by hand or with bawd,
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Paying the price pitiable, economia necessity -- an actual fraud!
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The ache is real, the want to perform,
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an unreached goal with willing mate, definitely not the norm,
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so what to do with so less time to deal
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when still sounds the call to roar, to make a woman squeal.
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Liquor, pills -- they’ll not hold firm while pulses course the brain,
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quixotic need to thrust remains, hopeful the sanguine lance yet can fully drain,
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battle’s explosive decisive deeds, the spilling of blood, proffering the macho seed,
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the body’s last exertion of a fitful, deep-seated want to do the deed.
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Tho gone is youth’s spectacular speed, time slowly crawls one down,
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But the aging buck stands untumely to be the untimely clown,
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So painfully am I brought down, in my mind eye I’ve devised a fanciful plan
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My proof to self and the fair sexy that I yet remain vestigial man.
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Men can be proven by overcoming hexes,
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our egos prevail in fem glances, reflexes,
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so I am not the object where urge and performance are of an essence,
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to be roiled in the moment, heated effervescence.
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Thoughts of pursuit tend to the lady’s service,
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ejaculation premature makes me not nervous,
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Yet without the hardness, our needs simply go unmet,
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So surely other means and approaches one yet can vet.
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I’d make of  YOU dear woman, sexy centerfold
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to unabashed eye, be so visually bold
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many’s the way to love o’ert via vaginal,
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Strict position missionary can be boringly banal.
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Coitus need not be the end nor genital contact all,
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One can enjoy the dance yet sit-out the boisterous ball,
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Man’s a visual creature, for eyefuls he’ll fantastivally long,
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Which can raise the tower for thrusting powerful and strong.
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Have we not hands to grasp, nimble sensing finger,
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Over skin’s great organ, to push, pull or linger,
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There is yet a spring to thy willing beauty,
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Allow an older, slower fellow to do the duty.
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For here come I to the denouement, the rendered final fact
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experience…the truth at least I need not last redact
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‘tis not the feminine, tho your wiles, I do truly cherish
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it’s yer flaring nostril bucking, youthful arch I’d fully relish.
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Call me wicked, call me churlish, a dirty old man’s relic
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who goes down on folds and spitter-sputters of the thought merephallic,
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I’ll squeeze out juice yet both in fruitfully soft, rigidic rind
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animal lusting, sniffing and thrusting truly define our kind.
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So be loving, true magnanimous in the spirit and body giving,
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for one day true you may be the worse or even not be living
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in the pale grey of aged recall the bronco spirit may be all that’s finally left
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So by all means grace me with your dewy, palpitacious, sweet oderiferous cleft.
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