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:

Once to Die-67
goeszon

Their bullets, bite the dust
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just the same as in the jungle
 2
where a splat is heard
 3
These too go astray, popping
 4
the fern heads, along the way.
 5
 
 
In a grimace of pain, the newly
 6
wounded sometimes scream. This
 7
was their fear, in this awkward
 8
war.
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Though terror in their eyes, afraid,
 10
like all others to cross over, to the
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other side. In desperation they hold
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on to what is left.
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Looking for that close buddy, now
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nearing deaths face. For the friend
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there is nothing he can do.
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At a distance, afraid of blood on
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their chest, but not on their hands.
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They cling for the moment.
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I love you brother Marine,
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is the thought on their minds,
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for these men who were so close
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at that time in their life.
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Now facing separation this young
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Marine leaves, pulling away, with a jerk...
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once to die.
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Mike Hendershot 2010
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