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:

November 10th, 2006:
OwlGirl

I remember that cold November day
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exactly two years back
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when we were walking into winter as
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the geese were honking their way south
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They knew it would be a brutal winter,
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more snow than one soul can bear.
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I should have flown with them.  
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I shouldn't have stayed, wading through snowdrift.
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I should have left Switzerland behind,
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but should have passed over Italy;
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your country and your beehives;
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without stopping once to rest my frost-bitten wings.
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I stayed through flurries and ice storms,
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and in skating rinks filled with kissing couples.
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You didn't throw me a scarf to keep me warm.
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I'm still haunted by whiteouts,
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when all I could see were your emotionless eyes
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and your Christmassy beard, red and warm.
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I should have headed southward.  
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Years later, safe in warm weather
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even on November 10th
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--our last day spent together--
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I remember us, and snow falling.
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