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:

tripping on lovely
silentspring

it would be fine
 1
except sometimes
 2
when I'm not thinking
 3
it hits me how wonderful you are.
 4
and for a second I feel so full
 5
those emotions that I almost miss. almost.
 6
 
 
it would be fine
 7
except when I start to feel my heart beat.
 8
have to recognize that I'm still alive.
 9
catch myself smiling ridiculously at memories I can't even recall.
 10
wanting to laugh at nothing. out loud.
 11
just smiling. at you I guess.
 12
just falling.
 13
 
 
its the feeling when you clear the surface
 14
and gasp for air that first time.
 15
when you swallow a bit of water
 16
but that's okay
 17
because at least, for a moment
 18
you can breathe.
 19
 
 
it would be fine
 20
except I feel so....  
 21
{unexplained}.
 22
and I always hit the pavement so hard.
 23
looking back to see your leg stretched out
 24
always there to trip me. right when I'm ready to run.
 25
its okay. I never stopped falling.
 26
and you snicker at my skinned knees.
 27
but it's just that curly headed kid from french class.
 28
reading journals written by a shy little girl.
 29
 
 
it would be fine.
 30
i mean, it really would.
 31
 
 
except I care
 32
and more than I thought I could.
 33
even though I barely know you.
 34
like I did yesterday.
 35
thoughts believe I will die.
 36
do you remember what it felt like to hold me?
 37
you don't do that so much anymore.
 38
I don't think you can even look at me.
 39
 
 
but it's fine.
 40
I mean, it would be
 41
I love skinned knees.
 42
I don't mind these scars on my legs.
 43
so long as it's you that trips me.
 44
it would be fine
 45
except when I turn to stand up.
 46
 
 
you're always holding her hand.
 47

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