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:

Buying a House with Her
Isabelle5

He has always said she didn't understand him,
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that the problems were often driving him
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to the breaking point.
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Looking around my small apartment,
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he says he would come and live with me,
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pay no rent so his sons would still be
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well provided for
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and they will buy a house next year
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so that if his sons don't like his home
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in Mexico, he will have a place to live
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when he returns.  To her.
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I listen wordlessly, though my mind
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is racing at his thoughtlessness.
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Am I the prize for them not being able
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to make a happy home?
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Perhaps the prize fool for not
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dumping his brazen ass the first time
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he told me that he was not single
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when we met, when he begged me
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to forgive him and try to understand
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how much he loves and needs me.
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When I laugh at his saying he'd live with me
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rent free, he back-pedals, trying to
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cover those word-tracks, though we know
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they will remain, glowing
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and hurtful.
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When I weep, asking, "Where is my sense of
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self-preservation?  Why are you still here?"
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he leans me back on the couch,
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whispering, "Because you love me."
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I will leave someday, suddenly,
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without good-bye.
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When the next man who asks me out
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tells me he is single, I will follow him
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before I open my heart or my legs.
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I hope.
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