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:

a new year and unknown
silentspring

sinking into petals left by
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                      flowers hacked to shreds
 2
in a storm with winds
 3
                      that screamed in fright
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leaving chaotic memories
 5
 
 
broken sunshine through clouds
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                      ravaged by late winter air
 7
show unsheltered trees
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                      braced against the onslaught
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waiting for the sun to shatter
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                      raining down sharp fragments
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the deep breaths of wind to hush
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                      remaining life to wither
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the remnants of a storm
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that whipped spring into a frenzied slaughter
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the flowers are gone now
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hiding from the obvious hatred
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reflected in the eyes of a lonely girl
 18
 
 
doomed in the oncoming year
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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I think you took my world
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took my fleeting moments
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clipped wings to broken lengths,
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my sweet slow suffering,
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then plucked them straight from my back.
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leaving only shoulder blades, bloodied.
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I sat on a brick wall and waited for you
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let a shadow draw close with comforting words
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and sadly watched it desert me,
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knowing it would,
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with your wicked smile.
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it was always my fault, but the moon melted,
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dripped hot wax on my hopes
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and someone lit them on fire.
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Have you seen the place where those with stolen breath are left?
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i frequent it now, haunting haven of silence
 36
 
 
Do you know how it feels to ignore the lonely?
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my eyes cast down to forget the hope.
 38
i see a lot of footprints these days.
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why am i still looking for yours?
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warily i seek you out again. this is madness. this is me.
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i dont understand what i did wrong.
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yet nights bring me to my knees. bring me to dark closets, and old thoughts.
 43
 
 
never enough.carved into the dirt at my feet,
 44
the face in the mirror, the wasted pale flesh, the dreams i cant keep. never enough
 45
and i never will be.
 46
 
 
but you forgot that i still have a falling sun.
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fail me. i fail you. together we are a torment i desire.
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so let the stars rain down as you stop believing.
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but to me,
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never enough
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may be just another shooting star
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