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:

The Freezing Point of Tears

she whispers
while a single tear
runs down her olive skin
and her hand holds a cigarette
to her trembling, chapped lips.
The word is not formed with
the confidence expected from
a native speaker.
Instead, it is choked out
as though her grandmother's
asphyxiation were contagious
even through the phone line.
She says,
"Ich habe sie nicht gesehen,
seitdem ich nach Österreich gekommen bin.  
Das war schon lange her."
("I have not seen her
since I came to Austria.  
That was a long time ago.")
The faces around her,
including my own,
turn even more sympathetic.
But all of our thoughts
are far away
across oceans, rivers,
mountains, and national boundaries
on people we
have not seen for months or years.
People, we must have forgotten
were mortal too.
Her grandmother's last words
are now printed on postcards
in smeared handwriting.
On all of our minds are
letters and telephone conversations,
of the typical variety with habitual
and the other phrases we customarily say
to tip-toe around our emotions.
we would hate to see be our last.
She stands in the cold
of the Alpine winter,
to which she has gradually
become accustomed
but her old, Portuguese grandmother
could never even have imagined.
Tears are running
down her cheeks,
tears, that should have
theoretically frozen.

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