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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:

Dante's Devil
Stinetuck

I was the most learned of the angels
 1
I held ethics and moral above self gratification
 2
And choice
 3
Surrendered free will
 4
To please the God that gifted it unto me
 5
 
 
A golden collar was ringed 'round my throat
 6
The Trinity’s mark made upon it
 7
I gave myself to Them
 8
They who would never fail
 9
You could always have faith on it
 10
 
 
Then it chaffed
 11
And I changed
 12
Urging to loosen this chain
 13
And make myself
 14
The master of my own domain
 15
 
 
People are stupid
 16
Made in the image of God?
 17
Folly
 18
 
 
I cut the cord and began my descent
 19
To make my own Heaven of Hell
 20
And craft my own world to rent
 21
 
 
Rebellion in the slow
 22
A step towards the middle way,
 23
I sought to make myself greater then both God and the fallen star
 24
To make them obey
 25
 
 
But my foot and my ear was always held
 26
Bent for one or the other
 27
Freedom won
 28
Leaves chains behind
 29
That drag and catch
 30
As you run from the divine
 31
 
 
To leave one meant to come under fire
 32
And while I sought to become deitized
 33
I made the human mistake
 34
Of caring for human life
 35
 
 
A black collar reddens my throat now
 36
The tarot’s devil got me
 37
As I went in a circle from pyrritic joy to and frow, with misery
 38
 
 
I, who drove out demons
 39
I, who could make people weep
 40
I, who could offer shelter
 41
When there was no shelter to seek-
 42
 
 
Now seek bliss in the form of ecstasy
 43
So much love, so wasted
 44
On people who won’t see me any more
 45
Then this iced sheath will allow
 46
A self made tomb of tears and blood,
 47
Frozen and formed, scar tissue
 48
Where the essence of my humanity
 49
Once held sway
 50
Has long ceased to be
 51
 
 
Depressed, crazed, and sick for so many days
 52
I’ve lost count
 53
On the butts, lighters and bottle caps spent
 54
Ticking time by till an epiphany
 55
Hands me the keys
 56
To this prison cell
 57
 
 
The ease of a bullet-
 58
My world can’t be broken
 59
 
 
I took the sound temple
 60
And twisted it into gauntly ruins
 61
Of distress and bone tired weary
 62
 
 
See how my loves haunt me now?
 63
Ripped and raped
 64
Lost in the church yard
 65
And lost underground
 66
 
 
Death but a friend that lingers
 67
Not an option to be considered
 68
If only the weight of a gun
 69
Felt right in my hand
 70
 
 
I’d leave my horns plastered to the wall
 71
And my laughter
 72
Echoing through the world to haunt you all
 73
 
 
Hope is for the dreamers
 74
And dreams are for the people who sleep
 75
Without guilt laddened guillotines
 76
Over their heads
 77
As they do weep,
 78
Trying to escape
 79
To seek
 80
And make
 81
A safer place
 82
To bare out their eternity
 83
 
 
Fire and brimstone or apathetic glory?
 84
Or watch as the world burns to the ground?
 85
I chose the lesser of the greater evils
 86
 
 
I chose to fall
 87
All the way down
 88

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