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:

To Love a Monster
spaye08

Maleficent sleeps
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in our furnace downstairs.
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I creep by, not wanting to wake her,
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letting sleeping dragons lie.
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She snores loudly and rustles the
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burning charcoal, glowing orange and black.
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Her tapering horns scrape the ceiling,
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making hieroglyphic marks
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and foreboding sounds.
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Her nostrils widen and narrow,
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deep breath and a sigh.
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The heat from her dormant temper
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radiates throughout our house
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up on a hill, away from sight.
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No one knows she’s sleeping,
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resting heavy and purple
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in our furnace downstairs.
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Maleficent receives a love note —
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a piece of pink stationary,
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wrinkled and stuffed by small fingers
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in between the iron bars of her cage.
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She sniffs it, licks it,
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and doesn’t know how to read it.
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The little lover creeps by,
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not wanting to wake her,
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letting sleeping dragons lie.
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Maleficent’s tail curls around her thick body
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and she turns over,
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her scaly skin pressed up
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against ashy walls cluttered with love notes
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saying, “You’re sweet” and, “Be mine.”
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