poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome to Poetry Critical, an online poetry workshop. To post your own poetry you'll need to create a user id by typing a name and password in the box above and hitting 'New User'. If you just want to critique or jump into the discussion, however, you can go ahead and get started!

Random Poem:


inhale the smoke
exhale the guilt
I am reduced
to a box full of ashes
and scattered upon the sea
"I will come back for you" he cried
as the wind lifted his wings
and he flew away from me,
a creature of loss.
I saw you in a field of grass
caressing your hips
as you stood near the trees
the ocean whispering in your ear,
unsure of where you belong.
Dipping your toes into the bruise-colored tide
planting your feet in the sand
to feel like a part of this earth
you so long to leave behind.
"I envy the birds" you whispered,
in the silence of the night, your night.
Your eyes are fire, and your hair, the wind
that lifts the hem of your pale yellow skirt
and places it gently again on your ankles,
to remind you that something in you is still worthy of love,
and something out there still loves you.
You return to the ocean
to be battered by the waves,
the familiar pain and the mothering embrace
of that salty blanket you enfold yourself in
and float away.
And you say "when I have died,
let them see how I had lived."

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