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:

Missing
Catbox

When you're gone
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I rattle around this empty house
 2
like a pebble in a gourd.
 3
Bouncing aimlessly from room to room,
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adjusting curtains, straightening pillows,
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feeling like I've misplaced something important.
 6
 
 
When you're gone
 7
your absence opens a gaping hole
 8
in the center of my tidy living room
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that I cannot avoid.
 10
I tip-toe tentatively around it,
 11
skirt its edges carefully,
 12
but the floor gives way beneath my feet
 13
and I slide down to the bottom.
 14
 
 
When you're gone
 15
I love you more
 16
and like myself less,
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and curse myself silently
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(my voice aloud in this void would certainly be deafening)
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for my helpless need
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to see your face.
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