poetry critical

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Random Poem:

Sentinel
Isabelle5

Her face is flawless from afar,
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only when you come close
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do you see the cracks
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in her foundation - wrinkles and lines,
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a coldness in her eyes
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no amount of Maybelline can fix
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and once, she confided about
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the siblings who no longer speak.
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After my manager announces
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I am moving and will be working from home,
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the same week-end my father dies,
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she stops speaking to me,
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looks past me when we pass in the hall.
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I have no energy or tolerance for this,
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I pass her now as if she does not exist,
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letting her wonder at the sudden
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coldness in my own eyes.
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When she calls to me for help
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after a month of silence,
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I know I have won
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but what a hollow victory -
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my strength against her weakness,
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the love of my family against the
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bitterness of hers.
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I can afford to be kind
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and I am, knowing it is for all that  
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she hates me.
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