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:

Just a little every day.
Jsmiles05

I am floating through your living room
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just a witness to this place
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with not a soul to call my home.
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You people keep on breaking my heart every day.
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Which you justify as okay,
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because it’s based on
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your morals,
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your beliefs,
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your whatever's,
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but more and more
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it kills me,
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just a little every day.
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I am walking around half alive
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because of the judgment I receive
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from day to day.
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It’s become so much a part of you
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that you don’t realize you’re doing it
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but I can feel it scorching in my chest.
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You call me your friend
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but really we are just a lion and a hyena
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sharing the same territory.
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Is it really so wrong to love a lily,
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when everybody else loves a rose?
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You say that it is, but I say that it isn’t.
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We are the opposite ends of a magnet,
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just pushing each other back.
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If this were a song
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I'd scream it in your face,
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or blast it through these halls
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so you'd have no choice but to hear it.
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Though I know deep down that if I did
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you wouldn't really be listening anyway.
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I want you to feel the way I do.
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I'd like to physically tear away the skin from
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from your upper body
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and dig my fingers into
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your heart before I rip it out of your chest.
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I’d love to force you to walk my steps
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for just one day.
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'Cause that would be all it'd take
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for me to get an apology from you,
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a hug,
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and what I seek most of all,
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the understanding which I know
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is impossible for you to achieve.
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I hate the way you judge me,
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how you ask me
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for reasons why I love whom I love.
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I'd like to ask you the same question.
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I know you couldn't answer.
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It's just something you feel.
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You shouldn't even ask,
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but you always will,
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and I guess I will too.
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I want to say fuck you
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to the world,
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to every you from now on
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that I ever regretfully meet,
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but I hold a heavy heart
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and I'm dragging my feet
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because my love holds me back,
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makes me vulnerable and feeble.
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I hate that I ever loved you at all.
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And even more that I love you still.
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I am back to being in fourth grade again
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When I wouldn't trust a soul
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until she came along
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beating down my walls for years and years
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until tears fell to the ground.
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I feel as if I'm on an escalator
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going the wrong way
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and I'm never going to get
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anywhere or any place.
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I am just the symbol of a dream, which you lost.
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I know you feel as if the person you remember
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has died.
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But though I'm still not a person to you anymore,
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I never had my funeral.
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Your eyes burn through me
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like a cigarette lighter branding my skin.
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I can feel it's sting go straight to my heart.
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I can sense your resentment,
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your anger,
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your blame
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and it all hits me like a target in the chest.
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I know it just comes from your hurt.
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But I hurt a thousand times worse
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than you ever could from this.
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You never think about that though,
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do you?
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There was a time when you cared,
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when you loved me sincerely and
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more than anything.
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We both thought it went deep enough
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that nothing I ever said or did
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would ever change it.
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You refuse to remember that now,
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but I know deep down you do.
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A part of you hates me,
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for taking your baby away,
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but you loved me first,
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you loved me once.
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Don't you remember anymore?
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