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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:

capricious ghosts
slancho

He stopped counting the sheep in the Moorlands
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or anticipate their idle run at the sound of tires,
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thistle claws and the regular sound of flapping hoofs
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no longer evening's light entourage.  
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The last time we went to the meadows,
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he nodded and tucked between his blanket tassels
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the flowers of violets, blue and purple
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like scar crust from an obstinate wound,
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like the color of his wedding suit against sixty-year old snow.
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He used to tell stories, leafing through maps
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open to places he'd never seen,
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parallels a dream’s length away crossed
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by the meridian of his fingers, knuckle-thick the heavy torsos
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of trunks filled with postcards and anonymous picture scraps –
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no old lovers to remind of a slouching heart
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concealed at the start of a confession.
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In the gutted sound of his whisper
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every tender word came out a growl,
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fleeting for not being loud enough,
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an insistent reminder of a crow gagging over a chasm,
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bricked up inside the howls of a stifled soul.
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Grief, like pain inscrutable to attentiveness,
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sticks to the soles of tongues, unuttered
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and shy like twilight concealing what is terribly
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beautiful in the gentleness of evening fragments
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still in the breast’s clicking magnet.
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Tired of the tyranny of insurrection
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he took his feet to walk on the backs of acorns:
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chewing on time is a dull way to be
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in a world sobered of its oppressions,
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insured against solace, the flatteries of tears
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and inertia.
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He ground his teeth, dragged his palm
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closer to the glib saleswoman come finally to his rescue,
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slouched over in a fit of tears
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and read from a book of Chekhov
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an epilogue to molded remains
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in future tense.
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