poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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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:

Unkept Secrets

You told me you loved me, remember that day
I knew that you would forget.
You came back the next day with smile of lies,
And a secret lay deep in your head.
I knew something was up, but you didn’t care
To you everything was fine.
But for me it was hell, to see you act so calm
While I lost control of my mind.
I had felt this before and will feel it again
But this time I could not comprehend.
Everything just slowed down, and nothing made sense
I just couldn’t seem to understand.
Why you did this to me, what I did that was wrong
I thought we had something to be.
But apparently not, just another heartbreak
On that day you began to kill me.
I said I’d forgive and I said I’d forget.
Two things I did not mean to say.
For my words are like wood and you are a fire,
Just waiting to burn them away.
You told me you cared of my pains in this world
We both knew you were going to lie.
Well I’m looking back now, and I’ve figured it out
I refuse to have you let me die.
There are others, you see, to heal what you did
Your importance has all but been lost.
I know now that you are not one of a kind
Replacements are no extra cost.
I’ve been born anew, have found comfort once more
Yeah, she’s more than you ever could be.      
So I’ll be on my way, have a nice day
And your love, it meant nothing to me.

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