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:

Den of the Dreamer
C

Every night, its every light
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is powered bright above a lake,
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on a forested,
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Northern California hill.
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It is in vain,
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blatant, Mediterranean,
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dotted with irresponsible-seeming
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frills.
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Outside multitudes of lights
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pall and charm,
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flood a massive area
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of doll-white cement
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and disarm the wilderness,
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magnifying the clone,
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peach-walled nuisance.
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They tax a haven
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and come
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dumbly out of place,
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wealthy commuters'
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poles planted self-importantly,
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anti-naturally, denying how
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the other appears so special,
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more in its right place.
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Do you think I wrong
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to only value the tucked
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as it sits within flowing
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of trees' shade?
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(Cool enough, handsome,
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quiet, and one side
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sunshinedly humble.)
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Its ruins one may never see,
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if and when, blending in
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to its woodland surroundings
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and me-
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I imagined dreaming there,
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and wonderbeing
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near a black bear,
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calling back memories
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and animals in retreat.
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Insight and g's alive:
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I respect its better balance.
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In these times,
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It looks a rebel, lodge-like,
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neat and pine-sweet,
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fitting right in
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without a hint
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of overdone concrete.
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