poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome to Poetry Critical, an online poetry workshop. To post your own poetry you'll need to create a user id by typing a name and password in the box above and hitting 'New User'. If you just want to critique or jump into the discussion, however, you can go ahead and get started!

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:


Night had fallen and I was lost, cold and alone.   I had been wandering for a long time in the dark valley of sadness and despair.
I was beyond caring as the silent snow flakes drifted slowly down.
Suddenly, I was startled by a voice from the darkness.  Warm and comforting words like none other I had ever known.
“My child, why do you reject me – you think you know the way but you do not.  I alone know the path that leads to your peace and contentment.    Trust me and allow me to lead you on.  My love for you is far greater than you will ever know.  I want what is best for you and I ask you to accept my love and guidance”.
My whole being was filled with a peace and joy beyond anything I had ever experienced.
“All I ask of you is that you surrender yourself to me.   Allow your soul to feel my love and your heart to hear my words. I am everything you have yearned  for and you will know no peace until you come to me.  Lay down your shield and come into the arms of the one who truly loves you”.
Dawn broke and before me was the path leading on to the head of the valley.  The morning sun glistened on the far away snowy peaks and my heart was alive with happiness, contentment and loving kindness.

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