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:


I found myself all alone
Your whispers surrounding me
Calling out a thought once known
Some neglected memory
A world I knew as a child
Magically untamed and wild
Life somehow had overgrown
Existence as it should be.
With your presence I felt fear
Solitude was my denial
Something else was very near
Unknown to a mind defiled
Strength that strengthens in a storm
Life that flows from static form
Confronting what might appear
I let go of heart and guile
All around I felt you stir
As some dreamlike veil was torn
Your love filled me cool and pure
cleansing me of all I mourn
you sank roots deep in my heart
what was stone you broke apart
held & healed me without cure
for the ail of fallen thorn
you gently sent me away
knowing this was just the start
of a friendship that would stay
strong though time and miles apart
you breath me peace while at war
with all that life has in store
you stand guarding day to day
as the keeper of my heart
Now when life is full of rain
Your ghost makes my spirit soar
And haunts my heart with its pain
on those moonless nights you roar
Not fierce but like moving wind
Rushing to embrace your friend
Gently there you then explain
Truths mined deep from sacred ore
Your wordless voice brings meaning
I could never comprehend
I feel as though we’re singing
Verseless music that transcends
Thought and reason yet more real
Than five senses could reveal
And if I’m only dreaming
Let me do so ‘till the end

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