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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.

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Random Poem:

What If Somebody Threw A War And Nobody Came?
Emilily

Mary cries all day     frightened tears
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                              angry tears
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                              a lover's tears
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      Mary     a red headed Irish-Catholic mother of 4
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                  with a stong Jersey accent
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            was just informed by her husband that he is
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            thinking about re-enlisting
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He says that if he does there will be a great pension
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for the future
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    and Mary is upset that he would find her to be
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materialistic enough to accept a monetary reward
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in exchange for the father of her children
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It's not just Mary's husband,
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thousands of men are enlisting
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Enlisting: a euphemism for signing one's life away
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We have forgotten the hundred thousand lives
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our wonderful and glorious nation took
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with the push of a button
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            an atomic blast
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            shadows left where humans once sat
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We have forgotten the Vietnam nightmares
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      the protesting Monk ablaze
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      the young girl running away in anguish
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           burned by napalm
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      four dead at Kent State
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and that ominous black wall
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bearing thousands of names
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We forget all too quickly
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Led into another war
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by our leader who has an
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invertebrate's backbone
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And when any other country disagrees with us
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we'll play childish games
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and change the names of our foods
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(French)       Freedom fries
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(French)       Freedom toast
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and give away our lovers
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with one last (French)   Freedom kiss
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hoping to celebrate their return
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with a bottle of fine (French)    Freedom wine
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It's funny that History is a part of the
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required curriculum
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because we don't seem to learn much from it
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