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:

The Lion in David
Caducus

His lashes were a veiled prison
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facing a mocking plain,
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to grass that once bowed
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as he cantered towards his pride.
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There is a roar in his silence now
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the zoo in him is his cage
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and the door is wide open
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he leaves it only to raise his cubs,
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treading upon every blackthorn
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so they can run free
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as he limps back to his cage
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tending to secret wounds.
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He only roars with thunder
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so his cubs do not hear his pain.
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It’s a roar hollow as a gazelles carrion
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when the vultures have stripped it
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after the lion chased it,
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and hyenas laughed at its ivory cage.
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Across the plain is another lion
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trapped in another cage.
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The door is also open
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but he forgot how to get up
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till his brothers scent arrived
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and when they met they were kings.
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Today they roared
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and when they looked back
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their was no prison
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they had survived on instinct
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and the cage was their blindness.
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