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:

Four Years of Practice
wanderlusted

"Amber, you didn't really love him, did you?"
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I ask myself in the loneliness of my car
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On cue, I laugh a haughty, hearty laugh,
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"Don't be silly! Of course I didn't!"
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I call this practice,
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and this isn't my first rodeo, cowboy.
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I've come to find that
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if you say something enough
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Ta-da! You really believe.
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In retrospect, I do remember that I loved him.
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In fact, I loved him fiercely.
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It was the first time I agreed
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that art imitated life.
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I thought someone became
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more beautiful with their flaws.
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And when he left for the day,
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I was no longer "on my own", just alone.
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But if you ask me now,
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and I dare you to,
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I might give you a true answer,
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which is rare but shines brilliantly-
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I will tell you "no".
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Without hesitation, or blinking, or change of heart rate.
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My face won't flush over from a once gargantuan lie.
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Just no.
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After four years of programming myself to "be strong",
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I will stare at you and wonder, "Why did you ask such a silly question?"
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