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:

Just A Little Teddy Bear
MaLaDy

I sit on top of a pillow
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waiting for my owner to arrive
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I love my owner.
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I wanted him to love me.
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After hours of waiting,
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he finally comes.
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He sees me on his bed
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and throws my helpless body
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across the room.
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I still love my owner.
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After a few moments,
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he picks me up.
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My once shiny
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black eyes levels with his
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brown teary ones.
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Then, he hugs me,
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still crying.
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My owner tells me all his
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secrets… all his problems.
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At one point, he gets mad.
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He tries to tear
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my motionless body
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and my cotton-stuffed head
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apart until the cloth on top
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of my unseen heart rips.
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Stuffing rushes out.
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I stare at the stuffing
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now lying on the floor.
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He looks at me and it seemed
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as if he was going to apologize.
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Instead, he swore at me
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and threw me to the floor.
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I still love my owner even then.
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“Nobody cares” he says.
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But I care.
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From the floor, I watch him
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pull out a blade from the drawer.
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He puts the sharp blade
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across his wrists.
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He winces from the pain.
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Master, hurt me instead!
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Blood dripped from the blade
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on to my ruptured body.
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His blood seeped
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through the cloth.
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Through this
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I felt like
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we became one.
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He picks me up again
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and hugs me one last time.
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I heard his heart beating.
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It was going so fast!
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So loud!
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I heard his heart’s final beat.
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BU-BUMP!
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And he was gone.
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I never stopped loving
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my owner.
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I blamed myself.
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If only I found a way
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to show him that
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someone did care…
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Even if that
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someone was me-
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just a little teddy bear.
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