poetry critical

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Welcome to Poetry Critical, an online poetry workshop. To post your own poetry you'll need to create a user id by typing a name and password in the box above and hitting 'New User'. If you just want to critique or jump into the discussion, however, you can go ahead and get started!

Random Poem:

A Short Wish List

A Short Wish List
                  “Is pain an outright gift?”
                                   Reynolds Price
Who of you, wearing glowing gowns
of perfect health, would want to leave this earth,
(in a non-astronaut kind of way)?
I hope to be completely in pain, worn out
with a fifteen foot eyedropper of morphine nearby.
So uncomfortably miserable
that I want to step through myself,
or swim right back to the parallel
of that ruby-ruby red never land.
It won’t matter if no one remembers
my pain; how I lie, lips pursed,
refusing even water, sporadically twitching
my right thumb, trying to hitchhike
my skinny ass right on out of town.
Re-connect with a few old friends,
all of us sitting at picnic tables,
making love to each other
and racks of smoked pork
while sipping cold beer and sweet tea.

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