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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:

Moving On
mrtvo

When you told me that you loved me,
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I didn’t believe you
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‘cause all my friends around me,
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they told me the same thing too.
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It wasn’t until you said this,
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that you “liked me immensely”,
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that you “more than just liked me”,
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That I began to have faith in you.
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Those words of yours gave me hope,
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a reason, if ever, to be.
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A reason, if ever, to love again,
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to love you, ‘twas all I need.
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And so I let myself, knowing full well
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that if it didn’t work out, I’d die.
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I gave me the go ahead to love you, with all I had;
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I placed, in you, blind trust.
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In one day you undid what it took me
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a hundred thousand years to do;
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Those castle walls I had built around me,
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in your presence, they crumbled to dust.
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But then, you started growing distant;
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my centre ached for why.
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I pondered, wondered, as I lay in bed;
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gleaming crystals fell from eye.
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A night, or three, this went on,
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my questions left thoroughly unanswered.
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My friends still said “blind faith!” to me
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and with whatever strength left in me, I did.
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Then came this one thing I dreaded the most,
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that one line, or two, you’d say
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to crush everything you’ve built me up for;
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I’d wished I’d never lived, that day.
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You were sweet in your words,
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however painful they were to me,
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even going on about how real it was.
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Still, you couldn’t carry on.
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I rue the day I met you,
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I rue it with all my heart.
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With all that I used to once love you.
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… But to rue, alas, I couldn’t start.
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You went back on your promise,
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to, what, not leave me, this your love.
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You said you feared losing me so, you trembled,
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losing me, one you “loved so much”.
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And though I hate you for building me up,
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though I hate you for crashing me down,
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for reasons unbeknown to me,
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I’m grateful for you to have let me felt loved.
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Much as I regret it,
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Much as I detest it,
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Much as I abhor it,
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I still love you, even if just the slightest bit.
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Woe is me for having such a huge heart.
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Woe am I to be able to love so much.
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Woe, for having you find your way into my life.
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Woe me for being unable to forget.
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And in just 5 days you led me on
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the wildest goose chase the world had ever seen;
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A roller-coaster ride through the cosmos,
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Leaving me to pick up the pieces-es-es, alone, once more.
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