poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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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:


You left me here
Not turning your head to look back
You know what you’re leaving
You said it yourself
You promised me you loved me
I said, “I love you too”
I’m sure I know why
It’s the same as always
I'm too fat
I'm too ugly
I'm a waste of good grace
So people leave me in the dust
They abandon me for better
Because anyone is better
When you come back
I’ll be gone
What was left of my heart has now been broken
I gave you the last piece….
I saved it for you
It fell with the rest
Too cracked to repair.
No one can save me now
I’m dead inside
The feeling is gone
I’m numb
To what’s all around me
“No, mommy don’t do it again”
The lyrics run through my mind too fast
I can’t track them
“My brain is racing
Change the station”
I wish I could
But you broke my last finger
There’s nothing left to do
Except watch the happy people
And try to emulate them
Because if I don’t
You might notice you broke me
I promised you couldn’t
That it wouldn’t hurt
My voice just cracked
My tears pour down
All the times I promised I wouldn’t cry
Stab my brain
It all hurts so much
I call into the darkness
But no one can
I’m broken
They were trying to save me
But I disappeared anyway
So follow me
Follow me into the dark
You’ll see who I really am

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