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:

suicide pact at the work release center
unknown

he tried killing himself
 1
on my day off
 2
by swallowing
 3
a bottle of thorazine
 4
 
 
spent a week
 5
at the psych ward
 6
of the county hospital.
 7
 
 
came back last night
 8
during second shift
 9
 
 
saw him in the chow hall
 10
while taking count this morning
 11
 
 
nice to see you back,
 12
i told him.
 13
 
 
after breakfast
 14
he came up to the control desk
 15
for his insulin.
 16
 
 
was on the phone with my wife
 17
told her i couldn't live without her
 18
said i was driving her crazy
 19
hung up on me
 20
i was numb for awhile
 21
then it came over me
 22
like niagara falls,
 23
he said
 24
dropping his needle
 25
in the sharps container.
 26
 
 
won't let me
 27
keep meds in my room
 28
anymore,
 29
he said
 30
as i pulled his thorazine
 31
and seven other meds
 32
out of the locked cart.
 33
 
 
do you want to die?
 34
i asked him.
 35
 
 
honestly
 36
part of me wants to
 37
my wife doesn't love me anymore
 38
state took my kids from me
 39
i can't get a job
 40
 
 
sometimes feels like
 41
i'd be better off dead.
 42
 
 
i asked
 43
if he'd be willing to promise
 44
he'd come talk to me first
 45
before he ever tried it again.
 46
 
 
we shook on it.
 47

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