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:

The Love Song of the Lonely Goldfish

“Scientist have discovered that a goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
I wondered how they found that out, so I asked my Goldfish.
I said, ‘how long is your memory?’
and he said, ‘can you repeat the first part of the question?’” – Anonymous
Staring through the convex barriers
that shape his life,
the Goldfish,
lonely monarch
of his glass bowl world,
looks upon his two-legged love.
He knows he can’t reach her,
can’t evade her cat,
can’t get past the glass,
can’t breath her air,
but he can dream.
In his head
he is writing love poems.
He is as melancholy
as an orphan moon
thousands of miles
from its father sun.
“You and I,”
he thinks,
“are like two circles,
two halves
of an infinite sign.
Let’s join together,
complete our symbol,
etch each other into the stars,
and stay there for eternity.”
He sighs listlessly,
his gill-breath
like the last hiss of steam
from a stopping train.
Turning on her,
he thanks his good fortune
that by the end of these
three mercifully quick seconds
his mammalian beloved
will have been forgotten.
Nothing more than the echo
of a goldfish’s
love song.

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