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:

the rhine at dawn

Day breaks, hard;
shatters, really, a light bulb dropped
and smashed to pieces.
On the edge of the river, a solitary jogger
pauses to examine the wreckage.
I stand where I imagine you have stood
your feet apart, your eyes closed
breathing the taste of your absence.
I can see why you would want
to stand here, to bear witness
to the day becoming real around you
its promises and betrayals unrevealed
to the castle on the hill, still haunted
by the ghosts of your old fears.
but you are gone.
The jogger remembers himself
sets off again, his stride evening
across the pavement.
I wait here, as you did
anticipating the day’s verdict.
I close my eyes.  Forgetting you,
I take one breath
and then another.

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