poetry critical

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Random Poem:

in oil clad strokes
hobby

Handkerchief moments, picked from pockets
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of shoeless days, now suffocate
 2
beneath macadam and tar. Tryst-coated cobbles
 3
resonate the canter of lovers’ hearts;
 4
time and life, separated.
 5
 
 
Familiar to him,
 6
water erodes, rusts and rots;
 7
she pours over him
 8
only to evaporate as shadows shorten.
 9
Whetted, his roots search for her
 10
dampness, and he wonders
 11
if the breeze is strong enough
 12
to carry his secrets;
 13
 
 
releasing them as rain
 14
on slated roofs, they feed the moss
 15
that chokes the canals
 16
of their escape.
 17
Beneath, she rocks back and forth
 18
unaware of the hiss
 19
from those that breach her granite flue;
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desire's whisper, silenced.
 21
 
 
She arrests time in oil clad strokes,
 22
sunny moments and bare feet
 23
replay on walls
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and all the while he falls around her.
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