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3rd December 5:38am
David_Macleod 14397816

poetry 4648
It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I must withdraw from Cafe Critique. And so another positive effort, maligned by some and unappreciated by the powers that be has been allowed to bite the dust (The Poetcast, Loud Speaker group, etc,). I have witnessed many kind souls being abused and forced out.

There are times in this life that evil wins the day, it is futile to carry on, it is pointless making all this effort. I can hear champagne glasses clinking in celebration of my demise. So be It!

I would take this opportunity to thank all the directors and members who have worked on this most positive project your help, assistance and support has been a ray of sunshine for me and that is in short supply. Your posts for critique have been greatly appreciated and I know that the directors have been committed to giving you a positive and appropriate 'Honest critique." Through this group, I only endeavored to create a new positive critique group. This was created to replace the previous negativity. It is sad that such a positive contribution to DU has to close. It is the end of a chapter.

The way that Missy was treated and spat on by "The Few" was disgusting and the site will always be poorer from her withdrawal - I expect the same treatment but then I have gotten use to that.

But know this! despite what cabals may say in the near future, Cafe Critique was a positive force for the good of the site and its memory should be protected. Anyone who now insults its memory are the very people who are destroying this site and making it, in my view, a shadow of what it once was.

I apologize to all the directors, members, and supporters, you all contributed and supported this group.

I also apologize to supporters and friends because I am now committed to leaving the site completely. I will be around for another 4 weeks or so to say my goodbyes etc,

This could still be a good site and the vast majority of members are good people but there is a negative element that has to be removed - I can fight it no longer

My Swan Song Vision - by David Macleod (c)

The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum
Fake Gurus pedal nonsense and filth
They have too many faces for one person
They portray themselves as angels of light
But they are truly dark, devils and demons
Cowards are many bravery is not easily found
There are faint hints of revolution in the air
There is a storm coming: There will be blood!
The blood of the innocents is always shed first
Hatred and evil will sit at the top table
They will gorge themselves and feast
On the lambs of God

They will become fat and lazy
Living in their chosen luxuries
At a future point, they will be unable
To run or to hide themselves away
I see a knight on a white stallion
Riding as into battle without an army
But his sword will cleave the table in two
Scattering the evildoers in all directions
And there will be no hiding place
From his righteousness and justice
The pit awaits them and such as those
And finally, evil will be exposed and defeated
And we will return to paradise

feel free to critique this poem and my comments - I leave you with love and light
Edited 3rd December 4:06am
David_Macleod 14397816

Please save your work if needed (Time Limited)
poetry 2033
16th February 3:00pm

What’s the best time for reads and feed back?
10th February 7:38am
shootafairone Al Alvir

Just Seeing What Happens
With every shortened breath in my tender nose,
patience furies, something only abuse can mold,
Assured to endure crisis, procured by modesty honed,
Nervous only of embarrassment
because I stand alone.

I just wanna see what happens.
I am here. I am alive.

The fun is in the details. A spot, a nod, a left,
An exchange of pain returned, the danger slipped by one half-step
When I fight, deprivation pays its debt.
It’s the fire smothering the burn, my brain will not let the body quit.
The chess I play under duress, I can stand with honor checked.

I just wanna see what happens.
We are here. No one can lie.

Numb and bitter, but I comply the heavens when angels cheer.
I just fight and forget life, but one angel steers.
I abhor everyone, I’m punching those demons, except who knew this?
Not many people are super but the few who are
do this.

9th February 8:52pm
anna_grin ilchruthach

keep your mask on motherfucker

long boned hand gently cradling his coffee cup    
clean fingernails  
a comedown walk  
among the pigeons fucking and the fucking homeless  
unbitten by the cold morning      
that scraped the skin on me raw    
while we all had somewhere to be    
or risk the shame of breaking the lockdown code    
for all the world a flaneur      
mistaking each other for a daydream fool    
he took the time to slow
to a rubberneck crawl and shift
his sneaker’d feet to face me on    
intently behind journalist glasses    
for me to recognise him as an equal    
it took a moment for my mind to register      
the idle threat of it    
i could have caused a problem i guess    
but i had a bus to catch    
and just try me, bitch      
get your unessential bony butt back home    
like me    
that’s what i’m doing  
Written by anna_grin (ilchruthach)
come on, tell me why i didn't win
i've made a few edits already but what is it lacking? give us your bestest constructive rip-it-to-shreds critiques
Edited 10th February 7:31am
shootafairone Al Alvir

Do I just submit a poem to see how bad or possibly okay it may be?
30th January 7:15pm
anna_grin ilchruthach

turtles all the way down: a book i found in picu and desecrated with my delusions

with thickest fine liner i censured all names        
from the record        
ah, it’s only cryptic when you don’t have the key.        
hunched over my psychic love letter        
i cared only to erase all imagining        
that i was not at one with each and every character.    
i was        
i know now        
initiation never ends.        
they used to go into the woods, now we go into treatment facilities.      
how embarrassing for me        
to think myself a host        
of sluagh sidhe    
the ira    
and of course the nigerian cartel
and forget about me: my child:        
she ran thru the hallway, having just learnt how to      
she grew twenty years in three months
chapter by chapter    
and could be wiser than i...      
your voice rang out in my chapel        
in my steeple        
in my priest hole        
in the space where stone once stood    
and i found that under each fallen slab        
was the same skeleton        
in different clothing  
Written by anna_grin (ilchruthach)
well fuck all i wanted to do was get some feedback
and here i am assaulted by the idiocy of the internet. oh well. critique is welcome on this piece
27th November 4:54am
saint_gw Gregory

Wanna help a friend.
A friend is struggling with addiction. Bad. A couple of my pieces may offer insight or understanding but any help or advice aside would be appreciated.
16th September 6:26pm

I need speak with the creator of DUP it is very important. Please message me as soon as possible thank you....
19th August 10:18pm
LaRochelleRaven LaRochelle

Visit from an Old Friend
A short story i wrote on which i would love some honest feedback
Visit from an Old Friend …

I suddenly woke from a very deep sleep with sweat dripping from my brow, a shiver going up my spine, chest feeling tight and my breath racing with an unknown chill upon my bear skin giving me goosebumps all over, then this feeling of alertness pulsing through all of my senses and a readiness for anything possible. I slowly start to get up into a sitting position constantly scanning the room trying to find the source of my rude awakening however all i see is the moonlight playing shadow puppets on the room walls as my two dogs are still peacefully asleep snoring like chainsaws on the bed right here by my side. I don't feel fearful, worried or upset, not at all for any other time I woke up in similar situations I never felt safe or comfortable at all. This was different as i knew this feeling, it was so familiar to me yet i could not seem to place it, almost like a distant fading memory that was just a bit lost on the information highways in my brains ever running five hundred thoughts all at once and never ending. Then like a lightbulb moment there is only one being I know who without any doubt could provoke such a violent yet comforting reaction from me…

An old friend of mine that I haven't seen in awhile now that i think about it. I completely understand his absence and very few visits to me lately as he is a very famous, wait world renowned specialist in his field of expertise, the only specialist in his field and he really works 24/7 365 days a year non stop, never complaining not even once about this grueling constant work, work, work thing all the time.

If there is air running through your veins with a beating heart in your chest and a functioning brain I can certainly guarantee that your paths have crossed many times before. His introductions are never the same nor pleasant or appreciated in any way and his visits can differ from a brief moment to lasting for years and not once has he been wanted or welcomed at all by anyone. For most people view him as the bearer of bad news carrier of destruction and despair, too be honest there are very few whom evers been to see the good that he is and importance in what he does and only a blessed few can find a profound understanding and true meaningful purpose of his much dreaded visits which i can swear on my smokes he only makes with reason and cause no other time and then there is not even mentioning the great responsibility and great importance of what he does and the immense burden that it places upon him and his infallible commitment he has too his job and each one of us. I like many others has known him since my very first breath of air in this crazy and wonderful world and believe me when i say that i hated him with all i was inside out until the moment i came to realise that he has been saving my life in more ways than i could ever comprehend and more times than i will ever know of and in so many ways he became my driving force through the messed up times, my motivation to push forward too not stand still keep moving, he has been that inner voice that never allowed me to give up, no matter what he was always reminding to keep on fighting and not give in or up for nothing.

Let me tell you a bit more about this wonderful friend of mine and see if i can't help paint you a picture of this amazing friend i have… See he is not friendly or kind or gentle and has absolutely no sense of humour at all , none. Then discomfort and unpleasantness follows him around like a bad smell that just won't fade and yes he is known for having driven men of all parts of life to complete insanity. He will always leave you behind with an unforgettable reminder of each visit he made to you within your life. He is definitely not the kind of fellow one can just easily forget nor would he be so easy to ignore or be ignored at all. Many have spent their whole existence declaring and fighting wars against him yet he stays the victor everytime, not one battle lost in his lifetime. He is as old as time itself and has truly been around since the very beginning of creation. A real extreme force of nature at times that can not be avoided unless you're dead. The mere mention of his name has brought great men to their knees and for some even just the slightest thought of him causes a paralyzing fear within. He sounds absolutely horrible, i know however it is all true that i can assure you. No! I am not insane when i call him a friend or the way I see my eldest dearest and the best friend i will ever have.

I call him my friend for he is truly loyal and brutally honest with me at all times and has never just left me or betrayed me in my hour of need. I call him friend for the insight, understanding and strength he has always shared and freely given me. He is my friend for helping to open my mind to a world so amazing and wonderful, yet very few ever get to see as the darkness around it can be somewhat blinding to the majority. He is the greatest friend for showing and reminding me how precious life truly is and how wonderful and incredibly the human body was engineered and delicately pieced together and self maintaining and failsaves with every function imagenable. He is a true friend in his support and understanding of my beliefs in a Higher Power, a Creator of me who loves and protects me unconditionally always. When i start to doubt this in anyway he is the who helps me remember why i have this believe to begin with and helps me restore my faith once more, everytime no questions asked… for this i thank my God each day for this amazing and true friend He blessed me to find however unconventional and misunderstood he may be a blessing in disguise he truly is. In times of chaos and confusion, times of fear and untold darkness, pure evil, my friend has been my voice of reason and logic pulling me through getting me out and calming me down to great surprise as it at times even confuses me how reversed to the world i seem to experience him, this man of great mystery. He has never failed or left me in times of great distress and life threatening moments, like when my body falls in harm's way, he sticks with me to the end, helping and guiding me like a tracker of note not missing a beat to each place harmed and on the way diagnosing and indicating the areas that is most critical and needs most and immediate attention, then leading me to the areas less harmed that can still hold out abit and lastly the one’s i can self treat or my body can sort on its own until help arrives. With all this information he makes known to me I can then make an informed decision to move or stay put in waiting for reinforcements. While all may seem lost in confusion and my eyes feels like closing, he is the one keeping me awake keeping me breathing and never leaving my side even when finally safe he is still right there as i finally can allow myself to slip into a deep sleep so my body can continue in its own great battle still going on and when i finally start to slowly return to the world eyes heavy and sluggish opening my eyes my friend without fail is still right there next to me, always reassuring that i made it and that he shall not leave until im completely healed again.

My friend is one of the greatest teachers of life lessons and in some cases also played a part in my biggest mistakes made. Yet he has been one of my biggest motivation to keep moving forward whether im busy doing good or bad things he will be there in one of his many incredible ways and no matter what happens or the outcome he has never allowed me to give up on myself ever reminding me how i always walk away stronger and wiser, once more receiving the precious and most honorable gift of seeing the glorious sun rising again and the blessing of one more day of life.

My friend is a very serious and precise being with no room for error, not as messy as me which i think can make him secretly wanna cry at times, yet i understand his ways for one small mistake from him can lead to death, destruction and despair of millions with harsh and terrifying consequences left behind to be felt by all living things with no surety or guarantee of ever fully recovering or being restored.

Mistakes? That is it! My friend never makes mistakes nor does he ever visit without reason or cause. Wait, now i'm really confused as every cell in my body says that my old friend was definitely here for a visit yet there is absolutely no sign of his presence even near, not even a whisper. So why am I so sure that he was here on a visit? He is not the kind to pop in for coffee and a chat, just to check on how one is doing. This has never and will never happen as far as he is concerned. Then like a ton of bricks it hits me, the answer to my great mystery. My friend once told me about these kinds of visits he gets to make, his favorite and most fascinating amazing visits according to him.

As i was falling to sleep something must have triggered a memory that was still very vivid and strongly formed and made by my adrenaline overloaded senses at the time of the event which made it such a powerful memory that once i entered dream like state it started playing like a movie with real like animations that then activated certain nerves and senses deceiving my body in thinking that it is really experiencing those sensations again. This all led to my sudden rude awakening and the cause for my old friends very brief and unknown visit which ended the moment i woke.

A smile began forming as I started to once more think about my eldest, dearest and best friend and all the things good and bad, even ugly at times that we have shared and survived over the years. My friend's name is PAIN, yes you read correctly. Pain is my friend and I would not want it any other way, for without him I would have died a long time ago. This i know without any doubt that without pain i would never honestly be able to say “ I really lived!”. I wish i didn't miss the visit he got to make to me tonight as crazy as that might sound.

So without giving it a second thought i pinched myself just hard enough to get his attention for a quick visit, a visit yet brief it lasted just long enough for me to say

“Goodnight old friend”

“The Hardships in life are not there to hurt us, instead it is there to strengthen us, teach us, help us… The key in it all, is all about your Point of View.”
Edited 3rd December 3:34am
David_Macleod 14397816

poetry 4292
21st July 3:45am

Jazz club

The trumpet screams, echoing across the room
the symbols clanged buzzing for the next beat.
She drinks her wine and listens to the men play while she taps her feet.

Swanky and dim the perfect place for her to unwind.
She comes here all the time. She never sits in the same place, would hate for someone to remember her face.

The set changes and lights go low, She knows what’s to follow. The shadow of a man clinging to his instrument. She waits for the sound, that gentle smooth bellow.

Sexy is how she describes it, the saxophone. Lips placed  gently, the fingers changing the tune,  hips swaying making sweet sultry music.

The music turns her on . Temptation playing along to the tempo. Her heart beats to the bass, slowly her thighs separate.
The musician arches back hitting those long notes.  That’s her key, she slides her hand slowly under the table. Feeling her self saturated, Panty free.

Running her fingers up and down. The feeling  electric, the music tantalizing her.  Flushed and hot she continues to touch and watch.

Exploding silently, she never makes her self seen. Her climax rushes all over her seat. She grins and looks around feeling unwound.  She comes for the music and the peace, but mostly the sweet release.
Written by Kittymorgan
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