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The Would Be Critic

Updated on March 1, 2014
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The Would Be Critic

By Tony DeLorger © 2014


Too many times have I listen to the harsh tones of disdain,

levelled at the practice of art and raw creativity,

and critics abound in numbers, slashing thoughts and feelings,

disseminating personal grievances into the realm of artistic expression.


How often they strike at a heart, with unprovoked malice,

vying to bring down the pure intentions of expression,

so they can live with their own inadequacies, perhaps inability,

to reach any creative plateau, or have failed in the first place.


They bite with a savage primordial lust,

as if to taste the blood they so intend to bleed,

sending themselves into a frenzy of malicious wrath,

that obviously pleases their own sensibilities, their own denial of truth.


I see them now as leeches, sucking on any host to imbibe any level of participation,

for they are starved of the very nature of what they mock,

their artless droning like the moaning of the 'undead',

helpless in their inept oblivion, their purgatory.


Without legitimate critique, these hateful words do lesson art,

bring unwarranted shadows into clean and pristine offerings,

and regardless of viewpoint and opinion,

can in no way justify this negative carriage.


I, can only do what I do, feel and express what I am,

and in that my job is complete, my work it's own reward,

and for all those who in critique assist my journey, I have gratitude,

and for those who in spite, detract, I dismiss you.


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      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Indeed we do MsDora. This poem was in response to a very officious comment I received. I never mind criticism, it is welcomed as we all grow from knowledge, but when anybody attacks you maliciously with no valid premise, it gets under my skin. Have a great day!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I love the attitude of contentment despite pressure from the outside. In the end, we have to live with ourselves.

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