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Critique What I Wrote

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Critique What I Wrote

Critique What I Wrote

By Elton Camp

Many times I’ve gotten this request
To politely refuse I’ve learned is best

“Your honest opinion is what I ask”
Actual desire for praise does mask

Dare to say anything but “It’s great”
And your very guts they will hate

Any criticism will drive them wild
Almost as if you slapped their child

It has more faults than a dog has fleas
Yet lavish praise is all that will please

You can know that the writer will say,
“What makes you a critic anyway!”

He’s forgotten he made the request
Now it is you who’s put to the test

“You are as presumptuous as can be
To say such insulting things to me.”

If, to critique a work, you dare try
Expect broken bones and a black eye


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