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we ran gleefully chasing the summer’s fireflies putting them in jars. . . those warm nights of our childhood - they flickered, and then were gone 4/1/2015

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2015

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the farm boy

amidst the green field
behind grandpa’s old brick house
lies a broken fridge,
unmindful of time passing
until my mom calls me home.

Copyright © Ernesto P. Santiago | Year Posted 2010

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A Pink Rose

My best friend and I
Ran barefoot through the garden
Stirring the petals
Her hair tied back in two braids
Her skirt trailed out behind her

We sat by the stream
With our feet in the water
Talking and laughing
Until a pink rose I plucked
And wove it into her dark braids

Copyright © Isaiah Zerbst | Year Posted 2013

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The Flower of Youth

                   a playground’s laughter
                  fragrant in its innocence- 
                  jasmine soothes old ears
          whispered through a seasoned brier
           the perfumed blooms of childhood

                           02 Apr 2015

Copyright © david mohn | Year Posted 2015

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Dandelion Wishes

dandelion fuzz
    released into the air
       by a wish --
childhood dreams scatter
to places unknown

For Andrea's Tanka 3 Return to Top Ten contest
1st place

Copyright © Kim Merryman | Year Posted 2015

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Improv On Pennies.

Acorn hats of wood
balanced on each fingertip
while giggles spill rich.
Felt tip markers draw the eyes
in this poor man's puppet show.

Copyright © Tatyana Carney | Year Posted 2006

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Infant Poet

an infant poet
making close observations,
the rhymes in her head
on all that she sees and feels: 
no one can hear or read it

Jack Horne

Copyright © jack horne | Year Posted 2011

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Easter egg hunt

through the tall grass

and under trees and shrubs

little hands grab

at hidden treasures

the Easter bunny was busy

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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Fireflies Light the Path

Firelies flapping wings
light dark trails in fields at night
laterns bob and sway
like twinkling stars on high
while small hands reach to capture
In response to Nette's  "Splashes by Evening"
Miss you, Nette!

Copyright © Annalise a.k.a. Audrey Haick | Year Posted 2013

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A safe perch

seeing above all

daddy's shoulders sitting tall

a safe perch so high

reaching up to touch the sky

loving bond just he and i...

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel | Year Posted 2013

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The Red Truck

the red truck
stuck in red clay
I still pull 
up the hill
to the woods

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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Video Games Played

Eyes glued to screen
Ignore homework of teacher 
Down load video game 
Some rich becomes a tycoon 
Cost younger generation

For the Video Game Played contest of Yasmin Khan

Copyright © Mohammad Yamin | Year Posted 2013

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Birthday Flowers

watching as he crossed the street

  flowers in his hand

    crushed and tattered petals fall

      gray haired woman sits

         present for grandma...

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel | Year Posted 2012

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Not Letting Go

Small hands hold secure
Not wanting to let it go.
Fearful of losing
What I may never obtain,
You take it and I will cry.

Copyright © 2011 By Caryl S. Muzzey

Copyright © Caryl Muzzey | Year Posted 2011

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Sweet Raspberry Kisses

Baby, when you’re grown
cradling your own darling babe.
Remember your days
of sweet raspberry kisses,
rhymes and twinkling lullabies.

I will remember
the sweet sound of your babble
through bubbling laughter, 
your pudgy, little fingers  
and wide-eyed wonder, always.

for Andrea Dietrich's SWEET or SALTY? Contest,

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2013

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Batter Up

My first poem you see
about how sweet I can be.
See my pretty dress?
Man I want to make a mess.
How'll I do it, can you guess?

By Jimmy Anderson for "Baby Babbles" contest

Copyright © Jimmy Anderson | Year Posted 2011

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Childhood Dreams

She bends to gather Getting flowers of her youth Her mother stands near Smiling with a certain warmth This is what childhood dreams are
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey | Year Posted 2013

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Precious Moments - - -

A little girl knelt, beside her broken dolly, while a white kitten licked tears. "Oh, Snowball Kitty, what can we do for Dolly!" Tanka January 19, 2013 For the Precious Moments Contest

Copyright © Broken Wings | Year Posted 2013

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Not Salty or Sweet

Goldilocks entered
    The cottage and felt hungry
       Three bowls of porridge
          One was too salty, one was 
             Too sweet and one was just right*

*very loosely based on the famous fairytale

For Andrea’s Sweet or Salty contest

Copyright © jack horne | Year Posted 2013

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Oh Darling Me

Mom bought me this dress
I feel just like a princess
I love picture day
He forgot to say smile
What do you think of my pose?

By Mitch White

Copyright © Mitch White | Year Posted 2011

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My Boo

<                          halloween haunting's
                       black shoe polish foundation
                             ruby red lipstick
                       pillow stuffed under big dress
                        red white bandana for hair

                               spatula in hand 
                       eggbeater in dress pocket
                              pillowcase for loot
                       daddy's boots causing blisters 
                          aunt jemima memories 

Entry For
Paula Sweanson's
Halloween Of Tears Past

Tribute To Childhood Memories

Copyright © Katherine Stella | Year Posted 2010

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Rock pools

Down by the rock pools
My hand gloved in your wrinkles
New discoveries
Starfish, crabs and mermaids purse,
Squirting sea anenomes.

Copyright © Mike Miller | Year Posted 2014

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	                            UNSUPPORTED CODE 

                                Loving Brothers

                           Hand hitting the face
                        Red burning titty twisters
                          Throbbing charley horse
                     Bone braking grizzly bear hug
               “Now, do you submit?,    .     .   .   . ”Uncle!”

Copyright © Dennis Rarick | Year Posted 2014

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Children's Laughter

A ball thrown higher
     As breezes fall vivid leaves
          Children’s light laughter
                 Isolate and stigmatize
A lonely child in a crowd


Copyright © Brittany Reynolds | Year Posted 2012

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A giant pumpkin

A giant pumpkin 
With the fruit scooped out for pie
A Halloween treat
I make a Jack-O-Lantern
And grin at its glowing face

For Susan’s tanka contest

Copyright © jack horne | Year Posted 2012

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Childhood Envy

Childhood Envy

Rain bath in open,
Envy those in childhood days,
Skating on wet floor,
Without any clothes put on,
Why have we so much so grown ?

Written December 17th, 2014
For Verlena's contest "The green eyed monster"

Awarded 4th place 

Copyright © Dr. Upma A. Sharma | Year Posted 2014

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Don't Write Me off Today

Short attention span
Mask a great thinking mind set
Round boy tiger eyes
Alert and learning into
A man of thought inventions

Copyright © Doris Culverhouse | Year Posted 2011

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Fear of God

    Fear of God
The Crackling ice
Put the fear of God in you
When you see a
A crack under your feet
Run the length of the ice.

Copyright © Steven Siegel | Year Posted 2015

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Kite Tale

brisk boisterous wind
throws the joyous kite so high
caught by crescent moon
trailing twirling tail
toddler tugs the moon along

Copyright © Kimberly Shaw | Year Posted 2015

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I will not share my choco

You may take photo,
hey you cameraman there,
but I will not share
choco of my hand with you!
should I give another pose?

© kashinath karmakar

Placement:10th (April 2011)

by:kashinath karmakar (10th April 2011)

Contest:Baby Babbles (photo based)

Sponsor:Linda-Marie The Sweetheart

Copyright © kash poet | Year Posted 2011