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As One Together

moon and stars above
warm summer night breeze blowing
arms wrapped around me
closeness makes my body weak
your breath, the warm breeze, I melt
our hearts together
beat now as one forever
till death do us part
A Mesh Of Forms Contest of Russell Sivey Written by Carol Brown 03/22/2012 Using the forms Tanka & Senryu 1st Place Winner

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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

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LOVE God is always love Forever seek the kingdom; Praise the creator Keep giving what you can give Please endure until the end ANGELS Beautiful Heavens Protecting the meek ones earth Watching over us Helping us to cope with life Comforted with hope and trust MUSIC When you find rhythm You find your hearts inner core Celebrate the times Make them better than before Reminisce and dance all night

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Summer Butterflies

blue winged canopy
of a thousand butterflies
can not compare to
the fluttering of my heart
when your eyes and mine are one

deborah burch©

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Claw foot Sanctuary

Refuge lies in ripples
Her head rests
on white porcelain
Fragrant lavender recalls childhood
Memory rises with the mist

For Chris's contest ~

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The Spirit Prevails

It is a new day
Something wonderful happened
You are now at peace
Like a phoenix rising up
From the ashes you prevail

We shall not mourn you
For you are not gone at all
We may not see you
Your presence lives on in us
Enduring the test of time

Radiant light shines
Upon us all forever
Glorious rays gleam
Emitting from your spirit
Keeping your memory strong

The lives you have touched
Will never forget you now
Though we may shed tears
These are tears of happiness 
Your spirit forever reigns

In the days to come
When we are all together
Celebrating life
Your spirit will consume us
Your peace will be our strength

Joy and happiness
Will be felt every moment
You gave us reason
To have faith in the future
Your legacy will live on…………..

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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.

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Photographic Memory

All points meet at you~
the sky, the sun, the water.
A still photograph
holds my happiness in ink.
I pretend that you still smile.

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Imagination Grown Up

Childhood wings kept
hanging behind closet doors
nestled in pockets
in woolen pea coats bright blue
like clear skies meant for flying.

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Rejoice (Tanka)

Rejoicing in life
soul’s jubilation singing
raising of voices

Praises of joy unto Him
uplifting mortal spirit

Comments:    The Japanese tanka dating back to the 5th Century has a format of 
five lines:  the first has five syllables. The second has seven syllables. The third 
has five syllables.  The forth and fifth lines have seven syllables each. The 
pattern is 5/7/5/7/7 for a total of thirty-one syllables.  This one is about rejoicing.

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Small Things

I live for small things:
water clear, to dive down deep,
sun to pierce my bones,
and for sleep, your hand on mine,
our dreams sewn tight together.

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he touches her face
looking into her green  eyes
seeing  fear within
smiles and holding her cold hand
he leads her to Paradise

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Wonder of Sunshine

Warms to the very bones
Brightens life in early morn
Making dew glister
Rainbow prisms of color
This the wonder of sunshine
Written: 10/24/2012 Tanka Crazy-Sunshine Contest 2nd Place Winner

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Early Morning

flocks of birds fly in...
newly mown lawn wet with dew
ducklings waddle by
poor birds take flight frightfully...
then return to look for worms
03/22/2012 3rd Place Winner Black Eyed Susan "Tanka" Contest

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What A Beauty

<                                    beneath swollen ..... moon
                                      in pasture of...... rolling hills
                                      standing  ....hind quarters
                                      a beautiful black ...... stallion
                                      simply took my breath ........ away

Entry For
Rick Parise's 
A Memory Of Beauty
Tanka Contest
G.L. All

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Tokens that Last

red roses are fine
to give me sweet valentine
but this year I want
tokens that lasts a lifetime
honesty, trust, commitment

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Sweet Sanctuary

Come asylum's breath,
gossamer wings touch mine brow ~
Grant me refuge please;
then may my soul find comfort.
In your peace, my heart shall rest...

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Feeling the Season

feeling like dancing on fluffy clouds of colorful petals inhaling the heaven scents as I imagine an autumn through my vicarious experience
Nov. 1,2012 This is gogyoka form of poem. Second Place Contest: Gogyoka Contest Judged: 11/7/2012 Sponsor: Poet Joann Grisetti

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Petals In The Wind

Petals in the wind
Wish to be with you today
Dancing in the sky
It’s like raining of magic
Feels my spirit soar up high

On a starry night
Surrendering our lost souls
Cleanse by your beauty
My contented heart rejoiced 
Color of happiness you bring

Life is really good
Floating to the world of dreams
Take us anywhere
Balancing our own with faith
And let God works in ourselves 

January 25, 2013

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even on cloudy days

chatter of bird song

   fills the morning air

        my alarm clock

I awaken to sunshine

     even on cloudy days

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A Reflection


    two moons shining bright

        a reflection on the lake

            so quiet and still

                a fish leaps and in leaping

                      the secret is revealed...

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In my field of dreams colourful flowers still dance to the melody the wind discharge – no sadness exuberance fill my soul

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Purim -Kintaishi

Fröhliches Kinderlanchen
Bunte Kostüme, Masken
Leckere Hamantaschen
Frohes Purim im Kibbutz

Happy childdren's laughter
Colourful costumes and masks
Tasty Hamantashen
Happy Purim in the Kibbutz

Felices  risas de  niños
Trajes  y  máscaras  de colores
Deliciosos Hamantachen
Feliz Purim en el kibbutz

Anmerkung: Das jüdische Purimfest am 14. Adar erinnert an die Rettung des jüdischen Volkes
vor Haman, dem höchsten Regierungsbeamten des persischen Königs Xeres I. Alle sollten vor
Haman niederknien, doch Königin Esters Cousin Mordechai weigerte sich. Aus Rache soll
Haman die Vernichtung aller Juden befohlen haben. Ester habe sich aber bei Xeres I. für
die Rettung der Juden eingesetzt. Haman wurde zusammen mit 75 000 weiteren Persern getötet.

Note: The Jewish Purimfest on of Adar reminds of the rescue of the Jewish people
from Haman, the highest government official of Persian king Xeres I. Everybody should
kneel down before Haman, but queen Ester's cousin Mordechai refused to do so. For revenge
Haman should have ordered the murder of all Jews. But Ester used her influence on Xeres I.
for the rescue of the Jews. Haman was killed together with 75,000 other Persians.

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Sunshine Dreams

Sunshine Dreams In my mind and heart drifting golden dreams of hope shining with splendor a sunshine dream to hold on making this time most blessed the feelings inside show a brighter tomorrow finding inner peace teaching the heart to live , love where sunshine is renewed 10.20.2012 Contest -Tanka Crazy-Sunshine Nov.10

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Glory Bird

Southern Fried Chicken.
Warm and tasty Glory Bird.
Dixie’s greatest meal.
Sides of smashed taters, okra,
sweet corn and ice cold sweet tea.

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Beauty in a Splash

Intense beating heart
Erratic yet fun motion
Flailing arms and legs
See the bright side in a fall
Wet and wild in the sunlight

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Your History

<                                 symbolic icon
                           abrupts captivating flight
                                    honoring fallen
                       amidst lined tombstone's marker
                             at historic Fort Snelling

Written By
Katherine Stella  8/8/11

Entry For Carolyn Devonshire's
Bald Eagle In Cemetery Contest
G.L. All

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Worlds and Lovers

A Hollow moon sleeps Atop the calm sea water under a blanket of clouds Earth and moon rest as one soul awaiting grace from sunrise
beauty of the soul in uniting the two worlds is in shades of blue For all lovers to observe hearts will beat as one spirit

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Kites Flight

Red kite loses flight 
Bump bump bumping through the grass   
She runs to recast
     Kite snags on a jagged rock
     Rips a hole inside girl’s heart	

3/30/12 - Revised 4/2/12
for "Let's Go Fly a Kite" contest

A big thanks to Andrea for her ideas and suggestions over the past year that have made my writing better :)

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Mr Moon

The silver moon shines
Shimmering over the sea
Lighting up shadows
Stirring right inside of me
Watching waves drift on the shore

The night sky dances
With the gentle silver face
Holding hands with stars
This scene, my eyes have embraced
Watching life drift in the night

For contest : moonlight dream
By Emma Buckeridge
Tanka form

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Light upon the Path

Sealed in walls of ice
My heart locked; frozen frail,
Ragged shardsduk-taped
After a swift fall from grace
Grim view of my shackled fate

Opening my mind
In order to see clearly
Amending time lost
Moving forward yet refrained
Seeking a promising path

Lily's, daisies, rose's,
Stoping to sniff as they bloom
Staring at the stars
Burning like a tigers eyes
Meek child I am no longer

Reach for heaven
To chase inner most desires
Stroking fire within
Aspiring to heights untold
Letting inner light shine o

(I connected this to "the great flower of life" in a perspective of personal growth from a troubled child to a positive and driven young adult inspired toward achieving greater things)

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Nice Breakfast (Tanka)

this breakfast is nice, 
bacon, eggs, toast on the side 
black coffee to taste 

not one drop going to waste 
yum, yum, me and my tum, tum!

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Lofty Salute

Return journey flight
Peeping through the window pane
To my sheer delight
Clad with snow and misty clouds
Himalaya greets "Bonjour"

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On A Wedding Day

Walking down the aisle
While sweet music softly plays
Feels like on the clouds
With my pure white wedding gown 
And my hands with fresh bouquet

We take solemn vow
On sunny or stormy days
Whatever  happens
Together without a fear
We embrace our future aims

In a new sunrise
We lovingly look forward
Sprinkled with blessings
We’ll bind together with love
Love- forever from above

October 8,2012

3rd Place Winner
Contest: Tanka-Love and Marriage
Judged: 10/20/2012
Poet Sponsor: SandyIvy Davis

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three easy pieces
the kind of tunes children like
are so out of place
in this electronic world
grandma moses comes to mind

the colors    simple
country places brought to life
you identify
alive again as a child
love    comfort    security

in this complex world
simple things are still the best
three easy pieces
love    comfort    security
old grandma knew how to live              


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Dancing Rain


                                            never will I know

                                      again your gentle laughter---

                                        except in the voice

                                     of spring bursting with tapping...

                                     raindrops dancing in pure joy 
                                                      '   '    '    ' 
                                   '     '    '    '    '     '     '     '     '      ' 

For Francine Robert's Contest: "Wow Me With 5 Lines"

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cocktail of gold stars

    melts on half-distilled kisses

           like grapes to wine’s mouths

      tracing each other’s faces

                   as night refills love’s caress

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Sunshine for the Soul

sun kisses the dew
with feathered hues of sequins
the whole world glitters
with extravagance of light
in the red bannered sunrise

no trumpets are heard
for the wide lift of pink sky
as the crimson sun
greets the earth without fanfare
but wraps the soul in splendor

Leonora Galinta's Contest: Tanka Crazy/Sunshine

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Celebrating (Japanese Tanka)

A special Celebration
Going to Tulsa
Celebrate with twin sister
Our birthday celebration.

Trying out another new style from our friend Joseph Spence.
In celebration of my 50th birthday. August 31-2007. I Will be out of
town for a few days. Going to Oklahoma.

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Hush Now { Tanka X Three }

<     falls bright foliage
reflects own mirrored images 
       off motionless lake
clusters of billowing white
filter from chimmeny's home stacks

red gold brown and green
illuminating snapshots
etched in minds own eye
transferred to painting canvass
under moon's and stars dance theme

the winds of gallows
taunt not the sleeping forest
with your shivery 
hush hush this one silent night
don't wake the sleeping giant 

Entry For 
Amy Green's
Enchantment Of Fall's
Tanka A Moment
G.L. All

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Santa's Surprise

                                                ...I wrote to Santa
                                      to bring at large three yule strings:
                                              joy, peace, love. His gift
                                     came glazed; to my shock, one gift,
                                     Love, master of all, with mirth.........

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Christmas for all

Oh the tide of love
Christmas is for everyone
please accept his gift.
Believer or not Christmas
full of joy across the world.

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 Happiness is found
 not in common green paper
 it was founded once
 by the people who fly free
 away from troubles

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The clearest day comes,
an early storm made trees swing;
lost my cowboy's hat...
the warmer air soothes the chill,
sunshine dries up traces of rain.

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The Magic of Sunshine

Clouds dance in the sky As the golden rays appear Your lights are glimmer For such beauty that you bring I wonder where you are from as you bring the love, the sorrow has melt away, And it warms my heart. Oh sunshine spread your magic the laughter of dazzling light. Date : October 22, 2012 Entree : Tanka Crazy - Sunshine (Leonora Galinta)

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Good morning sunshine
I am so glad to see you
Your brightness, your glow
Magic is in the air, yes

October 15, 2012

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Sitting on the Porch

air like a warm kiss crickets repeating their song rocking chair creaking children whispering secrets sweet evening reverie
7/12/11 For the Summer Evening contest

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Pink Rose on My Pillow


bone-tired and weary
pink rose on my pillow
someone loves me
wanting me home, yet wary
of what makes me late

mind and body stressed
a message at midnight
someone loves me
whispering I love you
massaging my mind

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Paradise Dream

Touch ever serene
Vision upon moonlit pond
Senses distracted
My heart begins a shimmer
Rippling stardust secures soul

written for
Sponsor ^Rick Parise  
Contest Name Lets Pass A Tanka Love Note 

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Three Moonlit Ponds on a Theme

Moonlit Ponds

the moon's reflection
stirs in the pond as ripples
gather around us
so close we're breathing as one
' till our eyes meet   I can't breathe

looking at the moon
holding each other tightly
the whispering wind
breathes our secret to the trees
and laughs ripples on the pond

my fever rages
as a hot caldron burning
you have bewitched me
my spellbound heart skips like stones
jumping on the moonlit pond

deborah burch©

to cyndi because inquiering minds wanted to duck ...quick! LOL

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Cathedral Bells

resonating peace
cathedral bells ring promise....
wind carries solace....
brilliant architecture high
streets below swirl in rhythm ....  

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Upon the Tree

Scent of the pine boughs stir thoughts of his first Christmas… Today, his large hand fondles the tiny snowman that says “Welcome Home, Grandson” Inside one snowglobe a replica of full house Cars fill the driveway… The wind-up music box plays my wish of “Joy to the World” Footsteps long silenced… Cookie crumbs litter the rug a new puppy naps… Needles are dropping, and lone shiny globe says “Contentment”
……………………………………………….. For Linda Marie’s Contest: “Santa’s Surprise” By Carrie Richards 12/30/11

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Golden Blue Dreams

Indigo deepens
loveliness seasons convey
around golden bliss
sunbeams excel streaming down
upon landscape sceneries

written for
Sponsor ^Rick Parise 
Contest Name Blue and Gold 

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Taking Turns

<                                       iron propeller
                                 sitting entrance to driveway
                                   slowly turning blades
                              like the hands of time on clock 
                                 longing for extra seconds 

                                    Hummingbirds buzzing
                              red gold blue and green headed 
                                    just waiting for turns
                               to capture it's own bountys
                                   succulant sugar water  

Written By 
Katherine Stella 9/13/2011

Entry For Francine Roberts
The View-A Tanka Contest
G.L. All

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Swinging on a Star

Hanging in the sky,
each and every night above,
a light in the dark
given with a heart of love,
“Semper illic” just like me.

~Semper illic means always there in Latin~

Tirzah Conway

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Valentine's Magic

Valentine’s Magic

Love is eternal—
Expression of love so pure!
Valentine’s Day is . . . 
	That magic moment of love . . . 
Renewal of love always!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved 
(February 8, 2015) (Tanka) 

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Tomorrow the things 
we will remember will be:
flowers, kisses and bells 
that brought happiness to two,
who made strong wows of faithfulness!

We must fervently
defend what we believe in, 
trust is one of them...
devotion is another;
can these feelings be promises? 

That jazz wedding song
we have picked out of thousands,
can do great wonders;
Lisa will sing it...wishing
herself  flowers, kisses and bells!  


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the demur of lovers

the demur of lovers
hope is courage born. feelings of anguish may form. love excites the mind. passion forms to bind in time. faithfully, intimacy fulfills. _________________________| PENNED ON AUGUST 25, 2014!

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3 Tankas on HONEY

Like a Hungry Bear
I approach the Honey Jar
Slurping the Sweetness
Pearls of sticky glue dripping
Fast I Lick my lustful lips

Now the jar's empty
I Scoop the Delicious Dew
My restless fingers 
Rushing to work honestly
Leaving not a drop to wipe

My taste buds do speak
Savor the lingering last
Reaching the zenith
Grateful to  flowers and bees
My blissful heart blesses them

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Splashing Dog

(This is a Tanka:  Japanese poem of five lines, the first and third composed of five
syllables and the others seven. In Japanese, tanka is often written in one straight line,
but in English and other languages, we usually divide the lines into the five syllabic
units: 5-7-5-7-7.)

Splashing Dog
    by Amy Swanson

Great drops of water
     fly vigorously from him!
Black hair glistening
     he gallops through the river,
     stops only to shake himself!

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Magical-Snowy Dust

Three Christmas wishes
That I sent to Santa Claus:
Happiness to stay
The sounds of children laughing
Friends and family all day –

What was my surprise?
An ornament on the tree
Sparkling robust.
Its tiny door and windows
Held magical-snowy dust –

With eyes opened wide,
I gleaned wisdom from his note.
“Happiness shall stay,
Joy shall fill your loving heart
Compassions-service each day!”

© December 26, 2011
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest: SANTA'S SURPRISE" 
Sponsor	Linda-Marie The Sweetheart of P.S.

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Simple Joys

Looking for beauty
in everyday moments.
Searching with my soul
for lyrics sung in kitchens.
Joy felt in simplicity.

Looking for some gentleness.
Laughter floating in the breeze.
Friends and strangers at my door.
Come to feast on life.

By Deb Wilson
for contest"A Mesh of Forms"
sponsored by Russell Sivey

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This place where I go,
When all seems lost around me.
Life seems to drown me.
He will always fill my cup
Take my cross and lift me up.

Brenda Meier-Hans

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My Valentine Gift

Preciously chosen
Twelve delights for her vision
Golden ornaments
For love of my life senses
Placed in a crystal display

written for
Sponsor Andrea Dietrich 

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Back Yard

Water wheel running cascading over slate rocks the water pours fast down the mini waterfall into the large pond below. Gold fish are thriving nine fishes swim in this pond from the gazebo watching them dart in the pond chasing each other around. Raspberry plants grow along with my small garden the potted flowers sit high on my five foot deck where they survey my back yard. Phyllis Babcock Sept 14 2011

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Blue and Gold Bliss

Lying on my back Golden poppies surrounding Heads waving at me Backdrop the blue of dreaming Colored moment of pure bliss

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Affection 2K13

'Tis therein embrace
where sighing and warmth occurs,
kisses ensue most properly
as inclined subjects board their
ships of affection due love.

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My Valentine Gift

<                                       bright future awaits
                                   mind terrible thing to waste
                                           scholastic ready
                                      unveiling hidden bounty
                                   scholarship's highest honor 

Entry For
Andrea Dietrich's
Tanka Your Valentine Contest
G.L. All

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she always sings love
each morning as the spring sun
warms her gracious heart

above the hills soft shadow
her destiny soars beyond.........



"Wow me in 5 lines"

Poet ~ Rick Parise

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Elated In Moonlight

()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()() In vast dimensions my mind wanders in starlight resting in calm love the Autumn moon full with dreams poetic words lightly chant Hazy blue imprints of a fortress, sempiternal electric clouds drift as simple words speak within I beckon the great spirit ()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()() "Moonlight Dream" Contest

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Vesper Bathing

Star berry soap suds
midnight moon as my witness
River skin shoulders
shivering a quiet cool
lapsing into liquid pools~

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The East Coast

We two, hot, muggy.
Lay beneath diamond sparkles.
Wind blows gritty sand.
We snuggle on the blanket.
Peacefully, until sunrise –

© July 13, 2011
Dane Smith-Johnsen

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Six Seater Airplane

As we rose on wings
The earth falling below fast
On wings of eagle 
Feeling as higher at last
Beauty of Canyon below

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A Joyful Start

melodic bird song now breaks the morning silence. it lifts my spirits and brings a smile to my face. a joyful start to the day.

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She encased my heart
Her eyes elated my soul.
Lips so sensual
Encapsulated beauty
Forever my mind recalls.

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A Hiding Place

In tidy closets ~
  Coats hang peacefully,
Quiet, Muffled happiness,
  Beside little shoeboxes,
The cosiest of spaces.

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Sweet Music

Something soothes my soul
as the notes waft clear and strong.
I am transported
to a soft and gentle place.
Music brings me sweet repose.

for "Short and Sweet" contest
sponsored by Francine Roberts

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The Cheeky Boy

The cute cheeky boy
Has a  hot magnetic smile
Yet he answers back rudely

Cute as an apple
His face displays innocence
His talks, childish and honest

Make me feel at ease
He insists for attention
And makes me see Paradise

With brown squirrel eyes
As sharp as the razor's blade
He gives us reasons to live

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Three Christmas Desires

Happy Santa Day
Here’s my short list of desires
I wish complete peace
My wish came true this very morn
My tree held exquisite cross

My second wish now
No more greed upon the earth
At the stroke of noon
Golden abyss circled world.
Tree had a smiley face bulb.

As this day ended
My third wish for no hunger
Became abundant
A note found, said "down-to-earth".
My tree now bore so much fruit.

written by
Cecil Hickman

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Endless Moonlit Sky

Under the moon's light
Your beautiful crimson hair
Tonight looks so bright
Brighter than anyone else
You shine brighter than the sun.

Huge big blue night sky
I follow you until death
Endless is my quest
The moon is hidden by clouds
Far away is the moonlight.

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Tanka Crazy Sunshine

                                                          Funny, I never 
                                             Knew sunshine wore high heels 'til
                                                 You walked through my door
                                                       Your face all aglow...
                                                Laughter filled the room with
                                                    Diamond dust sunshine!

October 13, 2012

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Songbird sing to me
Your sound soothes my very soul
It’s the sound of peace
The calmness overwhelms me
Sing… sing and don’t ever stop

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my cup full

my cup full
of shimmering moon
a late stroll
lingering a moment
to smell the jasmine

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Fall's Enchanting Smiles

Autumn leaves glowing.
Fiery red, orange, and yellow
Flicker in the breeze.
Wafting, blanketing the earth.
Glorious colors turn brown.

Coldness comes snowing.
Chilling every fellow.
Birds escape the freeze.
Flying south to warmth and mirth.
Singing, the snow falls not down.

Nature smiles, knowing,
Wisdom designed earth below.
Leaf barren trees,
Prepare for spring’s rebirth.
Protecting life underground.

Cool, clean air blowing.
Music flows like a cello.
People laugh; say cheese!
Taking pictures, knowing worth.
Fall’s enchanting smiles abound.

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Nature and Humanity

Effervescent dreams
Flow down upon mother’s plate
Chilled by destined fall 
A time always remembered
Appearing third time of year

Season of life fades
Human apertures grow weak
Though, knowledge is strong
Love holds different stages
Bonding affections with key

Combined all blessings
Unfold into beauty bold
Each respect enriched
Of their returning faction
Crossing over great divide

To rapture rebirth
Forming times readmission
Natural recourse
Within nature is beauty
Returning humanity

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The soul that lies within

Mine lonely tears fell,
into that sea of sadness.
The sea in which I've drowned.
till the day I saw thine eyes,
and the soul that lies within.

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One Summer Evening

.                       We sat and held hands
                       on the mossy river bank
                          watching reflection
                       as a rippled day declined
                Then lay back and looked for stars

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Cherishing my dream,
Where wishes are granted true,
A magical place,
That is surreal, paradise.
An island of haven thoughts.

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Midsummer Love

our midsummer love
once innocent in springtime
has survived stormclouds
summer's thunder and lightning
will strengthen us come autumn

First place in any form 12 Max contest

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Green - Tanka

How is the punctuation and the general flow of the poem?

Green is moss blooming;                  
The tune of a wildflower,                    
Raindrops tingling in                            
A veil of whispering wind;                   
Spinning tales of gratitude                  

Harmony of light,
A swirling carpet of health,
Carried in the wind -
Earth and cosmos’ brewing dance,
Glory and wisdom displayed

Lucid righteousness -
Drinking in the sap of leaves,
Forests rejoicing
Peaceful, still, and prosperous, 
Green is the inkling of spring                  

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A Team

That’s love and marriage. Frank Sinatra’s words ring true. A team-you and me. We’re like a horse and carriage. Going together always.

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Sweet sweet serenity

Her pure, gentle soul,
It beckons me to her side.
With dark brown eyes,
That pull me into a world,
of sweet, sweet serenity.

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Laughter fills the air
And it sets the sun alight
Breathes life into all
It grants us serenity
And we giggle, merry fools.

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My feet long to dance
Under the light of the moon
Silence welcomes me
I beckon you as I move
Come share in my greatest joy.

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Moonlight Desires

Seeing thru shadows
Clouds cascade this misty view
Hovering down low
Circular shape so divine
Serenity clasps our heart

Desires captured deep
 Here with my love forever
Moonlight of dreams
Secures our sweet nights passion,
Our silhouettes interweaved.

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Happiness Needed

Happiness needed As I’ve been so hard depressed I need that great joy Gift that perks me up so much The light that needs to be true
Entrant into Susan Burch's "Any ONE New or Older than 2 years old TANKA" contest 3/19/2012

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once they were all mine
beauty, youth and attitude
selfishness and ego reigns
bringing hollow victory

changes come with time
gradually and certain
self retreats a bit
bringing love to the forefront
happiness is love’s reward

By: Joyce Johnson  
for Linda Marie's contest "Bag of Tricks"  Won a third in contest

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Gifts from Above

Adrift in slumber
My eyes see floating presents
Fall from the heavens
Colorful array around
As people collect them all

Written by
Cecil Hickman

Sponsor Michael J. Falotico 
Contest Name "Tanka me a Dream" 

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your eyes show the sky
I see the twinkle of stars
I know them so well
A bouquet of white roses
Are in your hand as we kiss

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Forever Expanded

Each cool summer breeze
Sets the stage for something hot
Like loves engagement

Fun in the sun crazed
Develops such great delight
Each bright new day’s hour
Enlightens freedoms desires
Each night awakening fires

Summer flows ever quickly
Like fleeting poetry lines
Memories linger longer
Forever expanded

written by
Cecil Hickman

written for
Sponsor Linda-Marie The Sweetheart of P.S. 
Contest Name "FUN & FROLIC" (3 FORMS) 

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What I Feel

Feelings so intense Loving what it does to me Giving me a smile You bring such pleasure to me From the sense of your touch
Russell Sivey Theme: Touch Entrant into Brian Strand's "ABSTRACT ME" contest 1/2/2012

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O distant " Vega "
I catch your pale brilliance
with a fixed, naked eye...
as midnight's deep silence stirs
thoughts of awe and mystery!  

Written by Andrew Crisci
for Lida-Marie's contest,
" Swinging On A Star "

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Night Fall

Night falls to the sound
Of a whip-por-will, longing
Calling to a mate
Sadly there is no answer
Sadly mirrowing, my life.

~~Brian Strand posey, for the Tanka me contest

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Fifteen Years~

her broken heart disarmed
his body and soul engaged
a blend of kindred spirits
the chaos of five children
sweet bliss of Marriage Mayhem

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Summer Serenade

The morning birdsongs,
The mowing, planes in the sky;
The sound of sprinklers.
   Ice cream truck circles the block;
   The kids yelling and screaming.

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Gently Saved

     Drizzles feed her kind,
            Torrential showers would kill,
                   Sprinkles reach the mark,
                         Exceptional buds will bloom,
                               She thrives and prospers at dawn.

By: Sabina Nicole

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The Coming Spring (Tanka)

Spring is in the air
Robin sings by my window
Snow melts to puddles
Red tulip buds crest the earth
Blooming with my smiling soul

© Joseph, March 15, 2008
© All Rights Reserved

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Please Remember Me

Please remember, Please remember
Please remember Our Time together.
This time was yours and Mine
And We were wild and Free.

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Bubble Bath

bath water rises caressing my skin in warmth berry scented bliss with eyes closed, I feel weightless bubble invigoration

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Quiet Love

the curve of your lips
gentle and rose petal pink
smile like you love me
hand on my arm tenderly
rest your head on my shoulder

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Out of Reach

And how we laugh and
How we smile
And how this world was
Yours and mine.
And how no dream, was out of reach.

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Up Where We Belong

Where the bluebirds fly
Is where we will always meet
Flying ever high

To feel the presence of love
As the sun touches our brows

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Child's Dreams

How strong is it now
How mighty are the forces
The true carrier
Of such wonderment and joy
Christmas is finally here

Russell Sivey

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Lights of Night

Shining bright
above the night,
stars do twinkle
with such delight.

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Five W's and a H


Dennis is my love
Complex, direct, unrefined
Never been in love

Can I move him, make him mine
Taking his heart in my hands


It is a challenge
Teaching him all about love
He is resisting

Hiding from love, trying hard
Not to fall in love with me


We met in July
Six short months together
Love makes time fly by

He does not really know it
But his eyes, they do show it


Searching on yahoo
Personal advertisements
Looking for a friend

That is right where I came in
To be his friend and then more


I looked in his eyes
And I saw the reflection
Myself looking back

I wanted him to be mine
Just mine for all time, all mine


Plans made, my cards played
Arranging to meet him soon

Sparks flew between him and me
The rest will be our history

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You and Me

I stood by you and you stood by me.
We took each day and made it shine.
We wrote our names acroos the sky,
And I had you, and you had me.

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a passion for words
lost in thought with pen in hand
feeling euphoric
vibrant colors in my mind
observations to be shared

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swinging on a star

Each twinkle, spark and 
glitter of a shining star
outwits the dark sky
illuminating full moon
a "beauty" for my pure heart

karen croft

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Sleepless, once again,
Enjoying every moment. 
Quietly night grows.
While dreamy thoughts overflow.
Until the next dawn…

Poetic form:  Tanka
©  Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

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Powerful Light Source

Rising from the East There’s a powerful light source One that emits heat Considered symbol of day Happiness follows the sun
Russell Sivey

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This beautiful boy
is, on his tiptoes, a man.
An innocent man
with silver, wrapped gifts of words
hailing the wind, to listen...

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Morning Ritual

Glazed orange china
with dogwood branches blooming
filled with bergamot
to stain the lips in henna
warm the palms with bitter steam.

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Blue Toothed Grin

Even simple things
light a sparkle in her eyes
Lollipops in blue-
she tells me taste like sunshine
as she flashes a blue smile.

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Gifts from Ava

Shallow finger bowl
shines blue in the kitchen sun
holding sacred gifts.
Once thought of as weeds, and pulled.
Now, floating flowers, treasured.

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hope you are there

nothing else matters

now is the time to decide

this is the moment

both of us choose eachother

my hope assured forever

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Permanent hand stamp
in copper, green and silver
letting us back in
to life, to love, in shapes of
luna moth wings, fluttering.

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After Sushi...

Rice paper windows,
soften threads of perfect light
a skin to your hands
as we sip our steaming tea
and spill secrets of the day.

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Seaside Heat

Tar burnt soles and toes
sprint to the shade of the palm
Coconut brown skin
begs the clear sky for solace
but the sea ate all the clouds...

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No Other Way To Go

Synchronized feelings
Surround our very beings
Making us as one

Together, we’ll forge ahead
Hand in hand forever more

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Conquering the Sky

Pronounce me lightened,
ethereal wind in wings~
Blow my feathers thus
with slippery zippers closed
to lift me above the sky

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Upon Day

Wake me tomorrow
My time will be spent with you
Enjoying the day
Feeling the warmth of the sun
Loving and feeling complete