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Freedoms Price


Bodies raining down A nations heart ripped open Savage flames assail Tomorrows, lost in ashes The blade of hate has spoken The stain of 9/11 will be forever in our hearts. It was the day a vicious wound was inflicted on our nation. We staggered, but did not fall. We survived. We are America.

Copyright © Bob Quigley | Year Posted 2011

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Southern Plantations

~Southern Plantations~ (Tanka) Magnificent great homes Fill'd of much history and beauty Majestic jewels Fill with many memories Some so good some so bad Sun is going down Ancient walls show amidt oak trees Many stand so tall Surviving time many wars Elegant homes exuding such grace Dorian Petersen Potter aka ladydp2000 Copyright@2011 May.9.2015

Copyright © Dorian Petersen Potter | Year Posted 2015

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A Ghost-Town Church

Beside the last pew, 
a chipped white collection plate.
A ghostly blessing
if you toss a modern coin
through time and the barred front door.

Copyright © Taylor Graham | Year Posted 2005

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My grandfather's name
Was given to me at birth
To honor the man
That my father never knew
Having died in World War Two

Copyright © Mark J. Halliday | Year Posted 2015

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Year of the Goat

banners rise in street
each painted silk masterpiece
a celebration
of rich colors bleeding life
ancient spirits soar tonight 

gentle goat once gray
brushed bold in crimson through time
draws fresh eyes and breath 
a thousand years preserved
to graze upon ancient hill 

for Debbie's Chinese New Year Contest, 1/24/15
inspired by Chinese silk painting

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2015

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Mutely, tearfully Swallowed up, submerged in grief Remembering calls You may leave us a message— At the sound of the tone please… Caryl Ramsdale Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved. Tanka Poetry Form September 10, 2011 ~* Please pray for those left behind on that fateful day, September 11, 2001. *~ My "heartfelt condolences" to the brave families of 911. “Remembering 9/11” poetry contest sponsored by Carolyn Devonshire ~1st Place~ 9/14/2011

Copyright © Caryl Ramsdale | Year Posted 2011

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The Great Eagle Wept

It's been a decade but it seems like yesterday the great eagle wept a world mourned in unison, fleet of souls rose to heaven
Written for the 9/11 remembrance contest

Copyright © Diane Locksley | 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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The Virtuous White Rose

--**--The Virtuous White Rose--**--

White rose is holy
Matrimony pureness of
Bond between lovers.
Blessing  to Old Rome deceased’s
Chastity and innocence.

White Rose in myth and
Legend was tainted by blood,
Made blush from kiss, thus
Made it red and made it pink
Against its pride purity.

Copyright © Abdulhafeez Oyewole | Year Posted 2013

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---land of the mighty

land of the mighty
brought to their knees in surprise
warriors far from home
remember ancient war cries
and the pierced autumn sky

* Tanka is a long form which arose from the same literary tree as haiku 
[no title, punctuation, or capitalization were used] as such, 
it should have 31 onji sounds [which are much smaller than syllables] 
so, less tha 31 syllables is preferrable.

It is a MOOD poem in which [unlike haiku] metaphor, personification,simile and 
other poetic devises maybe used in a short/long/short/long/long format. 

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2011

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In Old London Town

In old London town,
I’d walk down foggy alleys
To take a photo.
Lawyer, prince, doctor - or what?
We’d see Jack the Ripper’s face.

Jack Horne for Michael’s Close your eyes and click your heels

Copyright © jack horne | Year Posted 2011

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As Dust Settles

the sun is erased

   behind a cloud of despair-

     days froze to silence

       dust stung eyes of the earth, flags

           escaped their closets...         

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2011

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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

Copyright © Katherine Stella | Year Posted 2011

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birth, creation, dark, death, earth, history, metaphor


Very green flushed carpets
Sky blue azure topped ceilings
Tree branched sofa chairs
Mirror sea rippling four walls 
Windows and doors shut!


Infant birthing new 
Into mankind-likened modes
Start fresh from homed sights
Cultured to suckle blind
On natures ‘tested’ recollected notes
Left ‘one on one’ in thought sense!

Earth’s Time Shares  © TANKA

Earth imploding ‘noted’
Fished from science scales to date
Attention everyone
Demise for man’s brutal act
Shrinks to pin-head size! 


Caterwauling winds
Float the once settled landfills
Forming 'blocks' of sand
Balanced on set place-mats
Dwindle down to nothings. 


Salt beds remain ‘still’
Air-dried salt mines reap
Sea tides, air-dried onto land
Leave the needed salt shares
Flavour  'salted' dressings over time
Enhance life’s food plate!


Too many thoughts stockpile
Hanging words staged 'left'
Rehashed until spent
Sending 'mood-eating’ topics 
To announce ‘inner’ moon ‘tides’! 

Unity bids man
Into work managed mindsets 
Oiling the forces ‘toil’
Producing metal and brawn
Empires bleed open! 


Brain building 'strides' learnt
Leg and body builds in time
All in a heady breath count
Balanced events mate
Affecting lifespan!

Copyright © Diane M Quinlan | Year Posted 2015

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unbelieving eyes

unbelieving eyes
glued to surreal images
death and destruction 
and an ashen aftermath
terrorism had hit home

For Carolyn Devonshire's
"Remembering 9/11 Poetry Contest"

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2011

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Photo Album

collated pictures
gloss enamels folio
binder segments years
time embosses memories
as dust cloaks each weathered fold

Copyright © Stephen Parker | Year Posted 2012

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Historys Train

Forward moving train; Mystical cacophony; Draws me backwards. Riding time-tracks, I can see History reverse itself.
Written 12-16-14

Copyright © M. L. Kiser | Year Posted 2014

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Easter Lily

Easter lilies bloomed where His sweat fell to the ground hope of Christ's return a garden pure white life everlasting By Rhonda Johnson-Saunders *The Easter lily symbolizes purity, hope and life. Tradition has it that lilies were growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ's crucifixion, and lilies bloomed where his sweat fell, the hope of everlasting life.

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2012

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by the old levee
summer's caressing breezes
off the mudriver
whisper so lachrymosely
southern painful centuries

Copyright © Alvin Thomas Ethington | Year Posted 2011

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Been asleep for long
Aboard this old train of dreams,
Time to awaken
To a truth long forgotten:
The tale of the forsaken.

Copyright © Marissa Faries | Year Posted 2015

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For G.W. Bush

"imminent danger"
a democracy by force,
media in fear.
decisions based on terror,
how to deceive a Nation.

Copyright © dennis lee | Year Posted 2006

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Guardian Spirits

the chill of  tombstone
resists the fall of jade lawn
cross entrusted perch
eagle guardian spirit  
haunt the field of past mourning

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2011

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far across country
smoke drifts..cries reverberate
sitting  mesmerized
bewildered, mutely frightened
taste word...terrorist

No. 1 in Carolyn's contest.

Copyright © Joyce Johnson | Year Posted 2011

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The dragon eats land
Steps on other people´s right
And we say nothing 
Because once it was wronged
Can´t speak ill of the ogre
The dragon spews fire 
Over anyone who seeks redress 
To get what is theirs 
And slowly the world awakes 
The monster a perilous fiend   

Copyright © jan oskar hansen | Year Posted 2013

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november the fifth-
layered rolls of liquid fog
envelope the bonfire-
the party becomes a
damp squib

Copyright © Brian Strand | Year Posted 2007

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it’s a given
old people are forgetful
every one says so
most old people will listen
and so they are infected

when one gets older
one naturally slows down
every one says so
most old people will listen
and their minds are infected

these few listened too
deaf beethoven wrote his ninth
einstein listened
verdi – 80 – wrote falstaff
they called it miraculous

the old just wither
they just wait around to die
listen to the crowd
some greats, too were listening
but it’s what they listened to

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2013

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(A Double Tanka) You know the secrets You were there long before me Yes, you know them all When time was so young and old Your knowledge no man can just own Your quest is profound It definies time all the way You peel the layers, From their roots to their surface, You know so well the secrets Dorian Petersen Potter aka ladydp2000 copyright@2014 October,31,2014

Copyright © Dorian Petersen Potter | Year Posted 2014

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New Jersey

Camp Evans of fame,
“The Wizard of Menlo Park”,
 Revolution`s Cross...
Cape May sunset, Jersey Shore 
 Mirrors of Spring, Oswego

Copyright © Ovidiu Bocsa | Year Posted 2012

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Evil Came Calling

                                                 evil came calling
                                               creating devastation
                                                     unholy fury
                                            unleashed on the innocent
                                         the world stood still in dismay

For Carolyn Devonshire's
"Remembering 9/11" contest

Copyright © Kim Merryman | Year Posted 2011

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New Jersey

Lenni-Lenape smokes
still climb Appalachians
To dream the Passaic`s Great Falls, 
the banks Delaware,Hudson,
and Long Island Sound`s echo.

Copyright © Ovidiu Bocsa | Year Posted 2012