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lost at sea - new tanka

wind carries the cries
of lost souls departed hence.
Claimed in the white foam
of a turbulent spring tide....
St Nicholas* comforts them

* St Nicholas patron saint of sailors

penned 31 March 2015


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Castle In The Sand

Castle In The Sand

Waves besiege the shore
As crashing long lost lovers--
Lonely lions roar--
Salty cling of sultry air
Glistens as sunlight weakens...

Latte-coloured sand
Reveals waving fiddler crab
The male--his Huge hand--
Tempting females to his lair,
His deep castle in the sand.

~by deborah burch©

*Note: the fiddler crab
they mate every two weeks...the male stands outside his two-foot deep elaborate burrow in the sand (castle) and waves his very enlarged claw enticing all females who pass by...when one shows interest, she stops for a second or two...stares at him...and he goes in to his castle, comes out and repeats this a few times until she makes up her he has convinced a female, he seals the door to his castle, and there they stay...well, for a

Copyright © Deborah Burch

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Inhaling The Sea

I fly with the gull And breathe the color of salt Hear the surf's repeating song I came this way long ago And return to find my path

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick

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Spring Affair

her face growing old
lines of her eyes, ancient trees.
young lovers are  lost
her branches bend with spring tears.
young rain seeps deep in the wood.

Copyright © Tamra Amato

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Azure Silks Blown in the Wind

Floating towards new moon--
a blanket flecked in diamonds
slips over the horizon.
A sliver of light over
azure silks blown in the wind.

Copyright © Rickie Elpusan

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Castles of the Sea

Castles of the Sea

Children so carefree
Laugh while castles made of sand
Topple in the sea…
How soon shattered dreams may bring
Teardrops of maturity.

Sandra M. Haight

Contest: Open Sea - Sailing, Creatures, Treasures
Sponsor: Chase Trevi
Judged: 10/22/2015

Copyright © Sandra Haight

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Two Dolphins

two dolphins swimming 
an endless sea before them. . . . 
and love knows no bounds

always together
the dolphins follow instinct
but fun times ensue. . . . 
frolicking in rhythmic waves
they leap up to catch sun’s rays

splendid torpedo bodies
gliding gracefully along
as their world mirrors blue sky. . . . 
poetry flowing

By Andrea Dietrich
For Linda-Marie's Contest
"Fun and Frolic"

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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summer harvest sweet

summer harvest sweet
plump fruit ready for picking
a cornucopia treat
one would be wise to know how
quickly ripeness turns to rot

Copyright © Rickie Elpusan

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Poetry Shared

Ocean draws me love
Come, come relax as waves tap
Toes, pelicans, gulls

Fun floating face down
Snorkel, mask, strange ocean clown
Below fish dart, chase
Look for love, food, fun, frolic
Similiar needs_fish~humans

Love, food, fun, frolic,friendship
Fish congregate in close schools
Human congregate in needs
Needs as poetry shared

Contest:"Fun & Frolic"
Written by: Sara Kendrick

Copyright © Sara Kendrick

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Translucent Waves

On golden sands she, Naked to bare without care Translucent waves form Slowly they engage her skin Arched back, pert breasts rise and sigh .

Copyright © James Fraser

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Sea Glass

Sun-kissed sea glass,
formerly discarded trash, 
illuminates the coastline,
sparkling like brilliant gemstones,
around a supple neck.

Copyright © Valerie Staton

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After the Storm

Driftwood on white sand, adorned by coquina shells and bits of seaweed, remains of the storm's high tides -- a hurricane rage décor.
*Entry for the Tanka contest

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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The Moon and the Sea

The moon and the sea Water crashes on the shore Shines in from the moon Where waves come rushing on me Opens world of the ocean
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey

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Pisces vacation...
muscles melting in the sun
waves cradle gently
bodiless, only the now
Mother Ocean rocks her child

Copyright © Tim Ryerson

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Jaws in real life

Master of the sea
Smells blood from miles away
Swims with dominance
Sharp serrated teeth devours
Naive humans viciously

Copyright © Dustin Craig

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You are the Dead Sea

You are the Dead Sea
You just take and take and take
Never giving back
Concentrated...with your needs
Buoyancy made of your pride

The one who enters 
Cannot dive into your depths
Cannot open eyes 
To see what resides inside
To me, you are the Dead Sea

I flow with my love
I just give and give and give
I am parched and dry
Immersion is what I need
You will never be a stream

Eileen Manassian Ghali

Copyright © Eileen Manassian

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Her Last Footsteps

                                   small and frail, she labors

                                          over the sand

                                       touching the ocean

                                feeling the breeze one last time

                                 before waves of death claim her

Written on 3/16/2015
Modern Tanka Form
For Tanka 2 Poetry Contest

Copyright © Laura Leiser

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hoping for sunshine

 When the stormy sea
crashes like thunder upon
your wind tossed vessel
and lightning rips the dark  sky
all you hope for is sunshine

As the storm subsides
and the sky returns to blue
your hope will shine through
the sun will shine much brighter
As a  rainbow paints the sky


Copyright © Joseph May

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Somewhere Across the Sea

You belong to him
Wanting you the way I do
Hurts me beautiful
Far, so very far away
Come closer, come close to me…

Copyright © Tim Ryerson

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Inhaling the Sea

The scent of freedom An epic journey begins The sea to my face My back to the blowing winds Uncertainty breeds new life
penned 12/24/2013 by Wayland Bunch for Andrea's Contest One in Five: For Beauty Strive

Copyright © wayland bunch

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A Splash of love

Waves lap at their feet
As they enjoy the sunset
Walking hand in hand
Framed by love's warm silhouette
As the sun kisses the sea

Tanka 2 Contest

Copyright © Joseph May

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sea of love

deprived of full moon my love is cradled by the arms of a first star until your eyes can see through the clouds of a deep blue night
___________________________________ For Francine's Contest: Five or Less (serious)

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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on a beach

    the in/out of waves

on stony beach in sussex

   and seagulls crying ;

as a child does for the breast

 of mother, towelling dry

Copyright © Julia Ward

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Sea poetry


ai bilong nait

raunim poin, 			ikam, 	ikam

                 klostu tru nau

solwara bai tok-singsing

arere long nambis


the eye of night

bouts the point, 		        rising, rising

                      very soon now

salt-water will speak poems 

at the fringes of the shore

Copyright © Michael Dom

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Seashell Chess Tanka

Skill kisses the sand,
a game with the ocean floor;
Each move confident;
The sea tumbles with shells,
High tide reveals a check mate.

Copyright © Melani Udaeta

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Storm Watching

strong winds and rains as we watch
the waves sleight of hand
capturing then releasing
the breath of the tides

Copyright © Thomas Martin

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Sand between my toes Solitary walk on beach At one with ocean Shoes off, tights removed Perfect summer day, no cloud Quiet except waves. High tide runs for shore Bright pebbles, surf over feet Emancipation. Wet skirt around legs Vision embraced horizon Chimera moment.

Copyright © Delice Arleen Skelly

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Cruising Along The Waves, Burn,Tick-tock


White sheets billow forth
Winds drive the sale boaters out
Through deeper crowned waves
Sea-tides ‘might’ held fast by reigns
 Not complying right or left!
 BURN © Tanka 

Touch fire it does hurt 
A flame sends comfort borders  
Big fires small fires flare
Oxygen’s freeing from time
Be made aware to confine!


Sixty counts one minute
Sixty counts one hour stronger  
Counting days and nights
Mind-boggling black holes suck all
Into an infinity!

Copyright © Diane M Quinlan

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Salty Air

Warm nights by the sea Salty air enters windows Full moon's reflection Guiding light on the ocean Gentle breeze ruffles palm trees
*Entry for Francine's "Summer Nights" contest July 11, 2011 by Carolyn Devonshire

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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Sea Slaps Shore

Tanka – Sea Slaps Shore

Somber cirrus clouds
gathered in tranquil blue sky
as boisterous sea
attacked melancholy shore,
slapping it with tidal waves.

Copyright © Valerie Staton