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Rain Dance

We smile, it's raining Jovial in dancing joy Soaked to the skin Warm hearth welcomes us Naked to bare, towelling Goosebumps diminish Pillows, rugs, two lie Face to face, lips now caress We, attraction flows Candles flickering Undulating shadows grace Unification .

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' The Power of A Poet ... ' 32nd Senryu

‘The Power Of A Poet’      32nd  Senryu

        Look How Devoted
       The Power of A Poet
    See How Words Spoke It

This Poem is My Tribute to:

Carolyn Devonshire (The Dove)
and James (The Highlander) Fraser
for your Powerful collaboration on:

      Mother Nature's Revenge

        It Was Truly Awesome


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Thought Tumbler

Shiny in confines
ricocheted thoughts tumble on
and emerge as gems.

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Overcome by your...
shivering cold rancid breath
Death lies beside me
3rd Place Winner Brian Strand's Contest # 183 June 2012

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' Language Lesson Learned ... ' 59th Senryu

‘ Language Lesson Learned … ’   59th  Senryu

    I Don’t ‘ Speak ’ Evil
I Don’t ‘ Understand ’ Wicked
    Translation … Ended

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I'm Cleaning Up My Act

<                                        amidst thy shell's core

                                          healing of ones soul begins

                                         with .........  wholesome cleansing 





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My Momma's Words

Figures do not lie
So true, though also is this
Liars can figure

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Unshackled Souls

Uplifting the soul
Pay tribute to saving lives
Not shackling those in need

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Indian Tales

When night settled down
Pow-wows rose to a climax
Giving the world joy

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envy at our birth
The true poison of this earth
dooms the chance of mirth

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Car Wash Line

Car wash running hot
Backed up around the next block
Car in front just clunked

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Sign Language

No shouting at all
If let little fingers speak
Deaf hears, loud and clear

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Maltese Maiden

This dark haired beauty Whose romantic words grace us Our Maltese Maiden

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' Devonshire and Fraser ... ' 44th Senryu

‘ Devonshire and Fraser … ’      44th   Senryu

Some Poems, Highland Fling
Kilt-Clad-Portrait, Scotland’s Theme
The Laird of Sweet-Dreams

Devonshire, The Dove
A Vision Of Light and Love
Highland, Speaks Well Of …

Together They Write
All Combinations Delight
Deep Thinkings, With Might

For:          The Dynamic-Duo of Poetry Soup
      James Fraser and Carolyn Devonshire – ( 2 Scoops)
                  You’re In My Must Read Group …

                              Your Poet-Friend,
                                             The  MoonBee

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Natural Reflection

Just like a flower
Sunshine stimulates her face
Sparkling with love

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Natural Creation

Stepping from the ash
Indigenous people speak
Rising with the sun

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Love Song

I love you so much
I will sing you a love song
And hope you love me 

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The Mighty Hulk

He is turning green…
Someone just made him real mad—
Keep the man happy!

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said Jill and Tanya

  fireworks in the night
are they only in my mind?
  july  fourth migraine

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Season of Peace

Mean spiritedness
Shall not prevail this season
Peace to all mankind

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the flying saucer

                                            the flying saucer
                                 missing my head by an inch
                                            did you notice it?

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His Faith

Faith is evidence
Inner substance of our souls
God fulfilling needs

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Beautiful Words

beautiful words- 
poet prowls
for the pen

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The Subtle Knife

Beg for sadness, end
Fighting, a castrated peace
Open cuts, betray

©Drake J. Eszes

"Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity." -Carlin

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Hands toward gold sky
Their penitence proclaimed, blinded
Horse not high enough

©Drake J. Eszes

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Human Race

The concept of life
so awesome the theory
people stuff it up.

Copyright 2011
Harry J Horsman 2011

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Quit Running

mom say's
quit running !!!!

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' Do The Math ... ' ( 35th Senryu )

‘Do The Math … ’      35th   Senryu

          Defeating Censure
   Thru All My Years of Tenure
       Tells You … ‘ Go Figure ! ‘

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Patriotic Bliss

patriotic bliss--
when all Americans know 
national anthem

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Us and Them

Butterfly wings spread grasping the freedom of life's opportunities * Needless wanton hurt shows in many shapes and forms abhors my inner <*>

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with patriotic glee

with patriotic 
glee, for love of their country,
all Americans

emptied their accounts,
piggy banks and all, to help
pay their nation's debt

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at the park’s big zoo cute chimps and apes jump and scream like humans …striving through them I see me surviving by first instinct
but I have no tail ???
© copyright _________________ Contest: John Freeman’s Natural and Beyond

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Two Worlds Colliding

ONE five-minute break
at work playing games, mistake

butterfly dreams cease
cocoon gone in a heartbeat
catepillar weeps

For Russell's "Two Worlds Colliding" contest
Black Eyed Susan

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unfinished phrases
        hanging on throats of pained love  `  `  ` 
                      distant mouths silent

black winds bite
     empty endings spill
           in sewers,
               old vows wilt
                        dissolving life's tenderness ` ` `
                             hearts sliced in rough stone

rainfall parts breaths
             ravens wearing dying  cloaks ` ` `
                        pale stardusts, farewell

*senryu /shardoma/haiku combination
© copyright


Brinan Strand's Up to 14
By: nette onclaud

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Liar Liar Pants On Fire

<                              the great ....  deceiver
                                practices artful ....  falsehood  
                                bold .... assumptions

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Why Not Everyday

a vacation is
a time to hug family
and friends.  celebrate!

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Love is Not Blind

a blind old woman fondles bark on ancient oak where two names were carved
* * For Contest sponsored by Black-Eyed Susan

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monkey in a tree

monkey in a tree
monkey do what monkey see. . . .
he's irreverent

human on the ground
once was lost- but to be found. . . .
mankind can repent

For john freeman's "Natural and Beyond!! Poetry Contest"

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deaf woman watching
many motions of their mouths
hurricane's eye words

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Word power

Lighter than dry leaves
the capacity to burn;
held in what you say.

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Death of the Bride of a Frankenstein

His lovely monster

Stitched and gilded fell apart

From his staunch patterns

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blanket of white stretched
backlash of society

Written for

Sponsor Charles Henderson 
Contest Name haiku vs. senryu 

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the heat 
of passion flames
a goose is cooked

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That Sucks

<                                     on your own death bed 
                                       you couldn't even admit ........
                                       that you were married

Entry For Paula Swenson's Contest 
Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right
G.L. All

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softly breathes the wind
    collecting sprigs of twilight

            …moon deepens gold mist

within quiet space

    flesh of petal lips collides

        …turning love skyward 


Contest of Russell Sivey: Two Worlds Colliding 
by nette onclaud

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' Golden Harvest ... ' 40th Senryu

    Golden, Full Moon Shone
On All The Harvest, That’s Grown
    Welcome In Our Home

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Power of the mind

Hidden jealousy 
Her prolifc synthesis
Harsh subtle chaos

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But A Dream

A surprise to me
Your heart full of love and joy
Magnificent dream

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Menacing Moms

<                                     just look at my son ...
                                 down to size of thirty two
                                 ....    fencing hackling

                                      meat and potatoes ...
                                   leftovers from my mother
                                 ...  well isn't that special

                                     eat sleep and ... running
                                     thats all I will ever see
                                   ...  glad father isn't here

Written by Katherine Stella
For Dr Rams IN-LAWS Contest
Gl All

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a lonely walk

a lonely walk while
shoulders brush on crowded streets
get out of my way

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Holiday Frolics

Holiday Frolics
Shoppers walk to tunes;
Mall’s cacophony rings loud,
Santa listens well.

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The World Today

A people's movement

against the oligarchies,

wounding public trust...


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Putting together parts

Now there's a puzzle

connecting the trivial,

what a house of cards...


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The Kids of Divorce

Mom and Dad divorce; the kids are damaged for life; but some are relieved.

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Urging Approach

I glimpse, she naked Tanned, excited to pert Curvaceousness lures In urging approach Whispering kisses befall Hands to waists, eyes meet Wandering, roaming Exploring in joyous thrive Declaring pairing .

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Driving in the rain
Slippery road, we hit car
Person hurt his neck.

©  Kathy Mary Gillet
©  January 15, 2007 All Rights Reserved

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Empty Shoes

I see empty shoes

stories waiting to be heard

lonely hearts and minds

(April 6, 2011 Wausau, Wisconsin USA)

(c) Copyright 2011 by Christine A Kysely, All Rights Reserved

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Smile and Frown contest

Of strangers
Passing by.

From the known
Passing through.

By: Sabina Nicole
Contest: smile and frown
Written: 8/22/12

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Politicans Take Heed.

Pass your laws
do not work
live like us

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Smiles and Frowns

light reflecting light. . . my face becomes a mirror when I am smiled at cold countenances and man's inhumanity make my mouth turn down For Michael J. Falotico's Contest: "What Makes You Smile, What Makes You Frown"

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Earth Angel

Earth’s Angel
Her salient wings glowed;
With love she cradled wild world,
All rested in peace.

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A Cry For Help

Scary obsession
and based in insanity
A stalker extreme

This senryu is about one individual who sincerely needs mental assistance. More info can be seen at and if you'd like to help, please check out Thank you!

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I Don't Give A Hoot

<                             beneath swollen moon
                               silhouttes conjoinment dance
                               hooting escalates  

Entry For
Sensuous Senryus

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You Are My Sunshine

<                             covered chocolate
                       bursting ......  cherry implosions
                               over pallets tongue

                                a bit of sunshine
                         waiting for the right peeler ....
                             orange ya glad its you

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Colour Blindness

We see only skin
that protects the inner soul...
like reading one's mind

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She Knows How To Use Them

Purely ones learning For today, it's about legs So lets spread the word .

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' Edgar Allan Poe ... ' (Classical-Tribute) 64th Senryu

‘Edgar Allan Poe … ’ (Classical-Tribute)  64th  Senryu

     Edgar Allan Poe ...
Master of Scary Suspense
   Tortured Ambience

The Raven … The Pit and The Pendulum
House of Usher … Annabel Lee , etc. 
(“She Walks In Beauty, Like The Night”)
     one of my favorite poetry-lines

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' The Pied Piper and The Tiger ... ' 67th Senryu

‘ The Pied Piper and The Tiger … ’  67th  Senryu

 Both:  The Pied Piper
The Lady Or The Tiger …
Readers Picks … Either …

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People come and go
Rush, rush, rush until night's end
Another day passed

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Senryu Explicit v: Porn

Enlarged obsession, pictured odors of desire. Too bad, they are flat.
November 16, 2008

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God is the excuse
used by people everywhere
to condone murder.

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' Lord Alfred Tennyson ...' (Classical-Tribute) 62nd Senryu

‘ Lord Alfred Tennyson … ’ (Classical-Tribute)  62nd  Senryu

       Tennyson Thundered
‘ The Charge Of The Light Brigade ’
      Salutes … Six-Hundred

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' Ask Yourself ... ' 72nd Senryu

‘Ask Yourself … ’  72nd   Senryu

 Have You Ask Yourself ? …
Just What If It’s Really True ...
GOD … His Son … and You ?

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Thanking Jesus Christ

thanking Jesus Christ
a turkey on thanksgiving
why not everyday?

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A cold heart wounded--
glacial tears falls on the ground,
and shatters about

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When Colors Fade

once colors portrayed him :)
so taken in....
faded they became :(

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Purest White Season - Senryu

So Bright : Silken White
Human Angels in HIS Light...
Father Time ; Stands  Still 

Inspired by “SweetHeart”, Linda-Marie’s Contest
                    “ Seasons Senryu “

     A Tribute to " Winter " my chosen Season

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Pathos, Gusto, and Crimson Taste.

Chameleon, this tongue.
Coloring words to convey
emotion's spectrum.

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House of WEED

Aromas, green, sweet
Enter through doorway now 
S—sick horror can’t breathe 

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Smart hair cut and suit
could you trust such a man whos
shoes are not polished

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' More Will Rise ...' 71st Senryu

‘ More Will Rise … ’  71st  Senryu

  They Shoot Messengers
They Cannot Kill The Message
   More Rise, To Tell It ! …

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Both are called dogs

A dog eat dog                                                                                                        worlds apart seperate names                                                                                         honor among fleas

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happy children sing
filled with holiday delight-
dunce in teacher's clutch

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Disco Ball

Disco Ball
Frenetic feet tap;
Across the room
Shy boys gather,
First dance jitters crawl.

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the Daily Planet

       Radical summer
watching the worst of the world,
    holding on to hope

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The Rush Job

emergency room such doctoral confusion medication goof © Joseph, 4/20/08 © All Rights Reserved

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' Alfred Noyles ... ' (Classical-Tribute) 63rd Senryu

‘Alfred Noyles … ’ (Classical-Tribute)  63rd   Senryu

   Alfred Noyles’ Poem Rings
‘The Highwayman’, Came Riding
   … Still Gets Me Crying …

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His Baptism

God blessing His saints
As they walk through the fire
With His baptism

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' Movie Reel ... ' 52nd Senryu

‘ Movie Reel … ’      52nd   Senryu

                   Your Movie Life Real ?
                   DVD, Celluloid Wheel
                 ... Or Film For His Will

( Ok, Back To Transformers and G. I. Joe Movies - LOL)

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' Politics & Religion ... ' 68th Senryu

‘ Politics & Religion … ’  68th  Senryu

People Say Don’t Talk
  Politics or Religion
  Every Topic: Both …

Whether, It's Making Love,
or Making Money, Family, Crime,
Songs, Our Poems, Our Lives, How We Live It
All, Are Defined by and Every Topic Lists It &
Comes Back To:

What We Believe In and ---       Religion
What We Can Achieve and ----- Politics
Who Will Help Us Achieve It ...   Religion or Politics

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' Guess Who's Coming To Dinner - (1)...' 69th Senryu

‘ Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner – (1) … ’  69th  Senryu

    Just Ask Gomer Pyle ...
' Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner ? '
    Big,  “Surprise, Surprise !”

(Also, One Of My Past Favorite TV Shows)

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On Government Spies

on government spies
kill or be killed is the rule,
same for terrorists

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Senryu Explicit ii: Hermaphrodite

His pants on his toes wondering what he's holding - a nest or a bird?
November 16, 2008

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' A Snake In The Grass ... ' 19th Senryu

‘ A Snake In The Grass … ’    19th Senryu

    A Snake In Tall Grass
Strikes, Bites and Cruelly Laughs …
     ‘ Did It Hurt’  It Asp

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On their wedding day,
Red roses decorate church-
Love fills the sweet air.

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Experts know it all,
	Egos so big they disrupt
		Help they could give - me

Written September 23, 2012
For Black-Eyed Susan’s contest
“Senryu- no nature poems”

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Conversation heats
Anger flashes suddenly
Then violence erupts

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the more I say
the more I reveal
vulnerability increases exponentially

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' Prettiest Picture ... ' 49th Senryu

‘ Prettiest Picture … ’      49th  Senryu

    Innocence Lovely
Pretty Picture,  Ever See
    Is My Grandbaby

  ( oooooohhh, Kisses, Kisses, Hugs, Hugs
       Oh How Fast, They Do Grow Up !  )

         A  Happy-MoonBee - (smile)

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' Kept Light On ... ' 46th Senryu

‘ Kept Light On … ’      46th  Senryu

      He Left The Light On …
So, We Could Find Our Way Home
     Look Up, Before Gone …

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Target Located

Your anger rains down
On me like asteroids, I 
Prepare for impact


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Senseless killings done
Trying to prove a belief
Pointless in the end

Terrorism is plain stupid-JEB

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Massive Mockery

Says “I am Christian”
and then proceeds with death threats
What would Jesus do? 

(my response to the death threats put out by Christians to atheists over the WTC cross lawsuit)

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Some folks don't know half,
as much as they think they do;
And some know too much.

                                Judy Ball

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to think they know more about YOU than you know about YOURSELF?

Wouldn't it be nice if we all just minded our own business instead of talking about everyone else's.?

For Sayings Of Wisdom Contest by John Freeman

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He left, 
I feel empty,
my soulmate...

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Thin line of justice
in substantial evidence...
guilty or guiltless.

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Glass Flute

Vaporized dreams rise,
In the smoke of evilness:
Crack fiend musician.

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Evolution Morn

one taut line drawn---
           old blood versus new blood---

                            evolution morn

Inspired by "Breaking Dawn"

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' One Sin, 'Never' Forgiven ... ' 47th Senryu

‘ One Sin, Never Forgiven … ’      47th  Senryu

   Please Pay Attention:
One Sin, ‘ Never ’ Forgiven …        (  Matt.  12: 31  &  Mark  3: 29 )
 Watch Out, Keep Living ! …

     Examples of Those Who Commited It :  The Devil, (Liar) Adam (Accepted The Lie)
                                                               Eve (Believed The Lie) and Judas (Joined The Lie)

 (Please, Please, Don't Lie On God)

                      Your Poet-Human, Sis ...   


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I sit quietly,
Enjoying tranquility,
Healing peace at last.

The birds sing sweetly.
Bees and butterflys abound.
Dragonflys come too.

Then he finds me here.
Bringing endless monologue.
What's wrong with the world.

All day every day.
Time really doesn't matter.
We're here together.

It starts when he wakes,
It ends when he goes to bed.
Never changing --- SIGH.

                                         Judy Ball

Aug. 19,2011
For Morning, Noon Or Night Senryus Contest by Francine Roberts

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Glass Gal

Shattered and broken
she stands on the precipice
frightened and alone

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' William Shakespeare ... ' (Classical-Tribute) 65th Senryu

‘ William Shakespeare … ’ (Classical-Tribute)  65th  Senryu

   One and Only Clear …
   He’s Poetic-Theatre
Oh, William Shakespeare ! …

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Fractal Proportions...

      Synthesis to whole

    crystallization process

     body,mind and soul...

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Curious Conundrum

How does one go on
knowing pain caused to others
yet closes ones eyes?

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In a manner of speaking

Hawaiians speak like Soft rain falling…Asians talk Like popcorn popping ---------------------------------------------------- Germans sound angry. French… like clearing their throat…Mutes Say nothing of note!

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Bothersome Bird-woman

That one sweet moment
when the harpy's song is gone
Peace, once again, reigns

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reflecting the mob
Celebrity’s sunglasses  

denied acquaintance

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Dante's Dame

Constantly stalking
the harpy again returns
ugly, shrill and vile

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Got a Bite?

Casting the tongue line
to humanity's green sea-
Compliment fishing.

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Old soul, new body
Showing skills from a past life
Skills stored in the soul

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Bright lights, busy streets-
Always something going on,
Kids love playground swings.

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White Lie

the gift just arrived
yes I really love it she says
looking for a receipt

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Breaking World Records

breaking world records…
the world sportsman of the year,
drugs related feat?

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So Predictable

so predictable:
political maneuvers
by the left and right

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sagging baggy pants

sagging baggy pants
below buttocks reveal an 
insecure person

so pull them up, hide
your offensive parts, find your
purpose for living

become more secure
by using your talents to
make a better world

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A Juicy Kiss

Georgia peaches,
sweet and juicy,
tongue licking.

Pleasure’s nectar,
inside my mouth,
teasing taste buds.

Like your tongue
inside my lips
when we kiss.

© October 29, 2011
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

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Senryu Explicit vi: Beds

Covers uncovers skins of mostly selfish acts – four-cornered romance
November 16, 2008

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The Match

advanced knight pawn blocks
different tics on their clocks…
chessmen in a box

Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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Winter senryu

Many people dread,
The crisp, white snow that comes falling,
Some people may love.


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Still In America

Nazi swastika
on condemned church building
paint dried while running

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Madness Defined

It’s deep, dank and dark
that rabbit hole you have found
your mind has shattered

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home sweet turmoil

troops are returning
to a country in turmoil
with its debt ceiling

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As a Lie Grows

as a lie grows, so
does the internal turmoil
of its inventor

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masked criminal life

so honorable,
yet stripped of rank and honors:
masked criminal life

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short nature poems

short nature poems
ignite a haiku morning –
creates division

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' Sara Kendricks - Senryu ... ' 48th Senryu

‘ Sara Kendricks - Senryu … ’      48th  Senryu

     Sarah: Means Princess              ( Gen.  17:  15  )
   She Was Abraham’s Mrs.
 … Faithful, Like Kendricks  …

   Shine Your Light Too, Sara
   Children Are Almost Home …

              Your Poet-Sis 


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Can You Help Me I'm Lost

lost and weary soles
looking for their better half
at Auschwitz bone yard

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Malady Lady

Blackened and twisted,
she spews words full of hatred
in her cries for help

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A Lie or Not

if George Washington 
never told a lie, neither has
Anthony Weiner

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The button now pressed ¬~ In modern melted mould, we ~¬~ now die, a spent race ¬~

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Insanity swirls
the crashing waves engulf her
While the world watches

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The Human

Under time ripped clouds,
The changing skin of Gaea,
Holds the selfish one.

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The laughing forest

golden is silence                                                                                                           the tree did not understand                                                                                             it fell no one heard

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The Diet

dainty bites adorn
tantalizing emptied guests
fat me stands haunting

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Budget Victory Run

victorious run
Lincoln Memorial steps--
budget agreement

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wisest ones see all 
others without rose tone shades-
wishing blindness yield

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In The Dog House

The Dog House
Caught, he lied to her;
His ebullient smile said all,
On the couch he sleeps.

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We are mere insects
When thrown up against Nature.
It will squish us all.

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the sticker

if I bought a star                                                                                                          gem's paid the admission                                                                                                would beams be less light

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Senryu Explicit iv: Prostitutes

Friendly neon lights. Friendlier lords of midnight. Unfriendly bed thrusts.
November 16, 2008

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Pulled the Trigger

Bullet wounds
The criminal shoots down his
First targets

How dare you
Shoot them uncontrollably
CHAOS grows .  .  .

Don’t shoot it!
The victims are running mad
And you pulled

The trigger
I’m terrified of your strength
DROP IT, man ! ! !

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Watching A Movie

watching a movie 
in a theater, with girlfriend
my heart’s beating fast

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History Revisits

It’s here once again
Some will lose fewer will win
A Great Depression

By Robb A. Kopp

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Lady Holi'Day - 
"I Love You, Porgie/Don't let 
them take Me/..." her lush 

sad-voice, coarsed & closed 
& the '40's "Strange Fruit" All 
and I am White, Shame!

                             (Revised- To Haiku/Senryu - 1.19.MMviii.)

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No Lies

Of our persuasion of truth
Negates any lie

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That September Day in 2001

Two thousand seven Hundred and fifty victims Murdered, Rest in Peace My entry into Nathan's 9-11 contest

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Dense Minds Think Alike

Aggravated Mind!
Exacerbated and Tried!
Alleviation Sigh~

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Vicious gossip reigns
Among lies and social games.
One thing man must change.

© August 13, 2010
 Dane Smith-Johnsen

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Long Summer Days Soon

She had a baby
today.  She's only sixteen.
Long summer days soon.

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' Personality ... ' 22nd Senryu

‘ Personality ’   22nd   Senryu 

     No  Morality ?
… TV  Technicality
      Sad Reality …

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Confliction of Casey

Casey Anthony
looks as conflicted as the
evidence given

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Insanity Ne'er Wanes

Silence has fallen
but we have been tricked before
Don't let your guard down

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Midst the oceans calm
Together deeply in love
Our passion blocks night

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' Generous Words ... ' 18th Senryu

‘ Generous Words … ’   18th Senryu

      Love … is A Give-Word
   God … is A Generous Word
       Forgive … Says It All

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Early Bird

wake early each day

opportunity awaits 

slumber gets nothing.....

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threshold adornment… 
           customized love
                    awaits caressing touch

Written for

Sponsor Andrea Dietrich 

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The air is heavy With the weight of old friendships Breathe in memories...

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A New Day for Egypt

protests for freedom
twitter, facebook, cell phones brought
new day for Egypt

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Pounding Hearts Press On

Middle East unrest:
longing for democracy--
pounding hearts press on

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Unfriended Again

Unfriended Again!!

Very sad that it was you.

Happy Trails my friend.

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She Knew What She Wanted

she knew what she had.
she knew what she wanted--stole
the money and ran

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Striking Back

'oft born of abuse
hate grows to a bitter cramp
red-handed it ends

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dealing with humans
oft leaves me feeling as though
they are dried seaweeds

cold of bright spirit
clammy with the residue
of having brushed life

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Senryu Explicit iii: The Unprotected

Flesh-only loving – mimick heavens from the start then hell afterwards.
November 16, 2008

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One in the hand

seek and you shall find                                                                                                              the greatest treasure found us                                                                                            the truth a given

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Have We Met Before

Have we met before?
I'm sure I recall your face
Empty eyes respond

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then creditors came

she worshipped money
clinched it 'til the day she died;
then creditors came

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in the dark of night

in the dark of night
they found the  most wanted man
and his life's details

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Hidden Images

hidden images 
chatting through the internet,
meeting of the minds

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hope for crescent

darkened half moons--
rings beneath the eyes--
hope for crescent

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Do The Rumba

down by the sea shore -
silhouette conjoinment dance -
under cloud's cluster

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Krak des Chevaliers

So many years standing
This medieval castle
Crusader fortress

    This fortress was made a World Heritage Site in 2006. The fortress is one
of the few sites where Crusader art (in the form of frescoes) has been preserved

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' Orbit Gum ... ' 28th Senryu

‘ Orbit Gum … ’   28th   Senryu 

       A Devious Tongue
    Is Not A Dry-Witty One
   Just Dirt and Mouth-Scum

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Tomoe motif

ellipsis of words                                                                                                     commas  swirling  jewel                                                                                             jaded man earth sky

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For You

I made something quite
Special for you mom and dad
For Christmas this year.

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the weather was good

the weather was good
until you brought dark clouds--now 
I am raining tears

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The Cracked Glass Mirror

the cracked glass mirror 
gets more images of me,
than a whole new one

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Senryu Explicit i: Of Surgeries

Just like black to white – resulting from anxiety and all that money!
November 16, 2008

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Sensory disfunction ( naga-uta )

opposed quality and form
our eye's can fool us...

Contradiction speaks
opposed word choice inflection
our ear's can fool us...

Conventional truth
learned behavior mounts as,
our mind can fool us...

Indifference comes
vibratory energy
collective magnet...

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Hard-drive Data of Congress

all congressmen asked
the forensics team to view
their hard-drive data

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His hopes for the race,
Rode in the saddle of Pride.
The horse fell down.

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Prevailing Purpose

Offering respite
for all skeptical thinkers,
godlessness prevails.

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Age before Beauty

age before beauty -
knowing the truth about men
I begin to laugh

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Constant 'wooshing' noise
Through a broken car window
Driving me insane

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Plastic Modesty

Snap a photograph And don't flinch You know you're perfect

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NEWSFLASH: Charmer in Jail

charmed four wives--same time;
loved each 'til  her cash dried up--
charmer in jail now

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Teachers and Students

At the eyes' corners
Such motley pupils hangout
For others' glimpses.

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What Are You Waiting For

this wait
has alway's
meant never

Tribute To Martin Luther King

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First Stones Cast

The first stones were cast
Not at the dirty woman
But their dusty feet.

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' Thankful ...' 41st Senryu

Thankful, For Earth-Love …
  Life … Also Family Of …
   So … All The Above

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Be Careful Out There

be careful out there
there are cameras near you
that showcase your life

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Street Urchins

coins drop palm to palm
a lively tune she dances~
we applaud loudly

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Too much of any, 
known thing can have toxic-
-city. Don't try it!

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Long John Silvers

Seafood like fast food
Fish, hushpuppies, and scallops
Long John Silvers? Wow!

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' Can't Scratch The Surface ... ' 27th Senryu

‘ Can’t Scratch The Surface … ’   27th   Senryu 

         Those, Who Like To Pick
    Try to Stick, Like Lice and Ticks
        … Get Rid-X, Real Quick !

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Fabricated or Induced illness, elicit Attention seeker Sympathy drawn by Parent, guardian or spouse Munchhausen Syndrome

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Rainy Days

During rainy days,
We relax with Indie songs,
As rain drops make music

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She Did Not Tell Him

she did not tell him
because he would repeat it
after he heard it

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Balloons in the Hands of Children

Floating on a string
Daring escapes from happy
Innocent clutches

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Miss Cheater

Your man's Mr. Good
But your panties are wet from
Some other man's wood.

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' Mama's Foot (or Giant Step For Mankind ...' 37th Senryu

A Warm Heart, Cold Feet
Girl Told Guy, Now Marry Me …
… Kick Him In His Seat !

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Sin Invaded His Soul

Defenseless, he prayed
"O God Forgive me, I let
sin invade my soul."

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'he was once the king'

~*~ he was once the king cheesy picture art display Elvis on velvet ~~**~~ ~*~

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Did They Advertise

Did Oscar Mayer
advertise since the Weiner
twitter scandal broke?

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A Valley of Pain

greed gives you pleasure
for a fleeting moment, then
a valley of pain.

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First Dance

Her father did loom
She floated across the room...
Toes bruised by the groom

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If You are Dirty

if you are dirty
why do you want to corrupt
others with your dirt

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Wait for nine months
Then work so hard in labor
There's your cute baby.

written Fall 2004
while student @ ULM

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facing a new day

wake up knowing you
are only one in billions
facing a new day

go to sleep thankful
you survived another day--
numerous did not

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I'll Never Forget

i’ll never forget…
the September skies, wrapping
innocent spirits

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Money and power
from mere words and promises
made and then broken..

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Empty Plate Broken

          Earth to shake,earthquake
     crevice filled with more than rock
           filled with what is naught

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1984- - - The Monitor

The Monitor

Behind The Painting

Watches Our Love.

From the Book/Movie "1984" by George Orwell
for the Senryu movie book scene contest.

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Sesquipedalian term
Means to make worthless 

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'Tis a cow'rd indeed
Who does not have the courage.
To say, "I'm afraid."

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Power of Love

Roses lay crumbled
Uttered insincerities
Silenced by my love 

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A Friendly Bishop

A friendly Bishop…
In Angel’s weary eyes lies 
The color of sin

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He Became Insane

he was sane until
he was charged with a crime; then
he became insane

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The Painting On The Wall

A gothic painting…
Of unknown spirits, staring
I shiver in fears

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Ying Yang

(Ying Yang)
Stagnant was his life;
Her capricious habits grew,
His ying was her yang

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Positioning Time

each congressman is
positioning himself for
re-election time

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Good Sex

You screwed me hard.
'Til I screamed your name real loud.
I came-now, you're gone.

Wrote Fall 2004
made it mild for poetrysoup because no profanity is allowed
while student @ University of Louisiana-Monroe

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They just freak you and
Leave without telling you their
Freaking true feelings.

Wrote Fall 2004
made it mild for poetrysoup because no profanity is allowed
while student @ University of Louisiana-Monroe

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Night People

At ten in the morn,
The telephone rings loudly.
Ignore it and sleep

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' Mimicry ...' 23rd Senryu

‘ Mimicry ’   23rd  Senryu 

        Is That Mimicry ? …
Yeah ! … A Caged, Enraged Polly
          Parrot-Parody !

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The Treasurer

Thirty silver coins
Identified with a kiss
The secret of God.

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' Can She Pick 'Em ... ' 26th Senryu

‘ Can She Pick ‘Em … ’   26th   Senryu 

Boy, Can She Pick ‘Em !
From Machiavelli-Boyfriend

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their birth certificates

who seeked proof of his birth, sent
their birth certificates

to the supreme court
to verify that they were
legal citizens

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' The Weed ... ' 13th Senryu

‘ The Weed ’   13th Senryu

    A Weed-Like, Sick Plant
Roots to Shoots and Rise to Rant …
      Infectious, Like That

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Cal Ripken

Consecutive games 
Played in diamond crested pain
An iron will of fame

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My Wife

My Wife
She combs her brown hair;
Sun coruscates through the blinds,
She warms my chilled soul.

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Cities of Refuge

Perpetrators who Commit manslaughter could claim Asylum, if found Innocent after Trial. This was the case in Ancient kingdoms like Israel, Judah And others. They came to be Cities of Refuge

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' Clearly Grace ... ' 42nd Senryu

  Yeah, Can’t Wait To Taste
But, Before We Feed Our Face …
     Get A Glass Of Grace

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Braided Undercurrents

Entwined finger roots
cracking pain in concrete threads
Slow and quiet strength.

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   she truly loves tea,
   but he prefers Nescafe,
   goodbye, wedding day!

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Dog Walkers

People walking dogs
Should always carry a scooper
Dog doo is stinky

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Hershey, PA

Dutch flowers painted
bright on barns to welcome us
to chocolate country.

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Thou, one who feeds thy

              Satisfaction by eating
Thy scruples…Callous

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Unpleasant Thirst

Lover defined sweet
Taking me beyond
My bitter end

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Apple Of My Eye

apple of my eye
fourteen and keeps on growing
mama loves you Jen

Tribute To My Jenny
Mama Loves You Peanut

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Summer Pool

Summer Pool
Bikini time fun;
hanging ten by the cool pool,
grinning men enjoy.

Summer Season Senryu

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Soldiers Coming Home

soldiers coming home
unwanted war continues
inside their worn heads

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Thanksgiving Alliteration (Senryu)

Living and laughing Gathering, gleaming in grace Thanksgiving today! © Joseph 11/22/07 © All Rights Reserved Author’s Comments: The Japanese Senryu format has three lines as follows: the first has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third five syllables. The pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The Senryu is about an emotional expression, human nature, and things in the human realms which maybe satiric or humorous.

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' Complicated ' 5th Senryu

‘ Complicated ’

Give Me Crème-Fill-Cake
Complicated Cookies Bake
Nuts, That I Can’t Take ! ...

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Young Wife Is Calling

young wife is calling
your enemy at the gate
what comes to your mind?

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Control The Skies

heat of the battle dog fighters command the sky top gunning air force © Joseph, 1/22/08 © All Rights Reserved Comments: I wanted to be an air force fighter pilot when I inquired into joining ROTC in college. They informed me that I didn't have 20/20 vision at the time and was not selected. As a result, I switched to Army ROTC and had a wonderful time with twenty-one years of meritorious service.

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Go Out, Be Happy

go out…
touch the sun, see the life in China
be happy

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pain is not my life
and neither is my pleasure
mind is my measure

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Complex Beings

Men; complex beings
I do not understand them
Clear insanity!

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smiling chameleon
greedily slithers away
deaf to children's sobs

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He has nothing left
The "needers"? took and banked all--
Nicest man around

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' Argumentative ... ' 25th Senryu

‘ Argumentative ’   25th   Senryu 

        Argumentative …
… Just Like Being Derisive
    Need, More Laxatives

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Hawaiian Sand

Feet on black beaches
bits of history, lava sand
igniting burnt soles.

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The Descent (Senryu)

descend from the clouds
while blasting enemy lines

© Joseph, 1/20/08
© All Rights Reserved

Comments: I wanted to be an air force fighter pilot when I inquired into joining 
ROTC in college.  I didn't have 20/20 vision at the time so I could not.  So guess 
what?  I became a hard-charging paratrooper!  Since they would not let me fly, I 
made the decision to jump from a perfectly good airplane while in flight.  
LOL!!! “Airborne—All The Way.”   “Then Some!” Ahhh!!!

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long distance call

long distance call
two oceans speak
my bill soars

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' In Like ... ' 38th Senryu

   Took Liberties, Son
Lassitude, ‘Cause Liaisons
 Are Just, Lust-Lonesome

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Denial, like stone
Heavy, burdening me down
A weight that must shift

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Travel the eight paths.
The five elements unfold.
Circle makes the square.

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The Americans

the Americans…
the children of God like you,
why do you detest?

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Trojan Abduction Borne in Greek legend she is Sparta's King declares

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' The Archeologist ... ' ( 33rd Senryu)

‘The Archeologist … ’      33rd   Senryu

        Bible, Map, Compass
Dig With Whole Soul, Heart and Fists
         … Archeologist !

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... what an irony

    that democracy must be

    rammed coercively ...

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The Marsi

An ancient people Who aided Rome in its wars Denied of respect History tells us Rome never triumphed over them Or even without them

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What will this babbler say

I will like the brook                                                                                                       Jesus is Lord giving life                                                                                          streams of endless Love

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The House of the Lord

the house of the Lord
devotees are coming in,
gossipers’ around

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A Day a Year, But Do We Fear

It's December, the ~~ Twenty First, in twenty twelve The Mayans declared ~~~~¬ Their calender has ~~ Spoken, telling of pending Doom, for planet earth ~~~~¬ Is it internal ~~ Or will it be, external The bell tolls for we ~~~¬

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No Wiggle Room

                                                     sardines in a can ---
                                                passengers on an airplane
                                                      no room to wiggle

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Humble yourself now
Or be humiliated
Later in this life

With other people
In your career, with money,
sex and possessions.

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What's in Your Closet?

Skeletons with skin
Carcasses with hair and nails
Not fully decayed

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' Charm ... ' 6th Senryu

‘ Charm ’   6th Senryu

Charm … May – be a Game      (Prov. 31: 30)
And Prettiness – May – be Vain …
… Woman of God … Praise !

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With Certitude

Can anyone say
"with certitude" that scandals
in Congress will cease?

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High Noon (Senryu)

with six guns hanging
walked in saloon at high noon
outlaws backed their coats

© Joseph, 1/6/07
© All Rights Reserved

Author’s Comments:   The traditional Japanese Senryu format has three lines as 
follows:  the first has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third five 
syllables.  The pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The Senryu is 
about an emotional expression and things in general.

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Your Charm (Senryu)

rhapsody of you
sensations moving the soul
eloquence of charm

© Joseph Spence, 7/21/07
© All Rights Reserved

The traditional/classic Japanese senryu form has three lines:  the first five 
syllables, second seven syllables and third five syllables.  The pattern is 5/7/5 for 
a total of seventeen syllables. The senryu is generally about an emotion 

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My Cities Trilogy (Senryu Series)

glittering New York
time Square looking great—but oh!
grand Central Station!

the Windy City
diversity of cultures
Chicago—my home!

San Francisco Bay
place where people work and play
my dream—going west!

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Tailgating Slam

Tailgate party time
Chicken, steak, baby back ribs
Quarterback show down

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a forgetful man
will forget he vowed
never to forget

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Happy Trails (Senryu)

Tentacles branching Rising up and spreading out Modern day highway © Joseph 11/23/07 © All Rights Reserved Author’s Comments: The Japanese Senryu format has three lines as follows: the first has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third five syllables. The pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The Senryu is about an emotional expression, human nature, and things in the human realms which maybe satiric or humorous.

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All of His Answers

all of his answers
were insulting--he thought all
questions were stupid

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Virginia Tech

grief and pain within
America’s homeland weeps
pray for hearts to heal

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on the corner

homeless,lost tonight
once I was a Mother's child
can you spare a dime?

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Pay Me!

Tax time is coming
IRS is collecting
Wow--rich gets richer!

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Love 7

total enchantment
the time I shared with you
long past the times, few

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' Drama-Mama... ' 24th Senryu

‘ Drama-Mama ’   24th   Senryu 

      A Drama-Mama
   And Terrorist Osama
… Both Stir-Up Trauma

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Fear Not The River

fear not the river
bridge, if, you do want to go 
to the other end

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 exhibited smile
 whispers of trepidation
 makes hearts feel heavy

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Waning Light

              Eclipsed by the moon
             light of the intelligence
                 spiritual darkness

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What a funny sight
One not often seen these days
Gram in  pink short shorts

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' Can Not Hide, Who You Are ... ' 29th Senryu

‘ Can Not Hide, Who You Are … ’   29th   Senryu 

                  Whether, Near or Far …
            You Can Not Hide, Who You Are
        … Mouth, Speak Words … From Heart …
                          Luke 6:  45

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No More Fakes on Stage

why would realistic
politicians hire someone
to fake reality

no more fakes on stage
we want real peolple with real
answers to problems

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Tough Riders (Senryu)

off the dusty trail
they rode in town looking tough
marshall stood up—spit!

© Joseph, 1/5/08
© All Rights Reserved

Author’s Comments:   The traditional Japanese Senryu format has three lines as 
follows:  the first has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third five 
syllables.  The pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The Senryu is 
about an emotional expression and things in general.

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Pray for the Fallen

pray for the fallen,
despite their disappointments--
it could have been you

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I Write Poetry

i write poetry
in a plain, simple English
am I a poet?

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Too click, or not to Clique

Efforts to mingle So moving to pastures new Cliquishness of some

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Duplicitous claims
Slithering between forked tongue

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How will we be Remembered

We are becoming Symptoms of the Universe We humans must change

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Trick or Treat Sweetness (Senryu)

Halloween is here
treat me with some sweet candy
just like your sweetness

© Joseph, 10/30/07
© All Rights Reserved

Comments:   The Japanese Senryu format has three lines as follows:  the first 
has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third five syllables.  The 
pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The Senryu is about an 
emotional expression, human nature, and things in the human realms which 
maybe satiric or humorous.

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My Dad Is Gasping

                my dad is gasping…
the blonde next door sucks his breath,
                  with her fiery lips.

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' Crows ... ' 20th Senryu

      ‘ Crows … ’    20th  Senryu

       The Penguins … Ask What ?
and The Wise, Old Owl … Ask Who ?
   … Those, Know-It-All Crows …

(A Reminder for Me … The MoonBee – 
'Cause Nobody Likes A Know-It-All -Smile)

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Life in the Clouds

To "live in the clouds"
is to self sufficient dream
a happy blizzard...

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Heroic statue
catches the last rays of sun
i alone see them

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The President

The number one civil servant shouldering a whole nation and in charge of its borders

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Sniper (Senryu)

In the deep jungle
from under wet limbs and shrubs
sniper winks and aims

© Joseph, 1/15/08
© All Rights Reserved

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You Fool The Drunkard

you fool the drunkard
but, not the sleeping feline
i might turn nasty

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The Garden Party

the garden party
a neighbor’s timid shadow
peeking thru my fence

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' What Is Your Problem ?' 16th Senryu

‘ What Is Your Problem ? ’   16th Senryu

         What is Your Problem ?
 To Solve Them… Now, Get A Clue ! …
     … Your Problem … Is You !

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the P is common

the P is common
pen, paper, poet, poem
always together

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' Control ... ' 14th Senryu

‘ Control ’    14th  Senryu

     Control … ‘ Together ’
If  You Can Control … ‘ Never ’
   … Control,  ‘ Forever ’

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We Will Remember Them

Dying for Freedom
American and British soldiers
Will be remembered


" Dedicated to the losses our countries are taking to fight for our freedom "
                                 Haiku or Senryu matters not

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Thinking's Mates

 Thought radiates out
 Humans constitute desire
 Souls flying higher

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On Her Silky Lips

on her silky lips
she paints different lipsticks,
same sweetness I feel

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The Refugees' Plight

the refugees’ plight…
bringing sufferings with them,
to unknown future

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A Woman Scorned

Serpentine venom
replacing milk in your glass
ice cold from her words.

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Taking Risks

Willingly lorded by uncertainty in a town where danger robs all for just a good reward

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Daisy petal pickin

      petals blowing by
someone tore your heart apart
    loves me ,loves me not.

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Winter Waking

Succumb, submissive
with silver wind lifting eyes
lulled into sleep frost.

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New World

Our consumption grew
How would it feel in their shoes
Wildlife means in zoos

By Robb A. Kopp

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The Glow (Senryu)

Your touch makes me glow like bright leaves with Chlorophyll in the autumn breeze © Joseph, 10/30/07 © All Rights Reserved Comments: The Japanese Senryu format has three lines as follows: the first has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third five syllables. The pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The Senryu is about an emotional expression, human nature, and things in the human realms which maybe satiric or humorous.

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In God We Trust

It’s written on our
Money, but we worry about
The economy.

We must trust God. Read
Your money. It’s in God’s hands.
Well, do we trust God?

In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to 
me? Psalms 56:4

wrote 1-13-10

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Fright Light

"i don't like you, but
i love you" is a  scary
thought when committing.

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Brave Little Boy

A brave little boy
 is sending more battalions
  to the desert dunes.

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Many Strong Have Fallen

Delilah's pleasures
Her head lain in Samson's lap
Blind, he grinds around

Concubines' treasures
Solomon's Playboy Mansion
Kingdom of idols

Bathsheba's gestures
Rivers and blood David stole
Hid to no prophet

Stronger have fallen
Your resistance is futile
If you compromise

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Green Heat

Sushi like butter
Heated by wasabi lips,
cooled by ginger flesh.

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The Day of the Lord

the day of the Lord
silent thief ransacks the house
no one is aware

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My Heart

Please give back my heart
You have broken it in two
It needs time to heal

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Simple Recruit

Running from the cops
To thirsty vampires... set up
For death for prison.

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' Brimstone, The Senryu ... ' ( 34th Senryu )

‘Brimstone, The Senryu … ’      34th   Senryu

            Fire On Mountain, Strong
      Ashes and Dust, Hot-Wind, Blown
          Fire and Rock … Brimstone

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Morals' Molars

graft, tough nut to crack

       needs no less than strong molars

                 of social morals

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Something More

... must be something more

         than our occupying space

               or leaving a trace ...

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Anger defeats her
In every forceful breath
Speaking nothing

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It's a feeling that
Everyone feels. We all need
Love. Don't you fight it!

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Vain Vanity

flexes his biceps,

       tucks his flabby tummy in,

              vanity in vain.

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They Run From The Charm

They run from the charm
of their master, what urges them?
Let us wait and see…

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Cooling the Tongue Sting

Sting the bee conscience
pricked before the venom words
spread the skin too thin.

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Mouth Corner Escapees

Glass fingers and toes
stepped on and broken by words
gone anvil in haste.

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The Fruit for Eve

from him sweetest fruit,

        to him scornful smile she gave,

                master to a slave.

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A Piece Of My Mind

if i tell you my
true opinions, then i hold 
you in high regard.

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' Mystery ' 2nd Senryu

‘ Mystery ’

See, Mystery Is
Eating You Up Inside and,
Outside Is Knowing

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The Young Stepmother

The young stepmother
Nonstop, All day and all night
Her deafening concert

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Heighten Your Vocabulary

a little foreign
language can open your eyes
to your own language.

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Big Decision

Quitters never win.
Winners never quit. What are 
You going to be?

wrote 12-26-09

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' Tidal - Waves ... ' 17th Senryu

‘ Tidal-Waves … ’   17th Senryu

Flood Waters … She Gave
Just Strong Swimmers, Will Be Safe
Moon’s Full-Tidal-Waves !

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What Did You Say (Senryu)

actionless teaching 
is worthless conversation 
which no one can hear

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His Love (Senryu)

through the wilderness
pain teaches humility
His love uplifting

© Joseph, 8/19/07
© All Rights Reserved

The traditional or classic Japanese senryu format has three lines:  the first has 
five syllables, second has seven syllables and the third five syllables.  The 
pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The senryu is generally about 
an emotional expression.

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She only looks sideways

Tattooed evil, Blood red rose

Smoke comes from her eyes.


(January 22, 2011  Wausau, Wisconsin)

(c) Copyright 2011 by Christine A Kysely, All Rights Reserved,

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Chiromancy Hand In Hand

next time you shake a
person's hand, it could be a
future investment.

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Christians, Muslims, Jews

Christians, Muslims, Jews
The world’s a wonderful place
What have they done now?

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in the mall-
surfing off-line

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Peace Not War (Senryu)

how unfortunate 
women and children died too
let peace subdue war

© Joseph 7/5/07
© All Rights Reserved

The traditional/classic Japanese senryu form has three lines:  the first five 
syllables, second seven syllables and third five syllables.  The pattern is 5/7/5 for 
a total of seventeen syllables. The senryu is generally about an emotion 

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Soldier's Son

soldier's brave only son,

     mighty scared of the hand gun,

          none else makes him run!

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' Sea-Saw ... ' 7th Senryu

‘ Sea – Saw ’     7th Senryu

    Sea-Saw, The Children
Go Back and Forth and Hearing
   Roaring-Waves, Rearing ! 

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Word Balm

Golden, wrapped to eat
on bitten tongues long misused
Elixir:  kindness.

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Freeze and Retrospect

On the coldest night
we snuggle under white down
giggling like children...

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Your Radiant Violin

your radiant violin
the cry of shrieking insects
whispering mind cracks

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Complacency,as an Ostrich....

            As we sit and watch,
    shake our heads in disbelief
         thoughts buried in sand

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Cultures Of The World

cultures of the world
wars predictable, than peace
every now and then

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'So Mistaken ' 31st Senryu

'So Mistaken ... '  31st  Senryu

  I Would Not Be Friend
To those Who Evil Intend
     Still So Mistaken

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Friends go hand in hand,
Through thick or thin they are there,
Always by your side.

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Quarter Past Midnight

quarter past midnight
dad’s wild footstep, as he goes
to change diaper

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Rich Young Ruler

      "Eternal life, please."
  "Sell all, give it, follow Me."
       Away he went sad.

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Calloused hands still shine
in clumsy deeds devoted-
Iron boned kindness.

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The Long Walk (Senryu)

land under water 
Berring Straits they walk no more 
jets now fly over 

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Words, like glass marbles,
spilled from my mouth to your ears
and broke our silence.

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flash of pearly smile,

       but a tinge of nicotine

              oh, can still be seen.

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And The Winner Is

couldn't hit his foe,

      spat blood on his face instead,

              worse than a KO !

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Prudent Silence

     ... prudent silence keeps

         foes on their toes, all guessing

         when you'll be striking...

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Pub Hub

                                               sad shadows dizzy

                                          cigarette smoke drift lazy

                                           pub sounds, lights, hazy

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Tomorrow's Leaders Trilogy (Senryu Series)

paradigm shifting
readin’, writin’, ‘rithmetic
foundation for youth


giving of one’s self
building tomorrow’s leaders
educating minds


striving for new light
saving minds, bodies and souls
life’s new perspectives


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Symphonic Shreak

Peruse the fiddle,
Strike the lyre, beat the drum
Waves to break glass air.

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The Cardboard Sign

To raw, outstretched hands,
austere in benevolence,
the homeless beseech.

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Situational Crisis

In the midst of life
Others are stricken by strife
Where glory abounds

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          rich folks who complain

                    of boring dinners, champagne

          hobo says, insane!

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Holy Grimace

In such agreement
With all that is being said
Standing up in awe

Rocking side to side
With folded arms, shriveled nose
Squinted eyes, spiked shouts

Downward lips poked out
With wrinkled brow and clinched fists
Arms start rotating

Rolling, beating air
Shifting foot to foot ready
To launch in the deep

The speaker speaks on
With vi'lent fervor

Still with that grimace
Clapping hands, shaking the head
Nodding with more shouts

Now out the fifth row
A trot turns into a sprint
Til breathless with tears

Arms raised, surrender
Jumping sporadically
In freedom of soul

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... bush, bill gates and me

    have hyperacidity

    sour grapes in my tea ...

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As You Wish

freedom is to soar

or land, move on, stay or roam,

or just come back home!

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If Only Eve

if only Eve
not lured Adam, eating 
the forbidden

countless souls
in Heaven 

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gown great on Barbara

black-white stripes of the zebra

on deep green okra

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' Duplicate ' 4th Senryu

‘ Duplicate ’

       Original Me
Never Can They Copy Me ...
    You, Duplicate-Thief

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Rose grenadine lips
twinkle eyes of ice to melt
and the summer rolls...

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                but though you don't know

                  I betrayed you, down I go

                           abysmally low.

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toss, turn, awake,

feel the tumult and torment,

sin of the moment!

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Love's candle burned bright.
Harsh, angry words were spoken;
Pride blew out the flame. 

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Meeting Peter Cottontail

Katherine Stella
Meeting Peter Cottontail, 
What is on her mind?

Inspired by Kathy’s poem Peter Cottontail

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Peace In Black And White

peace in black and white
great leaders of the world meet
war, still, continues

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Love Birds (Senryu)

birds of the morning
singing, chirping, cuddling
lullabies of love

© Joseph, 6/1/07
© All Rights Reserved

The traditional or classic Japanese senryu format has three lines:  the first has 
five syllables, second has seven syllables and the third five syllables.  The 
pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The senryu is generally about 
an emotional expression.

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Backyard Lantern Conversation

Cinder strings ignite
orange blossoms, summer nights
Crickets listen in...

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Juice of July

Soaked in rinds of limes
with sugared rum in summer
sunburned lips smile.

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       ... cheating fair and square,

           outwits himself even when

           playing solitaire !

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When God Created Me

my mom used to say…
there was an Angel, watching
when God created me

I did believe her… 
about the Angel, watching
me, since I was kid

and, I did love you… 
oh, my Angel, for watching
life was full of joy

now, I hate you…
suddenly you stopped, watching
me, after ten years

you left me alone…
on blissful day, not watching
the eagle of prey

the eagle of prey…
on my youth, you stopped watching
and, what have I done?

many years passed by…
alone, and no one’s watching
tears never run dry

over three decades…
on sinful life, who’s watching?
me, I’m cruel and sad

but, I learned something…
be brave, when no one’s watching
you live in this world

living, for today…
tomorrow, I’ll be watching  
my son sleeps, with peace

my mom did not say…
not only Angel, watching
when God created me

when God created me…
Angel and Devil, watching
and, I wonder….why?

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Soul Soften

Stone teeth and glass eyes
hold implosion in their grasp-
Ignition? Kind words...

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. . . such relief, such ease

              itchy, consummated sneeze

                        cathartic release . . !

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Days and Days

                                                 child owns tomorrow

                                    grandpa hoards yesterday

                       both ignore today

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Springtime of Your Life

Your eyes cracked with life,
hope born in Spring, fit to fly,
bright robin's egg blue...

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After Many Years

after many years
of reading the holy book,
i’m still a sinner

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Hushed Agenda

          hush, hush, cicada..

                    keeps hidden, memoranda..

          secret agenda.

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' What Colors Are You ? ' 3rd Senryu

‘ What Colors Are You ? ’

Red Is For Passion
Purple, Is For Royalty
Green... Is For Envy

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     ...don't exaggerate,

        beware of superlatives,

        of the truth they're thieves...

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Days of Our Lives (Senryu)

On their wedding day
“The Days of Our Lives” was played
Congregation laughed

© Joseph, 9/20/07
© All Rights Reserved

I wrote this while attending a wedding.  This is serious! lol!  The traditional or 
classic Japanese senryu format has three lines:  the first has 
five syllables, second has seven syllables and the third five syllables.  The 
pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The senryu is generally about 
an emotional expression.

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Shed the light upon
The world, as your flickering
Smile reflects your gleam…

For all those who draw optimism with 
their shimmering smile, accepting

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Young Days

                         youth owns the future

                       often neglects tomorrow

                           young days to borrow

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Coordination of Events

Hammer striking nail
Maintaining the same tempo
As the carpenter

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digging in the dirt
laying furrows deep only
for sowing wild oats

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Winter's Novelty

Blue breath in the air
Frozen words suspended still
Winter's novelty.

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Communicate Me

Marble ice pyramid
stacked on game tables in words
crashed in silent tongues

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true philanthropy

   anonymous generosity

      shuns tax cuts, trophy

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bare hedonism

anesthetizes the mind,

then the soul goes blind!

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... atheist I knew

    told God: "I don't believe you"

    till his face was blue

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Night Lights

Sky lit room tonight
Windows let in star shadows
Your kiss shines my eyes

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Not Thru Pregnancy

not thru pregnancy,
even without ecstacy, still
their numbers increase...

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Will You Stop Your Psst

will you stop your psst….
you want to talk, approach me
i have a real name

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                                     devour lasagna

                                            like voracious piranha

                                                  no more man`ana

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Spontaneous Outcomes

a paroxysm of 
applause in a crowd creates
a popcorn popping
reaction, but burst into
laughter you might be a clown.

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Walking the Walk

Feeding the hungry
Clothing those who are naked
Walk justly--humbly

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with her he stands straight,

     a knight in shining armour,

          neck broken, rumor.

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Squid Tactic

smile, nod with a wink,

         hide what to see, what to think,

                  squids squirt jet black ink !

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Used To Be

     it was innocent,

          love used to be, you see,

                 when we used to be.

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Bitter Waters

A tainted fountain
A useless, unkept landmark
Though waters made sweet

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Army PR Term

no, that's not retreat,

tactical withdrawal, that's it,

foes call it defeat !

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Gorgeous Smile

Through your busy day
At meetings, work, lunch or play
Don’t forget to smile

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Your fragrance is too loud!
One drop too much, my sweet- Strikes!
Lingers like road kill...

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Losing the Poker Face

These rice paper eyes
veneers to filter all thoughts
ignite with your touch...

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They swallow camels,
Strain at gnats and make ten times
Worse their followers.

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Threaded in silence
strings of golden looks and sparks
braid my eyes to yours.

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the Oscar

the Oscar goes wild
as the famed red carpet rolls,
M. Scorsese wins

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                        worn-out wallet bent
            to the contours of his hip,
away want and wish slip. 

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                           the stallion gallops

                                        as we dine on baked scallops

                            with pacman's wallops!

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  blending minds as one
where you stop and I begin
  talking with a friend

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Somewhere In Our Hearts

somewhere in our hearts
there is a haiku written,
in own sweat and blood

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Avid, Rabid

       no fuss about those

                   avid friends and rabid foes,

       each one comes then goes!

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             dark whispers linger

           heeded and unforgotten,

                 guilty, unshriven

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Guilt and Guile

Your face is hidden
The moon is pale, like your eyes
wrapped in guilt's blanket...

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First Defense

This porcupine heart
surrounds the blown glass psyche
protecting sweet love.

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when you're seventeen,

                      today stretches forever,

                                                  future comes never;

                                                 when you're seventy,

                     tomorrow comes suddenly

becomes yesterday !

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Comfort Foods

The spoon positioned
Upside down on my palate...
Tasting and grinding

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Skin Tint

       shame on you who scorn

    with boorish condescension

              skin pigmentation

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Speak To Grow

when people refuse
to talk, a blight of learning
occurs in their minds.

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See Greater Things

Ere Phillip woke you,
Beneath the Sycamine tree,
I saw your pure heart.

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  moonlight dancers spin
on their balcony of love
  high above the truth

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... a self-portraitist

    he's the model, the artist

    it's him last, him first ...

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Shining Light (Senryu)

lamp in a dark place
forward fight for forgiveness
salvation shining

© Joseph Spence, 7/21/07
© All Rights Reserved

Comments:  The traditional/classic Japanese senryu form has three lines:  the 
first five syllables, second seven syllables and third five syllables.  The pattern is 
5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The senryu is generally about an emotion 

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                                   balance sheets the same,

                      but for the decimal points

of wealth, love, peace, fame

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Pain's Subsidence....

                      Tears formed appear,

                 reservoir lacrimal pumped

                        begins in the heart....

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                           public opinion

                maybe pungent or pleasant

                        like scent of onion

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Best Worst

though hope bubbles burst

     make the best out of the worst

            last is sometimes first

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                                            pettifogging shrew

                                     mad landlady glares at you

                                              your rent overdue

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     ... as thin glass, brittle,

         proud egos crack and crumble

         before the humble ...

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Bedtime Meeting

Bed, my place of rest
Relax, slumber, dream of you
Will you meet me there?

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War Freak

... war freak hard to please

    is never really at ease

    till foes rest in peace ...