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~It's Out There~

Green colored field 
A flower without the sun 
Wilts from distrust 
now washed away 
by the man storm


Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2015

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Puppy Love


          in kindergarten
          she gave me her tooth
          instead of kisses
          too many years later
          softly biting my lips

94 characters


Copyright © Ruben O. | Year Posted 2015

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Love Spill

the ice crystal moon
rapes dark ground with barbed kisses
we lie, tied by lies
black wings flapping in our hearts
the fruits of passion spilling

Visual One

Copyright © Charlotte Jade Puddifoot | Year Posted 2015

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S A D Holidays

it’s dark in my life
sunshine’s never allowed in
what are holidays
      dreck from my happier times
            pointless to ever resurrect

For the “not so happy holidays contest”

Copyright © John Trusty | Year Posted 2013

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Patterns in the Dark

Smoking chimneys show
Autumn nights are almost here
Spitting logs on fire
Sending patterns in the dark
As I sit relaxed with you.

Penned 30 August 2014

Copyright © SEREN ROBERTS | Year Posted 2014

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Branches Hide Dark Trout

branches hide dark trout
swimming beneath truth of light
floating secret lives
in deep wanton quiet pools
verity lives amongst them

(June 18, 2011  Wausau, Wisconsin USA)

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

Copyright © christine a kysely | Year Posted 2011

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Son of the Morning—
Symbol of false perfection.
Lucifer is thus . . . 
	A tempter and deceiver . . . 
Praise only Almighty God!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved 
(June 5, 2015) (Tanka)

Copyright © Gary Bateman | Year Posted 2015

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the creature
she stalks the
streets nightly

Copyright © Charles Henderson | Year Posted 2013

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Halloween Eve's Double Tanka

Halloween Eve’s Double Tanka

Halloween Eve’s here—
Departed souls cross over
The Veil is open . . . 
The living are always scared . . . 
Of things they understand not!

Halloween Eve’s here—
A Jack O’Lantern smiles now
His grin’s inviting . . .
Kids find him so exciting . . .
Question: Where’s the candy at?  

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved,
October 9, 2015 (Tanka)

Copyright © Gary Bateman | Year Posted 2015

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Bleak Days

Bleak Days cold bleak days of life may visit in future time with hardships unknown bonded as one side by side warm love will ease our frostbite © Sandra M. Haight 2015 All Rights Reserved ~4th Place~ Contest: Get Romantic ~ Visual 7 Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich Judged: 03/06/2015 Syllables checked: 5-7-5-7-7

Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2015

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In Dark Isolated Places

the rain is pounding on well-hidden mounds of dirt I can imagine the sounds of ghostly cries in dark, isolated places

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2015

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


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


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

Earth’s Time Shares  © TANKA

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


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


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


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

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


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

Copyright © Diane M Quinlan | Year Posted 2015

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My brain and heart battling 
Spinning can’t find my footing 
My world is dying 
Was this my doing?
On my face I am smiling
In my heart I am crying 
Took something that was beautiful and destroyed it

Copyright © Ale A A | Year Posted 2013

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Death or Destiny

Demon half breeds guard the larvae pathway to hell seem to say, pass me, one way ticket to foretell your death and your destiny penned 31/10/2015

Copyright © SEREN ROBERTS | Year Posted 2015

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System Overload

Darkness consumes me
Corrupted thoughts take over
Soul becomes hollow
Self castigation occurs
Tears of blood destroys all hope

Copyright © Dustin Craig | Year Posted 2013

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Dragged to Hell

I am exhausted
All these faces haunt my soul
No sleep comes to me
When I killed them they all cried
Now they watch me with those grins
I know I'll be dragged to hell

For Freddie's Tanka Contest
Let me see if you can guess I wrote this one.

Copyright © Richard Lamoureux | Year Posted 2013

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Lost In The Haze

The thrill and the high Need to be in with the crowd Knowledge, denial Drugs and life out of control To soon their potential…lost

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick | Year Posted 2016

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

Copyright © jan oskar hansen | Year Posted 2013

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Enveloped in black
Darkness of a living death
The black shroud tightens
Heightened frenzy of thrashing
Pinned in the arms of Black Knight

For Andrea's Color Tanka Contest
May 14, 2013

Copyright © Eileen Manassian | Year Posted 2013

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Dark Night

Toward a twilight
I walk in search of a light,
Not recognizing
Ahead of that destiny
There is also a dark night.

Copyright © Goran Rahim | Year Posted 2012

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Drifting in Decaying Grey

I'm awake, but where A decaying grey surround I'm floating, I drift My soul, swallowed by the breeze What of me now, diminishes .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2015

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Black is to Blame

Death, Depression, Doom
Destruction leading to Hell
Vampires with Witchcraft
Smelly rats and bats, rotting
Confusion, Chaos, Wolf Howls

9th May 2013

Copyright © sima mittal | Year Posted 2013

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An Afterthought

this is how it is,
scribbled on a midnight script,
one thought is to play -
a hare takes a moonlit leap,
another smells its warm blood.

Copyright © david colquhoun | Year Posted 2015

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Dark Passion

Say hello to the
More passionate side of me,
Say goodbye as I
Unleash my dark side before
You dare leave me all alone.

Copyright © Marissa Faries | Year Posted 2015

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Silent Marked Warrior

Ironical pain
By paths filled with crimson tears;
May it be finished?
Alive with all hope heartfelt,
Within now confused visions...

Lost, broken belief;
Remorseful mists messaging;
Aching unbelieved,
Scarred warrior wanders through ways;
On stained decisions to waste?

Battles could soon end;
Finish my calm aggressions,
My restrained instincts.
A bitter blur messages
My instincts beneath lost thoughts...

In my broken heart,
Ironic wishes revealed
Muted wars inside;
Hidden voices within me;
Suppressed shouts, silent screams found...

In dead, silent pain,
My serene light and darkness
Quietly call me;
Beasts, demons, dreams, angels, sins;
Fighting for heart, mind and soul...

Copyright © Ruben A. Hernandez Diaz | Year Posted 2015

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war tanka

War Tanka
A master sergeant 
Walked out of camp at night
Murdering Afghans 
Nine of them were children 
Their demise caused no uproar

Copyright © jan oskar hansen | Year Posted 2012

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Problems on Earth

 if they could see us
 our ancestors in this world
 thinking of the past
 pain, death, and inhumane crimes
 on your world today

Copyright © Thane Kerric | Year Posted 2014

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pitch dark

pitch dark small chamber abnormal pulsating mass loving human heart blood regurgitating heart grows weaker with each beat
Sponsor: Suzette Crous Contest: Tanka-The Pivot

Copyright © Sara Kendrick | Year Posted 2012

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Light In The Dark

Least I can be, is
Even just the faintest light
In this so dark world;
To prove one’s presence alone
Can cast away all shadows.

Copyright © Marissa Faries | Year Posted 2015

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Images Tanka

Night dark and dreadful
Emotions in black and white
Tears blinded my eyes
Flickering celluloid film 
Whirling projector my mind

Emotions Tanka

Tears like rain pours down
Emotions swaddle black clouds. 
Lightning smacks my heart . 
Died a thousand death tonight. 
Kiss of the cold feels so warm. 

Drift Tanka
Suspended like clouds.
My dreams drift, maple leaf.
Lift me to great heights.
Yet my emotions tarry.
Humbled by mortality.

Copyright © Sam Raj | Year Posted 2014