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Always by my side Together seventeen years Buried you today Silent tears fall like raindrops Why did my dog have to die? 02~08~15 Contest - Tanka Tears – Rick Parise Honourable Mention

Copyright © JAN ALLISON

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Tanka Tears

You had lots of fun
At the local where drinks flowed.
Night took you away...
One last breath in mangled wreck;
My heart aches. Why can’t I cry?

Contest: Tanka Tears
Sponsor: Rick Parise
Chosen POTD ~ 14th Feb 2015

Copyright © Paul Callus

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I'm a 5

Frail firelight flickers
on moon-pale skin, rosary -
fingers strung with stars,
small sparks of eternity.
The end comes with pure beauty.

(for Catherine)

birth date 9/14, path and destiny number 5
entry for Andrea's 'Tell Me Your Number' contest, written 9/23/2014

Copyright © Charlotte Jade Puddifoot

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lost at sea - new tanka

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

* St Nicholas patron saint of sailors

penned 31 March 2015


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Spilling to Death


                                                    Beaches in mourning:
                                                    clean species engulf their hopes
                                                    through a viscous trance
                                                    Ignominy and death stick
                                                    to the short time remaining...


Copyright © Ruben O.

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Marks the end of life—
Transformation now begins.
The soul exits the Earth’s plane . . . 
	     A new journey’s underway . . . 
Heaven’s the destination!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, 
Schoeningen, Germany (November 12, 2014)
(Tanka poetic format)

Copyright © Gary Bateman

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Letting Callie Go

A full year it grew as dear Callie cat endured that stinking cancer. Night screams came, which pierced my heart. Only then could I let go. . .

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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~~ beyond my sorrow there is a path that beckons I could go that way or stay and hold hands with death and weep upon a cold stone ___________________________ August 16, 2014 Tanka Entered in the contest, Any 5 line Poem, Poet Destroyer, First Place

Copyright © Broken Wings

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Lament for the Dead

Lament for the Dead
buried deep beneath Twin Towers’ bloodstained rubbles my murdered loved one
a heartbroken heaven wept trapping joy in a time warp…
In memory of Alva Sanchez who was killed on September 11, 2001, during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York City; and dedicated to my nephew, Ryan who was left motherless. 02-11-2015

Copyright © Pandita Sanchez

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The Circle

The Circle Beginning and end Together form full circle... Life connects with death. Your circle is formed…with tears I mourn death’s painful closure. © Sandra M. Haight 2015 All Rights Reserved ~NA~ Contest: Tanka Tears Sponsor: Rick Parise Judged: 03/10/2015

Copyright © Sandra Haight

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lamenting mother

~~ I wept and I weep. All my tears cried since that day, could fill the oceans. I counted each gasping breath; the end came with dawn's bird song. __________________________ February 8, 2015 Tanka For the contest, Tanka Tears, sponsor Rick Parise Honorable Mention

Copyright © Broken Wings

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a silent welcoming

she welcomed death peacefully, in her sleep... her flowers don't seem to know inviting guests to the yard
For Andrea's Tanka 2 contest 3/16/15

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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An African Tale

broke is the spirit
and turgid the belly's bloat
with no tears to cry -
she is at her point of death
and a part of us will die

March 2015

Copyright © Keith Trestrail

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everyone said he was too small for a good watch dog.... why did he leave such a big hole in our hearts?
.................................... 3/24/15 For Andrea's Contest: Tanka 3 Return To Top Ten

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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footsteps waken


footsteps waken
bullet-riddled quarter moon--
radio silence

44 cornstalks weep blood;
still hands clasp daughter's photo



This is the most I can do for now, been wanting to write something worthier,
 but haven't been able to...I hope I can even get near to doing so one day.

In honor of the 44 brave Special Actions Force Commandos that died in
Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

Copyright © binibining P.iNk

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Tanka 3

silently I lie awaiting I await thee a wry smirk greets me sighted precision confirms sporadic crimson now speaks

Copyright © James Fraser

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Rest The Sailor Soul

High tide of tears raise
upon the shore of my heart
I wait for your ship
one that never comes again,
the sea has your soul, not me.

For Contest: Tanka Tears
Date: February 07, 2015

Copyright © Casarah Nance

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For Paulie: RIP

in this silence
the respirator breathes…
we did not know
his heart

*Inspired by Brian Strand's, Indelible Impressions contest. This was written the day after my 
Step-father-in-law passed away...he passed while we were in the room.

Copyright © Kristin Reynolds

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The very last cut

Do you see my wrists?
They cry blood when I do this;
Push the blade deeper.

Copyright © Rick Eichelberg

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No Goodbye

    All the people gone

        not wanting to say goodbye

            next to you i sit

                frozen unable to weep

                    the earth falls from my small hand...

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel

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The Grand Staircase

Kept calling to him As he climbed the grand staircase Never knew he'd died I climbed but could never reach him Papa turned, smiled, waved good bye ~*~
BY: Annalise Brigham FOR: Michael's "Tanka Me A Dream" Contest

Copyright © Annalise a.k.a. Audrey Haick

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A Courageous Battle

~ perspective was found through days of rain and sorrow though laughter still came a long painful plight ensued and in one breath she had gone......... ~ A true story regarding one of my close friends. Cancer spread throughout her body so, so quick She passed one month ago today. I Love you Karen!!!

Copyright © Rick Parise

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Season Woven In Grief

Persuaded by time,
and clothed in rust,  trees reveal
a changed homecoming...
The illusions of my youth
drift away with falling leaves

My eyes search for him,
although my heart knows better
Old fences need paint,
Scabs of white shed like feathers
from the dry and weathered rails

There, by the back door
his old plaid jacket is hanging,
waiting to be worn...
It holds scent of burning leaves...

A tear smolders on the sleeve

For the Grief Contest:

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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still trying

still trying
to bench-press
this weight
the debt
my father left me

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan

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Death on a spring day
Outside all is bright and clear
He feels none of it
He dreams of fond times
Love    the dream world puppeteer

Copyright © daver austin

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paying respects

another deep breath
    of suffocating air
       passes the lump in my throat...
            I offer a Kleenex
                   to the woman beside me

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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PEACE - (triple tanka)

I'd like to believe
Peace is a natural state
That war is foreign
But I see war after war
And brother slaying brother

Old sacrifice young
Our youth gone before their day
Then I want to cry
For thought that they gain nothing
Are lost through their innocence

What a wonder    youth
How pliable and pristine
They want but to shine
While all the burnt-out old men
Pull the strings from their armchairs

Copyright © daver austin

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Time to say goodbye my love

My chain is now frail
Damaged by your weaken link 

My venture begins 
Left with simple forgiveness 

Unwarranted departure. 

Copyright © Dark Mistress

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An empty pillow
she awakens to absence
one of many days
never to feel his warm touch
a kiss shared only in dreams...

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel

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stencils of night’s mist

brush your grotto with ash dye

 laying on crushed weeds...

      this heart spills a requiem

and my tune—love’s offering.

Rick Parise's Tanka Tears
by nette onclaud

Copyright © nette onclaud