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Spilling to Death

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




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Copyright © Ruben O. | Year Posted 2010

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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 | Year Posted 2014

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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

Copyright © SEREN ROBERTS | Year Posted 2015

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For Paulie: RIP

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




*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 | Year Posted 2009

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GOODBYE MY FRIEND

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 | Year Posted 2015

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Death

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 | Year Posted 2014

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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 | Year Posted 2014

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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 | Year Posted 2013

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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?

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

Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2015

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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 | Year Posted 2015

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weeping

 
~~ 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 | Year Posted 2014

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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 | Year Posted 2015

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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 | Year Posted 2015

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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 | Year Posted 2015

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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 | Year Posted 2011

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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 | Year Posted 2015

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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 | Year Posted 2015

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Sammy

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 | Year Posted 2015

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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 | Year Posted 2015

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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 | Year Posted 2012

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still trying

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

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan | Year Posted 2014

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DEATH ON A SPRING DAY

DEATH ON A SPRING DAY

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 | Year Posted 2012

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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 | Year Posted 2010

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Missing


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 | Year Posted 2011

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tears fall

tears fall

as the petals from flowers

a remembrance of love

now gone from this place

alone she tends his garden

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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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 | Year Posted 2013

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CRUSHED WEEDS



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.



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Rick Parise's Tanka Tears
by nette onclaud
2/11/2015

Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2015

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goodbye

blinking back tears

   that threaten to flow

       my eyes are burning

this will be our last goodbye

    angels will carry you home

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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life goes on

intermittant storms
rage in the sky and my heart
my unshed tears burn
in spite of my grief
the sun shines and life goes on

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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DEADWOOD

DEADWOOD S.D.

deadwood s.d.
built between mountain sides
seated at cards
in that valley of death
wild bill

Dave Austin

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2015