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LOVE God is always love Forever seek the kingdom; Praise the creator Keep giving what you can give Please endure until the end ANGELS Beautiful Heavens Protecting the meek ones earth Watching over us Helping us to cope with life Comforted with hope and trust MUSIC When you find rhythm You find your hearts inner core Celebrate the times Make them better than before Reminisce and dance all night

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Three gifts from Heaven 
All priceless in their appeal
Yes.. Faith, Hope and Love
They descend on us like rain
And the greatest of these.. Love!

Contest: Regina's "Faith, Hope and Love Tanka"
Date: 8-27-14
Poet: Lyric Man

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Faith In God Makes A Difference

                                            Commitments are hard
                                        Time is swift and life is short
                                              Misfortunes happen
                                      Faith in God makes a difference
                                         Times will pass much easier

                                           By Eve Roper 11/14/2014

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Blessed Trio

“Hope springs eternal” a wise elder said to me I never forgot a strong cornerstone of faith hope is found when needed most I did not “find God” faith was always part of me in good times or bad faith allows us to feel love even for those who are foes love is amply strewn by all who have hope and faith the blessed trio travel lifelong together escort us to heaven’s gate
*Written August 25, 2014

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My soldier is silent Waiting for the world to change Fighting for freedom The enemy at the door Faith and hope you will come home
For Contest: Faith,hope, love Sponsor: regina riddle Date: 08-24-2014

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Benefits Denied

expendable lives our elderly, sick and poor benefits denied D.C. may call the shots now God is the equalizer
*Written in honor of John Freeman for his contest "Sayings of Wisdom"

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Key West Sunset

Celebrate the joy

You have lived another day

Spectrum in the sky

By the grace of God, go I

Join the sundown revelry

*Each day in Key West, they have a party outside to watch the sun go down.  It is 
quite a magical moment if you are able to participate and offer thanks.

For Rick's "beautiful memory" contest

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Lay your sorrows down
Upon my healing altar,
Walk with me a while
And I’ll tell you of your worth,
So much more than you believe.

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A Ghost-Town Church

Beside the last pew, 
a chipped white collection plate.
A ghostly blessing
if you toss a modern coin
through time and the barred front door.

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Rejoice (Tanka)

Rejoicing in life
soul’s jubilation singing
raising of voices

Praises of joy unto Him
uplifting mortal spirit

Comments:    The Japanese tanka dating back to the 5th Century has a format of 
five lines:  the first has five syllables. The second has seven syllables. The third 
has five syllables.  The forth and fifth lines have seven syllables each. The 
pattern is 5/7/5/7/7 for a total of thirty-one syllables.  This one is about rejoicing.

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Crossing the Line

Fear not, wayward soul Lines are drawn only to cross Emerge from shadows Leave all bitterness behind Forgiveness waits in God's light
*Entry for Rick's Shadows and Lines contest.

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nightfall comes again

howls wander like a lost cloud

shattering iced air...

until hymn of stars rises

to kindle faith’s melody

Regina Riddle's Hope, Faith And Love 
Tanka Contest

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Dance for Dionysus

Tanka/ Haiku

Drunken Roman Bacchante (1)  footnotes 
God of the Maenads'  (2)
Female appreciation
Tainted murderous servants

Maniacal twist
Hold each- a sensuous kiss
Trained not by hubris
Phalli held in revere
His spirit flows through rapture

Beloved Bacchus
Honors Ancient Helena
Amathia(3) scorns-                  
Succubus eat them alive
Gynarchy apothesized

Bacchanalians' (4)
Hold wild dances- Worship
Drunken honored god
Children and men torn apart
In a sensuous moment

Oh! Oh how we sing!
Dionysus flows his wine
How we rhyme and chime-
Frenzied ****ing in circle
Prove to Him our Miracle

"Your desires speak-
My beloved enchantress
Sweat, dance, Love for Me
Use My phallice, drink My wine-
Worship Me till end of Time"

Merry speak, Father
As life sprouts forth within spring-
   Priapic flower.

Mythical Treasure
Is the lie of unbelief
Common man’s relief
Under torch in deepest wood
Ladies did dance unrestrained
In religious ecstasy.

1. Bacchante- Greek & Roman Mythology A priestess or female votary of Bacchus

2. Maenads-Greek Mythology A woman member of the orgiastic cult of Dionysus.. A frenzied woman.

3   Amanthia-Myth & Legend / Classical Myth & Legend) (often capital) of or relating to the orgiastic rites associated with Bacchus
 it is roughly wisdom's opposite. It means recklessness, deep ignorance about oneself and the nature of the universe. It leads to 
 excess, impatience.  He irrationally rejects Dionysus and the new religion; his unthinking and uncompromising scorn for popular 
 piety and the new teachings is neither rational nor open-minded. But he is also very young, and his youth in part excuses his crimes

4 Bacchanalian (Myth & Legend / Classical Myth & Legend) (often capital) of or relating to the orgiastic rites associated with Bacchus

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The discussion point—
I Be, I Am, I Exist.
Being is presence.
	 Philosophers Rejoice, Yes . . . 
The mortal plane is confirmed!

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

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Hope, Faith And Love

Love is like water I have poured it always in Size, shape and color With fervent hope and with faith In the glass of own my choice
+++ August 25, 2014 Form: Tanka Fifth Place Win Contest: Hope faith and love by Regina

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Prayers Answered

True all prayers
Are generously answered
Does He also
Permit returning treasures
Once He took back?

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God Painted A Sunset

I closed tight my eyes And in a trance I saw God He painted the sky Picking up a brush pure blue He swirled a slash of azure Hesitating long He dipped a brush rosy pink He held a brush gold Gazing and pondering long He painted an orb of gold July 23, 2012 Featured poem September 30, 2012

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'A depiction of Love'

each lungful of air a reminder of God’s love depict love and care promote and embrace His will every moment you get

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Dying Daily

I must die each day  
die to remorse and regret
die to yesterday
then I must rise up and walk
then I must take up my cross
1st Corinthians 15:31
Acts 3:6
Matthew 16:24

Submitted for: Regina Riddle’s Hope, Faith and Love Tanka contest

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Because He Is Love

HOPE    sees paradise
FAITH   trusts in His saving grace
LOVE    gives wings for flight

Hope, Faith, and Love are His gifts

              ~              ~
          ~       ~ *  ~       ~
          ~       Given        ~     
            ~  because He ~
              ~      is       ~
                ~  LOVE  ~
                    ~   ~

New International Version
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the 
heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1: 17)

For Regina's Faith, Hope, Love Tanka Contest
August 26, 2014

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In Praise of the Holy Spirit

Oh, Holy Spirit, Your leadership heals our souls. When mankind finds You ever ready to grant peace, Your light is felt in each heart. War, famine, illness -- all these maladies you purge. Blessed Dove of peace, You give love to all nations, hoping for benevolence. When kindness prevails, it’s Your spirit that we praise; we have You to thank. Your light leads the way for us. We are blessed with Your deep love. We are but sinners, seeking Your divine guidance. We’re given choices, but only You can lead us to everlasting accord.
*Written October 4, 2014

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On December 1st
(even before)    lights go up
A celebration?
Take a moment for some thought
A celebration of what?

Not of neighborhood
Certainly not group concern
The lights are patchwork
Standing alone in the dark
A few proclaiming their faith

The rest are not sure
Not certain what it all means
Alone with their fears
The clear night sky filled with stars
Yet the rest are not certain

HE giver of life
Has sent us a messenger
A Divine poet
Gatherer of neighborhoods
The message   “Let there be LIGHT”

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Hope, Faith, Love

hope perched in my heart
small bird, joyfully singing
fragilely balanced
feasting on faith's mustard seed
contented with Love's promise
August 24, 2014

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The Scent of your Soul

The scent of your soul

Love beyond measure,
Howsoever far you go,
Having strong belief,
In the imperishable,
The scent of your soul will stay !

Tanka- 5/7/5/7/7
Written October 13th, 2014
For contest 'The scent of your soul' by Anthony Slausen

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From with-in earth boils
Violent eruption explodes
The sky filled with ash
Molten lava starts to pour
In death new life will be born

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Miracles happen
The world is not made up of
Sciences and Med
Powerful things are out there...
Beyond our understanding.

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Small Things

With faith... lies
all hope
be thankful for all
we have
***we are truly
It is the small
things in life
that we should
cherish the most.


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Mankind's Rainbow

Light pierces the clouds Solace found on dreary days Living and sharing As our Creator intends Pure love, unconditional All men are equal Only perception differs Listen to your heart Find joy in diversity Revel in mankind’s rainbow

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Fishing in Black Sea

Fishing in Black Sea
We found the old emeralds
The tears of lovers
In hope to cover the Earth:
Adorno`s  imperative

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Snow White

Snow white Dogwood dots the spring green forest's deep wood petal tips blood red Cold raindrops wash clean pollen Blood drops wash sinners' worse sin
There is a legend of the Dogwood.. It is said that it's wood was used to Crucify Christ.. After that it because the gnarled twisted little tree that it is know as today..The blossom has four petals and each is tipped with a red scarred looking tip for Jesus' head, hands, and feet...The center of the blossoms looks like the crown that was placed upon Jesus' loving brow..

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Sun explodes on morn
Spring burst alive from the ground
Moon glowing at night
New born child’s first voice alive
Everywhere God surges

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Faith Hope Love

Faith fills us with peace,
Hope gives us strength to go on.
Love helps lift us up.
With faith, hope and love combined,
We’ll conquer life together.

Brenda Meier-Hans

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Friendship is a bond
It’s the best relationship
It’s a gift from God
Without it life loses charm
God is the very best friend

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Faith, Hope, and Love

Robed in white, I walk –
Towards love’s bidding; humbly,
I give you myself,
And take you as God’s great gift.
With Faith there's Hope in our Love.


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recovery starts small

Tall pines, burnt forest
Devastation of soot and grief
Blackened bark, smokes
Winds whisper as time passes
Among the decay, seedlings

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Valley of Love

Lost in love’s valley
Like fragrance of a rose 
In the morning breeze
I’ll not be I then
I’ll then be you.

(Inspired by the seventeenth century mystic poet
 of Sindh Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai’s poetry)

Sintra, Portugal 25/01/15

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A wondrous delight—
Spiritual movement pure!
Rapture is that joy . . . 
	A magic force for poets . . . 
Arrival one in God’s arms!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved 
(January 3, 2015) (Tanka) 

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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.

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Patiently waits-Tanka

Dried up surroundings
Everything barren and dead
Under winter shroud
Yet life is alive beneath
Patiently waits to sprout forth

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Triumphant Shout

Blackened smoldering
Wood rising steam hazy sun
Autumn dew dripping
Blooming flower brilliant red
Resurrected from the dead.

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Good Friday

Hot cross buns we eat
As we think of him today
Easter eggs remind
us of new spring life on earth
Our families together

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the demur of lovers

the demur of lovers
hope is courage born. feelings of anguish may form. love excites the mind. passion forms to bind in time. faithfully, intimacy fulfills. _________________________| PENNED ON AUGUST 25, 2014!

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Hope, faith and love

let hope, faith, love feed
on each other, and emerge
from the heart as prayers;
uplifting the depressed souls
and help achieve happiness

Date: 26.8.2014

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Primitive Humans

Living on what God provides

Going day by day

No choice, but to trust God.

And they enjoy miracles.

For the Tanka contest

Written March 22, 2012

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He That Knows

Told by Lord Jesus
Given from Father through Son
Commandments Given
Determined through righteousness
Now what does that mean to you?

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Hope shelters inside:

that each time we try again

we're one day closer

to dreams being realised

through faith and tenacity.

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Your mastery

every morning birds bring Your acclamation every morning, I hear a new-fangled song nature’s joy, Your mastery

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Sitting with the sun
In my face. A warming glow.
Drenching me in light,
I feel connected to you.
Facing towards horizons

For contest 'five lines down'
2nd place win

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Descent of the Holy Spirit

Psalm 44

                                        O God, we have heard…
                                        eyewitnesses, without gain 
                                        but all to lose, shouted it
                                        Christ’s Resurrection!
                                        Mute Synagogue supported

I think is necessary to explain the last line of this poem. Pentecost as described in Acts 2:1 thru 4 is about the apparitions of Christ after His Resurrection: The Descent of the Holy Ghost. More than five hundred, both Jews and Gentiles, witnessed apparitions of Christ after His Resurrection. The fact of Christ's Resurrection was accepted by the persuasive silence of the Synagogue which had done all to prevent fraud, falsehood, or perjury. On the contrary, its behavior of tolerance and non intervention helps to grow the early Christianity. This, and just this, is the idea I wanted to state in the poem. It wasn’t my intention to offend or make any disrespectful comment about Judaism. I have many friends who are Jews or Muslims; and we always respect our faiths. Peace and love, my friends. One more thing, it’s just a thought: I think that without the Resurrection, the growth of the Christian Church would have been a greater phenomenon than the Resurrection itself. Don’t you think? Ruben.

Contest: Pentecost Poem (using the first line of a Psalm from the Bible on the theme of Pentecost as described in Acts 2 :1 thru 4)
Sponsor: Brian Strand.


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Three Christmas Desires

Happy Santa Day
Here’s my short list of desires
I wish complete peace
My wish came true this very morn
My tree held exquisite cross

My second wish now
No more greed upon the earth
At the stroke of noon
Golden abyss circled world.
Tree had a smiley face bulb.

As this day ended
My third wish for no hunger
Became abundant
A note found, said "down-to-earth".
My tree now bore so much fruit.

written by
Cecil Hickman

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She is burning now.
The so-called witch, innocent.
They thought, they were right.
Who´s to blame, when she is gone?
She raised her head to heaven.

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is not cool.

oh no...

too concise?

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THUS SPAKE TAO - (triple tanka)

Love cannot be bought
Peace cannot be commanded
Silence is the key -
When actions    or the lack of
Speak out with silent wisdom

When man understands
All life has an equal part
Has a primal share
Then with unselfish ardor
Goes about his chosen work

Always outpouring
Never commanding    silent
Not seeking greatness
Greatness lay in humbleness
A man's deeds speak for themselves

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Guiding Light

The sun rises East
and it lowers in the West,
moon reflects its light,
plants grow upward to touch it,
still... just one "Light of the World."

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Ye Judges

Come faced with a choice
A decision that was made
Be only one Judge
He gives the final answer
Final review is the works

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Easter Sunday

I had not a life Till I met the Lord Jesus On Easter Sunday He said “I died for your sins So you may live forever”
Russell Sivey Entrant into Linda-Marie's "EASTER INSPIRATIONS" contest 3/25/2012

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Omnipotent He Does Be

Mortal man’s power
Really does think he compares
Almighty is one
Creating things in Nature
Destructive be to his son

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Around the table
All together, holding hands
Closed eyes, and bowed heads
As we give our thanks to God
For all His bountiful gifts

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless us Everyone!

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Lost And Found

Stranded in the dark,
Blindly we all seek out light,
Some never realize,
That being lost is so close,
To finally being found.

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The frozen fingers
Reach to the heaven to long.
Losing faith they break,
fall forsaken to the earth.
Not knowing winter beauty.

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Apocalyptic Now

The way is not seen
The blinding lights are heavy
Covering my eyes 
Long lines of saints and sinners
This world is nearing an end

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Religious Impression

Imprint of a skull Remains firmly in my mind Truth scattered around Reality of the end… I must find solace somewhere
Russell Sivey

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Ye Stay On Track

As the earth swings back
Brothers I say stay on track
Follow Master’s Plan
Sisters don’t let man change you
For they all should worship you

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Message to the class
Sometimes the words come real fast
At times they be slow
Forever though I will row
To the Master’s house I go 

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Eternal wisdom 
wound into the very threads 
of Life's tapestry. 

No human flame can burn a-
way this underlying truth.

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Character and habit

Habits can be changed
But characters can’t be changed
So make good habits!

God would make His character
Much more better if He could!

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Easter Morning

Easter morning breaks with a glorious sunrise a promised new day thank you, Lord, for your promise Easter lilies sway in praise sunlight reaches down lifting my eyes to Heaven a promised new day God's light shines upon my face wiping every tear dry the dawn of Easter happiness of heart and soul a promised new day On the third day, He's risen light shines on an empty tomb

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Easter Lily

Easter lilies bloomed where His sweat fell to the ground hope of Christ's return a garden pure white life everlasting By Rhonda Johnson-Saunders *The Easter lily symbolizes purity, hope and life. Tradition has it that lilies were growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ's crucifixion, and lilies bloomed where his sweat fell, the hope of everlasting life.

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A Balance of Power

When a child was a child
A man was young and strong
As A child was growing well
A man was getting old
And losing living strength

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Hope for Improvement

Alive and hoping
I welcome the new morning
As a new day’s chance
For growth and my enhancement
Of moral being, through love

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Inner Child

My small inner child 
will keep me from my old age.
It will keep me young, 
my youth held within my heart 
so that time shall stand at rest.

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Advice to an Angel

With your angel face
Be as cunning as the fox
The heaven will laugh
When you shall ascent the mount
As the lion of the Sky

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God mines raw diamonds 
In darkest nights of the soul; 
We retain wonder 
When questions go unanswered; 
Burnished trust gives birth to faith.

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Palm Sunday

He marches forward
Unto His destination.
Cheering crowds follow,
Waving high their palm branches,
Unaware of waiting cross.

*newly minted poem  came in 4th

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Black Velvet

my cloak of darkness blanket of night covers fear black velvet comfort wrapped tightly in falling sky silver starlight warms my soul

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Who I Am

                                                   I am who I am
                                       Nothing more and nothing less
                                                   Created by God
                                         A lump of clay being shaped - 
                                            A work of art in progress.

  Written by Kim Merryman
   For Brian Strand's "Up to Five" contest

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When the bronze bells rang
old women hurried to church
to sing their sacred hymn
I asked them what was the rush
they said Jesus was waiting

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Tanka- 2

the waning sun
warms my face
shalom cloaks
the wells within

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Roadside Utilities

Each time was done fall
A rest stop to listen to
Almighty the One
Providing you sustenance
Direction are then made clear

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Showing These People

All will receive sight
Unveiling want they don’t want known
Truly you have choice
His voice speaks to and thru you
Not let them you tell He false

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Reality is Frail

Reality is Frail

God, in heaven, knows.
The cycle of life endures.
Reality, frail…
Plans to visit one last time.
Before all on earth has changed. 

Poetic form:  Tanka
©  Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

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Fresh Wind

By no direction of man
Angels spread their wings
And are carried by fresh wind
To places unknown, unseen

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The Terrorists

Defense is a must –
It’s a lesson from the wise,
A lesson from past!

Those who fight are terrorists –
All terrorists are not bad!

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A secure home

he thought 
to build a secure home 
at the top of a hill
but never thought
a river flows under his feet

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The Spirit Prevails(Tanka Series)

It is a new day
Something wonderful happened
You are now at peace
Like a phoenix rising up
From the ashes you prevail

We shall not mourn you
For you are not gone at all
We may not see you
Your presence lives on in us
Enduring the test of time

Radiant light shines
Upon us all forever
Glorious rays gleam
Emitting from your spirit
Keeping your memory strong

The lives you have touched
Will never forget you now
Though we may shed tears
These are tears of happiness 
Your spirit forever reigns

In the days to come
When we are all together
Celebrating life
Your spirit will consume us
Your peace will be our strength

Joy and happiness
Will be felt every moment
You gave us reason
To have faith in the future
Your legacy will live on…………..

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Still Abides

Still Abides

One must realize.
The “He who created life”
Still above abides.
Why does He put up with us?
Thank you God for love divine.

Poetic form:  Tanka
©  Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

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Fragile,as a tender pot
He moulds us in the furnace
The fire makes our beauty last
Clean,glazed mistakes erased-
A new creation cast.

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Never thought

dirty hands a treatment
served with honourable manners
a gentleman never thought
someone is serving poison
the bees were flying on honey

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Buring a matter

mouth to mouth
a matter was fired on
when I walked
street was burning as sand
when my home was smoking

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Holy Mount of Athos, Greece

A bit of dried bread
and a cell - a basket full
of prayers and tears.

Here there's room 
for the entire humankind.

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His Grace

Up high upon clouds
The king of this world resides
Looking down on us

Maybe He’s dissatisfied
Yet, He still embraces us

Judges, yet forgives
He is a just, loving God
Sharing precious gifts

We may hurt Him immensely
Yet, He never turns His back

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From base elements
A living soul was molded.
From this misty dust
The mother of the living
Was formed of his flesh and bone.

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The Only One

He looks down on us
Giving us security
Giving us His love

He is the light in darkness
He is my hope for each day

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My Road to Glory

                                        Heaven waits for me
                                     I must be better for Him
                                        Before my entrance

                             He’ll then request my presence
                                 At the entrance to the Gates