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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

Copyright © humble b

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Remembering Yesterday

Chores wait to be done
The orchard needs harvesting...
Fragrance of apple
greets me with warm memory
Ladders rest against the trees

The porch is laden
With soggy leaves and debris
Quail scratch at the dirt
The door squeaks when I enter,
The autumn sun fills the room

From grimy windows
I watch the breeze stir whirlwinds
Leaves fall like snowflakes
I rest my head against the glass
and remember yesterday

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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His Eyes

In my husband's eyes,
shining light beams from his soul
like sirius bright 
behind those eyes, pure love glows
the love of family bonds

In my husband's eyes,
years of memories twinkle
and dreams of 'morrows
his eyes are portals to us
his eyes are sexy to me!

By Rhonda Johnson-Saunders, February 3, 2012
for nette onclaud's sexy poetry contest

Sixth place finish

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders

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Two Survivors

My mother and aunts
All suffered from breast cancer
Mom’s right breast removed

She had the choice to abort
But she risked her life for me

Copyright © JustcallMe Britt

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Roses for Jenny

Jennifer Ellen, the second-born after me, lacks confidence and cannot seem to realize that she is second to none! Always caring for her sisters, who are living far away from her, Jenny longs for family; her pangs are the sharpest felt. The sister I’ve grown closer to though we’re apart - the one of the four who thrills to my poetry - has become my champion. Roses for Jenny - loved by family and all whose lives she touches. She is more than a sister; She is a friend forever. For Frank Herrera's My Valentine Poem to You. Poetry Contest

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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Sanctuary: Be Safe In An Unsafe World. 2010.

watch the body count grow
when tiny tots near the t.v.
turn and ask you: "Why?!" ....
check your gun, pet your shepherd,
lock your doors and watch them sleep

Copyright © Gerard Keogh Jr.

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Test of Love

When bodies cease
 To emit jasmine’s fragrance
When lips aren’t rosebuds
Old age, season to test
The love of those you loved

Copyright © Mohammad Yamin

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Empty Wheelbarrow


What the Quack!
I dont want my poems in Poem Zoo!



Copyright © Ruben O.

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Summer Vacation

summer's warmth returns
the wet sand between our toes
coconut lotion
children running and playing
our hearts and souls at rest...

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel

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The Best Gift

    A magical gift

    after all the people leave

    all the presents gone

    the fireplace burning low

    i love you the best grandma...

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel

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The Glowing Wedding Ring

Golden Jubilee-- the wedding ring still glowing like her smiling face their love a full grown tree now trying to touch the blue sky © kash poet ==========000=========== Placement: 2nd; (October 2012) Contest:Tanka-Love and Marriage Sponsor:SandyIvy ===========000===========

Copyright © kash poet

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A Christmas Wish

A fine fix we’re in A real grumpy old grandpa Children complaining A house full of pure chaos And none happy at this time What will we do now This year has come to an end So very quickly No one’s pleasantly moping Everyone’s in displeasure Just one Christmas wish For a household of happiness Joy for everyone A wish of delightful laughs Cozy warmth to each other Just this simple wish Is all I ask for this year Not a possible task For myself to do alone I need Santa’s help for sure After the blessing I will offer what you will A holiday toast Thank you for your services For granting my Christmas wish
Entrant into Michael J. Falotico's "A Christmas Wish In a Poem" contest 12/13/2012

Copyright © Russell Sivey

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Annual Celebration

his hair is grayer
and his skin more wrinkled, but
he's a better friend
than he was the day before --
my anniversary man.

Copyright © Effie Blake

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My grandfather's name
Was given to me at birth
To honor the man
That my father never knew
Having died in World War Two

Copyright © Mark J. Halliday

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Christmas in July Alone

A summer abroad
Homesick for my family
Silent nights abound
Building a snowman from sand  
My loneliness melts away...

for Gail's "christmas magic" contest

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan

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My Boo

<                          halloween haunting's
                       black shoe polish foundation
                             ruby red lipstick
                       pillow stuffed under big dress
                        red white bandana for hair

                               spatula in hand 
                       eggbeater in dress pocket
                              pillowcase for loot
                       daddy's boots causing blisters 
                          aunt jemima memories 

Entry For
Paula Sweanson's
Halloween Of Tears Past

Tribute To Childhood Memories

Copyright © Katherine Stella

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No turning back

A Mothers Meditation

I taught her better.
I didn’t want this for her
She’s followed my tracks
Look at her, life is ruined
She knows not what she’s done

	The Daughters Disposition

	Wow, what did I do?
	I can’t bear the pain she flaunts
	Her disappointment…
	Stings… like a swift kick inside
	What on earth was I thinking?

A Teen Dad’s Train of Thought

Did I? I didn’t!
It wouldn’t have felt as good…
She took the pill right?
What if, she was with other guys?
What do I tell my parents?

"Studies and surveys of young teen males show they are worried the pleasure 
experienced during intercourse will diminish with the use of a condom."

All rights reserved
Contest: Mom, I’M PREGNANT!

Copyright © Wandering Butterfly

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My dream of failure

The night feels surreal,
in flight in my dressing gown
Swooping through backyards,
I reach to save them from loss,
but find myself falling down.

Written for the contest 'Tanka me a Dream"

tara jennings

Copyright © tara jennings

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My Mom's 90th Birthday

My mom turn ninety

what a blessed moment

God is still in charge

they came from near and far

in rainbow shades with love. 


Copyright © Janett Flynn

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Large Joint Family

old- young, free-bonded
care-apathy  sick healthy
many people and
many antonyms covered
in a large joint family

Copyright © Neelam Sangwai

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Nice Breakfast (Tanka)

this breakfast is nice, 
bacon, eggs, toast on the side 
black coffee to taste 

not one drop going to waste 
yum, yum, me and my tum, tum!

Copyright © Joseph Spence Sr

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Childhood Disrupted

childhood disrupted
by a fight against cancer
changed a young girl's life

chemo and amputation
renewed her for all to love

June 13, 20112
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest:  Cantankacerous
Sponsored By:  Joann Grisetti

Copyright © Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

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Empty Yet Full

My bed is empty
He’s gone on another trip
Loneliness threatens
Our child sends love from afar
My heart is filled with loved ones

Eileen Manassian Ghali

Copyright © Eileen Manassian

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A soul stands so alone
sodden, trodden, left so reft
darkening shadows
amidst dim streetlights, now angst
what was before, is now never

Copyright © James Fraser

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is not cool.

oh no...

too concise?

Copyright © das wanderlewis

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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.

Copyright  2012 Phyllis Babcock

Copyright © Phyllis Babcock

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Life and Death Re-write

Tetractys version:

eyes blinked
then fluttered
She was awake
We rushed over weeping tears of relief

Another family passed in the hall
Huddled as one
We noticed
they wept

Tanka version: 

inaudible words
eyes blinking and fluttering
she was waking up
we rushed over to her side
weeping warm, sweet tears of joy

arm in arm, heads bowed
another family passed
who wept as we did
yet they wept different tears
their tears were not tears of joy

Deb's contest

Copyright © Tim Ryerson

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relentlessly marking 
my mother taught me
to keep my hands busy

Copyright © Suzette Richards

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Hush Now { Tanka X Three }

<     falls bright foliage
reflects own mirrored images 
       off motionless lake
clusters of billowing white
filter from chimmeny's home stacks

red gold brown and green
illuminating snapshots
etched in minds own eye
transferred to painting canvass
under moon's and stars dance theme

the winds of gallows
taunt not the sleeping forest
with your shivery 
hush hush this one silent night
don't wake the sleeping giant 

Entry For 
Amy Green's
Enchantment Of Fall's
Tanka A Moment
G.L. All

Copyright © Katherine Stella

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Flavors of Winter

Rich hot chocolate
marshmallows roast o’er the pit
gazing China moon
twinkling stars in midnight blue
laughter and snuggling galore!

Copyright © Annalise a.k.a. Audrey Haick