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And Crowns Crumbled to Dust
.. .. ..
Bells of triumph clang,
Fortresses fain to hail thee
Men of valiant swords.
Glories thence fell, crowns crumbled
To dust.. no wailings were heard.
The wind about thy sceptre howl and cry,
Loft precipices trampled;
Ruined rich piles of graves.
For Dr Ram Mehta's contest : "My Best Poem of the Year 2012"
Forms : Tanka /Kimo
For Russell Sivey's contest : " A Mesh of Forms"
Bodies raining down
A nations heart ripped open
Savage flames assail
Tomorrows, lost in ashes
The blade of hate has spoken
The stain of 9/11 will be forever in our hearts. It was the day a vicious wound was inflicted on our nation. We staggered, but did not fall. We survived. We are America.
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.
Swallowed up, submerged in grief
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Tanka Poetry Form
September 10, 2011
~* Please pray for those left behind on that fateful day, September 11, 2001. *~
My "heartfelt condolences" to the brave families of 911.
“Remembering 9/11” poetry contest sponsored by Carolyn Devonshire
the sun is erased
behind a cloud of despair-
days froze to silence
dust stung eyes of the earth, flags
escaped their closets...
glued to surreal images
death and destruction
and an ashen aftermath
terrorism had hit home
For Carolyn Devonshire's
"Remembering 9/11 Poetry Contest"
land of the mighty
brought to their knees in surprise
warriors far from home
remember ancient war cries
and the pierced autumn sky
* Tanka is a long form which arose from the same literary tree as haiku
[no title, punctuation, or capitalization were used] as such,
it should have 31 onji sounds [which are much smaller than syllables]
so, less tha 31 syllables is preferrable.
It is a MOOD poem in which [unlike haiku] metaphor, personification,simile and
other poetic devises maybe used in a short/long/short/long/long format.
--**--The Virtuous White Rose--**--
White rose is holy
Matrimony pureness of
Bond between lovers.
Blessing to Old Rome deceased’s
Chastity and innocence.
White Rose in myth and
Legend was tainted by blood,
Made blush from kiss, thus
Made it red and made it pink
Against its pride purity.
< symbolic icon
abrupts captivating flight
amidst lined tombstone's marker
at historic Fort Snelling
Katherine Stella 8/8/11
Entry For Carolyn Devonshire's
Bald Eagle In Cemetery Contest
far across country
smoke drifts..cries reverberate
bewildered, mutely frightened
No. 1 in Carolyn's contest.