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About Life,Death ,and Cherry Blossoms

Erased for publishing

Inspired by the tanka tears contest tanka posted

Not for the  contest

5/6/5/6/6  syllable modern tanka

Copyright © Charmaine Chircop

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When Love Creates

Eyes to eyes now meet Tenderly our lips touch We, adventurous Rhythmic vibrations rejoice When love creates little ones .

Copyright © James Fraser

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Eternal Soul

The soul's forever—
As an eternal spirit.
Leaves this mortal coil . . . 
	 Again to the spirit world 
And home to Heaven’s Kingdom!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, 
Schoeningen, Germany (November 7, 2014)
(Tanka poetic format) 

Copyright © Gary Bateman

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Tanka 2 Life Dance

                                                   a man bent with age
opens trunk, heaves  . . .  wheelchair lifts  --- plop

                                                                 a love dance begins

frail arms link, lift, hug, swirl, down
                                      dosey doe  - death do us part

David Meade
November 7, 2014
Live Generously

Copyright © David Meade

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Sunday Drive

a long Sunday drive
south on a winding beach road
to find my poem
I listen for profound words
from a knowing wind and sea

written 3/30/15 for Rick's One New Tanka Contest 

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders

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wooed by the comfort
of others and worldly things
ideals stall change
they visit but never stay
leaving us tired and alone

Contest:  One New Tanka
Sponsor: Rick Parise

Copyright © rob carmack

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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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That's Life

Battling with time. Fighting the hours, losing. The world will not stop. Trying so hard to be something, In the end, you're still nothing.
08-28-2014 For Contest: Just one Tanka

Copyright © Casarah Nance

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Life is Like a May Pole

We weave our colors throughout a world brightly hued which turns with us too round its never ending sun. It’s OUR time to dance lively! Written 12/1/15 For the "Life is like a Maypole" Poetry contest of Seren Roberts

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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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

Copyright © Eve Roper

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Tanka 2 about The Cherry Blossom and Life

on melting snow first cherry blossom withers too soon mum ties pink ribbons to the white casket Or on melting snow first cherry blossom withers too soon mum unties ribbons from empty cot-bed
Inspired by Chris`tanka contest,not for the contest

Copyright © Charmaine Chircop

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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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We took mason jars
and poked small holes in their lids;
then went out into
those long hot summer nights as
childhood flickered around us.

We couldn’t hold youth
any more than we could keep
caught fireflies alive,
and our once bright lights are now
dimming in the jar of life.

Written 1/17/12

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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we    alike the stars
all millions of miles apart
all so lonely
trying to outshine others
but dying in the process

Copyright © daver austin

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Summer is gone now and fall with her beautiful face Softly just arrives. Spreading joy with her colours And thrilling with her magic. Dorian Petersen Potter aka ladydp2000 Copyright@2014 8.10.2014

Copyright © Dorian Petersen Potter

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By Myself

the whole world is gray clouds march with a dark intent tides fall into the sky perhaps morning will be blue ...and smell of lavender

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick

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The Spirit Prevails

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…………..

Copyright © MaryLouise Goguen

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Recycled Souls Recycled Memories

Recycled souls have Many chances; many lives The wheel of life turns Education takes some time; Humans are quite forgetful.

Copyright © M. L. Kiser

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Tanka 3-Top ten contest

Sailed away on a ship called hope,
then life was full of fun.
Hurricane Regret capsized us,
clouds covered the sun.  
I clung to hope.                 

Penned. March 23 2015


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a wrinkled grin
on grandfather's face -

seeing my future
etched deeply in those lines, 
I grin right back

March 1st, 2012

Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner

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Rain Trickles

Rain slowly trickles Dribbles from blue asphalt roof Wets ink 'pon page "Twas dry dull work written by The old poet as tears did flow
For Jimbo

Copyright © Sara Kendrick

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Faith, Hope and Love

                                                have faith in yourself,
                                         then hope will follow life through,
                                                 making life complete, 
                                              the driving force is loving
                                              needed for peaceful living.

Penned 24/08/2014


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Moonbeam Visit

moon cradle swings slow
cloud curtains billow softly
starry night lights blink
amidst black velvet blanket...
as wind croons a lullaby

dreamy dust settles
sparkling against silken strands
as moonbeam peeks through

Sandman plants a sweet dream's kiss--
slumbering beauty breathes deep


**for Tracie's Moonlight Dreams contest :D

Copyright © binibining P.iNk

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Running for my Life

A teen when Mom died Five young brothers and sisters Dunn supported them Pro football player with heart Started running for his life
Written for Brian Strand’s Ekphrasis contest. Former NFL running back Warrick Dunn not only managed to support his own family but started building homes for other families when he played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In “Running for my Life” he describes how he later met face-to-face with the man convicted of shooting and killing his mother Betty, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officer.

Copyright © Diane Locksley

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Inner Struggle

Inner Struggle 

is it the stars
on a cloak of midnight blue
or the moon beams
dancing through the canopy
that eases reality’s view?

the reflection
in the window pane
begs answer
for it’s tears, not rain,
that stream on the glass

silent cascades
bare the resistance
of approval
prayerfully awaiting 
the dawning acceptance

All Rights Reserved @ 4/11/ 2013

Copyright © Debra Squyres

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Bright Geen Land

Up the rolling hills As much green as one can see Meeting with blue sky As colors swirl together Beauty expressed with its heart The greatest green grass Displaying color outside On the brightest fields A gorgeous feel about it A love on the ground below The hills move around Where the sky fills, up above A cyan blue shown Mixed perfectly with the green Of the wondrous grass pronounced The greenery here In this harmonious land Brightens the dreary A happy day is brought forth From this delightful green place
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey

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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

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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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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kiss of venus fly trap 
suck the marrow from my bones,
encase my heart, secrete,
dissolve the myth of wings... 
death be true to death

*love,death or truth may be the sanctuary
  depending on the situation.

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi

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Castle In The Sand

Castle In The Sand

Waves besiege the shore
As crashing long lost lovers--
Lonely lions roar--
Salty cling of sultry air
Glistens as sunlight weakens...

Latte-coloured sand
Reveals waving fiddler crab
The male--his Huge hand--
Tempting females to his lair,
His deep castle in the sand.

~by deborah burch©

*Note: the fiddler crab
they mate every two weeks...the male stands outside his two-foot deep elaborate burrow in the sand (castle) and waves his very enlarged claw enticing all females who pass by...when one shows interest, she stops for a second or two...stares at him...and he goes in to his castle, comes out and repeats this a few times until she makes up her he has convinced a female, he seals the door to his castle, and there they stay...well, for a

Copyright © Deborah Burch