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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 | Year Posted 2014

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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 | Year Posted 2014

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ripples

a grin ripples
from my grandfather's face—
seeing my future
etched deeply in those lines, 
I grin back at him





March 1st, 2012

Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner | Year Posted 2012

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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 | Year Posted 2014

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Jars

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 | Year Posted 2012

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LIFE

LIFE

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

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2011

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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 | Year Posted 2010

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LOVE, ANGELS, and MUSIC

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 | Year Posted 2013

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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 | Year Posted 2014

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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! For the Syllables of Wisdom III Contest of Silent One

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2015

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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 | Year Posted 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





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**for Tracie's Moonlight Dreams contest :D

Copyright © binibining P.iNk | Year Posted 2011

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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

Copyright © SEREN ROBERTS | Year Posted 2014

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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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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 | Year Posted 2011

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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 | Year Posted 2012

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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 | Year Posted 2013

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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 | Year Posted 2013

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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 | Year Posted 2010

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Life is a puzzle

life is a puzzle solutions may not be found but each jigsaw piece is discovered in travel unravelling mysteries beautiful flowers depend on how you sow seeds they flourish when loved even when grown in concrete a haven is your reward
23 December 2015 Life is a puzzle contest by Nayda Ivette Negron Syllables checked on www.howmanysyllables.com Original poem using the following words: Life, Puzzle, Flowers, Haven, Travel and Reward. In Tanka poetry form. You can write more than one Tanka.

Copyright © Silent One | Year Posted 2015

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Sucker

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 | Year Posted 2010

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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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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©
5/14/2012

*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 mind....lol...once he has convinced a female, he seals the door to his castle, and there they stay...well, for a while...lol...db

Copyright © Deborah Burch | Year Posted 2012

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Improv On Pennies.

Acorn hats of wood
balanced on each fingertip
while giggles spill rich.
Felt tip markers draw the eyes
in this poor man's puppet show.

Copyright © Tatyana Carney | Year Posted 2006

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Oh, Wonderful Life

Oh, wonderful life minutes-hours-days-nights-weeks-months years, seasons, decades the world is turning so fast I can’t keep on top of it Written December 2015 for the Time is of the essence -Tanka- - Poetry Contest of C.T.

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2015

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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 | Year Posted 2015

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Tanka Contest entry

he used to steal all the blankets - TV remote in hand I sprawl across the empty spot on the bed

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2014

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The Laundromat

I enjoy watching
Clothes tumble in the dryer
At the laundromat;
It reminds me of sunset
And its swiftly changing hues.

Copyright © Jim Wilson | Year Posted 2008

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Baby on Board

Have you ever seen The ‘Baby on Board’ car sign It shows a warning --- Having child problems inside Makes the car now dangerous
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey | Year Posted 2012

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This lonely little hovel

The grainy half dusk, 
when the sun gives her last wink.
Hours spent in thought 
to leave the safe sanctity.
This lonely little hovel

Copyright © Rickie Elpusan | Year Posted 2005