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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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a wrinkled grin
on grandfather's face -

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

March 1st, 2012

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Mantra in Mantle

They don’t walk to them
To beseech their shows of hands
They as a rule stay
On a raised dais and talk down
At their feet on crusade grounds

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A magic moment
along today’s ardent street
the application
old folk holding hands pass by...
many issues spring to mind.

Copyright Harry J Horsman 2011

For Francine Roberts Wow me in 5 lines contest.  

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The crowd is untrue

The crowd is untrue,
Thus the need to stand aloof,
...Honestly be friends
With an honest few, is right.
Aye, the key to the victory.

Cower not under
The impulse of consumerism,
Since you aren't a beast.
Thus, to set things as always,
Means giving the best in you.

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Give and Take

There comes a moment
when at the crossroads of life...
a need of poetry,
an encompass of one’s self
to give of and to receive.

© Harry J Horsman 2012    

1st Nov 2012

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-Folly in Grin-

Sleeping troubadour
Ask his ink why he slumber
Or his papyrus
Words they themselves would forget
Since their lord is indisposed

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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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Howlin' Wolf

inhales in shadows
takes inspiration from gloom
moonlight penetrates
creates an old fashion song
simply called singing the blues

20th Oct  2012 

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Yellow leaves

Yellow leaves falling
into the lake. Its surface
caressed by the breeze.

My thoughts hop from leaf to leaf 
cleaving the breeze up to the Sun.

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The Prisoner

Mansion of body
Adorable abode of soul
Converts into prison
By the cruel hands
Of passing time

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A Spark of Positivity

Fear of ignorance
that which one can escape from...
a lone candle light
in the bowel of darkness
leads to the sunshine of life.

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Devils Within

“It's a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways ” – Siddhartha Buddha

Our friends we follow willingly and happily enemies we scorn but we of conscience know best our devils come from within Listen, be aware there’s a right path and a wrong refuse to give in heavenly voices guide us to eternal salvation

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Will Strands Of Thread Hold

Will strands of thread hold

Hidden thoughts within my mind

Words never spoken

Fearing to give utterance

Or will silence be broken.

(February 9, 2011 Wausau, Wisconsin

(c) Copyright 2011 by Christine A Kysely, All Rights Reserved

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If to have given
a fragment of me to you
a piece for us both
to build a life’s foundation,
then who indeed to tempt fate.

© Harry J Horsman 2013     

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                                                An intricate maze
                                         Life is a big question mark
                                                 Intriguing story
                                         Complex plot, full of drama
                                          Me performing unawares

For Skat's contest...

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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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The Slaves Tanka

Of what use is time
If it’s consumed by passion
Servicing others
Servitude that drowns your dream
While you toil and save and pay

©david byrne March 2012

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A Secular Battle Cry

all is relative.
all should like to be a part
of this family.
absolutes just exist in
the mind of the creator.

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The Color Green

Shining in envy
Propelling from sickness held
All Nature carries
Guarding Irish traditions
We take this color lightly 

written on


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Leader of the Orchestra

Elusive  prophet
while the bearer of good news
sings with the Angels
then flirts with society...
indistinct the conductor.

© Harry J Horsman 2012        

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My Valentine Gift

<                                       bright future awaits
                                   mind terrible thing to waste
                                           scholastic ready
                                      unveiling hidden bounty
                                   scholarship's highest honor 

Entry For
Andrea Dietrich's
Tanka Your Valentine Contest
G.L. All

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Do You Want to See?

See oh psychic eye
Reveal to me this future
Shrouded in secrets
Oh Whisper fortuneteller
Of this paranormal show.

Silence psychic eye
Reveal nothing more of this 
Of worlds unspoken
Such wisdom requires time
I’m not sure I want to know.

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Nature and Humanity

Effervescent dreams
Flow down upon mother’s plate
Chilled by destined fall 
A time always remembered
Appearing third time of year

Season of life fades
Human apertures grow weak
Though, knowledge is strong
Love holds different stages
Bonding affections with key

Combined all blessings
Unfold into beauty bold
Each respect enriched
Of their returning faction
Crossing over great divide

To rapture rebirth
Forming times readmission
Natural recourse
Within nature is beauty
Returning humanity

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Marriage is a deal
It gives love’s recognition
It is a blessing
It paves the way for more care
For each other in the world

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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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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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clustered sweet stars cling
fleetingly  pink  white  beauties
fragrant umbrellas
billowing warm pink blizzards
floating down gently on streams


*Sakura:Japanese Cherry Blossoms

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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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On His Watch

the Master Sentry 
patrols the place we call home
with hallowed armor
our homeland's defense as well
demands a grasp of His Sword.

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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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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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You Don't Have To Be A Star

embraces the lot of us.
differences should be the 
determinant of self worth.

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One Happy Medium

moderation is
the key to the vulgarness
of polar extremes.
it allows balance of mind
over matter and your dreams.

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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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Get out of my head
Stop reading this, please listen
What are you doing?
Are you really that intrigued?
Spoiler Alert: Read a book.

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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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the unanswered

The Unanswered

A mass murderer
Should there be room for pity
A crime so awful 
Yet he was born an infant
Innocent eyes seeing the world 

Forgive our hatred 
If we have not the power
To forgive his sins 
Forever we see him as a ghost
An echo of forbidden thoughts

From all minarets
The cry of one rightful god
 A dominant faith
 Too much for a godless land
Can we defy its command?

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Tiny Insects

Mosquitoes realises biting
when they are touching feet
when they touched an ear
a noise seems whistling anger
why have tiny insects attack?

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Wall Of Jars

The Herbalist,

Stood before his wall of jars,

Mixing concoctions,

For the local folks who came

for health, despite wrongful laws.

For the "Jars" contest   Jan 19, 2012

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I searched

I searched
so hard,
trying to find
the me,
in myself

This is not Tanka it is Gogyohka, a fairly new form growing out of Tanka.  I think I have the form correct, but i have not yet investigated the tone and
intricasies of the content.  Keep watching for this as I think it will catch on quite quickly.  The form is to take a poem about the length of a haiku and take out each mini phrase within the total phrase and arrange them in five lines.  Joann Grisetti introduced it to me last week.  It is kind of hard to determine if a one, two or three word group is a complete mini phrase. 

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On Top Of Old Smokey {Tanka}

                                                 shaven mountain crest
                                               malta lava ashes cinders
                                                  erupt with vengeance
                                              foundation of strengthening
                                                refurbish dwelling fixture

Tribute To Hawaii

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This Sounds Corny { Tanka}

bounty of the earth
come ye thankful people come
for it is autumn
and the leaves are coming down
run run sweet John Barley Corn

Entry To 
Kristin Reynolds 
Autumn Tanka Contest

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Cognitive Dissonance

it's like having a
foreign object embedded
in an orifice
that it wasn't meant to be 
in, but it fits really snug.

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Monk's Tribute (Tanka)

Thelonious Monk
piano keyboard prophet
harmonizing scales

Melody from flat to sharp
rhythm soothing to the soul

Comments:  Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982) is recognized as one of the 
most influential figures in the history of Jazz. He was one of the architects of 
bebop and his impact as a composer and pianist has had a profound influence 
on every genre of music. Thelonious Monk Institutes of Jazz are located at the 
following locations: Washington Office: 5225 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 605, 
Washington, DC and Los Angeles Office: University of Southern California, 3443 
Watt Way, Lower Level, Los Angeles, CA. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a 
nonprofit education organization, was founded in 1986 by the Monk family along 
with the late Maria Fisher, an opera singer and lifelong devotee of music.

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An Adage Add-On

a penny saved is
a penny earned. just make sure
you spend it wisely,
give to the charity of
your choice and pay your taxes.

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Hot Summer (Tanka)

Now is the time when 
drinking water is a must 
the summer is hot 

And relaxing in the shade 
will be great to do right now!

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If Love Is Bought, It's A Mirage

love not agape
only the lonely can see
the truth of the farce --
requited love that's only
real with surrendered assets.

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Forty Lashes

Under my trouser
I never wear underwear
but the Judge
penalised me forty lashes
publically in a public place.

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A Waterfall

Electrified by
Judging height of waterfall 
From bottom to top
As vision is freelancer
Can go against gravity

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Standing in front

A child was standing in front
the mirror why am I
in the mirror, he astonished
and broken the glass
every piece was watching at him

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Fortune And Faith

offers more than just chance.  it
breathes live into faith
with an opulent fire.
an opal burning awake.

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Look Around For Understanding

tear down to create
and begin. shiver at the 
thought of this aspect? 
this can be explained in the
duality of Shiva.

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Shame For Feign

a kiss on the cheek
is fair as fair can be.  a
kiss on the mouth, and
it might become love or just
an endearment casualty.

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everyone has some 
beauty inside of him or
her -- whether it is
great or small or can be seen
or not.  it gives them merit.

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Watch What You Think

blue sentiments make
mental sediment, so clear
your mind.  point your face
towards the sky, or you'll have
an ostrich's head in sand.