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lost at sea - new tanka

wind carries the cries
of lost souls departed hence.
Claimed in the white foam
of a turbulent spring tide....
St Nicholas* comforts them

* St Nicholas patron saint of sailors

penned 31 March 2015

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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

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Spring Affair

her face growing old
lines of her eyes, ancient trees.
young lovers are  lost
her branches bend with spring tears.
young rain seeps deep in the wood.

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Azure Silks Blown in the Wind

Floating towards new moon--
a blanket flecked in diamonds
slips over the horizon.
A sliver of light over
azure silks blown in the wind.

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summer harvest sweet

summer harvest sweet
plump fruit ready for picking
a cornucopia treat
one would be wise to know how
quickly ripeness turns to rot

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After the Storm

Driftwood on white sand, adorned by coquina shells and bits of seaweed, remains of the storm's high tides -- a hurricane rage décor.
*Entry for the Tanka contest

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Translucent Waves

On golden sands she, Naked to bare without care Translucent waves form Slowly they engage her skin Arched back, pert breasts rise and sigh .

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The Moon and the Sea

The moon and the sea Water crashes on the shore Shines in from the moon Where waves come rushing on me Opens world of the ocean
Russell Sivey

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Jaws in real life

Master of the sea
Smells blood from miles away
Swims with dominance
Sharp serrated teeth devours
Naive humans viciously

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You are the Dead Sea

You are the Dead Sea
You just take and take and take
Never giving back
Concentrated...with your needs
Buoyancy made of your pride

The one who enters 
Cannot dive into your depths
Cannot open eyes 
To see what resides inside
To me, you are the Dead Sea

I flow with my love
I just give and give and give
I am parched and dry
Immersion is what I need
You will never be a stream

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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Pisces vacation...
  muscles melting in the sun
    waves cradle gently
      bodiless, only the now
        Mother Ocean rocks her child

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hoping for sunshine

 When the stormy sea
crashes like thunder upon
your wind tossed vessel
and lightning rips the dark  sky
all you hope for is sunshine

As the storm subsides
and the sky returns to blue
your hope will shine through
the sun will shine much brighter
As a  rainbow paints the sky


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Sea Glass

Sun-kissed sea glass,
formerly discarded trash, 
illuminates the coastline,
sparkling like brilliant gemstones,
around a supple neck.

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Salty Air

Warm nights by the sea Salty air enters windows Full moon's reflection Guiding light on the ocean Gentle breeze ruffles palm trees
*Entry for Francine's "Summer Nights" contest July 11, 2011 by Carolyn Devonshire

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Inhaling the Sea

I stand on the deck
Silver shadow that I see
The beauty that paints
A magic, drawn down secrets
In the calm breeze of their soul

Smell the sea and feel
The bluing fragrance of wave
Enjoy its moment
The loveliness that they bring
Let your soul and spirit fly

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The Shell

The shell in the sea
glowing brightly in the waves 
reaching for the sand
tumbling over and over 
begging for a bit of peace.


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on a beach

    the in/out of waves

on stony beach in sussex

   and seagulls crying ;

as a child does for the breast

 of mother, towelling dry

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Red Plaid Autumn

          While autumns have come and gone
             eyes still shed tears on the leaves

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Her Last Footsteps

                                   small and frail, she labors

                                          over the sand

                                       touching the ocean

                                feeling the breeze one last time

                                 before waves of death claim her

Written on 3/16/2015
Modern Tanka Form
For Tanka 2 Poetry Contest

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The soul that lies within

Mine lonely tears fell,
into that sea of sadness.
The sea in which I've drowned.
till the day I saw thine eyes,
and the soul that lies within.

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A Splash of love

Waves lap at their feet
As they enjoy the sunset
Walking hand in hand
Framed by love's warm silhouette
As the sun kisses the sea

Tanka 2 Contest

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The Seasons Delight

Summer days bring love.
Bound together, two as one.
Fragrant dreams flowers.

Oh, shimmering sun.
Shining.  Burning.  Bringing fun.
Hot sands greet bare feet.
Ocean waters ebb and flow.
Salty air tickles taste buds.

Cooling breezes pierce the night.
Arm and arm two souls take flight.
Like poetry, lives are merged.
The seasons delight.

© May 22, 2011		
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest
Sponsored by: Linda-Marie The Sweetheart of P.S.

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Glow, slow rising moon
over the dark sea of night;
have all dreams returned:
to fill a devoted heart  
with another song of hope?

Glow, slow rising moon
as a ghost fearing daylight;
funny how you changed
your white color into blue:
to hide scintillating stars?

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Floating on my back In tranquil cobalt waters My eyes search the sky As billowing clouds pass by I see familiar faces March 19, 2012 Any ONE New or Older than 2 years old TANKA contest Second Place

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Scarlet sage' path...
feet rambling about the hill
of a quite woodland
with Carolina willows
and southern magnolias.

Lanky short-leaf pines
shade the milk-pea verdant shrubs;
petrels watch the swift,
mottled squirrels climb black oaks
while a cavalcade stirs them.

Hyacinths in bloom
have a stronger, sweeter scent 
than the white jasmines...
is fragrance a flower's gift
to all lovers strolling by?

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Tanka Three Contest

today's gray tides wash
sands where love's warm feet wandered . . .
i watch the sobbing 
surf scour the white surface smooth
leaving only tears of shell

March 25, 2015

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The Angry Sea

You and I named clouds
which dissolved and left us still
staring at the sun,
listening for thunder's voice,
egging on the angry sea

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Tanka- 2

the waning sun
warms my face
shalom cloaks
the wells within

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Birds and Bees

Bluebirds have returned
Back again bees are buzzin'
A warm sun above
Spring is here, all things are right...
Holding hands and still in love

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sun filled the blue sky
silent silhouettes on high
winter,trees asleep
nature stands unmoved-
peace permeats my soul