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Snowflakes

Winter butterflies
Flutter in an evening sky
Of soft velvet black
Their icy wings glistening
In the pale light of the moon



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Awarded: Fifth place
           





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Frozen Fragments

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                   as days get shorter
                   yuletide's chill fills the air
                   inside and outside
                   wearing just all her absence
                   through frozen fragments of hours




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Piercing Rays

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                                           piercing the leafage
                                           kaleidoscopic sun rays
                                           on forest old path
                                             the snow shines in cold silence
                                             as spring has not feathers yet







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NEW YEAR

NEW YEAR

snow is melted
the ruin that is winter
overwhelms my eye
beneath the sun trees stand
like crowds of ragged beggars

the once beautiful
is denied all memory
of where it has gone
the icy house top drippings
ping the head    stark reminder

those cold months ahead
but i’ll wait out the next snow
the white blanket fall
marvel the icy branches
wish happy new year to all


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AUTUMNAL GRACE

potpourri of wreaths 
   splatter night rhinestones with aisles 
      of gold cashmere talc,
         stairways of herons ascend
   *        sky flooding autumn light bulbs 

                            

          heaven drips of earth's 
             elegance, drops of fern boughs
                 collect hands calmly
                    chiming psalms of  fall's remains  *
                        a mantle bathed by wet stars 






(c)Contest of Brian Strand








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Flower Prom

crocuses peering at rows of bright red tulips near the iris beds pansied faces have retired wilting in the warm sunshine flower prom begins as gentle winds kiss roses sunflowers steal show swaying to their own rhythm with stunning, huge blooms bridal veil flowers extend above azaleas bowing tenderly delightful sight to behold dance of marigolds frail petunias search for gentle dancing partners lily petals reach for petunias graciously prom lasts all summer


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Autumn Eve

smoke curls from chimneys
wafting like a freed spirit
up toward the harvest moon
 a sailing cloud passes
  and races toward winter


For Andrea's fav contest--Craig Cornish


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Bears {Tanka}

Winter snows recede
Warmer days do their part
Rivers start to swell
Awakened by natures clock
Hibernating bears emerge


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Your Absence

hear me call your name a hushed love song on the breeze spring becomes summer sun beams cause blistering pain and shine light on your absence


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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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Blue

Spring and summer bring bluebells, bluebirds, azure sky, cobalt nights, teal sea. Fall brings melancholy's sigh with blue aster's blossoming. For Skat's Blue Poetry Contest


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Blueberry Muffin

Blueberry muffin. Sweet things embedded in cake. What a breakfast treat! Blueberry season is near. Bring plenty of muffins here.


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Snow Falls

snow falls b r e a t h l e s s l y the last roses of autumn e x h a l e Written 10/24/12 For Joann Grisetti's Gogyoka Poetry Contest


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Flowers Fading Fast

A rose is a rose.
A lily is a lily.
Flowers fading fast
beneath the sweltering sun
on a blazing Summer day.


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COUNTING BACK




autumn star glimmers

lighting boughs on threadbare trees

          I count seasons back---

while eyes gaze at  young moon’s love

and shiver alone in chills




Suzette Crous’ Tanka- the Pivot Contest
By nette onclaud


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It's Winter

Frozen lake-water, Damp eyelids,misty breath, Foggy-streets' dim lights, Silvery-green valleys, Leafless trees,concrete boughs.
written on: 7-11-2013


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APRIL

APRIL

a long time coming
she is rosy cheeked and chill
breath quite treacherous
fickle april of my dreams
fondest promise unfulfilled


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Empty Wheelbarrow

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An Emptiness Within




Raindrops
     outside my
            closed  fists,
     an          emptiness
          within.




© kash poet
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Placement:1st; (November  2012)

Contest:Gogyoka

Sponsor: Joann Grisetti


##Gogyoka, is a form of Japanese poetry pioneered by Enta Kusakabe in 1957 in his quest to find freedom from the constraints of tanka poetry. Unlike tanka, gogyoka does not have any syllable requirement for the length of its lines. The only hardfast rule of gogyoka is that the poem should be five lines long, with line breaks occurring as a result of natural breath-pattern, which is individual to a particular speaker and their language.


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CHANGE OF SEASON

CHANGE OF SEASON

what’s the difference
october from september –
is it simply time
to put on a warmer coat,
a condition of one’s mind?

what’s the difference?
is there a hazy region
a mystic soul’s eye,
retreat to inner being,
a sort of hidden season?

all i know is this –
i sense the whole world has changed -
sun less warm, less bright
colors are taken cover,
a sixth sense taken over 


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May Fresh

rainy days in May
flowers  bloom and scents the air
mixture of colors 
carpeted the wider fields
green mountains and hills are laid




Written:
Oct. 11, 2012



Fifth Place Winner
Contest: Single Tanka
Judged: 10/11/2012      12:00:00 AM
Poet Sponsor: Black Eyed Susan


Fourth Place Winner
Contest: Tanka (Season) 
Judged: 10/23/2012
Poet Sponsor: Nathan -  -D


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Your History

<                                 symbolic icon
                           abrupts captivating flight
                                    honoring fallen
                       amidst lined tombstone's marker
                             at historic Fort Snelling



Written By
Katherine Stella  8/8/11

Entry For Carolyn Devonshire's
Bald Eagle In Cemetery Contest
G.L. All


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DOWNPOUR IN THE YARD

DOWNPOUR IN THE YARD ‘’’ ‘’ ‘ ‘’’’’’’’’’ ‘ ‘ ‘’’ ‘ ‘ soaking in rainfall windblown flowers and plants stoop muted colors stray falling leaves now plastered flat… framing my yard with damp clay snipped are tall grasses rolling like faded, pale sheets my hands sigh with them till, a crack in the concrete… a newborn weed flourishes (c) tanka ------------------ For Brian Strand's Your Choice Once More Written by nette onclaud


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A Walk With You

A walk in the woods...
The sun shines through the tree leaves...
My time with You, Lord...
Under trees, orange and yellow...
With the fresh cool breeze of fall...


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WINTER

WINTER

will it never end?
(this question from projection)
a stark scene indeed –
world in this awful white shroud,
memory of spring erased

but courage my friends
bountiful spring will return
in its old glory
for now a shoot breaks the snow
nether gods have awakened!


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SUMMER TIDES



 
warmth of evening lake

bathes our eyes in summer tides

as August awaits

  the closing of moon's flowers...

  we release our farewell kiss




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For Nathan’s Tanka (Season) Contest 
by nette onclaud


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OUT THE WINDOW

OUT THE WINDOW

our dear old spaniel
fast asleep by the window
blends so perfectly
with autumn colors outside
he whines    paws the chair    dreaming

our big old oak tree
ever but never changing
seems to reach the sky
while all surround    they rustle
they dance    they speak    come alive!

i’m out the window
watching the autumn ballet
fixed on the minute
inhaling autumn’s sweet breath
then this flash of wings    blue jay


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More Beautiful

Bullfrogs greeted dusk.
Evening clouds cooled the heat waves.
Gathering for night,
Zebra longwings butterflies,
Rested near a moonlit pond.

Gardenia fragrance
Permeated summer air
Contradicting lantana.
Butterflies fluttered.
Drinking their nectar of choice.

Love was also there.
Drifting through eternal dreams.
Uplifting memories…us.
Forever with me.
Reflections upon my life,
Made more beautiful by you.

ã June 2, 2012
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest:  Lets Pass A Tanka Love Note 
Sponsor	^Rick Parise


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NIGHT WALK tanka

NIGHT WALK

Under crystal stars
Winter exhilaration 
Ice fog eats fears
Bears hide from frosty fingers
Splendor of black nights is mine 


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My Boo

<                          halloween haunting's
                       black shoe polish foundation
                             ruby red lipstick
                       pillow stuffed under big dress
                        red white bandana for hair

                               spatula in hand 
                       eggbeater in dress pocket
                              pillowcase for loot
                       daddy's boots causing blisters 
                          aunt jemima memories 




Entry For
Paula Sweanson's
Halloween Of Tears Past
GL AL


Tribute To Childhood Memories


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THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN

THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN

it started out white
but the late snow was weeks old.
results were a fright –
those red pepper lips, corn teeth,
tomato ketchup eyes,

the tire-track forehead,
the oil and grit in his cheeks –
my roadside snowman.
and those dried apricot ears
been in the pantry for years

abominable! –
chest a tattered cardboard box, 
gloves were threadbare sox
on discarded broomstick arms –
my roadside snowman

save demise for last –
the tall, wide-brimmed plastic hat
was what did him in.
when the morning sun came out 
just everything went flat

what a sorry sight
that vegetable salad
in a muddy drool,
with young springtime’s merry sun
the ruin of late winter’s fun

 



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Autumn kisses

                       Sweet autumn kisses
                 turn emerald leaves to gold
                      with specks of  ruby 
                  that glitter as they descend
                   Beneath fire opal  sunsets
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Twilight

back-lit birch and pine
pierced with autumn's red and gold
tremble beneath clouds 
my broken heart weeps like rain
a lone loon calls revelry


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IN GRAY PROCESSION



night touches wind, cold

     pale buds drop like tattered hems

         in slow procession,

     as gray of frothy breeze wraps...

 the desolate autumn view.



Tanka Me Fall or Winter Contest
11/7/2013


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Butterfly blooms

 Trees begin to bloom
as the icy hands of
winter melt away
a butterfly
floats on the wings
of rebirth


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Autumn's Death

 


The bear called winter Crouches, waiting to advance Silently it preys Upon a hapless autumn Conquering a season spent


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The feather

The warm summer breeze
Holds me floating, briefly still
Just a gentle breath
Sends me tumbling once again
Where it takes me, I shall go









Contest : ANY 2011 POEM with any theme or form max 12 lines 
Placement : 3rd


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Before Dawn

Before dawn's light breaks Defined stars twinkle bright Orion's belt glows Smaller more distant stars clear Millions seen, millions unseen Compelling are they Drawing inviting come out Cool crisp autumn air Wonderful starry night sky So thankful for the vision
Written by:Sara Kendrick Contest: Up In The Autumn Air Sponsor:Russell Sivey Penned: October 16, 2012 Just using Tanka form Probably not correct usage


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Autumn's Sweet Song

like ballet dancers

in colourful pinafores

an impromptu dance

choreographed by the wind

leaves dance to Autumn's sweet song








for Nathan's contest "Tanka (Season)"


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A Change of Seasons

Persuaded by time, clothed in rust, night reveals a lonely Halloween... Illusions of my childhood drift away with falling leaves


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Winters warmth



oh precious Winter

finding warmth within the cold 

a cozy fire born

the chills from day melt away

embers rise i shut my eyes...


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Hush Now { Tanka X Three }

<     falls bright foliage
reflects own mirrored images 
       off motionless lake
clusters of billowing white
filter from chimmeny's home stacks

                                                                                                                                      
red gold brown and green
illuminating snapshots
etched in minds own eye
transferred to painting canvass
under moon's and stars dance theme



the winds of gallows
taunt not the sleeping forest
with your shivery 
hush hush this one silent night
don't wake the sleeping giant 



Entry For 
Amy Green's
Enchantment Of Fall's
Tanka A Moment
G.L. All


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in time

budgies chatter

and canaries sing

voices raised

welcoming Spring

while daffodils sway in time


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Fall Season

Long nights upon us
tree rodents gather nuts shed.
Swollen limbs naked,
the hungry ground has it all
laid out on a soiled platter.

Copyright © 2012  By Caryl S. Muzzey


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racking leaves

Leaves fall so softly.
All colors they do show.
How long will it take.
oh the chore I have to do.
What a mess the leaves do make.


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winter chill

  A cold wind whispers
in Autumns ear, sending chills
As the trees shiver
All their  leaves decide to flee
As the first snow starts falling 


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Summer Vacation


summer's warmth returns
the wet sand between our toes
coconut lotion
children running and playing
our hearts and souls at rest...


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At One with the Night

Hazy lazy moon Warm breezes whispering by Peaceful and content Alone and safe with the dark Dreams already taking shape
Written on July 11, 2011 at 9:30pm


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Winter Wind

colorful leaves
rush across the avenue
and into the pond
geese noisily wing southward
chased on by the winter wind


Written for Francine 11/06/2013


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Plenty Tornadoes not tanka

Winds, 
just so persistent,
give build their own
sins.
amongst men so delivered.


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Old Age

Cherry Blossoms Bloom
Turns green in a few months 
Withers to orange
As the leaves fall to earth
As I too wither with it


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THE CLEAREST DAY COMES

The clearest day comes,
an early storm made trees swing;
lost my cowboy's hat...
the warmer air soothes the chill,
sunshine dries up traces of rain.


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October Morn Rising

like a spotted fawn
digging with a tender hoof
in the drifting leaves
morning paints an autumn song
smiles upon the vivid mists


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view point

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persuaded by time,
  clothed in rust, a sky reveals
    the hem of summer…
     round green hills are strewn with oaks
      as far as the eye can see….

kissing toes of a
 barn-red house, acres of grass
  stand at attention…
   John Deere rides the afternoon
    humming with satisfaction
    

under a pear’s shade 
 golden hound naps lazily …
  one eye slides open…
   for an occasional glance.... 
    on guard for squirrels who thieve


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By Carrie Richards, for Francine's Contest: "the view"
9/7/11


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Autumn's Reign



Gingko’s golden leaves
Intermingling maple red
Glorious carpet
Strolling through autumn’s return
Mesmerized and delighted.

Chrysanthemum blooms 
Vine maple dotting hillsides
Lingering roses
Color, color everywhere
Last call to outdoor dining

Pilfering raccoons
Raiding cornfields and orchards
Laughing at farmers
Indian summer picnicking 
Last hurrah before winter




For Amy Green's contest  "Enchantment of Fall Tanka Moment"


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Flavors of Winter

Rich hot chocolate
marshmallows roast o’er the pit
gazing China moon
twinkling stars in midnight blue
laughter and snuggling galore!
~*~


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Aura of Harmony

"Aura of Harmony" Autumn leaves cascade inviting Winter snowflakes to fashion carpet balmy winds tickle Spring song Summer haze appears, softly. Nature holding hands Seasons in harmony, shine like lovers in love frosty charm cuddles gold Fall wet warmth kisses lilting breeze. *For Nathan's Tanka (Season) Contest. *Oct. 5, 2012.


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Hunter's Moon

under the hunter's moon*

a birch seeks its lost leaves

a sleeping dog hounds geese

a wife confronts a cold truth

and I only search words






* Hunter's Moon is the name for the November's full moon
**for Joann's Gogyohka


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The Magic of Sunshine

Clouds dance in the sky As the golden rays appear Your lights are glimmer For such beauty that you bring I wonder where you are from as you bring the love, the sorrow has melt away, And it warms my heart. Oh sunshine spread your magic the laughter of dazzling light. Date : October 22, 2012 Entree : Tanka Crazy - Sunshine (Leonora Galinta)


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Autumn in the Air

September creeps close
as August hangs on dearly
subtle hints of Fall...
an odd tingling in the air
a slight shudder in the trees


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Sunlit Streamers

a walk through bare trees sunlit streamers warm my face these woods call my name the last snow melts underfoot as rainbows wrap me in spring By Rhonda Johnson-Saunders for Forest Lights contest (Carolyn Devonshire)


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Green

The color of spring. Chloroplasts are colored green. New growth all around. New sprouts arise from the ground. All greeting the new season. 5/13/2013


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Autumn Ramblings

Bounty of the year Soft color that warms the heart Time for reflection The grape ripe for picking now Hearts prepare for winter's song


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Patiently waits-Tanka

Dried up surroundings
Everything barren and dead
Under winter shroud
Yet life is alive beneath
Patiently waits to sprout forth


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Taking Turns

<                                       iron propeller
                                 sitting entrance to driveway
                                   slowly turning blades
                              like the hands of time on clock 
                                 longing for extra seconds 


                                    Hummingbirds buzzing
                              red gold blue and green headed 
                                    just waiting for turns
                               to capture it's own bountys
                                   succulant sugar water  



Written By 
Katherine Stella 9/13/2011

Entry For Francine Roberts
The View-A Tanka Contest
G.L. All


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Pink Joy

_______________________

The pain preceding
a simple joy receiving 
my little pink love,
you arrived in a downpour
of glorious emotion..........

_______________________

Contest ~ "Pink Joy"


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Stately Elm

Elm once clad in gold

   Has shed its colorful cloak

       Awaits winter storms

         Bare limbs lifted heavenward

            As if in supplication.

(2 Nov 2013)

Entry for Francine Roberts' "Tanka Me Fall Or Winter" Contest


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our too brief enjoyment

the green folliage

that once lined this country road

replaced with yellow and red

Autumn wears festive colours

for our too brief enjoyment


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Sunscreen Within My Reach on the Beach

I love my sunshine. Summer sun rays feel so fine. I get a nice tan just from lying on the beach. I need sunscreen within reach.


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Winter Comes

darkness grows colder
lovely things begin to fade
busy season wanes
the world sighs in slow relief
ready for winter's retreat


©  10-09-2012
For:  Nathan's Tanka (Season) Contest


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Golden glory

A golden leaf, silently falling
Returning to earth that created it earlier
Gently... slowly...  breezily 'tis transported
Landing humbly on its side, bowing, submitting
Its end has arrived, it demurely relinquishes



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Fall

The blood of nature
seeps from branches as it falls
carried by wind’s laugh
in a journey through time’s bid
onto man-trodden concrete.

Thunder bellows rage
while clouds shroud themselves in tears
and lightning shreds night
carving glimpses of shadows
into dusk’s timeless glory.

Grey skies petrified
look over earthen colors
encompassing cold
winds of change in the seasons
as was done in years of old.


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maples


maples lose their leaves
and they wither in bright mounds
     cairns of crimson
that missed all summer’s glory
but remain for fall’s last post





*a cairn (one syllable/sound) is a structure built, usually, of stones to memorialize a person or event.


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The Shades of Trees

Reds, golds, and umbers The trees all have shades of these When Autumn does start A lovely display they are Smart groupings of radiance
Russell Sivey


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In Summer's Heat

Hot shots flowers bloom
lovers seeing, dancing in 
Summer's heat unites their soul
desires burning in their eyes.


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Flight


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she always sings love
each morning as the spring sun
warms her gracious heart

above the hills soft shadow
her destiny soars beyond.........

_________________________

Contest

"Wow me in 5 lines"

Poet ~ Rick Parise


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RARE JEWELS

Awesome as spring nights,
the pond's silver gleams seemed stars...
I tried to catch them,
thinking they were rare jewels
that the moon gave to lovers.


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On Silent Moor

The chill of autumn
Initiates spiral breath
Precariously
Buoyant upon frigid air
Penetrates the heart of mist.


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Tapestry Of Dreams





//////// Blue days gone quickly from my window reminisce each thread still holding one last moment to re-live as the orange sun sinks quickly light green fades in dusk two September roses bow starlight falls above and in that final inkling poetic words flow from rust as I gaze quickly for each moment I must catch a song plays grandeur as my spirit comes to rest silent, loving, I fall fast.... //////// //// Contest~ "The View - A Tanka" September 6, 2011


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Leaves Travel About

leaves travel about
blowing upon Autumn winds
branches are revealed
October masks September
quietly as an Autumn



© Christine A Kysely All Rights Reserved
Wausau, Wisconsin USA
October 12, 2011


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Apple Legends

Sapling apple stems,
once pushed into warm earth,
root with excitement...
their graceful naked branches
reach high into autumn's sky

Willowy offshoots
are pointing upwards
to drink in the sun...
a legacy of knowing  
what nature has intended




In honor Of Brian's Contest: "Up To Ten Lines"


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Robin's Song

A robin’s song flies
Up into the air and meets
Small silver snowflakes—

The song spreads its wings to dance
On top of snowflake silence.


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This last autumn leaf

This last autumn leaf
Without resistance it falls.
Then drifting gently,
It lands it's golden form
upon her soft, smiling face.


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Leaves on my Front Porch

During Autumn months Leaves flow onto the front porch Red and orange leaves Those brown ones hang on the trees Cool crisp air carries them up They twist, twirl around Working their way up the stairs Floating in the breeze Making statement of delight Grand sight, spectacular show
Russell Sivey


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We're On Our Way to Winter

Living with the cold. The summer heat did not last. The leaves on the trees changed hues and fell to the ground. We’re on our way to winter.


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Mystic Charm Of Spring (Rhymed Tanka)


Mystic charm of spring
In the thirsty souls of trees
Wine drips, whilst birds sing
Then runs down the lovely knees
Sips the smell of winter spell




Note:
 
Oops, I broke 
the rules of Tanka,
is it ok?...lol!


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Stone Pathway

A stone pathway up Carries some colorful leaves The steps are narrow And the stones has moss on them Pleasant Autumn scene displayed
Russell Sivey


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Tree Lined Avenue

Tree lined avenue Ochres and yellows display Graciously they fall In carpet gown, soil enriched In life they shone, now they're gone .


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Fall



the harvest begins
rewards of summer labor
grand golden colors
warm and mellow evenings
the time for preparation 


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Seasonal Delight

Outside is perfect For feelings of the seasons Flow through my body We live within these changes That the seasons all go through
Russell Sivey Entrant into Nathan __________ ~~D's "Tanka (Season)" contest 10/5/2012


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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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The Upper Room

~ Steps soft and silent as she ponders sunlit thoughts climbing the dark stairs within her wandering dream she arrives in colored mist alone in triumph her garb of facets and glow sprinkle the cold walls in bright rhythmic flowing stream dalliance of a lost stage cries ~


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Gourdes Grow Out Of My Ears

My pumpkin beer bubbles
As the orange streets sit wet.
Gourdes grow out my ears
As small vampires roam the night.
Doorstep nodding, I drink more beer.


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Silent Quiet Night


silent quiet night
trees beneath deep blankets sleep
thick stores of sap lie dormant
wait to slowly awaken
browns will fade to blooming greens

© Christine A Kysely All Rights Reserved
(December 8th, 2011 Wausau, Wisconsin USA)


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Winter

     Autumn leaves have gone
                   winter turns branches bare, while
                        glazing them with frost.
                               So trees close eyes in slumber
                                       and wait for spring to wake them.


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Fall Flowers

Great flowers outside Red, yellow, orange, and gold Are their warm colors Surrounds the steps to the door Bringing a festive fall feel
Russell Sivey


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Autumn-Tanka

Misty ,hazy sky
Fiery horizon ablaze
Splendidly hued trees
Autumn blanketing all things
Luring them to winter sleep


10/6/2012


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Raking Leaves


Raked into a pile Run and jump with abandon Color explosion Patiently rake once again Making memories of fall
For the leaves contest...


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Summer's Dance

A stolen moment  
held in a kindled embrace
our eyes chased the night
as the band played Sea of Love
summer's dance over too soon

lingering moments
in an amorous embrace
our eyes seek the dawn
as the band plays You and I
dance partners for all seasons


By Rhonda Johnson-Saunders

Second Place in Susan Burch's Little Viewed Jewels contest


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Sky Reflects Autumn

sky reflects Autumn
leaves dancing amongst bright clouds
golden autumn sun 
mirrors glorious color
gray skies on near horizon


© Christine A Kysely All Rights Reserved
Wausau, Wisconsin USA
October 11, 2011


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FOR TWELVE NIGHTS

For twelve nights I waited,
imagining what was inside
those long, red stockings...
nothing big, like games or toys,
hoping Santa wouldn't be late.  

For twelve nights I stood
on my small and trembling feet,
to see what was inside
them and then return to bed
without waking up my dog.  

For twelve nights I rushed
into the living room wishing
it were Christmas Eve...
when Santa quietly walked in,
filling the stockings with candies.


Entered in Russell Sivey's contest,
" Christmas Stockings Tribute "
Written by Andrew Crisci
on 12/8/2011


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Cherry Blossoms of the Schuylkill

Pink cherry blossoms line the banks of the Schuylkill. The Art Museum is dressed in pink satin lace. This is a sure sign of spring. The Schuylkill River is a tributary of the Delaware River that flows through most of Philadelphia, PA written 3-18-12


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Gathering Acorns



oak trees bountiful acorns littering the ground squirrels are busy Grandpa watching from park bench enjoying the fall harvest
11/1/13


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SUMMER TANKA

the heatwave
of an August dog-day
a flash
distant thunder-
rain drops


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Orange Pumpkin Sat

Orange pumpkin sat Upon dining room table Sliced by long sharpe knife "Twas spicy brown on inside Frosting and icing cream cheese
Sponsor: Black Eyed Susan Contest: Single Tanka


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Autumn Wreath

Creating a wreath An ornate Autumn beauty Orange its color Seemingly perfected piece Of pine surrounded by leaves
Russell Sivey


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Autumn Leaves Blowing

Fall comes quickly
Sometimes it surprises me
Colors of the leaves
Painted neatly red and gold 
Carpets the ground completely
The breeze is cool now
Blowing seemingly constant
It moves the leaves up
To blow them everywhere out
Finally rest on the ground

Russell Sivey

Entrant into Brian Strand's "FALL YOUR CHOICE" contest!


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Fall's Angular Sun

The sun rises south A little later each day Fall's angular sun As a chill tinges each leaf Blue Jay sings thanks_eats acorns


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Trees in a Forest

Trees in a forest when light pierces through the leaves make a pretty scene. It’s as if they are human saluting His great glory.


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the frog


on a leaf, sailing 
smoothly to bygone phrases 
laced with time I bow 
to unknown spirits, watching 
trees dance in orphic autumn  




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A FLOWER'S GIFT

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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Pussi Willow

Grow in the meadow Cute little pussi willow Appear in the spring The most adorable thing. You make spring a time to sing. Poetry soup's censors won't let me spell the word with a "Y"


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SPLENDOR OF THE CANYONS

White is the color
of the majestic canyons,
the river still flows
as snow sparkles on rocky bends...
profound silence extends far.


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Autumn Celebration

Fall celebration A festive bunch of spices In cup of cider A fragrant smelling candle On top of orange pumpkin All a part of joy During this wondrous season Full of perfect mood With this delightful feeling That this time of the year brings
Russell Sivey


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Fall Landscape

My door, inviting Warm festive Autumn colors Fill the night senses Orange lights cover the ground Opening to Fall landscape
Russell Sivey


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Season Express

The Fall experience Flows through falling colored leaves Expressing true love By letting life start to change As air cools by the Fall breeze Winter comes in quick And devours colors around Cold and quite frigid Snow pounces onto the ground Hurts the soul with abandon Thus Spring comes nicely Bringing the warmer weather Soft and true feelings Life begins anew with grace Smells delights many people Then Summer arrives Taking real heat to new heights Life thrives this season Everyone walks all about And find solace in the now
Russell Sivey


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Wants of the Season

Wants of the season A little apple cider Toasted marshmallows Some delightful pumpkin pies And snickerdoodle cookies All are what I crave They are wants of the season Temptations for sure Delight to savor these things I love these flavorful treats
Russell Sivey


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Shadow Boxes

A stay in Autumn Shadow boxes with great leaves Majestic beauties They surround the foliage With gorgeous tranquility
Russell Sivey


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A NOSTALGIA TANKA

Spring is cricket on the green
Summer is picnics in the park
Autumn is conkers from  the crescent
And in Winter slides on ice
across the schoolyard

After Eihei Dogen (1200-1253)


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The Coming Spring (Tanka)

Spring is in the air
Robin sings by my window
Snow melts to puddles
Red tulip buds crest the earth
Blooming with my smiling soul


© Joseph, March 15, 2008
© All Rights Reserved


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breaking ground

fertile mother earth
cradles inanimate life
'til heat arouses
unfurling delicate limbs 
straining to touch golden warmth


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GLORIOUS AUGUST 14th

Silence shattered
the grouse break cover-
from thunder clouds
curtains of rain
turn day into night


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Autumn Ensemble

Festive centerpiece Orange is its pure essence With candles burning Flowers of season abound An autumn full ensemble
Russell Sivey


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Seasonal Joy

A perfect pumpkin Image of serenity Orange wreath outside Strokes of happiness and joy Unity runs through the season
Russell Sivey


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Autumn Breeze

Leaves that move along As the limbs drift gracefully Softly they glide by In the breeze of the autumn Pleasantly cool time of year
Russell Sivey


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Jack-O-Lantern

Orange fantasy Carved smiling face, a candle Lit inside its soul Flickering beauty inward A calm feeling from within
Russell Sivey


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an image Tanka

spoor tracks
imprint
the virgin snow-
footsteps of yesteryear
echo in my mind


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A MOON TANKA

a single owl screech
breaks the silent
November night-
the Hunters moon
waxes blue


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NIGHT TANKA

deep in the pool
the harvest moon
bleak and surreal
too soon the image
dissolves in space


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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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PINCER MOVEMENT

the pike trawls the shallows
motherless ducklings
nestle together
the heron watches
motionless


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Rebuilding America { Tanka}

                                                              Coastal area
                                               massive under ground currents
                                                          wave of destruction
                                                   Solid foundation of strength
                                                 refurbished  levee's proclaim
                    



                                                        
In Loving Memory 
Of Victims
From Katrinia



Also Big Thanks To
Sir Joseph Spence Again


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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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MORNING TANKA

fog at dawn
necklaced cobwebs
allure
entranced
passers-by


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Fall

Autumn leaves dancing
Spinning and twirling around
All so inspiring
Enticing playful moments
With choreographed echoes.


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Fire Of Autumn (Tanka)

Winter's  awaited

To  rescue  the  nature  from

Fire  of  autumn

Snow's  invited  to  bury

Scattered  leaves on  the  ground.


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Summer Tanka

above the still strand
shrieks of seagulls
die on the inshore breeze-
our twin footsteps disappear
as sunset dissolves


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AUTUMN TANKA

aerobatic antics
signal the dawn
on th hazel tree-
squirrels scramble
a winter store for free


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THE HAVEN

under the hedgerow
along the green lane
off the leaves
slowly down my neck--
rain-drops


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THE V ISTOR

on the garden path
five toes and a pad
imprint the snow-
hunger brings a 
stranger in the night


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WINTER BLUES

winter blankets
the dark earth
makeshift banks
overhang into drifts-
snow falls icy blue


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THE STORM

sycamore swaying-
rooks nesting high
midst the bursting buds-
stick by stick each gust unpicks
a patient labour of love


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ANOTHER TANKA

with a tremor of light-
daybreak tinges
the nigrescent sky grey-
the horizon appears
distinct in my mind's eye


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Tanka again

hanging from the trees
winter fog welcomes the dawn
and obscures the light--
cobwebs shimmer
necklaced to the hedge