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Midnight Pearls


                                        Shine, midnight pearls!
                                        The smoke curls up in whirls of doom

                                        On the wet sand 
                                        my own hand draws unplanned pierced hearts

                                        Deep blue-black sky
                                        I play by rules and sigh despair

                                        To lay aside 
                                        starry-eyed dreams that hide a sin

                                        Shine, distant stars!
                                        Through guitars notes, through scars of time

                                        For her first kiss
                                        an abyss drains all bliss from me

                                        And far away
                                        shadows play down their spray of doubts

                                        Opaque pearls, shine!
                                        On this fine night, define my north


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Be a Flame

Burning candle tells a tale of pure selfless life Be such a flame let your aim be to tame darkness. =========000========= A Than-Bauk, conventionally a witty saying or epigram, is a three line "climbing rhyme" poem of Burmese origin. Each line has four syllables. The rhyme is on the fourth syllable of the first line, the third syllable of the second line, and the second syllable of the third line. =========000==========

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Juicy Kaboosey

her derriere in the air high eyes wearing out
Than-Bauk written for Rick Parise's contest

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Who's in Charge

Who's in charge here? Can't they hear us? No ear, perhaps!
*Inspired by technical difficulties on the Soup and written for Dr. Ram's Than-Bauk contest.

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It's Complicated

Yelled at her ex
Wild rough sex next
Complex friendship

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goodbye, sweet day

Magenta sky
     shines at twilight
as I ponder
how the sun glows
      though night flows in!

Dusk grows colder. . . 

A lone gull’s cry
has me sighing
       goodbye, sweet day.

Written 4/13/12
by Andrea Dietrich

Inspired by nette onclaud's

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Twilight Float


  Fishermen's  boat,
   Frosts  them  coat  blue;
     Mists  float  twilight.
       Drooping  skies  sweep
          On  wings  deep waves;  
              Now  sleep  our  men.
                    Ocean's  heart  swells,
                       In  wind  dwells  night;
                              Tales  tells  cold  sea.


For nette's contest "THAN-BAUK A TWILIGHT"
by gautami phookan

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Hoss Race

Long shot prospect
named “Reject Hoss”
bedecked with sweat.

He fell to last
‘till he passed gas
so fast, he flew!

He ran with ease.
At Jockey’s  prod,
he squeezed in front!

Forty to one,
odds he won was
pure fun for Hoss.

Inspired by Dr. Ram's Than- Bauk contest.
written 8/6/11

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Twilight Flare

UNSUPPORTED CODE my twilight love stars above flare both of our hearts true love began more love than sky will span twilight night lives always hearts ablaze share love stays at dawn By Rhonda Johnson-Saunders, April 10, 2012 for ** THAN-BAUK A TWILIGHT Contest (Nette Onclaud)

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Dark Beginnings


edgy ink*lings
starlight *singers
un-*ring the moon

herald of *dark
disem*bark coal
breed *sparks gem stones...

cover our *wounds 
with sleep *sound's tick
mon*soon midnights

Poet: Debbie Guzzi
Contest: Than-Bauk a Twilight
*indicates the word or syllable
of the word which rhymes
[4th syll.,3th syll.,2nd syll.]

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Hissing Dragon

Hissing heartshaped Dragon draped route Escaped ship slips Camouflaged trap Seaward map shown Sails slap in breeze Portal to sea Songs of glee flow From freedom's voice
Inspired by Debbie's contest..

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The Granny Rap

Granny tries rap
Wears ballcap back
"Yo Pap you dap"

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I'd rather than baulk

I just can't "baulk"
i'd rather walk
"than" caulk to do

Copyright Joe Maverick 2011

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Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

Out in the sun ice cream runs down someone’s sad face Fun will begin once again, when the chin is clean, A few more dimes just in time, will buy nine more cones! Ice cream for all as we sprawl, in the shawl of shade ...................................................................................................................................... In honor of Dr. Ram Mehta's Contest: "Than-Bauk"

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A Romance Made of the Evening Twilight in the Woods


dusk's serenade when we laid doubts and swayed like ferns you were ahead with unsaid words to tread a path love as a pit the moon lit late blame it on me

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All Work and No Play

I’d think about
Work without Play -
And doubt my mind…

For Nancy’s If I didn't think what I think, here's what I'd think contest

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Cheeseburgers, fries,
and sweet pies. . . . but
one dies happy!

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Dressed Blues

<                                                 he took the fall
                                                   dressed blues call now
                                                   hearts wall skips beat


Written by Katherine Stella 8/7/11

A Than-Bauk, conventionally a witty saying or epigram, is a three line "climbing rhyme" poem of Burmese origin. Each line has four syllables. 

The rhyme is on the fourth syllable of the first line, the third syllable of the second line, and the second syllable of the third line. 

Tribute To U.S Marine Corps

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The ultimate sensation and so pure, 
Skips a beat, uncontrollable, yet feels amazing,
Beating simultaneously - an intense magnetism

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Goodbye my love

Cannot please thee
not if he stays
The key does turn

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weeps the sliced moon... her cold gloom, like pale tomb of ash Trinity Contest of DebbieGuzzi by nette onclaud

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Windows to the Soul

Open your mind
you will find that
the world is one

Open your eyes
see how lies fly
all in plain sight

Open your ears
lay the fears down
trust only God

Open your heart
life's not art, it
changes daily

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Sweating it

He spun the wheel,
no big deal there;
no real money.

In a short while.
that big smile of
poor Lyle vanished.

He pursed his lips,
Gripped his chips and
Took nips of gin.

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Sight, Light, Fright, delight and benight

I saw her once
In the glance and
In trance I stood.

My heart was light
Walked with light step
But light waned out.

Heard her foot near
Was all ears but
Oh, fear crept in.

Looked at her face
Could not place her
Preface to see.

Then she was nigh
Heard her sigh still
Felt pry on me.


Dr. Ram Mehta
Eighth Place win in:
Contest Than-Bauk sponsored by Rick Parishe

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This is no joke
Fate will knock out
A stroke will come...

Entry for Rick Parise’s “Than-Bauk” contest.