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November Dreams by Mika-Stevens, Genevieve
Floret Of Blossoms by Loo, Laura
The Bridge by Wings, Broken
The Fascination of Aspiration by Loo, Laura
Lonely Blythe by Loo, Laura
A Heart Too Weak To Live by Loo, Laura
No Healing or Feeling by Loo, Laura

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And They're Still Blooming



                                            Your magnolia tree
                                            filters the afternoon sun—
                                            I carved our names in its trunk
                                            Those beloved flowers
                                            impregnate the sudden breeze—
                                            You are miles away from here


Copyright © Usual Suspect | Year Posted 2012

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November Dreams

We lie ‘neath the oak on a carpet of brown leaves that lost their amber glory. With eyes tightly shut, we envision spring’s return— hoping our love does the same.
*Written October 6, 2014

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2014

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Summer Afternoon

You lay in half light
As evening is approaching
Breeze stirs the sheer lace curtains
Soft air cools our skin
Our room glows in amber hues
The ceiling fan is humming...

I must wake you soon
The afternoon has faded
But you are sleeping soundly
With such contentment
It seems all the worry lines
Have disappeared from your face

Your legs are tangled
In the softness of the sheets
Your familiar hand now lies
Gently on my waist
The profile on the pillow
Is that boy from long ago

I love watching you
Your lashes are fluttering
What are you dreaming, my love?
How could one explain
That a love like this exists
On a summer afternoon?

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2009

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Yellow Ribbons

Yellow ribbons furl
on oaks that line our driveway
as we await your return.
Their luster's now pale,
reflecting the challenged hope
of a son you’ve never met.

*Entry for Russell’s “Sedoka me any subject” contest
Written February 21, 2012 by Carolyn Devonshire

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2012

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What Would I Take

Oh I would take time
if only to ponder on
and your love to keep me strong
then you I would take
safe within my memory
a shining light ails the gloom.


Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2013

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Raindrops Around Your Dimples

Even the raindrops love to linger on your face like my fingers' tip-toeing, drop by drop they reach around your naughty dimples luscious lips are not too far..... ====================

Copyright © kash poet | Year Posted 2012

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November Dreams

In a dream-like trance

We tread softly along paths

Lit up by flickering lights

We are holding hands

As we stop and read our names

Inscribed on the marble slab

*November is the month of the dead.
  7th October, 2014
Contest: OCTOBER BLISS or NOVEMBER DREAMS/ Sijo or Sedoka 
Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich
Placed: 1st

Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2014

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Before Dementia's Final Assault

On his last day home, Dad went around talking to familiar household objects. Mom said he seemed to be telling his life goodbye, knowing he'd not return home. Written by Andrea Dietrich for Russell Sivey's Sedoka me any subject Poetry Contest

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2012

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cold’s fire rages
against dawn’s smoldering clouds
calliope colors sing
a treetop chorus
sad songs of jubilation
fulfilling soft budded dreams

Copyright © John lawless | Year Posted 2014

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My Hero

He feared not his death,
because he came to know well,
Him who gave us all life’s breath.
He worked at his goal,
taking life’s problems in stride,
Humility was in him.

I remember him
smiling, laughing and patient,
as generous as could be,
adoring his wife,
happy for her attention,
Respectful of his children.

I was glad to be,
a part of that family,
even though for a short time.
I was too young then
to understand what Love is.
He showed me, I’m glad to say.

A real team player,
encouraging and docile,
Bedtime found him on his knees.
Joe knew his business,
and set reachable short goals,
His long range goal was heaven.

This tribute to my good friend Joe T. is my first of this Sedoka poem form which is
Japanese in origin. Six line stanzas 577577. Each stanza is called a Katauta.
I found it easy to communicate the desired message with this form.

Copyright © Robert A. Dufresne | Year Posted 2011

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littered twigs now stale unlike past season, enhanced by rapture of air whistling shades of veiled light hide her bloomed navel with child on path of forgotten love hunched eyes fall on ground clawing moonstruck reveries of how he betrayed night's trust fetus kicks gently stirring her to warm hope's dream for new life cradled by womb ........ Forgotten Contest for Susan

Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2012

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a motionless pond reflects a fragile sky where mushrooms swallowed the sun blossoms drift like tears skimming over old wounds where doves fly against the wind ~ we share the same sun and as moon touches your face I wake with tomorrow's dream lessons we have learned come not from holding the stars but from where we share the light
_______________________________________________________________ Inspired by Deb's Contest: Walk Softly

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2013

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You cast me aside Like an unloved old rag doll You no longer wanted me. Jilted as your bride Your betrayal took its toll Where is my apology? No explanation Has been uttered by your lips - I was waiting at the church! Humiliation As my life is torn to strips … forsaken, left in the lurch. Contest: Sedoka Contest Sponsor Laura Loo Checked with how many syllables 5,7,7,5,7,7 01~04~16

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2016

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Sedoka Contest

When you are near me,
     I’m magnetized by your sphere.
          As tides drawn to wooing moon,
I cannot just be
     motionless when you appear.
          Sadly, you fade away soon.

January, 4, 2015
Contest: Modern Sedoka
Sponsor: Laura Loo

Copyright © Eileen Manassian | Year Posted 2016

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Alone and Loveless

Wanting to have love,
Yet love always eludes me.
I see the lovers smile.
Tears roll down my cheek.
Knowing that I am alone, 
Make the days seem much longer.

Copyright © emily humphreys | Year Posted 2009

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Flare to the Heavens

Flare to the heavens Fired by a goddess’s longbow Igniting a great passion She says we should meet At the hills above her feet Where billowing clouds reside
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey | Year Posted 2012

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Shadow Things

I felt air rising
all about me and waited,
watching heavy clouds leave out
their oppression forms-
no storms came, no lightning struck
ground. I looked back and out came
the new in. I thought

all that changes must abound
within the brain-sheltered heart.
Sun and storms and rain;
a useless thought compared with
blaming and the sin stains in-
(for black-hearted birth)
giving wind to flame outside
of us. Severing the heart-

beat sounds between us;
lovers and friends and neighbors.
All the matter is who wins
and rearranges,
so they can look at certain
clouds and realize a shape
to them. A shadow 
some others cannot weather

because there's doubt. Change has come
about, but slowly.
This has never changed too much;
that we hold on to shadow-
things. Weather passes.

Copyright © Erin Beckett | Year Posted 2011

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November Dreams

Autumn’s shivered eyes
closing over brittle tears;
deepened breath as winter calls.
Late November dreams
of summer’s fevered essence;
life bloomed green in lush bouquet.

07 Oct 2014
OCTOBER BLISS or NOVEMBER DREAMS/ Sijo or Sedoka - Poetry Contest

Copyright © david mohn | Year Posted 2014

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Delusion - SEDOKA Rhymed

Blindfold sight of life
whirl hues delusion that branch
out, with waves of pouring fears     
Voices, colors strife
a deluded avalanche,
there’s no one that sees or hears 


Poetry Contest:  Something Different-SEDOKA FORM (Rhymed)  
 Sponsored by: Laura Loo 

Copyright © Eve Roper | Year Posted 2016

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To Jan

on small island
lives the lovely poet
inspired to her poetry
by good deeds and humor
and grace of expression

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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Andrea Dietrich

what can one say about her
except wonderful
imagination with love
and fine appreciation
of detail inspires me

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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the motionless pond reflects an unblemished sky where war once swallowed the sun - blossoms drift like tears skimming over ancient wounds doves still fly against the wind

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2014

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Child Love

I am whole in you
You are to me as water’s light
A glisten across my face so bright
The gaze you cast me
Is too great to call by name
No words, but caught in the rain

You have found me alone
Into your gentle voiced love
You cradle me from above
Kisses my cheek
I find myself at a loss
Shielded by your warmth from frost

Can I show my love?
Is there any way to speak?
A light as the night grew bleak
Carried to the river
Upon your breast as a babe
Countless hours have I laid

A heaven within
In my eye within I see
I cannot pay what is free
I lie with open hands
You fill yours within my fingers
Long in night, your love still lingers

Copyright © Christopher Steven Coan | Year Posted 2010

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Sedoka's Voodoo

Again, this time comes.
I shall undress these freckles
and wear your youth in honor.
Long journey of life.
Seconds of sand in my glass
shall fall upon your small hands.

Young beautiful nurse.
My husband older than I;
paralyzed and mostly mute.
My son, young like you;
if you only knew- my son
taught me how to save his youth.

Magic of black spells
decorate my husband's bed
as I touch his head and smile.
These superstitions-
you ignored while in his room,
telling me that I'm the fool.

Soon in you was change.
As a home care nurse you felt
lack of faith would cause him death.
So then you believed-
garlic, myrrh, snake tongues and hymns;
anything to save his life.

Now your sacrifice
is complete; my freckles lost.
Take this mirror and see me!
My son; my husband-
reversed himself with he, just
as you are me and

Copyright © Johnny Sumler | Year Posted 2011

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SEDOKA Contest

Close my eyes and dream
     lovely visions in the night
          of us in sensual play.
Kisses sweet as cream
     make my beating heart take flight,
          fly until the break of day.

Then my dream lives on.
     My lover awakes with me.
          Sometimes sweet dreams do come true.
At the break of dawn,
     in life's bare reality,
          my visions came into view.

January 4th, 2016
Modern Sedoka
Sponsor: Laura Loo

Copyright © Lin Lane | Year Posted 2016