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And They're Still Blooming

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                                            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






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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?

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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

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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

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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..... ====================

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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

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FORGOTTEN PATH OF LOVE



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

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fragility

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

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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.

25/10/2013

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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.



5/30/11
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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 I...you.

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Hiroshima --- for Itty Bitty Contest

a motionless pond reflecting a fragile sky where war once swallowed the sun - blossoms drift like tears skimming over the old wounds doves still fly against the wind

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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

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Inseparable Love (Sedoka)

The father and son
Inseparable relations
Guiding the path of true faith
Love of a mother
Glorious pillar of strength
Wept at the foot of the cross


The Sedoka is an unrhymed poem made up of two three-line poems called a 
katauta with the following syllable counts: 5/7/7, 5/7/7.  A Sedoka, pair of katauta 
as a single poem, may address the same subject from differing perspectives.  
The katauta is an unrhymed three-line poem with the following syllable counts: 
5/7/7.  



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His Testament (Sedoka)

Joseph His servant
Enslaved by those in the dark
A female falsely accused
Delivered by God
Displayed a heart of pure gold
True testament of God’s love


Comments:   One does not have to look too far in today's society to find a modern 
day Joseph. The Sedoka is an unrhymed poem made up of two three-line 
poems called a katauta with the following syllable counts: 5/7/7, 5/7/7.  A Sedoka, 
pair of katauta as a single poem, may address the same subject from differing 
perspectives.  The katauta is an unrhymed three-line poem with the following 
syllable counts: 5/7/7.  This Sedoka highlights Joseph, God’s noble servant and 
dreamer

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Paradise - Sedoka

A mysterious place
Created for everyone
Some said it's the real heaven
Beyond human's eye
A conundrum to one's mind
Aspiration to all souls.


By: Mari Sadatoku - March 10,2013
      8:17 p.m.

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A Philly Cheesesteak

A Philly cheesesteak on a long Italian roll would be very nice right now. I want fried onions, and give me hot peppers too. At the moment, I’m hungry! Robert Pettit for Russell Sivey's "Sedoka Me Any Subject" contest

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Endless Possibilities


Ear stud to ear stud many possibilities..... Your lips just make it endless. Lost in the deep sea.... your beauty spot now guides me to reach safely on the shore.

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My Boys

Two peas in a pod
Thats what they say you boys are
Acting as one and the same
Twin boys you were born
So much alike I can see
Both so naughty and so nice
Sedoka me any subject contest Sponsored by: Russell Sivey Written by: Carol Brown 02/25/2012 3rd Place winner

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Autumn Feathers and Leaves

Leaves scooped in a pile On this gray side of paling, Feathers and sunshine maples; In the fall of life. Past crinkled furrows, smiles deep... Blowing frosty weathered hair. ~ "paling" - picket fence/fence made of pales .. For Russel Sivey's contest : " Sedoka Me Any Subject" written by gautami phookan ..

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Morning dawn

 Sedoka... 5-7-7-5-7-7
morning marinate merge in lost meditation losing all irritation absorb, marinate line up on new principle marinate in new precept of morning session evaluate marinate accept life’s renewed menu bind the old concept leave concepts of strife behind enter dawn of a new day as in eagle’s flight I have mitigated wings unlimited potential power essential infinite infinity I advance in destiny =========== In Honor of Nette And contest: In 24 hours By John Moses Freeman

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Rutabaga For Lunch

Rutabaga cooks On range emitting strong scent After chopped by sharp hachet Done rutabaga Served on plate with slotted spoon They enjoyed _not very much!
Sponsor: Russell Sivey Contest: Sedoka Me Any Subject Written by: Sara Kendrick