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The Blue by Martin, Thomas
Round and round by Martin, Thomas
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Years Make You Wiser by Negron, Nayda Ivette
Red Nails by Ward, Julia

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In Strangler's Wood - tanka version

In forest dark where trees bend low
beneath a slice of half moon’s glow,
          silent shadows waver there,
          chilled by gusts of autumn air.

Quavering, as if afraid,
they fall on stumps from trees decayed.
     among those stumps the shadows creep
     and shroud a form that seems asleep.

Lightning flashes . . . Thunder peals.
A sight forlorn the light reveals
          a man, quite dead, in woolen coat,
          with scarf of death left on his throat.

The shadows saw, and now they quake,
lone witnesses in murder’s wake.
     They cannot speak, but if they could,
     they’d tell all travelers of the wood:

"We’re not the foe.  It’s one of you
that makes us tremble as we do.
          Although we loom and cause you fear,
          something worse is lurking here."

Then Thunder echoes in accord
as from the sky, cold rain is poured.
     And silent shadows start to shrink
     into a night of blackened ink.


At a dead man’s throat lies the rain drenched woolen scarf that stifled his screams. Cold Wind howls through decayed trees - witnesses in the shadows. For Debbie Guzzi's Metamorph Poetry Contest a rhyming poem changed to a tanka


Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2013

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JEALOUSY

~It's Out There~

Green colored field 
A flower without the sun 
Wilts from distrust 
now washed away 
by the man storm

by:


Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2015

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Watercolours in the Rain

~*~ Summer to Autumn ~*~ Expresses blooms of beauty, ~ primary pastels ~ whilst impending changes loom ~*~ Water colours in the rain ~*~ http://www.thehighlanderspoems.com/nature-13.php


Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2010

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December Magic

December Magic
Waltzing with the wind, in crocheted gowns of white lace… flurries of snowflakes sway to sweet divine music... that only angels can hear.


Copyright © Pandita Sanchez | Year Posted 2014

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Sad Song -Tanka

"Marriage after Sunrise"


sunset drunken light
on lavender glass of wine
a long lost tear falls
converts into sleeping pills
dismiss the rain again


 
"Divorce before Sunset"



Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2012

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As One Together

moon and stars above
warm summer night breeze blowing
arms wrapped around me
closeness makes my body weak
your breath, the warm breeze, I melt
our hearts together
beat now as one forever
till death do us part
A Mesh Of Forms Contest of Russell Sivey Written by Carol Brown 03/22/2012 Using the forms Tanka & Senryu 1st Place Winner


Copyright © Carol Sunshine Brown | Year Posted 2012

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A yarn of sunshine

"I've got sunshine" 

TANKA~ 1
This heavy weight wind
jiggles the chimes limbs hanging
sensitively 
a thousand sound waves invade 
visible radiation
~~~~~

TANKA~ 2
Dark moonlight tempest
blunders off the mountain top
a massive flooring…
the courageous beam of light
saved souls upon meadow blades
~~~~~

TANKA ~3 
A place called daylight
where the beam is always pure
luminescence 
if you could only feel this
you’d ask to hold the torchlight 
~~~~~

TANKA~ 4
Somewhere were you sleep
the fluorescence substance light 
absorbs your beauty
every second that you breath 
the light becomes like sunshine 
~~~~~

TANKA  ~5 
Sky of falling stars
belong in my diary
notification
renewing my wedding vows
sunshine begins with me
~~~~~

TANKA~ 6
Missed the snooze button;
pendulum rods tick out loud 
morning bird and worm;
sunlit curtains sooth out rays 
anonymous melody
~~~~~

TANKA ~7
Two rainbows petals 
peek outside with loneliness
against no sunlight
rainy weather condition 
no color will bring you back 
~~~~~

by;PD 
10-10-12
for: contest


Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2012

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Under Maple Trees

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                our innocence lost
                its ability to blush
                under Maple trees
                unripe apples camouflaged
                by golden and rusty leaves




09/04/2014


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Copyright © Ruben O. | Year Posted 2014

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In Twilight

               left behind
               fading trails across the sky
               in twilight
               at the nursing home
               my father asks me my name
              
              

(3/7/3/5/7)

3/20/2015


Copyright © Ruben O. | Year Posted 2015

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Moonlight Sewing Night

pearlescent moonbeams satin spools unravelling through dark threads of trees fragile crocheted filaments luminous lunar lacework scattered sequin stars bright beads on night's black fabric silken starlight strands darn darkness with silver yarn moonlight's purled embroidery


Copyright © Charlotte Jade Puddifoot | Year Posted 2011

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wooden rafts float


wooden sea- rafts float
  
     as the hardest beads

        the mildest songs

offer layered dahlias

   for holy queen's regatta




~ Dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima's 90th Anniversary
( edited)
3/10/2015


Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2015

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Tanka

we ran gleefully chasing the summer’s fireflies putting them in jars. . . those warm nights of our childhood - they flickered, and then were gone 4/1/2015


Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2015

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Tanka 1 about Smudged Roses

Now published at tankajournal.com




Inspired by Chris'tanka contest ~Now, for the contest :)


Copyright © Charmaine Chircop | Year Posted 2014

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Sending Waves

My feelings flounder
like a sky of dying stars
already snuffed out
yet still sending waves of light
to haunt my heart at midnight


Copyright © Heather Ober | Year Posted 2013

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Crescent Witness

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                                         A crescent witness 
                                         holding its pale light in waves
                                         night of solitude
                                         On the shore of deep waters 
                                         the distance between          lands waits
                                         




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Copyright © Ruben O. | Year Posted 2009

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Eyes

Father’s of sky blue
mother’s of deep hazel brown
a blend of the two
sunlight on dew in meadow
or moss clinging to the stone

© Harry J Horsman 2016


Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2016

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Window Dressings

she holds to her eyes two lovely white daisies window dressings that conceal a sullied soul For PD's Photograph #1 -under 10 lines- Contest


Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2016

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Hope

Hope I shut out sorrow. Drowning in my rainy days, I hide from the hurt... close my eyes to what has been; close my eyes on what's to come. Yet, past my sorrow, somehow I know they will come; new flowers of joy will spring from my lonely tears... to bask in sunshine again. Sandra M. Haight ~6th Place~ Contest: Photograph #1 - Under 10 Lines Sponsor: Poet Destroyer Judged: 04/18/2016


Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2016

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I'm So Jealous

~The One That Got Away~


Here I lay weeping

I sing a sad song to sleep 

Fire cracking bones

kicking, screaming, pulling hair

The moment, gone forever


~SKAT~



Copyright © SKAT A | Year Posted 2015

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A Good News Story

Cesarean birth a newborn hugs his mom's face - his cheek pressed to hers. . . pulled away from her, he screams some bonds cannot be broken


Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2014

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Spilling to Death

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                                                    Beaches in mourning:
                                                    clean species engulf their hopes
                                                    through a viscous trance
                                                    Ignominy and death stick
                                                    to the short time remaining...




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Copyright © Ruben O. | Year Posted 2010

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Eternal Soul

The soul's forever—
As an eternal spirit.
Leaves this mortal coil . . . 
	 Again to the spirit world 
And home to Heaven’s Kingdom!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, 
Schoeningen, Germany (November 7, 2014)
(Tanka poetic format) 


Copyright © Gary Bateman | Year Posted 2014

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Frozen Fragments

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




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Copyright © Ruben O. | Year Posted 2013

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the farm boy

amidst the green field
behind grandpa’s old brick house
lies a broken fridge,
unmindful of time passing
until my mom calls me home.


Copyright © Ernesto P. Santiago | Year Posted 2010

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When Love Creates

Eyes to eyes now meet Tenderly our lips touch We, adventurous Rhythmic vibrations rejoice When love creates little ones .


Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2014