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About Life,Death ,and Cherry Blossoms

first cherry blossom withers away too soon under the old tree her lonely footprints stop by the light pink casket
Inspired by the tanka tears contest tanka posted Not for the contest 5/6/5/6/6 syllable modern tanka

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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 .

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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.
12-24-2014

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instead of haiku


instead of haiku
my heart eclipses mind,
freeing syllables
to praise shoots poking through
the snowmelt -- so many !



(5/6/5/6/6 syllybulls)

March 15th, 2015




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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"


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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) 

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GOODBYE MY FRIEND

Always by my side Together seventeen years Buried you today Silent tears fall like raindrops Why did my dog have to die? 02~08~15 Contest - Tanka Tears – Rick Parise Honourable Mention

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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

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TANKA 2

we made sweet music like a symphony of words then sudden silence I long for spring to return with the Chiffchaff’s joyful song 3~20~15 contest:- Tanka 2 Andrea Dietrich ~awarded 3rd place~

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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

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Under Moonlight

                               hand caresses
                               the empty pillow 
                               under moonlight 
                                  white line on finger
                                  that used to shine

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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

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Under Maple Trees

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                our innocence lost
                its ability to blush
                under Maple trees
                unripe fruits camouflaged
                by gold, brown, and red leaves






5/7/5/6/6


09/04/2014


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That's Life

Battling with time. Fighting the hours, losing. The world will not stop. Trying so hard to be something, In the end, you're still nothing.
08-28-2014 For Contest: Just one Tanka

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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

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Early Winter Storm

early winter storm snowflakes mixed with freezing rain chilling to the bone your killer smile warms me along with some lemon tea

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Tanka 2 Life Dance



                                                   a man bent with age
opens trunk, heaves  . . .  wheelchair lifts  --- plop


                                                                 a love dance begins


frail arms link, lift, hug, swirl, down
                                      dosey doe  - death do us part







David Meade
November 7, 2014
Live Generously

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Tanka 1 about Smudged Roses

From between pages the forgotten petal falls on an empty shelf settled dust is today's mud where the priest smells a smudged rose
Inspired by Chris'tanka contest ~Now, for the contest :)

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December Magic



speckling dark green pines gifting the dark diamonds white moonlit snowflakes lay soft fabric for children's play and knitted clouds on the roofs 26~12~2014 Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich Contest Name: A Quintain Christmas

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Christmas Angel

just a glass angel lit with many colored hues she is much like you spreading joy to friends in need a guardian for your tree I could not resist when first I saw her sweet face angels fill my life this is a token of thanks for friendship and loyalty
*December 2, 2014

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I'm a 5

Frail firelight flickers
on moon-pale skin, rosary -
fingers strung with stars,
small sparks of eternity.
The end comes with pure beauty.


(for Catherine)



birth date 9/14, path and destiny number 5
entry for Andrea's 'Tell Me Your Number' contest, written 9/23/2014