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from three miles away
the unmistakable sounds
of howlers chorus  ~

a slithering snake. ~
crushing prey without mercy
green anaconda  ~

small eyed black caiman
twenty foot alligator  ~
watching and waiting ~

waiting in the trees  ~
unsuspecting deer walks by
a jaguar strikes  ~

through overlapping branches
laser beams of sunlight pierce 
the dense canopy   ~

worlds largest rodent
like a giant guinea pig
capybara dives  ~

painful insect sting
as painful as a gunshot
the bullet ants bite  ~

rainforest rivers  ~
home to pods of pink mammals
fresh water dolphins  ~

jesus christ lizards ~
walking across the water
miracles happen  ~

hanging upside down ~
eating green vegetation
slow moving sloths  ~

native indians  ~
rub poison on arrow tips
from the green dart frog

a very short tail  ~
long shaggy coat and red face
bald vakari swings ~

face of a lion ~
now an endangered species
lion tamarin ~

pygmy tribes food source
monkeys, pigs and antelope
hunting to survive ~

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Date: 10/14/2018 2:00:00 PM
This is done so well, a great journey you took the reader on...
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Date: 10/14/2018 11:11:00 PM
Thank you S.O. Yes, its an incredible place for sure. Teeming with species' not yet discovered. Tom.
Date: 10/13/2018 4:40:00 PM
jetlag?... have a fine sunday, tom... huggs
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Date: 10/14/2018 2:12:00 AM
Thanks Nette, no jet lag from Turkey, had it coming back from Florida, took days to get over it. Hope you have a good weekend too. Tom.
Date: 10/12/2018 12:06:00 PM
What an adventure you have taken me on. I loved those images...well, some got me scared. I surely don't like stinging insects. The one about the lizards walking on water, and the way you phrased it, brought a smile.. Great write. You have great talent. :)
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Date: 10/12/2018 12:50:00 PM
Thank you very much Eileen, happy you enjoyed it. Such an interesting place but is full of danger too. Tom.
Date: 10/11/2018 3:16:00 PM
Great walk through the rainforest...beautiful and dangerous! I’ve seen sloths and the Jesus Christ lizards,
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Date: 10/11/2018 3:49:00 PM
Thanks Kim. a place I'd love to visit but only with an experienced guide, indeed beautiful but as you say dangerous. Tom.
Date: 10/11/2018 2:03:00 PM
Enjoyed the thrilling journey in the rainforest! A profusion of natural beauty and wild species.. impressively crafted by a master of poetry! Thank you so much for sharing Tom.. My deepest regards. Be blessed always.
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Date: 10/11/2018 2:50:00 PM
Thank you so much Besma, I appreciate your lovely comments. Nature is indeed a wonderful inspiration for artists and poets alike. Tom.
Date: 10/11/2018 7:07:00 AM
back home?.. soupie you later, tom.. huggs
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Date: 10/11/2018 2:47:00 PM
Haha yes, wish I'd stayed longer , its cold and rainy here now. Tom
Date: 10/10/2018 10:02:00 PM
A great string of haiku Tom, I see you enjoy those nature shows as much as I do. Great writes..I've seen a special with the poison darts...the world is so much different as we know it, a whole different world out there my friend... Stay well good friend...Charlie
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Date: 10/11/2018 1:18:00 AM
Thank you Charlie, those wildlife program's are so interesting. The rainforest is something else, a fascinating place for sure. Tom
Date: 10/10/2018 9:12:00 AM
A lively string of Haikus, only you can render, Tom...ready for a win if for a contest...love & light...^WW^
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Date: 10/10/2018 10:47:00 AM
Thanks W.W. Glad you enjoyed them , not for a contest though. Tom.
Date: 10/9/2018 9:50:00 PM
Lovely anthology, Tom...my favorite...the Vakari 'ku...read aloud (as poems should) is delightful!
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Date: 10/9/2018 10:14:00 PM
Thank you very much James, I'm happy you liked them. Regards. Tom
Date: 10/9/2018 2:11:00 PM
You bring the rain forest to life, Tom...our senses are captivated....even the sixth one!! I am tempted...to visit or keep my distance!:) // paul
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Date: 10/9/2018 4:40:00 PM
Thank you Paul, a fascinating place without a doubt but danger lurks everywhere, the ground, the rivers and in the trees. Might be best to keep away. Tom
Date: 10/8/2018 4:17:00 PM
Wow, so many remarkable images are created in your haiku series, Tom! I feel like I just took a trip through a rain forest. (That 20-foot gator would be quite frightening.) Excellent work, my friend! Love, Carolyn (I posted a new contest. Hope you'll check it out. No hurry.)
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Date: 10/9/2018 3:08:00 AM
Thank you Carolyn, glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I'll certainly have a go. Tom
Date: 10/8/2018 2:45:00 PM
You have penned a great string of haikus, Tom, loaded with wonderful imagery. I almost felt like I was there!
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Date: 10/8/2018 3:03:00 PM
Thank you very much Carol, There is so much to discover on our beautiful earth and in the oceans depths and I think why go into space when there is so much here. Tom.
Date: 10/8/2018 12:50:00 PM
- A wonderful safari - This gave me many beautiful scenery, beautifully written Tom :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 10/8/2018 1:06:00 PM
Thank you very much Sunshine, happy you liked it. Tom.
Date: 10/8/2018 12:23:00 PM
You have rained forth a fabulous collection of memorable images. Well done, my friend. ~ Gershon
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Date: 10/8/2018 1:04:00 PM
Thank you very much Gershon, it is an amazing place and so many new discoveries' being made all the time. Tom.
Date: 10/8/2018 10:33:00 AM
Wonderful Haiku about the rain forest; too many species of plant and animal here face extinction and what about the plants that heal? How many lives may be lost once the rain forests are gone? Some that are anti-dotes for those insect stings...It is a fascinating place. Well done.
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Date: 10/8/2018 10:39:00 AM
Thank you M.L., yes, a facinating place indeed, so sad that many species' will become extinct in part due to mankinds greed. Tom.
Date: 10/8/2018 8:38:00 AM
A brilliant piece of work to write a fabulous rainforest anthology in Haiku form, Tom. T.J
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Date: 10/8/2018 10:37:00 AM
Thank you very much Teppo. Tom.
Date: 10/8/2018 8:34:00 AM
AMAZING, Tom! Janice
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Date: 10/8/2018 10:37:00 AM
Thank you Janice. Tom.
Date: 10/7/2018 6:10:00 PM
This is like the haiku jungle book, Tom. Great descriptions of these creatures.
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Date: 10/7/2018 11:17:00 PM
Thank you Andrea, glad you liked it. Tom.
Date: 10/7/2018 11:47:00 AM
you covered a big jungle of a 'ku, tom... i am impressed!...huggs
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Date: 10/7/2018 3:59:00 PM
Thank you Nette, a fascinating place without a doubt, there is so much wildlife and exotic plants I don't think I could ever cover the whole story. Tom.
Date: 10/6/2018 6:51:00 PM
this is a wonderful information, but also scary food chain ...
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Date: 10/6/2018 11:28:00 PM
Thanks Eve, thankfully we're not part of it but can be if we enter the forest. Tom.
Date: 10/6/2018 3:10:00 PM
wonderful and scary Tom, the imagination is superb.
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Date: 10/6/2018 11:26:00 PM
Thank you very much Harry, already mankind starting to clear parts of the forest for building and farming, a big mistake . Tom.
Date: 10/6/2018 8:19:00 AM
This is amazing Tom. Well written! :)
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Date: 10/6/2018 9:24:00 AM
Thank you very much Heidi, happy you liked it. Tom.
Date: 10/6/2018 7:05:00 AM
This is awesome..amazed by your talents Tom..you chained together imagery of rain forest in so many haiku poems..Like Demetrios says..a haiku treasure.
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Date: 10/6/2018 7:17:00 AM
Thank you Vijay, its a place that has always fascinated me. Tom.
Date: 10/6/2018 6:18:00 AM
You have made the rain forest amazingly appealing to me through this terrific poem, my friend. Wow! I do so want to go now! Waiting to see what gets me first.
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Date: 10/6/2018 7:12:00 AM
Watch out ! , It's teeming with millions of different species that they're discovering all the time. But how long will it stay intact until mankind starts to destroy it Tom.
Date: 10/6/2018 4:05:00 AM
A Haiku treasure dearest, Tom! Impressive!
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Date: 10/6/2018 4:46:00 AM
Thank you Demetrios, happy you enjoyed it. Tom.
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