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Best Short Poems and Short Poetry. Read the best short poems on the web. These are the top short poems on PoetrySoup. Links to famous short poems as well. See the short poem categories listed below.


Petal

Pink and perfect mystery 
to which I ply my finger, 
she ripens so exquisitely
the longer that I linger

and fluff the modest blossom
with my gentle loving hand,
teasing, ever pleasing
so that now I understand

how beautiful the flower
that yields without duress,
blooming now so fully
in the warmth of my caress....

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Categories: love,



Premium Member Unspoken Words
I often scribble in the sand 
The words I find so hard to say
And hope the wind will come along 
And blow them all your way.


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Contest: Simply Beautiful
Sponsor: Kelly Deschler
Placing: 2nd   (April 2015)

Contest: Five Lines or Less
Sponsor: Black Eyed Susan
Placing: 2nd   (April  2014)

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Categories: words,

Premium Member In Strangler's Wood - tanka version
At a dead man’s throat lies the rain drenched woolen scarf that stifled his screams. Cold Winds howl through decayed trees - witnesses in the shadows.
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Categories: autumn, mystery, rain,

Premium Member The Poetess
She feels the wind of summer’s soft caress

and listens to the magic in its sound.

How perceptive is the poetess

who senses nature’s beauty all around.

She finds a place to write in tranquil hours.

Then from her thoughts bloom words like pretty flowers.


June 18, 2018 for Silent One's 'When line SIX is a perfect FIX' Contest...

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Categories: poetess,

Premium Member Snowflake
A fragile winter butterfly
Flutters from the sky
So soft and yet her heart
Is cold and made of ice
But if I warm it
She will melt and die

                      ~~~

Author:  Elaine George...

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Categories: nature,



Premium Member Autumn's Season
Autumn brushes her hair slowly Letting the glorious colors flow gently to the earth below. Showing off vibrant colors in contrast to summer's green dress. Out doing the starkness, of winter's white coat. Autumn compares the mutable shades of spring to her fall Giving a sigh ,end of another season. She packs her brush as frost touches her tips.
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Categories: nature,

Premium Member Love Is Free

      a puppet dances

   to its own merry tune

    no strings attached

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[Inspired by Jan Allison’s 
      poem “Love is Bind”]

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Categories: freedom, love,

Premium Member - Haiku X 62 - Deep Wounded -


    Deep wounds that leave scars
    One moment much more must flow
    Shadows from the soul

    Her tears in silence
    The strong arms that held her up
    In the thoughts and deeds

    Please do not grieve more
    And afterwards remember
    Pearls of morning’s dew





    05.08.2015 A-L Andresen :)
    Copyright © All Rights Reserved
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Categories: cry, hurt,

her silent seams


her words,

 now naked.

Finally 

letting them       e
                     e       v
                      v     o
                          l 

and run into
                 silent seams




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Categories: words,

Premium Member In This Place

I am the weed
Nestled
In a crack in the pavement
Dismantling concrete
Crumbling foundations
In this man made world
Rooted in the earth
Despite the city
I am the seed




11/05/18

Composed for Line Gauthier's
Zen Poetry Contest...

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Categories: city, nature,

Premium Member rewriting poems

i long to hold you
like a poet 
holds their pen

caress you gently
beneath the linger
of thoughts
as they fall
from the depths
of mind

play with you
like a poet 
plays with words
in the depths of poetry

lay you down
on sheets of white
in the thrusts
of metaphor
like a poem

then rewrite you again
through breathless sighs...

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Categories: poems, poetry,

Premium Member Secret of the Mortician
The Secret of the Mortician

Dead, but I got eyes
Prepares my body at the morgue
Opens the chest
Drains the blood from its nudity
Admires my body before it decays

After The process of embalming
His hands run all over
I'm still dead
He's satisfied

The next day 
Writes an outstanding obituary 
I sit on display

~SKAT~...

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© SKAT A   Create an image from this poem.
Categories: corruption, dark, death, funeral,

Premium Member Sand Castle De Mal
~Sand Castle De Mal~

Beauty sails along the shores of life
Out there broken dreams form above sand dunes
Silent, God listens to the triumph of his creation



3-14-2015
3 line verse...

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© SKAT A   Create an image from this poem.
Categories: beautiful, beauty, deep, dream,

Premium Member HEAVENLY HERALD
dainty daffodil your golden trumpet fanfares the dawning of spring 09-18-14 Published in Haiku Journal #33 by Prolific Press
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Categories: nature, spring,

Premium Member Shadow of Death
My shadow flirts with the sun
As I caress the darkness
We are one and separate
As my shadow smiles
Anxiety suffocates me
The shadow will soon fade
I shall die
One happy, one not
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Categories: angst, destiny, introspection, pain,

Premium Member Other Side of the Wall
Silence? or is that a cry I hear Screams? or is that memories hiding? Wall yes I listen to a wall days weeks forever A white wall stares back at me curiosity mounts I feel the wall whiteness blinds me My heart stops a rhythm still dances ah a smile crashes into me two yes two hearts one wall
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Categories: art, friendship, imagery, introspection,

A Tempest of Tears


surrendering reflective puddles of rained regrets and sins I offer my humility the only gift I can give. Susan Ashley September 2, 2018 ~ First Place ~ Pithy Pants Poetry Contest Maureen McGreavy
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Categories: appreciation, beauty, introspection, spiritual,

Premium Member A Ripple In Time
A new borns cry
Tearful last good bye

Swaying waves of golden prairie grass
Shifting desert dunes - an hour glass

An acorn dropping among forest leaves
To mighty oak - a lifetime of dreams

The changing moon - to full again
Each morn' the sun - new skies begin

Eagles soar high - our hearts go there
These ripples in time - we all share

©Donna Jones...

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Categories: introspection,

Premium Member SCINTILLATING SNOWFLAKES
Wintry white wisps wondrously whirl Soft sparkling snowflakes silently swirl Coolly carpeting countrysides carefully Dazzling diamonds dancing delightfully Submitted Contest forms A contest Sponsored by Broken Wings 28th December 2014
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Categories: winter,

Premium Member MORNING OR MOURNING
Such precious gemstones Morning dew shines like diamonds God’s tears from heaven Written on 18th February 2 days before my father died Posted 22nd February 2015
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Categories: beauty, loss,

Night-Blooming Jasmine
Night-Blooming Jasmine
expert seducer with soft silky lips, silver blue moon sweetly kisses a slumbering beauty awakening desire; greeting her lover, Night-Blooming Jasmine unfolds perfumed petals
11-02-2015 Contest: Any Old Poem #6 Sponsor: SKAT A Placement: 6th ...

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Categories: beauty, flower, moon, nature,

Premium Member Seeing Autumn's oak adorn
Painting sky before I was born,
Draping my grave in leaf and acorn.

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Contest: Crystalline
Sponsor: Rick Parise
11.22.14
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Categories: autumn, birth, death, life,

Premium Member BLACKBIRD HAIKU
beautiful blackbird chirruping the sweetest songs morning has broken Poem inspired by this wonderful Beatles song sung in Scottish Gaelic by Julie Fowlis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MzetQfKwbE 05~20~17
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Categories: beauty, bird, morning, nature,

Haiku
afterglow
dark ripples still warm
from sunrise...

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Categories: nature,

Premium Member TOUCH -Sharon's Acrostic contest
Tenderness exudes from him as he takes the hand

Of the woman, sick and frail; he’s a gifted man.

Uncommonly calm, he utters, “God has a plan.”

Consoling her, he is guided to soothe her soul and

Heal her body, for God’s spirit tells him he can.


June 27, 2017  For Sharon Gulley's Touch Me With Words Poetry Contest...

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Categories: spiritual,