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Poem Details | by harry horsman |
Categories: life,

Death is not the End

like nature in spring
begins the season of life
winter a blessing
where memories are best kept
waiting the resurrection

© Harry J Horsman 2018

Poem Details | by Constance La France |
Categories: grief,

Last Meow

In your last meow,
I held you right on my heart;
then- then you left me . . .
I held you till you were stone,
and I had to let you go.

July 8, 2018

Poetry/Tanka/Last Meow
Copyright Protected, ID 18-1040-162-01
All Rights Reserved.  Written under Pseudonym.

Poem Details | by Tim Ryerson |
Categories: funeral,

Grave-side Service

weather-beaten sign
driven down in dying weeds
forsaken headstone
oh nameless, forgotten soul
the Savior knows who you are

Poem Details | by Charmaine Chircop |
Categories: bereavement, birth,

Tanka 2 about The Cherry Blossom and Life

on melting snow first cherry blossom withers too soon mum ties pink ribbons to the white casket Or on melting snow first cherry blossom withers too soon mum unties ribbons from empty cot-bed
Inspired by Chris`tanka contest,not for the contest

Poem Details | by Seren Roberts |
Categories: death, sea,

lost at sea - new tanka

wind carries the cries
of lost souls departed hence.
Claimed in the white foam
of a turbulent spring tide....
St Nicholas* comforts them

* St Nicholas patron saint of sailors

penned 31 March 2015

Poem Details | by Kristin Reynolds |
Categories: death, dedication, love

For Paulie: RIP

in this silence
the respirator breathes…
we did not know
his heart

*Inspired by Brian Strand's, Indelible Impressions contest. This was written the day after my 
Step-father-in-law passed away...he passed while we were in the room.

Poem Details | by JAN ALLISON |
Categories: death, i miss you,


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

Poem Details | by Rick Eichelberg |
Categories: death, self, suicide,

The very last cut

Do you see my wrists?
They cry blood when I do this;
Push the blade deeper.

Poem Details | by Sharon Ruebel |
Categories: death, husband,

No Goodbye

    All the people gone

        not wanting to say goodbye

            next to you i sit

                frozen unable to weep

                    the earth falls from my small hand...

Poem Details | by Keith Trestrail |
Categories: africa, death,

An African Tale

broke is the spirit
and turgid the belly's bloat
with no tears to cry -
she is at her point of death
and a part of us will die

     March 2015

Poem Details | by Paul Callus |
Categories: death, pain,

Tanka Tears

You had lots of fun
At the local where drinks flowed.
Night took you away...
One last breath in mangled wreck;
My heart aches. Why can’t I cry?

Contest: Tanka Tears
Sponsor: Rick Parise
Chosen POTD ~ 14th Feb 2015

Poem Details | by Andrea Dietrich |
Categories: cat, death of a friend,

Letting Callie Go

A full year it grew as dear Callie cat endured that stinking cancer. Night screams came, which pierced my heart. Only then could I let go. . .

Poem Details | by Gary Bateman |
Categories: allegory, body, change, death, heaven, imagery, spiritual,


Marks the end of life—
Transformation now begins.
The soul exits the Earth’s plane . . . 
	     A new journey’s underway . . . 
Heaven’s the destination!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, 
Schoeningen, Germany (November 12, 2014)
(Tanka poetic format)

Poem Details | by Pandita Sanchez |
Categories: bereavement, death of a friend, grief, sorrow,

Lament for the Dead

Lament for the Dead
buried deep beneath Twin Towers’ bloodstained rubbles my murdered loved one
a heartbroken heaven wept trapping joy in a time warp…
In memory of Alva Sanchez who was killed on September 11, 2001, during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York City; and dedicated to my nephew, Ryan who was left motherless. 02-11-2015 Contest: Tanka Tears Sponsor: Rick Parise Placement: HM

Poem Details | by Sunshine Smile |
Categories: angel, death, heaven,

- Gentle Wings -

                                       Grief can swallow you
                               Soft tears of love from your heart
                                          Memories to keep
                                 Pearl drops falling from the sky
                                         Eternity has no end

Sun :) - A-L Andresen :)
Copyright © All Rights Reserved

Tanka  5-7-5-7-7  syllables

Poem Details | by James Fraser |
Categories: career, conflict, death, loss, patriotic, war, work,

Tanka 3

silently I lie awaiting I await thee a wry smirk greets me sighted precision confirms sporadic crimson now speaks

Poem Details | by Constance La France |
Categories: death, life, loss, sad,



Poem Details | by Sandra Haight |
Categories: death, sorrow,

The Circle

The Circle Beginning and end Together form full circle... Life connects with death. Your circle is formed…with tears I mourn death’s painful closure. © Sandra M. Haight 2015 All Rights Reserved ~NA~ Contest: Tanka Tears Sponsor: Rick Parise Judged: 03/10/2015

Poem Details | by Constance La France |
Categories: death, grief, mother,

lamenting mother

~~ I wept and I weep. All my tears cried since that day, could fill the oceans. I counted each gasping breath; the end came with dawn's bird song. __________________________ February 8, 2015 Poetry/Tanka/lamenting mother Copyright Protected, ID 15-639-176-0 All Rights Reserved. Written under Pseudonym. For the contest, Tanka Tears, sponsor Rick Parise Honorable Mention

Poem Details | by Laura Leiser |
Categories: adventure, death,

Last Climb

Bone chilled, numb fingers
fight to clench the precipice
in frigid, thin air
against the restless mountains
he releases his burdens.

Written on 5/26/2016

Poem Details | by Annalise Brigham...a.k.a. Audrey Haick |
Categories: death, father, loss, sad

The Grand Staircase

Kept calling to him As he climbed the grand staircase Never knew he'd died I climbed but could never reach him Papa turned, smiled, waved good bye ~*~
BY: Annalise Brigham FOR: Michael's "Tanka Me A Dream" Contest

Poem Details | by Black Eyed Susan |
Categories: death, grief,

still trying

still trying
to bench-press
this weight
the debt
my father left me

Poem Details | by Rick Parise |
Categories: death, inspirational, life, perspective,

A Courageous Battle

~ perspective was found through days of rain and sorrow though laughter still came a long painful plight ensued and in one breath she had gone......... ~ A true story regarding one of my close friends. Cancer spread throughout her body so, so quick She passed one month ago today. I Love you Karen!!!

Poem Details | by Lunita blanca |
Categories: nature, sad, tree,

Death Of A Tree

A tree stood silent
As if it was listening
To mother nature
Who whispered what fools we are
When two men with saws approached

Poem Details | by Constance La France |
Categories: grief,

A Wilted Rose

I took the bus mom,
h o l d i n g  a bright rose for you;
clutched  TIGHT in my hand . . . 
    I  b r u s h  brittle leaves away,
       and lay down a  w i l t e d  ROSE.

June 21, 2017

Tanka/A Wilted Rose
Copyright Protected, ID 911443 

One Of Three Tanka
sponsor, Laura Loo 

Second Place