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Tanka Autumn Poems | Tanka Poems About Autumn

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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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Visions of Autumn

Scarecrow’s tattered clothes
Clever birds are never fooled
Sit defiantly
Arms of hay hold heckling birds
Eating the last grains of corn
Nature’s curtain falls
Vibrant leaves make no encore
Tumble to damp soil
Yellows and reds turn to brown
Trees’ skeletal limbs shudder
Fall’s first kiss of frost
Invades farmer’s pumpkin patch
Hardy fruit withstands
Trick-or-treaters carve faces
Jack-o-lanterns light doorsteps

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2010

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Beauty has fallen

painting the pastel of love

in a breath of fire

below the bare heights of mist 

Autumn's tapestry lies strewn  


Copyright © Rick Parise | Year Posted 2014

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Love Embraced

In summer, my love, Butterflies dance around you Heat captures our souls, But when autumn rains its leaves, Our love will embrace the wind.

Copyright © Rollo West | Year Posted 2012

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~October~ (Tanka) It's late October and November will soon show bringing new harvest as the temperature drops and golden leaves continue to fall. Dorian Petersen Potter aka ladydp2000 copyright@2013

Copyright © Dorian Petersen Potter | Year Posted 2015

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Gently floating down Shades of orange, rust and brown Twirling in mid air Rich carpet of rustling leaves Autumn’s beautiful harvest
09~01~14 Submitted To Top Ten Tanka Contest - Andrea Dietrich

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2014

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night touches wind, gold

      buds drifting off from laced hems

         in slow procession,

     while twirl of frothy breeze cloaks...

 my desolate autumn view.

Contest: Fragments of Life for Broken Wings

Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2016

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~Autumn~ (Tanka) Summer is gone now Fall with her beautiful face Softly just arrives Spreading joy with her colors And thrilling with her magic. Dorian Petersen Potter Aka ladydp2000 Copyright@2015 May.15.2015

Copyright © Dorian Petersen Potter | Year Posted 2015

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in autumn’s dampness
a moth of fervent purpose
becomes another’s-
diamond lattice glinting
before a hunter’s moon

Copyright © david mohn | Year Posted 2015

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Autumn Falls

The air chills slightly ¬ Leaves whistle in careful touch Whilst the nights draw in ~ Blued skies mingle against greys Autumn is calling the tune ~~~ Greenery now turns ¬ Her vibrantly yesterdays In chameleon change ~ Richness of colours now flow Blends of the fall so grace us ~~~ Cobalt laden skies ¬ Amidst the ebony dark Impending storms close ~ The passing of Summer, stark What we lose today, returns ~~~

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2010

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Otoño / Autumn / Herbst

El bosque está tranquilo
En esa lúz silenciosa de mañana
Descansadas las ojas 

El otoño se pone su nuevo vestido
En una fiesta imensa de colores 


Forest in peacful rest
In this quiet morning light
Leaves are tired

Autum arises newly dressed
In a feast of living colours


Wald  in friedlicher Ruhe
In diesem stillen Morgenlicht
Die Blätter sind müde

Herbst  ersteht in neuem Kleid
Im Fest lebendiger Farben

Copyright © Gert W. Knop | Year Posted 2010

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Last Hurrah

pilfering raccoons
raiding cornfields and orchards
laughing at farmers
Indian summer picnicking
Last hurrah before winter

Copyright © Joyce Johnson | Year Posted 2014

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a fall day

fuzzy white slippers

   and a crackling fire

        warm me through

outside the wind picks up 

   rattling this and that

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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Day Remembered

sunrise and sunset
every color is there
as autumn leaves twirl
dancing   -  each day remembered
leaves this season with such flare

©Donna Jones

Copyright © Donna Jones | Year Posted 2013

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Death of a Rose

A summer rose fades
One by one its petals fall
In downward spiral
Scattered by an autumn breeze 
It's fragrance a memory


Copyright © Kim Merryman | Year Posted 2013

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One Autumn Night

on that autumn night
the moon foretold the harvest
walking hand in hand
we rejoiced at each red leaf
moments in life so precious

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick | Year Posted 2014

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Hobby Farmer

Withdrawn for publication.

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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Late October

October sapling
Colored leaves clutch the branches
Emerald backdrop
Sets the scene for tomorrow
Frost covered, lonely, gray limbs 

Written August, 2014
©2014 by Regina Riddle

Copyright © Regina Riddle | Year Posted 2014

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Autumn Dreams

Red, gold and orange
All the colors of autumn
Against green backdrop
Brilliant scene of joyous dreams
Winning hearts with vivid hues

For: Autumn Colours - Poetry Contest
Sponsored by: Francine Roberts

Copyright © Regina Riddle | Year Posted 2014

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Beauty has fallen painting the pastel of love in a breath of fire below the bare heights of mist Autumn's tapestry lies strewn _______________________________ 11-4-2013

Copyright © Rick Parise | Year Posted 2013

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First Frost

Feathered friends flee frost
as first flurries flip and flop.
Floating, flying flock
of fair geese transform fading
fall days in fixed formation.

By Rhonda Johnson-Saunders, 11/13/13
for Francine Roberts' Tanka Me Fall or Winter Contest    

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2013

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Autumn Whirling

~*~ O withered garden, your dazzle is decaying; And leaves are falling, burnt orange and yellow drop, drifting, twirling and whirling. ______________________ September 5, 2014 Tanka Entered into the contest, Autumn Colors, Francine Roberts

Copyright © Broken Wings | Year Posted 2014

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Tanka 11

	Tanka 11
	prickly pear islands
	frost-silvered prairie grassland
	horses grazing   their
	exhaled cloud-breath floating low
	in autumn’s cold morning light
	Written 11.07.2013 for
	Francine Roberts’ contest

Copyright © Jack Jordan | Year Posted 2013

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Changing Face Autumn

The deepest cut those
striking at one’s very heart
verdant to golden
transformation of nature,
another’s death for a life

© Harry J Horsman 2013   

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2013

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Leaves Travel About

leaves travel about
blowing upon Autumn winds
branches are revealed
October masks September
quietly as an Autumn

© Christine A Kysely All Rights Reserved
Wausau, Wisconsin USA
October 12, 2011

Copyright © christine a kysely | Year Posted 2011

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My Rose Bushes in Autumn

Grown taller since May,
my rose bushes sprout blossoms -
yellow, pink and red -
bright remnants of warmer days
Now heralding fall’s glory.

(I don't have a garden really, so I hope this suffices!! I just love them)

For Black-Eyed Susan's 
Single Tanka Poetry Contest

Now for What's in your GARDEN? Contest #3 (Old/new)Poetry Contest 

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2012

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Autumn Fall

Painted by East wind
Cascades of colour in air
Tall trees are now bare
Looking down on flown offspring
Proud of what they have created

Copyright © Eamon Duffin | Year Posted 2010

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this Sunday meadow

      airbrushed in Renoir orange

welcoming Autumn

      through glide of marmalade leaves

          ...cuddling Sabbath’s peace

Contest: Andrea Dietrich's Tanka Me A Color
10 May 13

Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2013

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---land of the mighty

land of the mighty
brought to their knees in surprise
warriors far from home
remember ancient war cries
and the pierced autumn sky

* Tanka is a long form which arose from the same literary tree as haiku 
[no title, punctuation, or capitalization were used] as such, 
it should have 31 onji sounds [which are much smaller than syllables] 
so, less tha 31 syllables is preferrable.

It is a MOOD poem in which [unlike haiku] metaphor, personification,simile and 
other poetic devises maybe used in a short/long/short/long/long format. 

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2011

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Autumn Memory

Autumn saunters in
Silent as a new spring breeze
Stirring fallen leaves
Blanketing a cold worn earth
A year of greenery molted

Brisk wind dips treetops
Naked arms stretch fractious
Shivering in the chill
Creaking, groaning with cold ache
Arthritis here now till spring

Copyright © 2010 By Caryl S. Muzzey

Copyright © Caryl Muzzey | Year Posted 2010