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Tanka Childhood Poems | Tanka Poems About Childhood

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we ran gleefully chasing the summer’s fireflies putting them in jars. . . those warm nights of our childhood - they flickered, and then were gone 4/1/2015

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The Flower of Youth

                   a playground’s laughter
                  fragrant in its innocence- 
                    jasmine finds old ears
           whispered from my seasoned brier
           the perfumed blooms of childhood

                           02 Apr 2015

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the farm boy

amidst the green field
behind grandpa’s old brick house
lies a broken fridge,
unmindful of time passing
until my mom calls me home.

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A Pink Rose

My best friend and I
Ran barefoot through the garden
Stirring the petals
Her hair tied back in two braids
Her skirt trailed out behind her

We sat by the stream
With our feet in the water
Talking and laughing
Until a pink rose I plucked
And wove it into her dark braids

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Tanka 3: Return to Top Ten

dandelion fuzz
    released into the air
       by a wish --
childhood dreams scatter
to places unknown

For Andrea's Tanka 3 Return to Top Ten contest

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Improv On Pennies.

Acorn hats of wood
balanced on each fingertip
while giggles spill rich.
Felt tip markers draw the eyes
in this poor man's puppet show.

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Easter egg hunt

through the tall grass

and under trees and shrubs

little hands grab

at hidden treasures

the Easter bunny was busy

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Fireflies Light the Path

Firelies flapping wings
light dark trails in fields at night
laterns bob and sway
like twinkling stars on high
while small hands reach to capture
In response to Nette's  "Splashes by Evening"
Miss you, Nette!

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Video Games Played

Eyes glued to screen
Ignore homework of teacher 
Down load video game 
Some rich becomes a tycoon 
Cost younger generation

For the Video Game Played contest of Yasmin Khan

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A safe perch

seeing above all

daddy's shoulders sitting tall

a safe perch so high

reaching up to touch the sky

loving bond just he and i...

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Sweet Raspberry Kisses

Baby, when you’re grown
cradling your own darling babe.
Remember your days
of sweet raspberry kisses,
rhymes and twinkling lullabies.

I will remember
the sweet sound of your babble
through bubbling laughter, 
your pudgy, little fingers  
and wide-eyed wonder, always.

for Andrea Dietrich's SWEET or SALTY? Contest,

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Childhood Dreams

She bends to gather Getting flowers of her youth Her mother stands near Smiling with a certain warmth This is what childhood dreams are
Russell Sivey

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Precious Moments - - -

A little girl knelt, beside her broken dolly, while a white kitten licked tears. "Oh, Snowball Kitty, what can we do for Dolly!" Tanka January 19, 2013 For the Precious Moments Contest

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Birthday Flowers

watching as he crossed the street

  flowers in his hand

    crushed and tattered petals fall

      gray haired woman sits

         present for grandma...

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Batter Up

My first poem you see
about how sweet I can be.
See my pretty dress?
Man I want to make a mess.
How'll I do it, can you guess?

By Jimmy Anderson for "Baby Babbles" contest

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Not Salty or Sweet

Goldilocks entered
    The cottage and felt hungry
       Three bowls of porridge
          One was too salty, one was 
             Too sweet and one was just right*

*very loosely based on the famous fairytale

For Andrea’s Sweet or Salty contest

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Children's Laughter

A ball thrown higher
     As breezes fall vivid leaves
          Children’s light laughter
                 Isolate and stigmatize
A lonely child in a crowd


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My Boo

<                          halloween haunting's
                       black shoe polish foundation
                             ruby red lipstick
                       pillow stuffed under big dress
                        red white bandana for hair

                               spatula in hand 
                       eggbeater in dress pocket
                              pillowcase for loot
                       daddy's boots causing blisters 
                          aunt jemima memories 

Entry For
Paula Sweanson's
Halloween Of Tears Past

Tribute To Childhood Memories

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I will not share my choco

You may take photo,
hey you cameraman there,
but I will not share
choco of my hand with you!
should I give another pose?

© kashinath karmakar

Placement:10th (April 2011)

by:kashinath karmakar (10th April 2011)

Contest:Baby Babbles (photo based)

Sponsor:Linda-Marie The Sweetheart

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A giant pumpkin

A giant pumpkin 
With the fruit scooped out for pie
A Halloween treat
I make a Jack-O-Lantern
And grin at its glowing face

For Susan’s tanka contest

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	                            UNSUPPORTED CODE 

                                Loving Brothers

                           Hand hitting the face
                        Red burning titty twisters
                          Throbbing charley horse
                     Bone braking grizzly bear hug
               “Now, do you submit?,    .     .   .   . ”Uncle!”

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Rock pools

Down by the rock pools
My hand gloved in your wrinkles
New discoveries
Starfish, crabs and mermaids purse,
Squirting sea anenomes.

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Orphan in the Dock

(Before Sentencing.)

They called him ‘Poor Boy’
a victim of life’s promise...
a voice without love
neither percipient of
nor an indulgence in it.

© 2012  

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Christmas Stockings

Downstairs he had gone
He looked left then he spied right
Joyously, he screamed
His stocking, was full of toys
A big wide smile crossed his face

John Monteblanco
Christmas Stocking Tribute

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Hawaiian sunsets -
my freckled legs wade through it
whiffs of a beach-fire
take me back to childhood days
close 'nough to warm, but not scorch

For Andrea's TANKA me a COLOR contest.


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I am Cute

What is this I see?
A camera clicking me.
I’m not smiling. 
Just feel free, go ahead shoot.
I’ll just sit here and look cute.

For "Baby Babbles" contest.
Brian Magness

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Novice fisherman

Grandpa gives kerchief
novice fisherman
catfish pierced hand
the years grimace and grin
for a lesson infused

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Mom And Dad


Happy Birthday to me
I'll make a great memory
make Mom and Dad proud
with a bright flash they will see
just how much they mean to me.....


A Linda-Marie Contest
Poet ~  ^Rick Parise

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Bare Mantel

                                                 Never was there one
                                        A stocking hung with care for me
                                                    Only simple tree
                                          Mostly placed  was gift or two
                                              Love abided simple food

Sponsor:Russel Sivey
Contest:Christmas Stockings Tribute
Date: December 05, 2011
Written by: Sara Kendrick

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Pretty Thoughts

You think I’m pretty
I am, though more than just that.
So very pretty,
I can read each of yours thoughts. 
Good thing, I cannot talk yet.

written by
Cecil Hickman

written for
Sponsor Linda-Marie The Sweetheart of P.S. 
Contest Name "BABY BABBLES"