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History Tanka Poems | Tanka Poems About History

These History Tanka poems are examples of Tanka poems about History. These are the best examples of History Tanka poems written by international PoetrySoup poets

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And Crowns Crumbled to Dust

And Crowns Crumbled to Dust .. .. .. Bells of triumph clang, Fortresses fain to hail thee Men of valiant swords. Glories thence fell, crowns crumbled To dust.. no wailings were heard. . . The wind about thy sceptre howl and cry, Loft precipices trampled; Ruined rich piles of graves. ~ For Dr Ram Mehta's contest : "My Best Poem of the Year 2012" Forms : Tanka /Kimo For Russell Sivey's contest : " A Mesh of Forms" (4/10/2012)

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Freedoms Price


Bodies raining down A nations heart ripped open Savage flames assail Tomorrows, lost in ashes The blade of hate has spoken The stain of 9/11 will be forever in our hearts. It was the day a vicious wound was inflicted on our nation. We staggered, but did not fall. We survived. We are America.

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A Ghost-Town Church

Beside the last pew, 
a chipped white collection plate.
A ghostly blessing
if you toss a modern coin
through time and the barred front door.

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Mutely, tearfully Swallowed up, submerged in grief Remembering calls You may leave us a message— At the sound of the tone please… Caryl Ramsdale Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved. Tanka Poetry Form September 10, 2011 ~* Please pray for those left behind on that fateful day, September 11, 2001. *~ My "heartfelt condolences" to the brave families of 911. “Remembering 9/11” poetry contest sponsored by Carolyn Devonshire ~1st Place~ 9/14/2011

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As Dust Settles

the sun is erased

   behind a cloud of despair-

     days froze to silence

       dust stung eyes of the earth, flags

           escaped their closets...         

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The Virtuous White Rose

--**--The Virtuous White Rose--**--

White rose is holy
Matrimony pureness of
Bond between lovers.
Blessing  to Old Rome deceased’s
Chastity and innocence.

White Rose in myth and
Legend was tainted by blood,
Made blush from kiss, thus
Made it red and made it pink
Against its pride purity.

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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. 

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Your History

<                                 symbolic icon
                           abrupts captivating flight
                                    honoring fallen
                       amidst lined tombstone's marker
                             at historic Fort Snelling

Written By
Katherine Stella  8/8/11

Entry For Carolyn Devonshire's
Bald Eagle In Cemetery Contest
G.L. All

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unbelieving eyes

unbelieving eyes
glued to surreal images
death and destruction 
and an ashen aftermath
terrorism had hit home

For Carolyn Devonshire's
"Remembering 9/11 Poetry Contest"

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The Great Eagle Wept

It's been a decade but it seems like yesterday the great eagle wept a world mourned in unison, fleet of souls rose to heaven
Written for the 9/11 remembrance contest