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Tanka Loss Poems | Tanka Poems About Loss

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                                                At the pile of shoes 
                                                the road abruptly stopped 
                                                to ascend barefoot
                                                  in a gray eruption
                                                  transformed into ashes 


Copyright © Ruben O.

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~~ beyond my sorrow there is a path that beckons I could go that way or stay and hold hands with death and weep upon a cold stone ___________________________ August 16, 2014 Tanka Entered in the contest, Any 5 line Poem, Poet Destroyer, First Place

Copyright © Broken Wings

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sitting on the bus
watching shops pass by
passengers reflected exit like ghosts
she’s gone
and another      and another

in the park
by a phone booth
wanting to call my love
sudden shade startles me
sun behind a cloud

Dave Austin

Copyright © daver austin

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footsteps waken


footsteps waken
bullet-riddled quarter moon--
radio silence

44 cornstalks weep blood;
still hands clasp daughter's photo



This is the most I can do for now, been wanting to write something worthier,
 but haven't been able to...I hope I can even get near to doing so one day.

In honor of the 44 brave Special Actions Force Commandos that died in
Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

Copyright © binibining P.iNk

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Tanka 3

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

Copyright © James Fraser

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even soft footsteps 
leave an imprint behind
this door, 		ajar
                  with a shadow I once knew
                  caught in its draft

Copyright © Michael Dom

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Maybe in time


holding back the tears

reading an old love letter

it made me smile then

perhaps i should wait longer

they say that "time heals all wounds"...

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel

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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

Copyright © Annalise a.k.a. Audrey Haick

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Small Voices

                                         Standing in Heaven
                                  a small voice calling my name
                                          the image is small
                                     I'm sorry God needed me 
                                    my child who was not born

by Michael J Falotico
Dedicated to all who have
lost a child before or after

Copyright © Michael J. Falotico

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in huff of gray clouds

a ravaged kite disappears

losing speed mid-air

a string tumbles down from sky…

my lover never returns

,,,, ,,,,,,,,,        ,


Susan Burch's Tanka Contest
21 mar 12

Copyright © nette onclaud

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kiss of venus fly trap 
suck the marrow from my bones,
encase my heart, secrete,
dissolve the myth of wings... 
death be true to death

*love,death or truth may be the sanctuary
  depending on the situation.

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi

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night time's starlight moon

night time’s starlight moon
curdles the whey of longing
clouds mask heart’s desire
trembling arms reach out to you
train whistles haunt the captives

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi

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Where now a Butterfly Sits

In innocent lie
Amidst the lightening dew
Poppies in mourning
She unknown, taken at will
Where now a butterfly sits

Copyright © James Fraser

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paying respects

another deep breath
    of suffocating air
       passes the lump in my throat...
            I offer a Kleenex
                   to the woman beside me

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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It was on June


                While picking petals
                The supposed truth falls in vain
                                    act out of whimsy 
                A sad yellow disc floret 
                For beauty has been destroyed


Copyright © Ruben O.

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Ribbon Tied

you took both my breasts
leaving me with a flat chest
worse, feeling like less - 
   I feel like a man even
   in my most beautiful dress

Black Eyed Susan
*Dedicated to all women who have lost a breast (or both) to breast cancer - and also to my friend Pam who I just found out yesterday  (11/14) has it and is beginning radiation

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan

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only a dream

the softest caress

of your hand touching my cheek

wakes me from slumber

... I reach across emptiness

your touch was only a dream

Copyright © Francine Roberts

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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

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Daddy rocked his chair
Counted blessings with the creaks
Life    so unbalanced
God called him home    His blessing
My blessings drowned by my tears

For Not So Happy Holidays contest 
sponsored by Andrea Dietrich

Copyright © Monterey Sirak

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Pit of hell feelings
With despair and inner pain 
Mounting and growing
As sadness becomes my food
My only true sustenance

Copyright © Brandee Augustus

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My grandfather's name
Was given to me at birth
To honor the man
That my father never knew
Having died in World War Two

Copyright © Mark J. Halliday

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Where now a Butterfly Sits

In innocent lie Amidst the lightening dew Poppies in mourning She unknown, taken at will Where now a butterfly sits .

Copyright © James Fraser

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heartbreaking aqua
tears tearing from lashed sighs
run in wakes of blue
endless fountain of grief’s fall
wipe salt filled eyes  

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi

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the Titanic

the Titanic …
against all odds she rests
beneath the sea
naught for elegance
naught for the egos

Copyright © Charles Henderson

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New York From the Above

Tearful scared face sobs
Implosion of mute whispers
Two reflection pools
Host ghostly towers of light
I see my kids bring flowers...

for Carolyn Devonshire's Contest " Remembering 9/11"

Copyright © iolanda Scripca

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Leaving me soon

Fold away the fields,
Watch spring blossom turn to ash.
Nature gives, then steals.
Our love padlocked to a bridge
Will endure beyond death's crash

Copyright © Mike Miller

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Sun Unveils Herself

sun unveils herself
red sings out to carress her
shameless disarray
beckons her with his calling
greens from past lives fade away

(August 22nd, 2011 Wausau, Wisconsin USA)

(c) Copyright 2011 by Christine A Kysely, All Rights Reserved

Copyright © christine a kysely

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Still Bleeding

the white rose
marks the pureness
of remembrance---
still recalling
true loves loss

the rose thorns
scrape the edge
of the vase---
wearing the pricks
on my heart

Copyright © Debra Squyres

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Will Strands Of Thread Hold

Will strands of thread hold

Hidden thoughts within my mind

Words never spoken

Fearing to give utterance

Or will silence be broken.

(February 9, 2011 Wausau, Wisconsin

(c) Copyright 2011 by Christine A Kysely, All Rights Reserved

Copyright © christine a kysely

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There’s no need of proof 
that all I ever desired  
was taken away, 
a quick death by self-Judas. 
I had not prepared to bleed. 

Copyright © Jack Jordan