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Tanka War Poems | Tanka Poems About War

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Yamazakura

cherry blossoms
swirl through the streets
like ghosts -

replacing the men
who have left for war
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*Yamazakura means 'wild cherry blossom'.
During WWII, the first Japanese Kamikaze unit was given the title of: Yamazakura,
to honour the last two official Samurai warriors who were part of the unit.
Falling cherry blossoms were believed to bring good luck to the courtships
of teenagers left behind, in hopes of many future male babies,
because the Emperor had conscripted all available men into the doomed war.
The Samurai 'Petals of Death' Bushido code, is: Death before the shame of surrender.






Chris D. Aechtner     February 24th, 2012
Inspired by David Williams' "Twenty/Twenty" contest


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recess is over

as the school bell rings
children are shrieking with glee

    recess is over.

          a sudden rain of bombs leaves
          the playground deathly silent



For "Re-write One of my Poems" Contest


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bruised peaches

bruised peaches
long before they ripened
on the ground
the battle raged for hours
and soldiers cried for home


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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


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PEACE - (triple tanka)

I'd like to believe
Peace is a natural state
That war is foreign
But I see war after war
And brother slaying brother

Old sacrifice young
Our youth gone before their day
Then I want to cry
For thought that they gain nothing
Are lost through their innocence

What a wonder    youth
How pliable and pristine
They want but to shine
While all the burnt-out old men
Pull the strings from their armchairs


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The Watch

Assuming the watch
Among the fallen heroes
Symbolic eagle
Touching American hearts
A patriotic sun rise


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American Flag

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Our National Strength

The brave and the free,
Lain to rest for liberty.
Honor forgotten.
Souls sacrificed, protecting.
Sovereignty wrought with valor.


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Conflict

I did not know hate
till I was told to kill him,
it is so normal
I universal soldier
guilty as the enemy.

© Harry J Horsman 2013    


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Tanka by night

Tanka by night
Deceptive words by day
This the Russian leader’s way
Putin is short... sighted too
As he stumbles over Ukraine
Forewarned
History repeats


Nato retreats
In a huddle of words
Tanka you for nothing says Ukraine
As a hail of Russian shells fall like rain
Europe must beware of Russian floods



Footnotes from Japan:

A samurai warrior raises his sword
Slicing though many ancient verse and texts
He smiles at me, as I stare back in absolute abject terror
Am I I next?
He is beaming at me in raucous laughter
As he says No Tanka, Tanka to you
I raise my saki and replied Tanka to you too!!!!


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War

Rendezvous with death, War ravages everyone; Carnage for vultures. There are survivors, untouched; Emotions are ravaged, through.


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Far Distant Fields

They were the soldiers
who fell on far distant fields
in wars of the past.
Don’t take freedom for granted,
it was won by those long dead.


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Deep in the Shadows of Time






instead of flowers, stones bloom in mass profusion, engraved with honor….. history has come to rest locked in the shadows of time far from battlefields, all creatures learn of courage.. it comes with the breeze and deep in the heart of man... heard in tears of a bugle .........................................................................................................................


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Salute

I salute our troops
who are serving in harm’s way
in Afghanistan.
May they all return safely
to their families and homes.


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The Eagle Has Landed

the eagle has landed standing guard on the remains these courageous vets sacrificed for our freedom young hearts that rest neath tombstones
Written for the Bald Eagle in the Cemetery contest and dedicated to all our veterans


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ww ii

soon not one will know 
of the war - not one will care
soon - that it was done
not one will mind - neither bird 
nor tree - men dead - utterly


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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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Angels Among Us

in line they marched proud
and in death, they remain so
on it's marble stance
proof, angels are among us
a beauty of nature shows


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No Black Out 1940

in the village street
alone our brand new gas lamp
this our Las Vegas,
while we all celebrated
enemy bombs raining down.

© Harry J Horsman 2014  


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Conflict Blues

The hurt of conflict
Lives held in a higher place
Like stars twinkling
Beyond the blue horizon
Leaving earthly pain behind!


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Stains of Life

Into the world, pure ~*~
we protect and shelter, whilst
life's avenues open ~~~
sadly, the fortunes of war
displays our lost, stains of life ~*~








http://www.thehighlanderspoems.com/war-7.php


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Hell's Bell

Warmongering man *¬ 
devastation abounds he ~
rife deliverer,
for whom Hell's Bell is tolling *¬
genius of stupidity ~









http://www.thehighlanderspoems.com/war-7.php


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Namesake

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


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Tanka two

Tanka 

It is cold outside 
Yet almond trees bear flowers 
Sun and rapid rain 
Winter and spring dance tango 
A green leaved oak applauds 





Tanka 
A charming princeling 
Fight battles in a lost war 
Pleased by his dimness
The tabloids are triumphant
He has made war glamorous    


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Dog Waiting Tanka

His dog lies waiting
for his master to come homefFrom the battle field
No matter how long he's gone
Lies down head on paws waiting


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war tanka

War Tanka
A master sergeant 
Walked out of camp at night
Murdering Afghans 
Nine of them were children 
Their demise caused no uproar


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White Marble Angels

Silence surrounds me as I walk amidst greened lawns ~~. My sense of freedom, I finds so hard to absorb ~~. White marble angels explain http://www.thehighlanderspoems.com/war-3.php


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AVIAN GRIEF

Families  bereaved
Epaulettes and sacrifice
And  valour  buried
Only this lone guest to sit
And rue, in avian grief.


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Amidst Sighs

A moment alone ~* Thoughts of her love, being home soon *~ Her pent up release ~* now resonates amidst sighs *~ Fulfilment reaches it's heights http://www.thehighlanderspoems.com/love-14.php


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A Battle Rages

A battle rages
between beans and broccoli.
Sadly, no winner
emerges from this dark fog.
Perhaps I will blame the dog.