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Tanka Grief Poems | Tanka Poems About Grief

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Lament for the Dead

Lament for the Dead
buried deep beneath Twin Towers’ bloodstained rubbles my murdered loved one
a heartbroken heaven wept trapping joy in a time warp…
In memory of Alva Sanchez who was killed on September 11, 2001, during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York City; and dedicated to my nephew, Ryan who was left motherless. 02-11-2015

Copyright © Pandita Sanchez | Year Posted 2015

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lamenting mother

 
~~ I wept and I weep. All my tears cried since that day, could fill the oceans. I counted each gasping breath; the end came with dawn's bird song. __________________________ February 8, 2015 Tanka For the contest, Tanka Tears, sponsor Rick Parise Honorable Mention

Copyright © Broken Wings | Year Posted 2015

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still trying

still trying
to bench-press
this weight
the debt
my father left me

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan | Year Posted 2014

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Hobby Farmer

Withdrawn for publication.

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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No way back



please meet me half way 

time after time waiting there

a tree held our names

the path became over grown

we cannot find our way back...

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel | Year Posted 2013

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Grief Of Betrayal

Oh summer’s love flown
gone with the swallows on wing,
life now insipid
when warmth torn out of one’s heart
like the pending storm; freezes.


Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2013

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empty tissue box - itty bitty

death took her from me
my adoring wife
I try not to cry
   there's no one to refill
   my empty tissue box


4/14/13

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan | Year Posted 2013

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Tanka Tears

                                                Anguish I suffer
                                  My wounded soul bleeds for thee 
                                          A torn ruptured heart 
                                   Tears of sorrows I have shed
                                 To thee would give my last breath 



2/8/2015
Contest: Tanka Tears 
Sponsor:  Rick Parise               

Copyright © Eve Roper | Year Posted 2015

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Despair

Despair

A life negative—
No person’s immune from this.
Fight back hard always . . . 
	 No fear—be courageous now . . . 
And never ever give up!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved,
May 8, 2015 (Tanka)

Copyright © Gary Bateman | Year Posted 2015

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Wedding Vows

"Till death us do part"
Thus I stepped upon a trap;
Oh, Why I said that?
Now I wail to no avail,
Oh, my life is in shambles!



(Tanka Contest)

Copyright © Abdul Malik | Year Posted 2012

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I Once Dreamt

The tears have fallen
near constantly since that day
when it was explained
the dreams that I once dreamt
were nothing but a fool’s vision.

Copyright © Skye Tandy | Year Posted 2014

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Regret

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 | Year Posted 2013

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The Void that was You

My vessell; filled with
emptiness of a black whole.
The void that was you.
My tears shall be in number;
every drop of rain hence forth.
02/10/15 Contest: Tanka tears Sponsor: Rick Parise

Copyright © Arlene Smith | Year Posted 2015

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White Rose

it lies there alone,
one flower, on a coffin
that the flag once adorned
carrying  the soldier home,
brave hero, an only son.

White roses were strewn,
when the cortege was driven 
through crowded  lined  streets,
a flowered road of goodbyes
written in the rose of hope




April 7 2013

Copyright © SEREN ROBERTS | Year Posted 2013

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Season Woven In Grief

Persuaded by time,
and clothed in rust,  trees reveal
a changed homecoming...
The illusions of my youth
drift away with falling leaves

My eyes search for him,
although my heart knows better
Old fences need paint,
Scabs of white shed like feathers
from the dry and weathered rails

There, by the back door
his old plaid jacket is hanging,
waiting to be worn...
It holds scent of burning leaves...

A tear smolders on the sleeve




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For the Grief Contest:

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2013

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One New Tanka

same old cracked walkway leads to broken, peeling gate hanging on one hinge sorry tears roll down my cheeks coming home to bury Dad Poetry contest: One New Tanka Sponsor: Rick Parise Date: April 2, 2015

Copyright © Kimberly Shaw | Year Posted 2015

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chapel of flowers

our trees have blossomed,
and some have knots in their yokes,
like one in my throat.....

fragile limbs look down and weep
to acknowledge my despair




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"Tanka Tears" Contest: Sponsored By Rick Parise
2/10/15

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2015

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weeping

 
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 _____________________ Written, August 16, 2014 Tanka Submitted to the contest Simply This, Top Ten Tanka Sponsor, Andrea Dietrich

Copyright © Broken Wings | Year Posted 2015

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Deep Hurt

I stand alone					
not as you think you see me			
I am not that strong				
as fear seizes me, looking			
over my shoulder at you.

Copyright © Skye Tandy | Year Posted 2014

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out of sync

hysterical lights
flash out of sync from her tree....

she can't remember
laughter in the snow,
only a grave beneath it






______________________
For Contest: Sad Tanka
Sponsored by Andrea and Susan

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2013

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John F Kennedy

she was dressed in pink 

   excited people lined  streets 

      red roses she held

         a senseless act took a life  

his demise a nation mourned


2/24/2016

A fragment of his life he did great things.




John F. Kennedy/Quotes
“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.” 

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. 

Copyright © Eve Roper | Year Posted 2016

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LAMENTS FOR A KING



                                        My heart aches sorrowed
                                       Over the death of King San
                                          My poems shed tears
                                 As my hands wipe dead King's feet
                                        With Shinji's virgin water









                                    Tanka Tears - Poetry Contest
                                           Sponsor	Rick Parise
                                    Poet: Rajat Kanti Chakrabarty
                                            8th February, 2015

Copyright © RAJAT KANTI CHAKRABARTY | Year Posted 2015

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Tears

Tears

All days and all nights
I can hardly see the light 
Through my burning eyes.
Tears ooze like blood from fresh wound 
And tastes like bitter poison.

2/11/15
Hija de la Luna
For Rick Parise' Tanka Tears contest

Copyright © hija de la luna | Year Posted 2015

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Obscurity

What is hidden?
Behind your smile on lips
Wet eyes revealing
Smile’s sunshine concealing
Both on different page.

Sintra, Portugal 22/01/15

Copyright © Mohammad Yamin | Year Posted 2015

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Like the Heavens bursting into tears

we lie on our backs
in the snow and count the flakes
falling from the sky
some landing on our eyelids
melt and roll off as tear drops


Copyright © Abdul Malik | Year Posted 2015

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Chasm

Shine not tonight moon
Garden blooms spray no bouquet
Night wind no dancing -

Let tears just flow by my bed
Fill this chasm 'tween me and death.

2.13.14

Copyright © hija de la luna | Year Posted 2015

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Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook
twenty-six spirits - the bait
for one troubled soul
unnumbered victims
live with haunting fears

Copyright © Reason A. Poteet | Year Posted 2014

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Wonder

God mines raw diamonds 
In darkest nights of the soul; 
We retain wonder 
When questions go unanswered; 
Burnished trust gives birth to faith.

Copyright © Kim Bond | Year Posted 2014

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oubliette

from the oubliette
far down in the lonely ground
the sound of weeping
out of sight, but not of mind
drown out the echoes with wine

by Gail

Copyright © Gail Foster | Year Posted 2016