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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

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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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far across country
smoke drifts..cries reverberate
sitting  mesmerized
bewildered, mutely frightened
taste word...terrorist

No. 1 in Carolyn's contest.

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by the old levee
summer's caressing breezes
off the mudriver
whisper so lachrymosely
southern painful centuries

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Guardian Spirits

the chill of  tombstone
resists the fall of jade lawn
cross entrusted perch
eagle guardian spirit  
haunt the field of past mourning

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In Old London Town

In old London town,
I’d walk down foggy alleys
To take a photo.
Lawyer, prince, doctor - or what?
We’d see Jack the Ripper’s face.

Jack Horne for Michael’s Close your eyes and click your heels

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The dragon eats land
Steps on other people´s right
And we say nothing 
Because once it was wronged
Can´t speak ill of the ogre
The dragon spews fire 
Over anyone who seeks redress 
To get what is theirs 
And slowly the world awakes 
The monster a perilous fiend   

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it’s a given
old people are forgetful
every one says so
most old people will listen
and so they are infected

when one gets older
one naturally slows down
every one says so
most old people will listen
and their minds are infected

these few listened too
deaf beethoven wrote his ninth
einstein listened
verdi – 80 – wrote falstaff
they called it miraculous

the old just wither
they just wait around to die
listen to the crowd
some greats, too were listening
but it’s what they listened to

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Evil Came Calling

                                                 evil came calling
                                               creating devastation
                                                     unholy fury
                                            unleashed on the innocent
                                         the world stood still in dismay

For Carolyn Devonshire's
"Remembering 9/11" contest

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Lock Box and Photographs

Cheeks: apple skin shined
Hair: flaxen golden threaded
Lips: petulant pout
Eyes: dark sea currents whetted
Date: Circa 1903.

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We Will Never Forget

9/11  - We Will Never Forget!  

The mighty towers crumbled
Grieving loved ones prayed
That God had spared their loved ones
While victims jumped from windows!

Beatrice Boyle
Tanka for Carolyn's Remembering 9/11 contest

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New Jersey

Camp Evans of fame,
“The Wizard of Menlo Park”,
 Revolution`s Cross...
Cape May sunset, Jersey Shore 
 Mirrors of Spring, Oswego

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For G.W. Bush

"imminent danger"
a democracy by force,
media in fear.
decisions based on terror,
how to deceive a Nation.

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God Bless America contest

Panic consumed our Nation,
Fanatic cowards
Tried to shatter our union,
But United We Stand.

Always and Forever
God Bless America

BY: Sabina Nicole

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New Jersey

Lenni-Lenape smokes
still climb Appalachians
To dream the Passaic`s Great Falls, 
the banks Delaware,Hudson,
and Long Island Sound`s echo.

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Nature and Humanity

Effervescent dreams
Flow down upon mother’s plate
Chilled by destined fall 
A time always remembered
Appearing third time of year

Season of life fades
Human apertures grow weak
Though, knowledge is strong
Love holds different stages
Bonding affections with key

Combined all blessings
Unfold into beauty bold
Each respect enriched
Of their returning faction
Crossing over great divide

To rapture rebirth
Forming times readmission
Natural recourse
Within nature is beauty
Returning humanity