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Tanka People Poems | Tanka Poems About People

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When Love Creates

Eyes to eyes now meet Tenderly our lips touch We, adventurous Rhythmic vibrations rejoice When love creates little ones .

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LOVE God is always love Forever seek the kingdom; Praise the creator Keep giving what you can give Please endure until the end ANGELS Beautiful Heavens Protecting the meek ones earth Watching over us Helping us to cope with life Comforted with hope and trust MUSIC When you find rhythm You find your hearts inner core Celebrate the times Make them better than before Reminisce and dance all night

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One Day's Magic

humanity wakes to a day bright with sunshine all fighting has ceased our hearts are wise and loving and evil cannot be found For Freddie Vee's One Day's Magic Poetry Contest

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The Graduate's Sanctuary

the graduate

      submerges in pool

          Mr. Robinson

               debates career paths above:

sanctuary found in sounds of silence

For Chris's "Sanctuary" contest.  Based on the film "The Graduate."

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Warmth in Union

Arm in arm we walk ~*~
streetlight illuminations
shimmer in puddles ~*~
winters winds caress the night 
warmth in union radiates ~*~

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Half Truth Dreams

Lump of bitter dreams
In waking, tough to swallow
In sleep, liquid pools
to be tasted, drank silver,
only to metal harden.

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Rejoice (Tanka)

Rejoicing in life
soul’s jubilation singing
raising of voices

Praises of joy unto Him
uplifting mortal spirit

Comments:    The Japanese tanka dating back to the 5th Century has a format of 
five lines:  the first has five syllables. The second has seven syllables. The third 
has five syllables.  The forth and fifth lines have seven syllables each. The 
pattern is 5/7/5/7/7 for a total of thirty-one syllables.  This one is about rejoicing.

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Air pollution in cities

We should plant more trees
In the cities of the world
Beside the roads
And on the roofs of buildings
To reduce air pollution

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A magic moment
along today’s ardent street
the application
old folk holding hands pass by...
many issues spring to mind.

Copyright Harry J Horsman 2011

For Francine Roberts Wow me in 5 lines contest.  

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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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Lotte Lehmann

Lotte Lehmann  (Sentanka)

Charlotte Lehmann
Die große Opernsängerin
Sie schrieb und filmte

Ihr Ruhm bleibt unvergessen
Und bot den Nazis die Stirn

Charlotte Lehmann
The great opera singer
She wrote and filmed

Her fame will always be remembered
And she defied the Nazis 

Charlotte Lehmann
La gran vocalista de ópera
Ella escribió y filmó

Su fama siempre será recordado
Y desafió a los nazis 

Note: Charlotte Lehman, known as Lotte Lehman, born in 1888 in Perleburg, Germany, and one of my relatives, was a famous opera singer in Europe and the USA. She emigrated from Vienna to the USA in 1937. She sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1934 to 1945. In 1951 she retired from public live and gave singing
instructions. One of her scholars was the well-known opera singer Grace Bumbry. Lotte Lehmann was also a writer and poetess and a filmmaker. She died in 1976 in Santa Barbara, California and was buried at the famous Vienna Central Cemetary in 1977. 

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Black Cascade

~ Jet black hair, I stare ~ Cascades against her tanned skin ~ Undulated she ~ My hands in clasp, brushed ask ~ Sighing contentedly, we ~ .

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Playing with fire

Playing with fire night magicians
playing with fire till dawn
needn't tell but crowd
masquerades seeking sources
to revitalize their wands.

For: Poet Destroyer's "Playing With Fire" contest.

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Christmas in July Alone

A summer abroad
Homesick for my family
Silent nights abound
Building a snowman from sand  
My loneliness melts away...

for Gail's "christmas magic" contest

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The crowd is untrue

The crowd is untrue,
Thus the need to stand aloof,
...Honestly be friends
With an honest few, is right.
Aye, the key to the victory.

Cower not under
The impulse of consumerism,
Since you aren't a beast.
Thus, to set things as always,
Means giving the best in you.

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So real

God is not a man
Unlike man, is not greedy
Ever-mighty is this God
He recognize every tone
Unlike man, is ubiquitous

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Genghis Khan was born,
Gripping a blood clot in hand.
But Love Child more bold,
And if I can say more cold,
Grasped I.U.D. dripping blood.

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Children's Laughter

A ball thrown higher
     As breezes fall vivid leaves
          Children’s light laughter
                 Isolate and stigmatize
A lonely child in a crowd


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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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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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the sun’s warmth
on my face
a smile
  free at last

for andrea's color tanka contest

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Tanka 7-14-11

Alabaster skin
morning sun reflecting warmth
against supple skin
A living Goddess to men
Her fiery red hair ablaze

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Jasmine Candles Glow

Showered, pores open Soft lighting awaits her lay Jasmine candles glow Tanned torso soon to glisten Naked I, massage employed .

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Crossing Lines

Setting boundaries
A lesson learned, sometimes late
May simplify daily lives
Minimize regrets 
Lives ruined crossing lines

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Sparrow on a Ledge

Sparrow on a ledge Needed help but told no one Vanished overnight Her smile now missed by neighbors Lights out again on Park Lane Foreclosure’s victim Few ever visited her Had we known her plight This senior we might have saved Elderly and abandoned
*In honor of John's "Retread what you've said" contest

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Have Your Cake And Eat It Too { Tanka }

                                                  father's day is near
                                           what to buy for dear old dad
                                              cologne tools or clothes
                                           maybe will just suprise him
                                            with a nice father's day cake

Tho Dear Old Dad is gone
He Loved Suprises For Father's Day

Happy  Father's Day 
To All Poetry Soup Dads

RIP Daddy   { 1925-1981}

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Mass Appeal

We all play a part,
Actors on the global stage,
Pleasing the masses,
Who demand that we forget,
Ourselves and become themselves.

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Stolpersteine/ Blundering Stones/ Piedras de escollo

Auf dem Bürgersteig vorm Haus
Zwei Stolpersteine aus Messing
Auf jedem zwei Namen

Hier wohnten sie einst ohne Tadel
1943 im Konzentrationslager ermordet


On the sidewalk in front the house 
Two blundering blocks of brass 
On each two names engraved

Here they once lived without blame 
1943 murdered in a concentration camp


En la acera enfrente de la casa 
Dos piedras de escollo de bronce 
En cada una dos nombres 

Donde una vez vivían sin reprensión 
1943 asesinados en campo de concentración

“Stolpersteine” are small concrete blocks with a brass plate in remembrance of people who
have been pursued and murdered by the Nazis. These blocks are in line with the sidewalks's
surface, have the names of the victims engraved and are placed in front of the houses were
these persons once lived. These blocks should be a “Monument from below” according to the
Cologne artist Gunter Demnig who initiated these installations. Now “Memorial Stones” are
placed all over Germany and Europe where people lived who were murdered in concentration
camps. This project is entirely financed with donations.

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Acid Rain in Erode

Grey heavenly skies
in reaction to her hurt
clouds so different
In cry, falls, penetration
acid rain erodes her so

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Philipp Reis (Deutsch/ English/ Español (Sentanka)

Philipp Reis (Deutsch/ English/ Español   (Sentanka)

Übertragung von Sprache
Mit den einfachsten Mitteln
Über große Entfernung 

Versagt blieb ihm der Erfolg
Viel zu früh kam sein Tod

Transmission of  voice
By using the simplest means
Over long distances 

Success was denied to him
His death came far too early

Transmisión de voz
Utilizando medios más simples 
Por grandes distancias

Se impedió el éxito 
Su muerte llegó demasiado pronto

Johann Philipp Reis (1834, Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany – 1874, Friedrichsdorf, Hesse,
Germany) was a German-Jewish physicist and inventor. He is known as the inventor of the
telephone and he developed an apparatus for 'transmission of sounds by means of electric
cables'. He also invented a contact microphone and named his appliances 'Telephon'. This
name was later internationally adopted. Another of his inventions were 'roller skates',
the forerunner of modern inline skates.

As a teacher he taught French, physics, mathematics and chemistry in Friedrichsdort,
Taunus, Hesse. In his spare time he developed also a forerunner of the modern bycicle and
experimented with solar power. To guarantee his pupils pretentious lessons, he constructed
with simple means a reproduction of a human ear which stimulated later his invention of a
telephone and a contact microphone between 1858 and 1863. He also developed three improved
versions of the telephone. In 1861 he presented his prototype of a telephone to members of
the Physical Association in Frankfurt (Main). His lecture was titled: Of  the Transmission
of Sounds over large Distance by means of Galvanic Electric Power'. A scientific report
was printed in the annual of the association  in 1860/61 with the title: ' Ueber die
Telephonie durch den galvanischen Strom' (On Telephony by means of Galvanic Power). Reis'
last developed prototype of a telephone already disposed a call signal. Unluckily he was
not able to build more and improved telephones as he suffered early from tuberculosis. The
inventor of the first functional telephone died at the age of 40 and was buried at the
cemetary in Friedrichsdorf (Taunus). 

Alexander Graham Bell got to know Reis' telephone in 1862 in Edinburgh. Bell's father
promised him and his brothers a prize money for further improvement of Reis' apparatus. In
1875 Bell experimented on a new telephone based on Reis' invention at the Smithonian
Institute in Washington DC. The world wide known scientific magazine Nature reported on
Reis' invention of the telephone as early as in the 1870ies.