Tanka Poems | Definition and Examples of Tanka Poetry

Tanka Poems. Below are new examples of tanka poems. There are links to short, long, best, and famous poems too. See a definition with format, rules, and structure of modern examples of tanka poems. This list of recently posted poems in the tanka form of poetry enables you to learn how to write a tanka.

Example and Definition of Tanka

A Tanka is a type of poem that originated from Japan in the eighth century. Tanka poems, in their purest form, are most generally written to express self-reflection, love, or gratitude. A suitor would compile a Tanka and send it to a woman the following day after a date. The woman would then reply back...Read More

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Categories: race
Premium MemberRadio Gaga
by harry horsman
a colour blindness
without patronization
rock and roll my king
listening to its vinyl
long before the video

© Harry J Horsman 2018
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Categories: weather
Weather Forecast
by James Inman


vain moon, changing phase
white cloak covers frozen days
‘til warm breeze whispers,
whether it be snow or rain,
weather will come, love or pain


01/16/2018
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Categories: loss, lost love, love
Premium MemberTanka
by Oliver McKeithan
Tanka

Icy winds, blow swirling
clouds of cold crystals
cover all in white barrenness.
All is silent and bleak. She
left me cold and empty.
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Categories: how i feel
DENTED CANS
by Anisha Dutta
     DENTED CANS
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Categories: animal, time
Premium MemberNessie
by harry horsman
searching for her mate
a lone beast questions the moon…
replied in a flash
go nessie to your own time
where the world believes in you

6th Jan 2018
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Categories: symbolism
Dented Cans - A Love Story
by david mohn
         driving away slow
   enchanted by metaphors…
        rice...

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Categories: drink, wisdom
Premium MemberEmpty Can Dented Defiled
by John Anderson
Cans lie strewn, litter
tossed away, discarded trash.
Dents - defile, deform
the perfect container form.
Wanton abuse uncalled-for.


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6 January 2018...

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Categories: break up, i love
Reborn
by Alye Lee
Anticipating
a relationship reborn
on a skeleton 
where love is the support, 
two yearning souls seek wholeness,
prepared for the pains of growth.
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Categories: goodbye
Premium MemberWritten On Flesh
by Nayda Ivette Negron
Rose fell on the floor
Culminating a story
Written on the flesh
Began with innuendos
Ended with reclamations









For One Or Two Tanka Poetry Contest
Sponsored by Rick Parise
January 4, 2018...

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Categories: love
Premium Memberlove and the progress of love affairs
by Eve Roper
love essence like a 
vine of jasmine that enchants
with its sweet fragrance
wrapping curling its tendrils
nurturing flourish beauty


holding each other 
our own little universe 
communicating 
in...

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Categories: anxiety, marriage
Wedding woes
by Abdul Malik
“till death us do part”
thus I trod into a trap,
why did I say that?
now I wail to no avail,
oh, my life is in shambles.


Tanks contest...

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Categories: appreciation, fire, snow
EMBERS and SNOWFLAKES
by Anisha Dutta
         EMBERS and SNOWFLAKES             ...

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Categories: first love
Malicious Intent
by Paul Callus
frail and innocent		
she let her defences down
enticed by glib words...
now, like a crypto virus,
he holds her heart to ransom.


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One or Two Tanka Contest
Hosted by Rick...

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Categories: bird, nature, song, summer,
Premium Memberjoyous Tanka
by Rick Parise
the same yet different
the summer breeze 
a winter wind
still the skylark
in joyous song

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Categories: morning, nature, sleep, song,
Premium MemberTanka 12018
by Rick Parise


reaching the vast edge     
I hear an eternal hymn
with sleep in my eyes
curling like a tendril song
the windswept morn drifts away
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Categories: goodbye, love, seasons, song
Premium Membera silent song Tanka
by Rick Parise
a sadened teardrop
wiping the dew dropped window
as the fog lifts
I see your frozen steps
leading past the churchyard
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Categories: love
Premium MemberA Cherished Moment
by Laura Leiser
I hold you with joy
your essence a sweet fragrance 
a glimpse of heaven
here now must I vanquish time
for parting wounds lovers’ souls




Written on 12/31/2017
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Categories: dark, imagery, moon, night,
Gentle breaths of night
by Ruben Alejandro Hernandez Diaz
Gentle breath of night
Passing silent by moonlight;
Scattered pages that
Fly through faded horizons,
Dark rainbow flares, starlit sights......

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Categories: relationship
Premium MemberMood Swings Flotsam Jetsam
by John Anderson
Each dawn's debris sort
of wreckage from day before
yields jetsam just junked 
and flotsam break-up relics.
On the beach who can tell which?...

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Categories: car, humor, travel
Travel Tanka
by cheryl hoffman
By air, land or sea
people have longed to achieve
some fond memories
mostly still travel by car
dire straits wont get you too far

Snarled traffic delays
driving round the...

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Categories: beach, bird, grief, moon,
Premium MemberLark's Lament
by Gregory R Barden

Soft, as the moon weeps,
    The Lark trills endless, his mate,
        Now cold on the...

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Categories: life, nature
Premium MemberSeason Reveille
by Geoffrey Brewer
SEASON REVEILLE 

The chill’ed land sleeps
Grass withered dried and flaxen
Life wisely cautious
Awaits the vernal signal
Then will it stir and flourish...

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Categories: love
Premium Member Transfusion
by Carole Duet
 TRANSFUSION

I’ve got to see you
It’s an emergency
My heart is bleeding
I have waited too long now
I need a love transfusion


Tanka form for Rick Parise’s contest
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Categories: bird, change, creation, nature
Premium MemberTHE WONDER OF CREATION
by Curtis Moorman
THE WONDER OF CREATION

A bird builds a nest
of sticks, feathers, leaves, and grass
Tiny eggs appear
They break open as days pass
Baby birds soon find the air

Time...

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Categories: winter, word play
Premium MemberThe Winter Snowball
by connie pachecho
The Winter Snowball

white sheets of snow dance
atop pillows of houses
tucked in deep chorus
snow flurries in orchestra
throwing winter snow ball

connie pachecho

12/28/17...

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Categories: beauty, passion
Premium MemberKilimanjaro
by Charlie Smith
Serene in silence 
nature's solemn dignity
inspiring passion
inexorable to time
barricade of permanence


12/28/2017
Tanka Contest
Sponsored By Rick Parise

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Categories: animal
Premium MemberNessie
by Andrea Dietrich
early morning’s moon

hovers high above Loch Ness

in a clouded sky. . . 

caught in its light is a sight

too swan-like for a monster


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Categories: passion, romance
Premium MemberTHROUGH BLOOMS OF PASSION
by nette onclaud


Drowning in oceans
of full-grown orchids and smoke
through my lover's eyes,
each bloom becomes a forest,
of water-colored amber.

My epiphany, 
eyes now closed, remembering 
thoughts of firelight, vintage...

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Categories: nature
Fall
by Danielle Wayman
Luke warm air sends calls
Sun retreats giving less heat
Fat squirrels take heed
Trees respond with golden leaves
Birds matriculate with calls...

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Categories: memory, new york
Grand Central
by W.A. CHOLT
Grand Central 
At four in the afternoon
On the platform 
Awaiting your arrival,
A cold shiver passes through me.


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Categories: winter
Premium MemberWinter Solstice
by Janis Thompson
Winter Solstice

Welcome winter star.
Light fades in your solar shift
where snowflakes converge
to form small mountains of white
and night hours have dominion.


12/22/17



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Categories: beautiful, creation, girl, happy
Million dollar smile
by Neha Padhi
A few pretty pearls
Danced around her neckline.
Her beautiful smile
Would enlighten every heart.
Bringing immense joy each day....

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Categories: longing, love
Premium MemberA Silent Wind
by John lawless

A silent wind blows
love adrift on its current
hints of longing hearts.
I wait, a passing shadow,
caressing her gentle breeze.


©12/18/2017

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Categories: happiness, love
Reaching You
by Subimal Sinha-Roy
When the sun would rise
On crimson crests of sea waves
I will roll in joy
Reach you standing on the shore
In your silence I will break.

When in...

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Categories: baby, death
Premium MemberMourning and Parting
by Broken Wings
I held my baby
so perfect and very dead
and kissed his cold lips.
Till my last breath I will mourn,
my mourning shall shatter hearts.

I dressed him in...

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