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Tanka Confusion Poems | Tanka Poems About Confusion

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Sending Waves

My feelings flounder
like a sky of dying stars
already snuffed out
yet still sending waves of light
to haunt my heart at midnight

Copyright © Heather Ober | Year Posted 2013

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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."

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2010

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Seeking Answers (for Jared's contest)

Wasted days
Wandering through life’s maze
Trying to sort the truth from the lies

I call out, but it seems nobody hears my cries
With each futile attempt, something inside me dies
Skies overhead are filled with thunder

What was my worst blunder?
I wonder

To heaven I gaze
Lord, help me find contentment
In hope my hands raise
Yes, I know I was once blessed
Raised well by loving parents

Is there no cure for this malaise?
How did these sad feelings arise?
I listen but hear no replies
My question I seek to rephrase

As much sorrow on my heart weighs 
Searching for words that will not rise
Is there no cure for this malaise?
How did these sad feelings arise?

Forgive me, Lord, I’ll change my ways
I’m humbled; I will compromise
Contrition you’ll find in my eyes
Must I be sad throughout my days?
Is there no cure for this malaise?

*Combination of Trois Par Huit, Tanka and Rondel for Jared’s contest.

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2010

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Aventuras Borradas

Cierra mi pensar.
Perdido, silencioso,
Azares anulados,
Hazañas suprimidas...

Copyright © Ruben Alejandro Hernandez Diaz | Year Posted 2015

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Like a Bee in a Bottle

Every resonance that seems to bring into life It makes one's being a likely confounded mind yet leavens its fleshliness
03/25/16 Note: * "Like a bee in a bottle" is an idiomatic expression of resonance *Thus, this poem has something to do with the law of resonance 4th placer in a contest (April 23, 2016)

Copyright © Moon Flower | Year Posted 2016

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'Flaky memories'

flaky memories selective priority tie up his spirit while drifting further away
snuff out his love with distance

Copyright © Wilma Neels | Year Posted 2014

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Sweet Sanctuary

Come asylum's breath,
gossamer wings touch mine brow ~
Grant me refuge please;
then may my soul find comfort.
In your peace, my heart shall rest...

Copyright © Adell Foster | Year Posted 2010

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Notes on Suicide

A knife to my wrist,
A gun held high to my brain,
A noose with a chair,
So many ways to leave earth 
But still not enough reasons

Copyright © shane solomon | Year Posted 2011

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The Smoke

           The Smoke

You smell the smoke
see the air we are breathing
It makes me gag
no way here for us to breathe
wish this smoke would go away

Copyright © Steven Siegel | Year Posted 2015

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Life Story

my new brother
begins suckling our mother
I drop her sparkly vase
dad looks on menacingly. . .
a nurse brings me ice cream

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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I write no poems today
only conspiracy
watched with wide-eyed wonder
the goldfish swim away

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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she felt his heart beat so identifiable an enchanting sound her only recollection of the man she use to love the heart’s trickery has claimed another victim yet her heart still beats is it just an illusion? or will she find her way back?
Contest Name : “BAG OF TRICKS” By : Wilma N. Neels 080720111350

Copyright © Wilma Neels | Year Posted 2011

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Her Breakable Heart

 A breakable heart
And the fragrance of a rose
 Some tears in her eyes
For an unknown destiny
And a cold night of city

Copyright © Goran Rahim | Year Posted 2013

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Cantankerous Shades of Pink

~ unfamiliar fear has taken new residence deep in furrowed brows of ordinary people on an ordinary day ~
......................... For PD's Contest: By Carrie Richards

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2012

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Why Does She Hate Me

Unconscionable She attacks my weak ego My sure existence I hurt with ultimate pain Crushing my very being She destroys my peace All which brings pleasure to me Sure does falter here I don’t know her reasoning For my love is hers alone
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey | Year Posted 2012

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Crafty cow

She stands there waiting
Chewing the cud and watching
for the dark rain clouds
Maybe I should lie down and
confuse the weather watchers    

Copyright © Seren Roberts | Year Posted 2012

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rainy retail park
turning on and off again
techno logic love

lost rhyme and losing reason
my computer saying 'O'

Copyright © Gail Foster | Year Posted 2015

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Love You

total enchantment
the time I shared here with you
long past the times, few
sometimes I feel the cancer  
is in us both not just you

Copyright © Courtney Courtney | Year Posted 2012

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the boredom

staring blankly 
the sights are too odd to take. 
creepy dull moments,
tick tock of the clock absurds 
they're killing my sanity.


Copyright © charmane bellen | Year Posted 2014

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In my bag of tricks
Lays the secret to safety
A feeling of sorts!
It will make you dance silly!
Out of my hat comes true love.

Silly, is it not?
That one man gave it all up.
Not to criticize.
But to fall in love again
With someone who understands.

John Monteblanco

"Bag of Tricks"

Copyright © John Monteblanco | Year Posted 2011

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Mumbo Jumbo

It’s mumbo jumbo, the language of confusion. Nonsensical words that communicate nothing. They have no value at all.

Copyright © Robert Pettit | Year Posted 2012

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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.

Copyright © Joyce Johnson | Year Posted 2011

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For  the umpteenth time,
I found myself in deep sea,
Sea of confusion,
As death looms over the earth,
Are we save? what can be done?.

CONTEST:"Five Lines or less" sponsored by Black Eye Susan

Copyright © olusegun Arowolo | Year Posted 2014

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Tanka 1

came back from the stars
to find a golden ring
left abandoned on his desk -
today even the
rocket scientist is stumped

Copyright © Timothy Hicks | Year Posted 2013

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My ageing consternation

My ageing consternation

I fears death that spares
Me when I am very young
Won't it ache me when
I have no teeth to chew and
Have feeble arms, legs... to move? 
My heart is fallen
And about to burst my hope.
When will this silent
Thief snatch my soul to the Lord
When need not to see more corpse?

Contest: Aging
Sponsor: Black Eyed 

Copyright © Abdulhafeez Oyewole | Year Posted 2013

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There are two visions 
The irresponsible bygone
And the impending  
Together they disappoint…big 
As we just live in the now. 

Violent young men 
Use the religion of Islam 
To commit misdeed

Copyright © jan oskar hansen | Year Posted 2013

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untitled tanka

sleep overtakes quick
dreams incubate during night
their meanings elude
upon awakening and haunt
and wonder what mind perceived

Copyright © Carol Fillmore | Year Posted 2010

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Thrills and Tremble

Tremble and Thrills
I’m thrilled you like me
Think I’m suave and sophisticated
But I tremble at the thought
That we may be falling in love
For love is blind to what is on my mind

Copyright © Kevin Fairbrother | Year Posted 2015

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Tomorrow 1

The road is open
for me to forge my own path
But I hesitate
I stop to gather my thoughts
and think "maybe tomorrow"

Copyright © Michael Muzilla | Year Posted 2012

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Playing Chess

Played chess at the park
Giant board made on the grass
Four foot tall pieces
Played with a psychiatrist
Every move a stalemate

Barbara Gorelick
For the Dream contest...
I don't even know how to play chess...I don't even know a 
psychiatrist, but maybe this means I should find one...lol

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick | Year Posted 2011