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Tanka Food Poems | Tanka Poems About Food

These Tanka Food poems are examples of Tanka poems about Food. These are the best examples of Tanka Food poems written by international PoetrySoup poets

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Details | Tanka |

Pina Colada

With pineapple juice mix in some coconut milk. It’s as smooth as silk. Put some white rum to good use. Have a pina colada.

Copyright © Robert Pettit | Year Posted 2012

Details | Tanka |

Blueberry Muffin

Blueberry muffin. Sweet things embedded in cake. What a breakfast treat! Blueberry season is near. Bring plenty of muffins here.

Copyright © Robert Pettit | Year Posted 2013

Details | Tanka |

summer harvest sweet

summer harvest sweet
plump fruit ready for picking
a cornucopia treat
one would be wise to know how
quickly ripeness turns to rot

Copyright © Rickie Elpusan | Year Posted 2005

Details | Tanka |


Can you hear the sound

     a voice calling out to you

        whispers of times gone

            a could have should have would have

                  regret is a lonely tune...

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel | Year Posted 2012

Details | Tanka |

Poetry Shared

Ocean draws me love
Come, come relax as waves tap
Toes, pelicans, gulls

Fun floating face down
Snorkel, mask, strange ocean clown
Below fish dart, chase
Look for love, food, fun, frolic
Similiar needs_fish~humans

Love, food, fun, frolic,friendship
Fish congregate in close schools
Human congregate in needs
Needs as poetry shared

Contest:"Fun & Frolic"
Written by: Sara Kendrick

Copyright © Sara Kendrick | Year Posted 2011

Details | Free verse |

Mango Tree - The Mirrored Tanka Style

~Mango Tree~ (Mirrored Tanka) Mango falls from tree Ripe, delicious and so sweet Mango tree so tall It gives such a tasty fruit Mango drops near top of head Mango drops near top of head It gives such a tasty fruit Mango tree so tall Ripe, delicious and so sweet Mango falls from tree Dorian Petersen Potter aka ladydp2000 copyright@2011
November.22.2015 Authors notes: This is a Mirrored Tanka style.

Copyright © Dorian Petersen Potter | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka |

Home cooking

I don't take my heart
To a fast food restaurant,
Quickly in and out,
I'd much rather prefer if
We got good at home cooking

Copyright © Davor Miljkovic | Year Posted 2016

Details | Tanka |

Tanka This, that, those and them

 cat, dog, food, humor, mom, pain, summer,

I tripped over  feet
My shoe laces both came undone
Slid in my 'spilled' milk
Cut my finger on broke glass
My blood now was mixed in milk!

I sat on a chair
It was much too low for me 
Table top held my chin
Knees folded I knelt down  below
My neck got cramped looking up!

Taking a 'soap' soak  
I washed my hair in 'suds' water
Forgot to rinse 'wash'
Let the bath drain of cold water
Had to take a shower too!

I bit my finger 
A huge delicious apple
Choked on pieces bitten
And swallowed a broken tooth
It left an empty hole then!

Pits are wicked  on teeth
Cherry pits the worse for wear
Three cherries at once
Eaten you  choke on a pit
If swallowed you then will die!

Pepper makes a sneeze
Then coughing  up of chewed food
Follows up the throat 
Adding 'more' to the food plate
Appetite all lost!

Close your eyes and wish
Once upon a time like 'right' now
My mom told me so
Magic will make a wish come true
Then I learnt she fibs white lies!

Cats and dogs skip rope 
Jumping around up and down
When the double-dutch stops
Cat and dog hair flies about
 Then the fight is done double time!

Touring on my bike
I flipped ' head over heels' and rolled
 Down grassy culverts  below
Upon a stinking skunk hole 
Startling the homeowners there!

Belly laugh causes much gas 
That builds wind into a toot
Relieving  more pain
Reaching a higher stink bomb
That calls  more laughter!

My peaches are very ripe
 I squeezed one to check them out
Grab'n napkins and bowl
When bitten into juices pour
 Sliding stickily  down my chin!

Corn on the cob needs
Melted butter and wood toothpicks 
 Small bits catch in teeth
Cob takes two hands for chomping
All the kernels in a row!

Shaved cabbage ' coleslaw'
Sliced hamburger buns with meat
Chopped onions with sauces
Causes gall bladder  heartburn pain
 Trapped gasses giving 'piglet' shame!

Copyright © Diane M Quinlan | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka |

Candy Cane

Red and white stripes round
and round the long shepherd's crook
sweet and refreshing
the first one of the season
most certainly not the last.

Copyright © Carol Fillmore | Year Posted 2010

Details | Tanka |

A Sweet Suite

I quiver from bliss
with this prelude to my joy
sweet upon my lips. . . 
the icing that I licked from
the top of my Cinnabon.

The day of his birthday, and I tried to make
a yummy dessert that would be a surprise.
I sweetened cream cheese for the top of the cake
and kept tasting it. . . . Did not realize
it nearly had vanished in front of my eyes!

Chocolates and pastries and ice cream and pies -
They’re sweet to my taste buds but not to my thighs.

My Three forms for the Contest are Tanka/ English Quintain/ Couplet

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2014

Details | Tanka |

Praying Mantis

Tanka – Praying Mantis

Gluttonous Mantis
relaxed by crooked stream
with remnants of mate
dangling from overstuffed mouth;
What a price to pay for sex.

Copyright © Valerie Staton | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka |

Nice Breakfast (Tanka)

this breakfast is nice, 
bacon, eggs, toast on the side 
black coffee to taste 

not one drop going to waste 
yum, yum, me and my tum, tum!

Copyright © Joseph Spence Sr | Year Posted 2006

Details | Tanka |

Green Ananconda

Tanka – Anaconda

Green Anaconda…
Wandering eyes spots dinner.
Oblivious buck
Standing by the water’s edge
Relishes his final sip.

Copyright © Valerie Staton | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka |

Tanka About Corn On The Cob

succulent and sweet
kernels unattainable
stuck between my teeth
hastily reaching forward 
A toothpick will do the trick

Copyright © Barbara Washington | Year Posted 2012

Details | Tanka |

Suffered Hunger

Suffered Hunger twisting hunger pain hides food under the bed and between the mattress hoarding food afraid of not getting enough food to eat © By Eve Roper 7/20/2015

Copyright © Eve Roper | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka |

Ice Cream

ice cream cone
finally throwing out Stevens*
I find the emperor
and feel its comforting taste 
the soft crunch of melting cone

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka |

Fly By

Past the layby fly
Cars with petrol in their tanks
Going home for tea
We're not going anywhere
Pancake flattened battery

by Gail

Copyright © Gail Foster | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka |

My Huckle Berry Heaven 2K13

Many of time have
I sat upon earthy ground,
amongst Huckle Berry patches
gorging in Huckle Berry heaven
with glutton lips painted purple.

Copyright © Anthony O. Mitchell Jr. | Year Posted 2013

Details | Tanka |

Diet Tanka

To eat or not eat
These are the words I mumbled
I am on diet
This shouldn't be difficult
Took some then down I crumbled

Copyright © Jonathan Medida | Year Posted 2014

Details | Tanka |

Tantalizing Memory

Now a memory,
Mama's long dining table,
Big enough for nine.
Great platters over-flowing
With fresh food from her garden.

Copyright © Joyce Johnson | Year Posted 2012

Details | Tanka |

Tank Fest Tanka

Tim went to the Bovington Tank Festival...

baking in hot sun
spud boy wargasms like blitzkrieg
contemplating tanks

injustice of war ice cream
chocolate shrapnel sprinkled

Copyright © Gail Foster | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka |

Hurricanes love food

On the horizon; 
swirling centrifugal clouds; 
dance their wicked dance.  
Feasting as they roam about; 
hurricanes always eat well

Copyright © M. L. Kiser | Year Posted 2014

Details | Tanka |

3 Tankas on HONEY

Like a Hungry Bear
I approach the Honey Jar
Slurping the Sweetness
Pearls of sticky glue dripping
Fast I Lick my lustful lips

Now the jar's empty
I Scoop the Delicious Dew
My restless fingers 
Rushing to work honestly
Leaving not a drop to wipe

My taste buds do speak
Savor the lingering last
Reaching the zenith
Grateful to  flowers and bees
My blissful heart blesses them

Copyright © sima mittal | Year Posted 2013

Details | Tanka |

Lamb Tanka

Lambs gambolling free
Oblivious to their role
Feeding and clothing
But today they are playful
Tails a bobbing as they run
Roast Lamb on Sundays menu

Copyright © Seren Roberts | Year Posted 2012

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The Taste of Pleasure

Sipping on spiced tea

Pomegranates explode on

The tongue. Partner asks,

New tea? Your eyes are swooning... 

I nod twice and lick my lips.

Copyright © Arnisha Paxman | Year Posted 2012

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In the mood to bake
So I glanced at my cookbook
To decide was hard
I chose a chocolate cake
That was easy to make.

Copyright © Darlene De Beaulieu | Year Posted 2016

Details | Tanka |

A Battle Rages

A battle rages
between beans and broccoli.
Sadly, no winner
emerges from this dark fog.
Perhaps I will blame the dog.

Copyright © Sander Wolff | Year Posted 2008

Details | Tanka |

wolfish love

the full moon is bright
shows him her face as he nears
he’s getting hairy
his heart leaps at her beauty
he’s still hungry and eats her

Copyright © jack horne | Year Posted 2011

Details | Tanka |


Can we play as much
Tennis perhaps, SWEET nothings in the ear of atmosphere.
TAFFY anyone, for lunch?  A hunch.
Good MORNING sounds found, my darling
Here and there munch, munch  My dear

Copyright © VAL BROOKLYN Rogers BLK PANTHER | Year Posted 2016

Details | Tanka |

The street dog

I was drinking tea
Suddenly a street dog came
Wagging tail and head;
He wanted some food to eat
By his body language!

Copyright © Asif Andalib | Year Posted 2012