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Tanka Memory Poems | Tanka Poems About Memory

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The Twilight of Memory

Since I did not glance
at the passing of my time
mirror on the wall
I witness a fading frame,
all I’ve left is this inside.

© Harry J Horsman 2013

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2013

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In the Park

Sitting on a bench
our eyes meet 
across the pond
a fleeting glance

Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2016

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watching wild geese drift, old lady on porch sips tea as nightfall grows pale... thumbs browse sepia album flipping memories of youth 5 Lines Max Contest for Rick Parise

Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2014

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even soft footsteps 
leave an imprint behind
this door, 		ajar
                  with a shadow I once knew
                  caught in its draft

Copyright © Michael Dom | Year Posted 2015

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My Fondest Memory

the sweetest brown eyes and his lips so close to mine A N T I C I P A T I O N lingers with sublimity as my fondest memory Written Dec. 11, 2016

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2016

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Photographic Memory

All points meet at you~
the sky, the sun, the water.
A still photograph
holds my happiness in ink.
I pretend that you still smile.

Copyright © Tatyana Carney | Year Posted 2005

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Tasting Bliss

Outside your window
I waited as in a dream.
There beneath your sill
whilst in my most int'mate thoughts...
Again we were tasting bliss.

Copyright © Daniel Beus | Year Posted 2012

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The Red Truck

the red truck
stuck in red clay
I still pull 
up the hill
to the woods

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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In Full Bloom

twenty yards distance
oh God, the sight, scent and sound
closer now, closer
let the droning, drowsy hum
of honey bees drift softly...

Copyright © Tim Ryerson | Year Posted 2014

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Amelia Earhart's Leather Jacket

Leather jacket cloaked
upon shoulders worldly wise
together they lay
within the Pacific floor.
New Year gift to keep her dry.

© Harry J Horsman 2013   

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2013

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My Abiding Memory

my grandkids’ laughter, kindnesses bestowed on me, and my dog’s sweet eyes. . . fine strands in tapestries of my abiding memory

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2016

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Sweet Raspberry Kisses

Baby, when you’re grown
cradling your own darling babe.
Remember your days
of sweet raspberry kisses,
rhymes and twinkling lullabies.

I will remember
the sweet sound of your babble
through bubbling laughter, 
your pudgy, little fingers  
and wide-eyed wonder, always.

for Andrea Dietrich's SWEET or SALTY? Contest,

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2013

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Tanka 7

I remember days
when the summer sun smelled sweet--
heat, friendly, fragrant--
gray clouds gathered in our sky
rain washed away our summer

Copyright, April 1, 2015
Faye Lanham Gibson

Copyright © Faye Gibson | Year Posted 2015

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Tainted memory Tanka

Sound of broken twigs
turned the ears of a lone wolf
Memoir of his ex
tainted his way to true love
sound of broken twigs -- She left

Copyright © Lily Twinkle | Year Posted 2014

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on the radio

on the radio; 
are songs,     my love, not words 
to bridge     this rift
you are     exorcising 
memories     of love, but why?	

Copyright © Michael Dom | Year Posted 2014

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Moving On

There she was standing 
In her small tiny room
The city was so big 
Shining under the moon
She looked at her clothes in her closet
She was ready to pack
'How man times', she said to herself,
'Am I going to have to do that?!'
The case was still empty
But soon it would be
Filled up with some clothes along her memories
Filled up with tears and laughter and feelings so pure
Where she would go to 
She still wasn't sure
Sad feelings surrounded her
Tears she had to fight
Took the last look at the room
Then turned out the lights
And soon after walking 
In the darks of the night

The sun slowly cam up
Telling her,' it'll be alright!'
Moving on


Copyright © Mona Karaki | Year Posted 2015

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Railway journeys

Railway journeys

Lost are travel times,
Dressed in best for the wedding,
Took an express train,
Landed up with soot on clothes,
And coal flakes in silky hair !!

Tanka- 5/7/5/7/7
Written Jan 22nd, 2015
For contest "Railway journeys" by Shadow Hamilton 

Copyright © Dr. Upma A. Sharma | Year Posted 2015

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Autumn Memory

Autumn saunters in
Silent as a new spring breeze
Stirring fallen leaves
Blanketing a cold worn earth
A year of greenery molted

Brisk wind dips treetops
Naked arms stretch fractious
Shivering in the chill
Creaking, groaning with cold ache
Arthritis here now till spring

Copyright © 2010 By Caryl S. Muzzey

Copyright © Caryl Muzzey | Year Posted 2010

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Into Nothingness

At last this long day is done
In the dark I turn inward
Trying to forget
Drifting into nothingness
In deep sleep, no memories

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick | Year Posted 2016

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On the edge of a dream

Sunlight on the sea
A beautiful reflection
Here I stand alone 
Thinking about yesterday
And remembering her love

for Andrea’s On the edge of a Dream tanka contest

Copyright © jack horne | Year Posted 2013

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My Child

my child
beautiful gift
in my youth
a gilded memory
holds me resolute

Copyright © Charles Henderson | Year Posted 2016

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Stirring my coffee
Staring right in front of me
Thoughts flies like echoes
Reverberating the past
Silence whispered... I'm alive.

Copyright © Jonathan Medida | Year Posted 2013

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Childhood memories
Woven into wooden floors,
Spirits of the home
Awakened by my footsteps
Dance me to the sounds of old

Copyright © Davor Miljkovic | Year Posted 2016

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Rusting old screen door Gateway to a once loved home Banging in the wind Echoing children's voices As they came and went each day
For the Tanka contest....

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick | Year Posted 2012

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buckwheat Pillow

buckwheat hull pillow
soaked with age and dreams
of long ago loves. . .
the one I would have married
had she written sooner

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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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

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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

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Night Train

the night train 
shakes the backyard
and Jesu Joy
stilled by the screech of rails
stretching the moonlight

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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A beautiful Memory

Thoughts of you lingered
even after you have gone
to the other side
always remembered and missed
a beautiful memory

Tanka Tears Contest
Sponsor: Rick Parise
February 13, 2015

Copyright © Nudershada Cabanes | Year Posted 2015

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fragile skin stretches
across the cheeks of death's dawn
beauty-marked weeping
I see only the groom now
peach sweet the memories rise

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2012