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Tanka Metaphor Poems | Tanka Poems About Metaphor

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''Being bipolar is like a rose''

Being bipolar
is like a rose born missing
some of its petals,--
its color is more vibrant
than all the other roses'!

It may never be
part of a "perfect" bouquet,--
but its rich pigment
can be a precious paint for
Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa."

Alas, it may not
attract the most "honeybees"
in the wilds of life,--
but its scent can be distilled
to make the finest perfumes.

Being bipolar
is like a rose born missing
some of its petals,--
its bouquet is more fragrant
than all the other roses'!

Copyright © Ngoc Nguyen | Year Posted 2014

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Castles of the Sea

Castles of the Sea Children so carefree Laugh while castles made of sand Topple in the sea… How soon shattered dreams may bring Teardrops of maturity. Sandra M. Haight ~9th Place~ Premiere Contest: One New or Old Tanka Sponsor: Rick Parise Judged: 09/24/2016

Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2015

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Poké Balls flying
Many trainers are trying
To catch Pikachu,
But one is humbly saying
Of the whole world, I'd pick you

Copyright © Davor Miljkovic | Year Posted 2016

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Natures Umbrella


  a weeping willow

    never really shedding tears

      nature's umbrella

        branches trailing to the ground

          green leaves sparkling in the wind

Copyright © Sharon Ruebel | Year Posted 2013

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A superb virtue—
Use for good, and not evil!
Smart is always good . . . 
           Man’s differentiation . . . 
To be nurtured at all times!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved,
May 15, 2015 (Tanka)

Copyright © Gary Bateman | 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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My light will guide you
Though obstacles crowd your way
Your future shines bright
You will make it through unscathed
Here I stand to keep you strong

Copyright © Sean Tracy | Year Posted 2014

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Blazing Heat

The blazing sun
     scorches lonely daydreams—
He saunters like a penguin
    lemonades in hand. 
We two laughed until moonlight.

Copyright March 18, 2015

Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest:  TANKA 2 – 
Sponsor Andrea Dietrich

Read more at: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry_contests/member_contest_details.aspx?ContestID=6218

Copyright © Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen | Year Posted 2015

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Halloween Eve's Double Tanka

Halloween Eve’s Double Tanka

Halloween Eve’s here—
Departed souls cross over
The Veil is open . . . 
The living are always scared . . . 
Of things they understand not!

Halloween Eve’s here—
A Jack O’Lantern smiles now
His grin’s inviting . . .
Kids find him so exciting . . .
Question: Where’s the candy at?  

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved,
October 9, 2015 (Tanka)

Copyright © Gary Bateman | Year Posted 2015

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Garden's Beauty

Its charm, its bloom
A gift of spring breeze
Disappears fast
Something not oozing from heart
Something borrowed doesn’t last

Copyright © Mohammad Yamin | Year Posted 2013

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Mantra in Mantle

They don’t walk to them
To beseech their shows of hands
They as a rule stay
On a raised dais and talk down
At their feet on crusade grounds

Copyright © Abdulhafeez Oyewole | Year Posted 2013

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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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Butterfly Effect

  Butterfly effect;
			Your wings create thunderstorms,
			Transformation rains
			Onto my Lazarus heart
			To be reborn once again.

Copyright © Phil Capitano | Year Posted 2017

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birth, creation, dark, death, earth, history, metaphor


Very green flushed carpets
Sky blue azure topped ceilings
Tree branched sofa chairs
Mirror sea rippling four walls 
Windows and doors shut!


Infant birthing new 
Into mankind-likened modes
Start fresh from homed sights
Cultured to suckle blind
On natures ‘tested’ recollected notes
Left ‘one on one’ in thought sense!

Earth’s Time Shares  © TANKA

Earth imploding ‘noted’
Fished from science scales to date
Attention everyone
Demise for man’s brutal act
Shrinks to pin-head size! 


Caterwauling winds
Float the once settled landfills
Forming 'blocks' of sand
Balanced on set place-mats
Dwindle down to nothings. 


Salt beds remain ‘still’
Air-dried salt mines reap
Sea tides, air-dried onto land
Leave the needed salt shares
Flavour  'salted' dressings over time
Enhance life’s food plate!


Too many thoughts stockpile
Hanging words staged 'left'
Rehashed until spent
Sending 'mood-eating’ topics 
To announce ‘inner’ moon ‘tides’! 

Unity bids man
Into work managed mindsets 
Oiling the forces ‘toil’
Producing metal and brawn
Empires bleed open! 


Brain building 'strides' learnt
Leg and body builds in time
All in a heady breath count
Balanced events mate
Affecting lifespan!

Copyright © Diane M Quinlan | Year Posted 2015

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Life Is A Puzzle

Life Is A Puzzle Life is a puzzle; mixed shapes of loss or reward. Haven of flowers or dry fields of trying times, we try to place our pieces. One day all will fit. Through our trial and error, curve fits into curve; varied shapes are interlocked... our life masterpiece, complete. Sandra M. Haight ~1st Place~ Contest: Life Is A Puzzle Sponsor: Nayda Ivette Negron Judged: 12/29/2015 Required words used: Life, Puzzle, Flowers, Haven, Travel, Reward ~NA~ Premiere Contest: Contest 206 Sponsor: Brian Strand Judged: 09/19/2016

Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2015

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Full Moon Fever

The lagoon water ripples silver under the skimming breeze and the moonbeam blazes a hot trail on their quivering bare bodies.

Copyright © Abdul Malik | Year Posted 2015

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Black Balloons

black balloons
reach the balcony
where children
watch quietly
black and alone

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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the rose petals lie scattered on flagstones the reredos removed it has been a long time since you have last called
Please see the about section for details.

Copyright © Suzette Richards | Year Posted 2013

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The blood of nature
seeps from branches as it falls
carried by wind’s laugh
in a journey through time’s bid
onto man-trodden concrete.

Thunder bellows rage
while clouds shroud themselves in tears
and lightning shreds night
carving glimpses of shadows
into dusk’s timeless glory.

Grey skies petrified
look over earthen colors
encompassing cold
winds of change in the seasons
as was done in years of old.

Copyright © Robyn Thomas | Year Posted 2014

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Pearls and Swine

Snuffling for truffles
Scenting morsels of delight
Delirious swine

Drowning in the oyster beds
Drunk on mysterious wine

by Gail

Copyright © Gail Foster | Year Posted 2015

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Jasmine forever

Your scent is still there -
In the petals of Jasmine -
I have bottled it,
In my heart's secret chamber
It will keep me inspired

(C) Anindya Mohan Tagore (Bobby)

Copyright © Anindya Mohan Tagore | Year Posted 2015

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pathtic geese: fallen leaves: full moon

Three Tanka, 1--3  

     1.     pathetic geese though   
       flew over the moonless sky   
       it’s a bone-chilling   
       ah, unbearably cold night   
       for a homeless wanderer    

     2.	    as he walks over   
       the fallen leaves crickets chirp   
       and as crickets chirp   
       gust of west-wind rises to   
       cut the heart of wanderer    
     3.	     December full moon   
       hanging high in western sky  
       stay up all night long  
       facing at east horizon       
       beckoning glimmer of dawn     

Copyright © Su Ben | Year Posted 2015

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A jealous sea once
Had swallowed my own pride whole,
Leaving me to drown
In darkest depths of my soul:
The place in which I transformed.

Copyright © M.P. Faries | Year Posted 2015

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Rose-Shaped Watermelons

Watermelons as 
Roses bloom, while these peelings; 
Leaves make room for drops 
Within flesh of such redness, 
Dyed with the purest juices.

Copyright © M.P. Faries | Year Posted 2016

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flimsy bright

from my cupboard fall
all the stripey flimsy bright
things I used to wear

some dull dreary mourning tide 
hath made me drab as ashes

© Gail Foster 2016

Copyright © Gail Foster | Year Posted 2016

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Mary Jane

My marina-made
Merry marijuana
Marianas maze
Marinara; merrily
Mary may thee marry me.

Copyright © M.P. Faries | Year Posted 2016

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Rain Your Love Upon Me

Drops fall in forms of
Hearts; oceanic tears from
Bluest sky begin
Raining all Your Divine Love
Unto all peoples of Earth.

Copyright © M.P. Faries | Year Posted 2016

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ludicrous caligula

all hail the world's bane
ludicrous caligula
terrible buffoon
riding on an ass, an ass
sliding on banana skins

© Gail Foster 20th January 2017

Copyright © Gail Foster | Year Posted 2017

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                      If it's fame you seek,
                      success is yours! Look inside!
                      You are non-fiction hero,
                      story of your life.
                      No one else could fill the role.

Copyright © Phil Capitano | Year Posted 2016

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Tanka II

amber river
smoke signals new birth
coming forth
the midwife is unseen
in the vast nursery

Copyright © Teddy Kimathi | Year Posted 2016