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Tanka Sad Poems | Tanka Poems About Sad

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Born out of wedlock
she gave up her baby girl
for quick adoption.

Twice married since, old and frail,
she laments her childless life.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Contest: Regret
Sponsor: Frank Herrera

Chosen POTD-1st Oct 2016

Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2016

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Sad Song -Tanka

"Marriage after Sunrise"

sunset drunken light
on lavender glass of wine
a long lost tear falls
converts into sleeping pills
dismiss the rain again

"Divorce before Sunset"

Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2012

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I'm So Jealous

~The One That Got Away~

Here I lay weeping

I sing a sad song to sleep 

Fire cracking bones

kicking, screaming, pulling hair

The moment, gone forever


Copyright © SKAT A | Year Posted 2015

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Sat at my easel your image is taking shape, where is the love gone! I try to ignite your eyes with loving strokes…. my tears fall
l Penned 13/4/2017

Copyright © Seren Roberts | Year Posted 2017

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orange roses

on the day we met
he brought me orange roses
their vibrant colour
matching the fire in his eyes
I caress the soft petals

in the center of
my love's well tended garden
orange roses bloom
through tears I pick a bouquet
to brighten his lonely grave

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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Rewind One Moment

"Rewind One Moment" in sorrow's deep midst tiny Angels sheer white wings descend to comfort ... tragedy stains broken hearts tears rewind moment in Time.

Copyright © Linda-Marie SweetHeart | Year Posted 2012

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Turquoise eyes shed tears

Salty drops blend in blue sea

Tiny ripples spread

Sunset casts lone silhouette

One woman, heartbroken, blue

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2011

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~~ beyond my sorrow there is a path that beckons I could go that way or stay and hold hands with death and weep upon a cold stone ___________________________ August 16, 2014 Tanka Entered in the contest, Any 5 line Poem, Poet Destroyer, First Place

Copyright © Broken Wings | Year Posted 2014

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Tanka 3

Tanka 3 children so carefree laugh while sand castles topple in the sea… shattered dreams may bring teardrops in maturity © Sandra M. Haight 2015 All Rights Reserved ~7th Place~ Contest: Tanka 3: Return To Ten Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich Judged: 03/27/2015

Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2015

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But Why Oh Why, For We Sigh

confusional, yea but why oh why, for we sigh interrogate us comprehend I simply can't for closed doors, we now adore .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2015

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everyone said he was too small for a good watch dog.... why did he leave such a big hole in our hearts?
.................................... 3/24/15 For Andrea's Contest: Tanka 3 Return To Top Ten

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2015

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The Grand Staircase

Kept calling to him As he climbed the grand staircase Never knew he'd died I climbed but could never reach him Papa turned, smiled, waved good bye ~*~
BY: Annalise Brigham FOR: Michael's "Tanka Me A Dream" Contest

Copyright © Annalise Brigham...a.k.a. Audrey Haick | Year Posted 2011

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Shadows Cling to Me

great cyclops of fire you who keeps the horizon far out of my reach no closer than yesterday not nearer me tomorrow a symbol of hope I find no truth in those words you leave me each night drowning yourself in the sea leaving me cold and alone in chill of darkness no refuge from my despair shadows cling to me abandoned, my hope is dead don't shine on me in the morn'

Copyright © Lin Lane | Year Posted 2016

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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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While looking back …I think of this….. 
how strange it is….. how odd the fact…..
that something owned by someone grand, 
a china cup, so delicate, 
blue and fragile in the hand,
would last beyond the grave...intact,….
although a dear, enchanting friend, 
her life would have to end…..

a river of blue

floods the banks of morning's mood

we sort through her things...

carefully wrapped in tissue

a cherished blue willow cup 

Free Verse/Tanka

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2013

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This lonely little hovel

the grainy half dusk
when the sun gives her last wink
hours spent in thought 
to leave the safe sanctity
this lonely little hovel

Copyright © Rickie Elpusan | Year Posted 2005

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twilight fondles eyes

lifting her silhouette high

against lucid clouds--

flesh undressed beneath torn trees

drowning in pools of farewell

Tanka Written With  A Decent Pivot
For 	Chris D. Aechtner

Copyright © Gabby Sabre | Year Posted 2014

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In Her Cups

at peace but alone
a feeling wholeness lingers
pondering the space
where once there was tea for two
now there is but one cold cup

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2012

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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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It's Over

Petals on the floor
Two stems in a broken vase
In desperation
Drink the tears that come too late
For a rose that’s lost its bloom

Placed 3rd in Brian Strand's Tanka acontest

Copyright © Elaine George | Year Posted 2008

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Spring's First-Born

once a brilliant red
            she withers in the rose bed

from her crumpled face
           tears   as dry petals   are shed

spring’s first-born is spring’s first-dead

6/21/2017  for Laura Loo's 'One of Three- Tanka' Poetry Contest
Theme 3: A Wilted Rose (syllables checked by Howmanysyllables.com)

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2017

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Stay away from me
Our good times have gone away
Cheaters never win
Come on sing me a sad song
So I can laugh, while you cry
Written for: "Tanka"me" a sad song Contest Sponsored by: ~P.D.~ Written by: Carol Brown 6th Place Winner

Copyright © Carol Sunshine Brown | Year Posted 2012

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The Sad Past

Little did I know
Our mistletoe kiss that night
By the Christmas tree
Would be the last kiss we shared
And then you left forever

*My first attempt at an assonant poem. 
Those familiar with assonance please comment and let me know how I did.*

Copyright © Isaiah Zerbst | Year Posted 2013

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"CHAINED" imprisoned by choice scars and bruises my cell mates death follows future abuse is a life sentence the force of love keeps me jailed. walls enclose vast view no-one knows my secret hurts hears sobbed silent cries abuse degrades human soul escape holds no path to run. invisible bars contain emotions red ... raw end is not in sight entrapment stifles breathing a heart denied from beating. *For Black-Eyed Susan's Wrongful Imprisonment or Sentenced Contest. *Oct. 16, 2012.

Copyright © Linda-Marie SweetHeart | Year Posted 2012

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old leaves are falling
sailing, reluctant, kiss death
the fragile air breaks 
healing hearts are letting go
love letters, clutched until now

? 2010

Copyright © Grace EunSong Lee | Year Posted 2010

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only a dream

the softest caress

of your hand touching my cheek

wakes me from slumber

... I reach across emptiness

your touch was only a dream

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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the rain falls 
from a gloomy sky
my feet are wet
searching for
something barely remembered

the sand is wet
from above and below
rain joins ocean
my footprints wash away
leaving lonely puddles

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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blinking back tears

   that threaten to flow

       my eyes are burning

this will be our last goodbye

    angels will carry you home

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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brown eyes

I fell mindlessly

into the depths of brown eyes

eyes that said one thing

while actions said another

I long to be fooled again

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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life goes on

intermittant storms
rage in the sky and my heart
my unshed tears burn
in spite of my grief
the sun shines and life goes on

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013