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Tanka Water Poems | Tanka Poems About Water

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Details | Tanka |

wooden rafts float

wooden sea- rafts float
     as the hardest beads

        the mildest prayers

offer layered dahlias

   for holy queen's regatta

~ Dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima's 90th Anniversary
year 2015  POTD/POTW
~ For Rick Parise: One New or Old Tanka

Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2015

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Cold, relentless rain
Pound on heated, fevered skin
Nature seems jealous
Water can not quench, my love
Nor contain this deep yearning

Get Romantic - Poetry Contest : 8th Place
Visual 2
Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich
04 March 2015

Copyright © KP Nunez | Year Posted 2015

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Out Of Water

Out Of Water Water equals life… From it all living things came… It means survival… Without it death invades cells… Dried, they return to ashes. No water…please God, We pray this can never be… Safeguard it for us… Water, your dear miracle… More precious than liquid gold. © Sandra M. Haight 2015 All Rights Reserved ~12th Place~ Contest: Out of Water Sponsor: Sheri Fresonke Harper Judged: 04/04/2015
Tanka: Syllables – 5-7-5-7-7

Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2015

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When Bubbles Dissipate

Hearing the waters Translucent lavender flow Imagination Enriched blind, senses kick in Silence abounds, clothes in fall Naked to bare dip Porcelain to porcelain Glass of champagne chinks Lapping ripples in caress Submerged delights allure me Patiently I wait Her cue, for me to approach Encroach, I go through Eyes, eye, tanned undulations When said bubbles dissipate

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2014

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Sun Dancing

sunshine dancing on the rippling water sets it glistening reflecting the sun's beauty in sparkling water diamonds

Copyright © john beharry | Year Posted 2013

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       It was a hot day  
       Anne brought her dog to the beach 
        So both could cool off
         Both went into the water
          They did not falter

Copyright © Darlene De Beaulieu | Year Posted 2017

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Out in a rainfall

Out in a rainfall;
Hopeful but woeful waters,
Pitifully falls...
Lightning wretchedly dances,
Thunders echoed and resound...

Copyright © Ruben Alejandro Hernandez Diaz | Year Posted 2014

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The Moon and the Sea

The moon and the sea Water crashes on the shore Shines in from the moon Where waves come rushing on me Opens world of the ocean
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey | Year Posted 2012

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Translucent Waves

On golden sands she, Naked to bare without care Translucent waves form Slowly they engage her skin Arched back, pert breasts rise and sigh .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2014

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faces on the pond
one face above the other
a willow leaf falls
the three ripple together
hear the lover’s sweet laughter

peering deeply
through the looking glass

on the pond
a yellow scum
and in-and-out    in-and-out
this green-yellow-blue-green
jumping frog

Dave Austin

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2015

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The Mirror Effect

Man on salt flat gazed
in amazement as white clouds
in a majestic 
blue sky, slowly drifted by,
his cold, saturated feet

Copyright © Valerie Staton | Year Posted 2015

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Late Summer

late summer
we gulp spring water from mason jars
during the harvest
and lay out sandwiches for lunch
and shelter in the barn from storms

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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Origami Boat

Forlorn love letter Posted by crestfallen heart Paper full of pain Origami crafted boat Battled turbulent water.

Copyright © Delice Arleen Skelly | Year Posted 2015

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Endless Salt Water

He stands in the rain

And looks out over the sea

Endless salt water 

Trickles down his cheeks as he

Remembers the love they had

For Andrea’s Salt contest

Copyright © jack horne | Year Posted 2013

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Cleaning the Spring

cleaning the spring
of decaying leaves and branches
clean when you see
blue skies and salamanders
near the bubbling vents

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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Alluring Droplet

Shower, she exits Naked stance in wetted drape A droplet espied In slow cascade towards pert Perpendicular excite .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2014

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Waterfall Mist

water flowing down
cascading over old rocks
silver mist sprays out
reflecting light from the sun
a rainbow arch over head

Copyright © Anne Hessler | Year Posted 2013

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fish tanka

I gaze at a bowl

Where goldfish swivels through moss

Its fine gills aglow---

With such aquatic prowess
As it wiggles restlessly

A New Tanka Contest
Mar 31, 2015

Copyright © RHOMA EM | Year Posted 2015

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Beauty in a Splash

Intense beating heart
Erratic yet fun motion
Flailing arms and legs
See the bright side in a fall
Wet and wild in the sunlight

Copyright © Brandee Augustus | Year Posted 2014

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Randomling 31: Ripples

Canoes rock gently under the waxing moon. Black water ripples, painting a beautiful scene under the scented pines.

Copyright © Mary Oliver Rotman | Year Posted 2015

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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

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Calm Lake

calm warm silent lake
nothing much but pure mirror,
the big moon, cute stars,
the pretty shades of gray clouds,
the dark shadows of tall trees

Copyright © Abdullah Alhemaidy | Year Posted 2016

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Kay's Well

water in Kay's Well it is bubbling and frothing in cavernous darkness even Kay can't understand despite her PhD

Copyright © Julia Ward | Year Posted 2016

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Falls over steep rocks
As a crystalline cascade
Pristine waterfall
In the undiscovered and
Unconquered territory

Nayda Ivette

Copyright © Nayda Ivette Negron | Year Posted 2016

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Tanka Very Much

     Tanka Very Much

Thirst dries the desert

Drinking fills the passion depths

Girl trembles with cup

Water flows up from deep wells

More than thanks are on the lips

Copyright © Earl Schumacker | Year Posted 2014

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threw a stone into

Tanka 13

         threw a stone into
         an old pond and I listened 
         to the sound of stone
         though no way to comprehend
         the depth of rippling water 

Copyright © Su Ben | Year Posted 2016

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One Leap Tanka Contest

Climbing the gate fast
The big sign posted says 'Closed';
Beautiful water
summoning my rebellion,
with one leap I'm in the pool

Copyright © Melani Udaeta | Year Posted 2012

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Auenland/ Water-Meadows/ Llanura de inundación

Auenland beim Fluss
Wo Schilf und Bäume leben
Ergiesst sich Stille

Auf Wiesen legt sich Wasser sanft
Und schenkt der Erde neue Kraft


Water-meadows near the river
Where reeds and trees are living
Overflows silence

And water gently covers meadows
To give the soil powerful life


Llanuras cerca del río
Dónde viven cañaverales y árboles
Se vacía el silencio

Y agua suave echarse sobre praderas
Y da  nueva forza a la tierra

Copyright © Gert W. Knop | Year Posted 2010

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Always a Poem

from a clear spring
with curled fingers
shadowy salamanders
always a poem is coming

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2016

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The deep depths of the
Cold and blue and silent for
A moment for me;
Wrapping around my odd mind,
Forgiving my small failures.

Copyright © Alicia Bloise | Year Posted 2010