Tanka Art Poems | Tanka Poems About Art

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Frozen Memories

My room has changed
Empty walls are now with life
With my own pictures

My memories returning
Moments in colour and ink

Copyright © Gert W. Knop | Year Posted 2010

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she sings beautifully
is beautiful to look at
what’s she really like?
you don’t want to know

the messiah
clear through
no intermission
coughs      yawns
programs rattle

mister music
dead at 45
they say it was an od
a brown stain
on the record jacket

great musician
my violin teacher
i think he admired me
in spite of
the alarm clock on his piano

my famous teacher
i think he’s special      different
my lesson is at ten
his studio door opens
at exactly ten

would you look
his home like the taj mahal
he donated a million
what’d he do
sell one of his persian rugs?

her home is incredible
she allows a look-through
at cristmas
joseph and mary
would sleep in the stable

inside his fish bowl
those dancing eyes
the swish
the dart
another drag of pot

Dave Austin

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2014

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AFI 9th Art Wave

his breath
clouds the night air
board grinds rail
the lamppost’s light reveals
his heart pounds as red lights swirl

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2015

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As Canvas Weeps

Unblemished vellum
Begs the Imagist's pardon:
Forsake not my skin -
Complete my chaste nakedness
With threads of dappled spectra

Copyright © John Heck | Year Posted 2010

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Hieroglyphs and Holograms

Hieroglyphs and Holograms

   used in old Egyptian times...
through symbols, signs and pictures;
non-verbal interactions.

Ancient Egyptians
   interpreted at a glance
      meanings and feelings.
Symbols would stir emotions...
provide factual knowledge.

   exist in these modern times;
      new name...Emoji.
Used in our digital world...
pictures like smiley faces.

Just like hand signals,
   Emojis speak non-verbal
      emotions, feelings...
a whole thought in one image
enhances verbal insights.

Holograms...new tech...
   3-D visions, light induced.
      Like feats of magic,
project images not there...
visions that hang in the air.

Where will this tech lead...
   like ancient Hieroglyphs 
      replaced by plain words...
will we reverse the process;
draw 3-D symbols in air...

Language of symbols...
   holograms show more than words;
      images and signs
3-D Hieroglyphics... 
expressions of tomorrow...?

Sandra M. Haight

Emoji: digital technology, a small digital picture or pictorial symbol that represents a thing, feeling, concept, etc., used in text messages and other electronic communications and usually part of a standardized set. 
Example: She texted me an emoji of “money with wings,” which may mean she’s out shopping.

Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2016

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Creative Child

Creative Child

Notebook full of dreams,

deep thoughts imprint a blank page.

Intent and consumed,

from his sweet innocent mind,

he creates his masterpiece.

Sandra M. Haight

~1st Place~
Contest: Oil Paintings 1-2-3 Any Poem Form
Painting: No. 3 
Sponsor: Eve Roper
Judged: 11/17/205

Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2015

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Gracefully Bows As She Leaves

Forest alive now
Autumn colors brilliant glow
Poplar_ Maple grow
Colors seen_red, yellow, rust
Auroras of autumn flow

Elegantly dressed
For the last ball before snow
She smiles at artist
As he gathers paints blends shades
Painting her colorful gown

As sunlight dances 
Against gown that glows with dew
Gracefully she bows
As bare limbs begin to show
Last of grace before first snow

Copyright © Sara Kendrick | Year Posted 2010

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Tanka T1

Nature’s works enwombed

gravities' umbilical;

Hold me mother earth

universe sings cradle song,

solar winds whisper… hurry

Copyright © Michael Perritano | Year Posted 2012

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Hawthorn,clematis,white on green
Butterflies decorate the scene;
Acers,red purpled smoke tree,
Nature's expressions,each May I see;
Priceless..art in my outdoor gallery

Copyright © Brian Strand | Year Posted 2009

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she wears on her skin
the perfect girl of his dream
her highlighted crown
conflates an embellishment
emitting fashion design

June 16, 2015  10.15pm

Copyright © Galeo DS | Year Posted 2015

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Random thoughts 51 Trois Par Huit--Tanka--Rondel

Trois Par Huit--Tanka--Rondel

**A Love In Transition**

My mission,
this love in transition.
Started, a platonic love as friends.

It was not my intent, no more can I pretend.
These impending changes, remissed as I contend.
The muse of my latest poetry,

potent, our chemistry.

Am I a villain,
a wolf cloaked in sheep clothing
causing this friction?
Me ignoring these feelings
is treacherous to my heart.

This love that is in transition,
I'm incomplete and must not retreat.
Should I stay this course or flee,
is she real or a ghostly apparition.

Captivated by this rendition, her disposition,
intelligent and sweet.
This love that is in transition,
I'm incomplete and must not retreat.

Her dude is no competition
immature and full of insecurities,
quickly becoming obsolete.
One, is soon our juxtaposition,
this love that is in transition...

Jared Pickett

Copyright © Jared Pickett | Year Posted 2010

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I can
be your sparrow
if you 
promise not to 
be my cage

Copyright © Rita Odeh | Year Posted 2014

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hands ground
while walls rise
board ceilings
my knuckles whiten
the crowd looks away

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2015

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Year of the Goat

banners rise in street
each painted silk masterpiece
a celebration
of rich colors bleeding life
ancient spirits soar tonight 

gentle goat once gray
brushed bold in crimson through time
draws fresh eyes and breath 
a thousand years preserved
to graze upon ancient hill 

for Debbie's Chinese New Year Contest, 1/24/15
inspired by Chinese silk painting

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2015

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Swirling clouds twisting High above the silent town Constant movement with Starlight illuminating A scene of grace and beauty

Copyright © Shane Cooper | Year Posted 2015

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this painted figure
is walking a country road
it’s the artist’s touch
when a closer look reveals
no figure, just three quick paint strokes

Dave Austin

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2015

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Love's Hue

Painting past midnight
Colors bleed on the paper
Capturing people
Giving each one breath and life
Touching a heart with love’s hue

©2014 by Regina Riddle

Copyright © Regina Riddle | Year Posted 2014

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Nutrition touched me
Poetry Soup fortifies
Like good nap we seek
To reach momentum's peak
Together, we calm seas.


Copyright © Iris Elizabeth Sankey-Lewis | Year Posted 2015

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our conversing
about artificial boulders
so long ago
agreeing the Japanese stones
far superior to all

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2016

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some ice on the eaves a reminder of winter outside of its time like the avant-garde artist unable to raise desire ************************** 4/27/15 ************************** Contest - Syllables of Wisdom 3 Sponsor - Silent One ************************** 3rd place win

Copyright © Julia Ward | Year Posted 2015

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Reflection from a mirror

Reflect from mirror-
Tresses, piercing spotless sight.
Gazing deeply deep
Reflects a fresco figure.
In this euphoria I bask.

Copyright © Abdulhafeez Oyewole | Year Posted 2013

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               feasting on high
     with four mahler horns quailing
            r. strauss on my knee
       on my lips    claude debussy
     blue shirt    cheap seat seduction

               old photograph
           faces from the grave
           sepia toned by years
             paranormal shivers
                two way mirror

Dave Austin

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2016

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Ingenuity Fingers of wind, shifting sand Formation of dune Elemental natural craft Organic kingdom of art.

Copyright © Delice Arleen Skelly | Year Posted 2015

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Miracle Sticks

Onto the blank page, Pour forth thoughts; ink lines of black; Thought forms of fluid; A calligraphers ink-scape A magical miracle.

Copyright © M. L. Kiser | Year Posted 2015

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Boys In A Field

Two boys in a field
Just passing the afternoon
Idle words spoken
Aware of the song of bees
The future only a dream

By Winslow Homer-American Artist
painted 1873

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick | Year Posted 2013

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Eternal Beauty

Pearls gleam on her breast Epitome of beauty Iridescent eye Elegance of yesterday Immortalized on canvas.

Copyright © Delice Arleen Skelly | Year Posted 2015

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we found the flute player
in all the Sedona shops. . .
wandering in the dusk
rises from the red hills

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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Mystique petals two
Lovely looks and curiously naughty
Ethereal light shone
Lashes long, rainbow like brow
Glimpse casts a magical spell!!

Copyright © Anulaxmi Nayak | Year Posted 2015

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Today I dropped words

between cracks in the pavement:

half-written screenplays.

My muse, a cappuccino,

conjures romance while I sip.

Copyright © Arnisha Paxman | Year Posted 2012

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Paradise is a Baobab in Africa
where milk and honey flow beneath red -
I find her in clay, sun-baked, wearing 

roots from the sacred tree:
the final piece of the jigsaw.

Copyright © Arnisha Paxman | Year Posted 2012