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Tanka Depression Poems | Tanka Poems About Depression

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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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''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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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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kiss of venus fly trap 
suck the marrow from my bones,
encase my heart, secrete,
dissolve the myth of wings... 
death be true to death

*love,death or truth may be the sanctuary
  depending on the situation.

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2010

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blue Monday morning
and 12 inches overnight
the pillow so deep
and outside is white    white    white
oh for one more hour to sleep

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2011

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Another Love Poem

I drown in your smile

It tastes like golden honey

Your  scent on the wind

Pictures written on a wish

The essence of my life.. gone

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick | Year Posted 2010

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A tragic foible—
For those so blinded in life.
Stupidity’s sad . . . 
Negation’s ugly face . . . 
To be challenged at all times!

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

Copyright © Gary Bateman | Year Posted 2015

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Relationship Breakups

A hole in my heart
There is no death with this pain
Life with no living
The stomach cramps with sorrow
Hope lost with only darkness

Edward J Ebbs 
Contest: "Relationship Breakups"

Copyright © Edward Ebbs | Year Posted 2011

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Winter Tears

Dark, December days
dim brightest holiday lights
and silence sleigh bells.
She grieves for summer's sunlight
as tears fall like bitter snow.

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2013

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S A D Holidays

it’s dark in my life
sunshine’s never allowed in
what are holidays
      dreck from my happier times
            pointless to ever resurrect

For the “not so happy holidays contest”

Copyright © John Trusty | Year Posted 2013

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merry group of friends smart ones sticking together i gaze with longing lonely days and nights in tears it hurts being an outcast @ Nadiya (2 April '15)

Copyright © poesy relish | Year Posted 2015

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Pit of hell feelings
With despair and inner pain 
Mounting and growing
As sadness becomes my food
My only true sustenance

Copyright © Brandee Augustus | Year Posted 2011

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Notes on Suicide

A knife to my wrist,
A gun held high to my brain,
A noose with a chair,
So many ways to leave earth 
But still not enough reasons

Copyright © shane solomon | Year Posted 2011

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Gray Sky

Gray light penetrates 
Ocean of candescence 
Above me laying idle
To hope on this dismal day-
For these constraints to absolve

Copyright © Zachary Schlegel | Year Posted 2014

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Nocturnal Wanderings

Epitaph ready I scout the darkness for ground digging up a grave A quiet night burial for deep dark sorrows of my heart 10/5/2012 Yesha Shah

Copyright © Yesha Shah | Year Posted 2012

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Winter heart so cold My fire extinct long ago In ice, hail and fog Small embers of love remain Only you can rekindle

Copyright © Darren White | Year Posted 2017

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Rest in Peace, My Friend

I didn't know you,
I'm sorry for your loss, dear,
I don't have the clue,
But know everything's clear,
No, you don't want me to fear,
Hope to see you soon.

Copyright © Shann Allyson Maurice Hernandez | Year Posted 2012

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System Overload

Darkness consumes me
Corrupted thoughts take over
Soul becomes hollow
Self castigation occurs
Tears of blood destroys all hope

Copyright © Dustin Craig | Year Posted 2013

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Receding Shoreline

Receding Shoreline

Throbbing heartbeats rise,
Patience draws a line in the sand,
Tears swallow my pride,
Turbulence persuades the tides,
Anguish engulfs the shoreline !

Tanka- 5/7/5/7/7
Written April 1st, 2015
For contest "One new tanka" by Rick Parise

Now entered for " enter contest name" by Giorgio A.V.

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

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My worst enemy:
Masochistic sabotage
There’s no solution
To rescue me from myself
That will end without defeat

Copyright © Marilyn Hernandez | Year Posted 2010

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The Deep Depression

                                             The Deep Depression 
                                         A happening new nightclub
                                                In New York City
                                     Last night a nine year old  killed
                                        His parents, now in a morgue

Copyright © RAJAT KANTI CHAKRABARTY | Year Posted 2015

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Love You

total enchantment
the time I shared here with you
long past the times, few
sometimes I feel the cancer  
is in us both not just you

Copyright © Courtney Courtney | Year Posted 2012

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loss - tanka

the sky is crying...
souls, climbing the rain's ladder,
try to find the sun...
grief sweeps slowly with its hand
the eyes of those who still are...

Copyright © Liliana Negoi | Year Posted 2010

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Goodbye dear friend

To simplicity
hail to you a stress free day...
another friend falls
into intellect aims high
high as the sky—yes heaven.

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2010

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it’s such a drab day
nor enough wind to make a stir
walls are closing-in
cat is walking round and round
the room     clock     tick tock    tick tock

sunshine so feeble
glances off a backyard tree
freezes on the ground
oh!    This is a day for sleep
to have some crazy    warm    dream

day for good    red wine
i gather self and shiver!
glass to trembling lips
jumbled thoughts of tropic isles
native girls in their grass skirts

(michigan winter
once it starts it does not stop!)
suddenly!    music
the song    winter wonderland
i shriek    holler    tear my hair!

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2011

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No Knowledge

I have no knowledge
why pains in my arms and back
pursues me daily
I try to rise from my bed
but the pain is hard to bare

I lay in my bed
having no understanding
of the pains reason
for making me miserable
whenever I try to walk

Hungry as a bee
seeking flowering nectar
in the summer breeze
low and behold there is none
in this torso racked with pain 

So I retreated
with my leg across my knee
my kindle fire 
munching on honey and oats
until my pains is no more

or at least retreats
deep within my consciousness
numbing my body
from the heat of your anger
making me weary from stress

Copyright © Barbara Washington | Year Posted 2012

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Reverse polarity

It's a tragedy
When you make friends with shadows
By switching your fears,
And turning hours of darkness
Into havens from the light

Copyright © Davor Miljkovic | Year Posted 2016

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hollow echoes call empty thoughts run mad screaming cries unacknowledged heartache surrenders itself to agony's lewd defeat © 10-9-2012 For: PD's Tanka 'Me' a Sad Song

Copyright © Tanya Harrington | Year Posted 2012

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Says car radio
“Oil spill on the Yellowstone”
Why I’m feeling ill
And great cities smoke away
Fat merchants blink at breakfast

Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2011

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A disease of loneliness 
A life lived in fear

Imprisoned in every way
You think you had a hard day ?

September 25, 2016

Copyright © Tanis Troutman | Year Posted 2016