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Tanka Fear Poems | Tanka Poems About Fear

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Fear of God

    Fear of God
The Crackling ice
Put the fear of God in you
When you see a
A crack under your feet
Run the length of the ice.

Copyright © Steven Siegel | Year Posted 2015

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Stranded in Limbo

Encased in darkness
neither here there anywhere,
locked in misery
a reminder each day
the devil keeps his promise.

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2012

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hells inferno

shrill screams of pain and
terror written on faces
of children running
to nowhere from hell on earth
delivered by winged demons

Written for Andrea Dietrich competition
simply this:top ten tanka

Copyright © Shane Cooper | Year Posted 2015

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Safe Spot

                              go spot no spot stop
                      light is red now green I scream
                              dashing in and out
                      a clean sweep he lifts and bounce
                      tail wagging his ball retrieved 

       T Reams

Copyright © TAMMY REAMS | Year Posted 2015

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Not a Friend

Eating him alive
Like a beast from deep inside
Not seen, cannot kill
When will his suffering end?
Afraid, alone, no friends come

Eating him alive
Friends, ceaselessy grasping all
All money all fame
Adding s**t to his good name
Where are you friends, WH
                                          E A
                                                  E      Y

Copyright © Amy Green | Year Posted 2012

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Moonlight Dream

I always said that i came alive at night
The same time the moon shined
I always felt powerful and strong
Doing everything possibly wrong
I remember seeing a girl walking the streets
Yellow ribbon dress running from me
I tried telling her not to worry 
But she started screaming
I snatched her up and shook her
stopped the screaming
stopped her breathing
Moonlight Dream

I awoke to the sound of sirens
Covered in blood that surrounded
My mother asked me why i did it
Confused by the second
I ran far away in an instant
Went a far distance
A village on the horizon
Near the Appalachian Mountains
I pleaded for help
No one seems to listen
They run

I run and run
Now out of breath
Figured out what was wrong
Can't take another step
I fall asleep on the ground
Listen to the wolves howl
I close my eyes and dream
Another dream
Another dream
Moonlight Dream

I always said that I came alive at night
The same time the moon shined
This time I saw a couple dining
I stood out the window and stared
My stomach ached of hunger
I waited for hours
A few hours went by 
They haven't came out 
feeling so hungry
Big appettite for your blood
That fake red love
Moonlight Dream

I crash through the window where you sit
You scream 
I tear your skin
Say goodbye 
I almost slurp 
I awoke to the sound of screams
Not sure what's going on
Had a bad dream
There's blood everywhere
I did this? 
I killed them?

This is my Moonlight Dream

Copyright © Angela Solis | Year Posted 2011

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A fiery disaster

Fire bursting through
Meteorites soaring high
Peril among us
Leaving citizens flummoxed
Oh, a woeful day!

Copyright © Thane Kerric | Year Posted 2014

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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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The flying wheel spins,
screams of kids terrify me...
I hope they are fine.

I hope they are fine,
with hair sticking out like wheat...
" Stop that flying wheel!" I scream.

Copyright © Andrew Crisci | Year Posted 2014

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Trembles and Thrills

One bright sunny day, We went to the carnival; My sweet love and me, We went on the Ferris Wheel; And I was trembling inside. It looked real high, Not a single but double; Hold onto me please, I had thrills mingled with fear; Only a bar held us in. My love held me close, Then we began to rise up; Oh my trembling heart, Up we went into the sky; My love whispered he loved me. When we reached the top, It came to a sudden stop; Talk about a thrill, With a bar for protection; The whole city below us. Then a gusty wind, My love kissed me with passion; The Ferris Wheel swayed, He reached into his pocket; Presenting me with a ring. Oh I was trembling, I said, yes, yes, yes, I will; We kissed long and deep, It was totally thrilling; To be stuck up in the sky. __________________________ November 4, 2015 Tanka For the contest, Trembles and Thrills, sponsor, Olive Eloisa Guillermo Second Place

Copyright © Broken Wings | Year Posted 2015

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End Times

all day long the heads
talk of doom and disaster
warning us to stay calm
the end of days is nigh
an old poet finds a word

Copyright © Thomas Martin | 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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Imaginary Fear

when the light of youth

twinkles far above you

and death is just a breath away

you fear you'll just follow the same

stale breadcrumbs from life to life.

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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Trembling as the day approached trailing a thunderous storm darkness moved in fast earth trembling in the cold wind nature bursts with emotion
For Tanka me a sad song contest

Copyright © Erich Goller | Year Posted 2012

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Claire's Love in Hell

Claire's hellish romance
Blissful with glittering scars,
Her quaint lover mugged
Her docility, bridling
Her marriage with sweet sorrows

Copyright © Timothy-Paker Nwaorgu | Year Posted 2014

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The Slender Man

far in the forests
deep down in the undergrowth
easier to find 
in hindsight of open minds 
there appears the slender man

he has not a face
and is often found walking
stalking silently
he makes himself known through fear
though hidden within the trees

strangely tall he is
his arms abnormally long
some say hes demon
and others think he is guardian
he is mystery—master

there has been much talk
that slender man does stalk
preying on small children
appearing in their photos
who is to say they are wrong?

i have seen him once
and many times in nightmares
i am hearing more
—just remember little ones
the slender man works through fear

his tendrils outstretched
the fright face in a white blur
i swear i saw him
far from the forests of green
locking my mind in a fright

honestly im scared
that i will find him again
heard he kills grown men
not just the little children
not just the little children

i hope they are wrong
no one really knows for sure
all i really know
is what i am told of him
is what i have seen of him

my fear is greater
as i grow ever older
i need the light on
it seems i am a child at heart 
as he watches in the dark

Copyright © Laura Breidenthal | Year Posted 2012

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Tears fall like raindrops My head is full to bursting Someone please listen Can’t you see that I’m struggling I’m scared of a little mouse
08~29~14 Submitted to lament me a tanka contest Sponsored by Rick Parise

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2014

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The flying wheel spins,
screams of kids terrify me,
I hope they are fine

I hope they are fine
with hair sticking out like wheat,
" Stop that flying wheel! " I scream.

Copyright © Andrew Crisci | Year Posted 2014

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Fear of Failure

I have a huge fear One that is simple and big I can’t face this fear It kills my soul by failure Slowly it eats me away Through many of ways I have seen hated failure I can’t face others I don’t have the heart to show My failure to everyone heard Messes with my head Giving thoughts I can’t do it I’m below normal Hating fear of true failure I try everything to stop From this to happen And this is truly my strength Know how to avoid By not having to worry Never worry forever
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey | Year Posted 2011

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For  the umpteenth time,
I found myself in deep sea,
Sea of confusion,
As death looms over the earth,
Are we save? what can be done?.

CONTEST:"Five Lines or less" sponsored by Black Eye Susan

Copyright © olusegun Arowolo | Year Posted 2014

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Dark Night

Toward a twilight
I walk in search of a light,
Not recognizing
Ahead of that destiny
There is also a dark night.

Copyright © Goran Rahim | Year Posted 2012

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A caged animal

Beaten and scarred
Walking gingerly outside
Upon his release,
Jumping away from the warmth
Unknowns scare us all the most

Copyright © Davor Miljkovic | Year Posted 2016

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Moment of Decision-Tanka

Water's quiet pool
Silent movement of a deer
Darting motion of the eyes
A twig snaps, thirsty deer flees
Quiet water still

contest Tanka(s)

Copyright © Frederic Parker | Year Posted 2014

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the holy see

The Holy See 

Pope Benedict
Hands in his purple dress 
Fed up and tired 
Wonder if God in heaven 
Has not gone and retired too

Who will stand up
And defend the Christians 
A vanishing group 
In the sea of intolerant Islam 
Cowardly is our silence 

Copyright © jan oskar hansen | Year Posted 2013

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Tanka 2

This pressure on me
Rooms are closing in, can’t breathe
The worst is yet here
My heart is beating quickly
Panic, this pressure on me

© Holly P. Moore
    October 2012

Copyright © HOLLY MOORE | Year Posted 2012

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Where Fear Expounds

The freezing front porch Holds many Jack-O-Lanterns Glowing with great pride Flooding the front porch with light For this very special night Witches fly about In the air with their old brooms Sure to curse someone With their evil laugh they have They work very late at night Black cats prowl the porch Looking for those who fear them They find some victims Over by the neighbors door A fear composed on this night This time of the year Where it’s cold and fear expounds People walk the streets Looking just for something sweet All this on Halloween night
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey | Year Posted 2012

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Fear is A Prison

                                                  Fear is a prison - 
                                    Unseen chains bind you from truth,
                                               Removing freedom,
                                    Shackling your future, your dreams,
                                          Holding your life in bondage. 

                                                Fear is a roadblock - 
                                        Blocking you from your desires,  
                                                Torturing your soul,  
                                           Stifling your creative juices,
                                      Holding you back from greatness. 

                                                Fear is not from God - 
                                         He can break fear's grip on you,
                                              He can loose your chains.
                                         Freedom is yours, if you'll ask.
                                          Fear need not be your master.

For Chris's Another Chance to Swing contest

Copyright © Kim Merryman | Year Posted 2011

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Mind's choir

Inviting voices
Of your mind's opposing choirs,
Which ranks will you join,
Of cowardice and despair
Or courage and fulfillment

Copyright © Davor Miljkovic | Year Posted 2016

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Death's Tune



Rotted corpses play
As dead trees disintegrate
Lost in their own fog
A song that I long to hear
Is lost in the obscure fear

Copyright © Laura Breidenthal | Year Posted 2012

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TREMBLES and THRILLS Her heart shivers As it draws near The darkness loud The footsteps silent The shadow trembles Void of a body A presence is felt Wolves howl shrill Is it darkness they fear, Or that which is near? She races faster Than her heart beats The trees race with her feet Senses numb Shadows she feels The canopy thickens Her pace quickens A light appears At the end of a tunnel Far as she can see "That's not right; A tunnel in the trees?" She races back She races forth Heart pounding in her throat A light appears To her left, to her right She races past She paces fast Warnings flash in her mind Stumbles on a road Concrete as any Waves to the truck Approaching at speed; Deer in the headlights The road, red The truck, air The wolves, quiet The illusion, gone; The shadow, trembles. _____________________________________ 4:30 pm IST, 28th Nov, 2015

Copyright © Prateek Maheshwari | Year Posted 2015