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Tanka Mother Poems | Tanka Poems About Mother

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lamenting mother

~~ I wept and I weep. All my tears cried since that day, could fill the oceans. I counted each gasping breath; the end came with dawn's bird song. __________________________ February 8, 2015 Tanka For the contest, Tanka Tears, sponsor Rick Parise Honorable Mention

Copyright © Broken Wings | Year Posted 2015

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i’m remembering 
how she smiled and did without
her good night stories
how she sent my ship of dreams
sailing puff skies      clear waters

and remembering
that loving smile each morning
her outright courage
courage in face of despair
making do      the making do

we never wanted
hard times never spoken of
but her worry shown
i was such a happy kid
after all these years      thanks mom


Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2014

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A thankyou to parents

Those who do their best
To give us courage and strength,
Those unsung heroes.
Those who help us stand tall
Throughout our toughest times.

(Just a draft)

Copyright © heidi white | Year Posted 2015

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Sweet Raspberry Kisses

Baby, when you’re grown
cradling your own darling babe.
Remember your days
of sweet raspberry kisses,
rhymes and twinkling lullabies.

I will remember
the sweet sound of your babble
through bubbling laughter, 
your pudgy, little fingers  
and wide-eyed wonder, always.

for Andrea Dietrich's SWEET or SALTY? Contest,

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2013

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she used to have skills at a telephone switchboard today she is scared of cell phones and computers my mom is one sweet antique writing poems by hand and reading hard cover books I know little of the functions of a smart phone I’m becoming my mother

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2014

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A Mothers Ears

A Mothers Ears

                                               my baby's movements
                                           time for his presence in life
                                                  I hear his pain cry 
                                        playground laughter recognized
                                     my heart and sense know he's mine

                                                 mother’s gift to hear
                                            what her children are up to
                                                  even when they're 
                                              being quiet in their room
                                              mischievously in fun play


Copyright © Eve Roper | Year Posted 2015

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Hearing that heartbeat

Hearing that heartbeat 
Felt shivers from tip to toe
Each kick so welcome
Weaving dreams for my unborn
A mother making process

Copyright © Irfana Ali Bhat | Year Posted 2013

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Remembering them   
is deep sorrow piercing the  
heart that must weep to release 
what the flesh can't overcome. 

Copyright © Andrew Crisci | Year Posted 2015

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Mother's Love Is Great

~Mother's Love Is Great~ (Tanka-Double) Mother's love is great Mother's job never complete Her love is so sweet Mothers for their children pray Do all everyday Mothers for us care All for us they would just dare Their loads so great For their children much they bear They love us so much. Dorian Petersen Potter aka ladydp2000 copyright@2015 February.08.2015

Copyright © Dorian Petersen Potter | Year Posted 2015

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mourning exposed

mourning pain exposed a weight of melancholy ushered by flowers pink hyacinth's fragrant buds blossoms of memories flood
Written: February 12, 2015 For Andrea

Copyright © Sara Kendrick | Year Posted 2015

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Queen Elizabeth Proclaimed queen throughout her realms Queen at Twenty five Firm, never showing frailty Loving mother, grandmother
6/5/2015 Contest Name: LONG LIVE THE QUEEN Sponsor: Judy Konos

Copyright © Eve Roper | Year Posted 2015

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No turning back

A Mothers Meditation

I taught her better.
I didn’t want this for her
She’s followed my tracks
Look at her, life is ruined
She knows not what she’s done

	The Daughters Disposition

	Wow, what did I do?
	I can’t bear the pain she flaunts
	Her disappointment…
	Stings… like a swift kick inside
	What on earth was I thinking?

A Teen Dad’s Train of Thought

Did I? I didn’t!
It wouldn’t have felt as good…
She took the pill right?
What if, she was with other guys?
What do I tell my parents?

"Studies and surveys of young teen males show they are worried the pleasure 
experienced during intercourse will diminish with the use of a condom."
Source: http://www.pregnantteenhelp.org/statistics/teen-condom-use-statistics/

All rights reserved
Contest: Mom, I’M PREGNANT!

Copyright © Wandering Butterfly | Year Posted 2011

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a time to reflect

one hour alone motionless in bath water... mirrored on water is the sun of a childhood reflected in ripples of time I see my father a chain saw, a pile of wood mother is sewing patches on the family jeans.... swirling quickly, down the drain ~
_________________ Carrie Richards (spiritual) ________________________________________

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2013

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Roses Without Thorns

Roses without thorns are like cherries without pits. Child without mother. There is no way possible. One must come with the other.

Copyright © Robert Pettit | Year Posted 2014

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relentlessly marking 
my mother taught me
to keep my hands busy

Copyright © Suzette Richards | Year Posted 2014

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Through the Eyes of a Neglected Child

Through the Eyes of a Neglected Child I cling to mother with unconditional love arms wrapped around tight immune to pain of neglect my bond knows no other way Eyes steadfast in gaze upward turned to mother's face searching for comfort the innocence of my heart sees only this, my mother I see not the truth the hours left unattended many missed feedings imprinted with nature's bond my eyes of a child see love My eyes of a child watch closely for survival matter not the cost nature grants me this lifeline I hold on tight, good or bad. Sandra M. Haight ~6th Place~ Contest: Through the Eyes of a Child Sponsor: Silent One Judged: 09/02/2015

Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2015

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Blessed Mother And The Lamb Of God

Mother of our Lord 
in your womb the Lamb of God
pain and suffering 
He knew He had to endure  
our redemption through His death

© By: Eve Roper 5/1/2015

Copyright © Eve Roper | Year Posted 2015

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Mother moon

I see her in the sky
At the zenith in the black space
guiding us to our path 
While she stayes stuck 
unsure of her own

Copyright © Jamecia Buggs | Year Posted 2011

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on a beach

    the in/out of waves

on stony beach in sussex

   and seagulls crying ;

as a child does for the breast

 of mother, towelling dry

Copyright © Julia Ward | Year Posted 2015

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April and Mother Earth

April is thirty

and fierce as Niagara 

she wets our pallet 

for spring fling with nature

she shows us, we are one.


(Written for Andrea Dietrich Tanka poem contest, April 16th deadline)

Copyright © Iris Elizabeth Sankey-Lewis | Year Posted 2015

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The apple doesn't fall far

Loving my mother,
       The roots to my tree she stays,
                                Exalting her charm,  
                                  Embracing her every word
                                       Fearing to become her too

Copyright © Jamecia Buggs | Year Posted 2010

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Mom And Dad


Happy Birthday to me
I'll make a great memory
make Mom and Dad proud
with a bright flash they will see
just how much they mean to me.....


A Linda-Marie Contest
Poet ~  ^Rick Parise

Copyright © Rick Parise | Year Posted 2011

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Mother and Children

children strung out behind
notes in motion
an older man watches them run
heart singing and running after

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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a skinned or bruised knee,
battered pride, when ball games lose…
bandages to soothe…

mother’s bag, filled to the brim
were words of understanding


way around the bend
fast curve balls came unending…

a soft place to land
a gentle hand for mending…

my bag of tricks holds ….loving

Inspired by Linda Marie's contest "Bag of Tricks"
By Carrie Richards

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2011

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Pink Joy


The pain preceding
a simple joy receiving 
my little pink love,
you arrived in a downpour
of glorious emotion..........


Contest ~ "Pink Joy"

Copyright © Rick Parise | Year Posted 2011

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lullaby - tanka

crystal bells tinkling
- waterfalls of silver sounds -
angels painting stars
eyes shutting in loving smiles
innocence falling asleep...

Copyright © Liliana Negoi | Year Posted 2010

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Maternal Gifts

Baby powder soft,
Warm security comfort -
Worthiness restored.
Rocking, patting love cures deep -
Maternal gifts sought life long.

Copyright © CayCay Jennings | Year Posted 2016

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Saying Goodbye

She rests now in peace in a satin-lined casket calm as frozen stream O death, where's thy victory? My Mother's now in God's care!
I dedicate this to my Mom who passed away last Wednesday, 2/4/2015)
Tanka Tears contest by Rick Parise

Copyright © Abdul Malik | Year Posted 2015

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My Mother's Face

Once when I woke up 
I went to my dressing room 
The mirror I had stared-
into, showed my mother's face 
I was motionless and quiet.

Copyright © Md Shahadat Hossain | Year Posted 2017

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We agreed on this
I stamp on your toe, slyly
You cannot feel it
Eyes on what you want the most
This is why you kept me home.

Copyright © Nicola Noo | Year Posted 2012