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Tanka Nostalgia Poems | Tanka Poems About Nostalgia

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The Flower of Youth

                   a playground’s laughter
                  fragrant in its innocence- 
                  jasmine soothes old ears
          whispered through a seasoned brier
           the perfumed blooms of childhood

                           02 Apr 2015

Copyright © david mohn | Year Posted 2015

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Remembering Yesterday

Chores wait to be done
The orchard needs harvesting...
Fragrance of apple
greets me with warm memory
Ladders rest against the trees

The porch is laden
With soggy leaves and debris
Quail scratch at the dirt
The door squeaks when I enter,
The autumn sun fills the room

From grimy windows
I watch the breeze stir whirlwinds
Leaves fall like snowflakes
I rest my head against the glass
and remember yesterday

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2010

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Claw foot Sanctuary

Refuge lies in ripples
Her head rests
on white porcelain
Fragrant lavender recalls childhood
Memory rises with the mist

For Chris's contest ~

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2010

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Lost in Japan

Origami soul
Pressed in rice paper tightly
A tomb of beauty
Memory of Geisha's heart
Tsunami tears in albums...


Copyright © iolanda Scripca | Year Posted 2010

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A Halloween birthday Tanka

Oh Halloween babe
born under October's moon
weave with forlornment
your bewitching adornment
of a harvest leaf festoon.

Faces in pumpkins
awake memories of when
the children were young;
and "Trick-or-Treat!" rung
the holiday season in.

Scorpio woman
wipe away your wistful tear
and tend to the craft
of your birthday draught
to toast your forty-first year.

Copyright © Thvia Shetley | Year Posted 2010

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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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night touches wind, gold

      buds drifting off from laced hems

         in slow procession,

     while twirl of frothy breeze cloaks...

 my desolate autumn view.

Contest: Fragments of Life for Broken Wings

Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2016

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A Change of Seasons

Persuaded by time, clothed in rust, night reveals a lonely Halloween... Illusions of my childhood drift away with falling leaves

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2012

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Dancing Reruns

ghosts of yesterday
   promenade across my screen,
       tapping in the dark...
           Fred twirls Ginger once again
              where the music has no end

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2010

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Photographic Memory

All points meet at you~
the sky, the sun, the water.
A still photograph
holds my happiness in ink.
I pretend that you still smile.

Copyright © Tatyana Carney | Year Posted 2005

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behind glass panes

behind these glass panes

here she contemplates nature

never feeling rain

the sun never warms her face

she's merely an observer

Copyright © Francine Roberts | Year Posted 2013

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Soft Peony Clouds

soft peony clouds
ensconced with wet petals
drops of liquid sun
pools in earthly hollows
reflect sky and earth as one

(June 19, 2011  Wausau, Wisconsin USA)

(c) Copyright 2011 by Christine A Kysely, All Rights Reserved

Copyright © christine a kysely | Year Posted 2011

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Oh If only

That will be the day
another Buddy Holly
in the frame of fame
delighting the connoisseur
with the truth of Rock 'n' Roll.

copyright 2014
Harry J Horsman 2014

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2014

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Branches Hide Dark Trout

branches hide dark trout
swimming beneath truth of light
floating secret lives
in deep wanton quiet pools
verity lives amongst them

(June 18, 2011  Wausau, Wisconsin USA)

(c) Copyright 2011 by Christine A Kysely, All Rights Reserved

Copyright © christine a kysely | Year Posted 2011

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A magic moment
along today’s ardent street
the application
old folk holding hands pass by...
many issues spring to mind.

Copyright Harry J Horsman 2011

For Francine Roberts Wow me in 5 lines contest.  

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2011

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for a nickel

for a nickel
little boys shined
his shoes
       he saw
       himself in them 

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan | Year Posted 2013

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nostalgia, farewell

Rails chewed up the land
Buffalo herds cease to roam
Down the railway track
Over hills, over dales gone  
‘Big Horns’ and ‘Buffalo Bills’! 


Copyright © Diane M Quinlan | Year Posted 2015

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My Worst poem -September Comes-w

September comes
Makes me a year older
I take colours of
The falling leaves
In my autumnal days.

See the mid-night moon
Of September sky.
How we fornicated 
Till the early hours of
October Sun.

Ninth place in the contest

The poem was originally posted on October'30, 2005 on the PS

Contest: My Worst Ever poem sponsored by destroyer)) Poet

Copyright © Dr.Ram Mehta | Year Posted 2010

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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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Irish Green Eyes

To Irish green eyes
With a devilish twinkle
A toast at the pub

As long as there’s an Ireland
An Irish song will be sung

Copyright © Anita Lovelace | Year Posted 2005

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THE SOUND Lakeside Park - Denver 1947

(Lakeside Park – Denver - 1947)

number 5 pulls up
they pour out the trolley doors
entry all ablaze
that distant sound    excitement!
eyes closed    big smile    what heaven!

i’m remembering
harry james in the ballroom
his flashing trumpet
the flight of the bumblebee
how the white coaster frame shook

blaring semis
oil      smoke
where once stood
that gay old carousel

Dave Austin


Copyright © daver austin | Year Posted 2016

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Time for a Wish

cold white moonlight drapes
diamonds all around me
dances with shadows
as curtains move with the wind
time to make that perfect wish

Copyright © Tahera Mannan | Year Posted 2012

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Dancing Rain


                                            never will I know

                                      again your gentle laughter---

                                        except in the voice

                                     of spring bursting with tapping...

                                     raindrops dancing in pure joy 
                                                      '   '    '    ' 
                                   '     '    '    '    '     '     '     '     '      ' 

For Francine Robert's Contest: "Wow Me With 5 Lines"

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2011

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Anticipation Expectations running high Reality check Living on the edge of hope Balanced precariously.

Copyright © Delice Arleen Skelly | Year Posted 2015

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by the old levee
summer's caressing breezes
off the mudriver
whisper so lachrymosely
southern painful centuries

Copyright © Alvin Thomas Ethington | Year Posted 2011

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Night Train

the night train 
shakes the backyard
and Jesu Joy
stilled by the screech of rails
stretching the moonlight

Copyright © Thomas Martin | Year Posted 2015

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One last dream is left...
something I've pursued for long:
to go back in time
and see myself a young man,
to get rid of this madness!

Entered in Michael Falotico's contest,
" Tanka Me A Dream "
written by Andrew Crisci

Copyright © Andrew Crisci | Year Posted 2011

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The View Backyard

57577 tanka

Contest:The  View (of my yard)
Sponsor:  Francine Roberts

Written by Doris Culverhouse

Nature's view changes
Familiarity seen
Birds and deer tasting
All of my precious flowers
Attacked like the evil one

Dad's barn and garden
Wayne's great carved flower beds
The tractor and shed 
Always steady, strong present
Workers, lovers of the land

Dedicated to my Dad and Hubby!!

Copyright © Doris Culverhouse | Year Posted 2011

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Canadian Wanderer

Shades of tranquil light
blend within shadowy trees,
rainbow prism reflects
calling come on home to me,
the forest track welcomes you.

written from a photo of a canadian scene.

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2012

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Class of 85

Excited bustle
What we were missing returns
Unexploded clan
Heart’s origins, simple times
Uncomplicated soul bonds

Cresting apogee
Highest point of our proud arcs
Yet farthest away
From yore’s endless sun-drenched days
When life besotted senses

Half our lives behind
Yet still yearn to reconnect
Fertile fundament
Simplest sense of our place
Roots gulp moisture from first soil

Time’s stern visage clear
Eternal shared history
Now awake within
As if only yesterday
Not ten thousand days ago

© Thomas W. Quigley

Copyright © Tom Quigley | Year Posted 2016