Tanka People Poems | Tanka Poems About People

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Window Dressings

she holds to her eyes two lovely white daisies window dressings that conceal a sullied soul For PD's Photograph #1 -under 10 lines- Contest

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2016

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When Love Creates

Eyes to eyes now meet Tenderly our lips touch We, adventurous Rhythmic vibrations rejoice When love creates little ones .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2014

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LOVE God is always love Forever seek the kingdom; Praise the creator Keep giving what you can give Please endure until the end ANGELS Beautiful Heavens Protecting the meek ones earth Watching over us Helping us to cope with life Comforted with hope and trust MUSIC When you find rhythm You find your hearts inner core Celebrate the times Make them better than before Reminisce and dance all night

Copyright © humble b | Year Posted 2013

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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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But Why Oh Why, For We Sigh

confusional, yea but why oh why, for we sigh interrogate us comprehend I simply can't for closed doors, we now adore .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2015

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The Graduate's Sanctuary

the graduate

      submerges in pool

          Mr. Robinson

               debates career paths above:

sanctuary found in sounds of silence

For Chris's "Sanctuary" contest.  Based on the film "The Graduate."

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2010

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Half Truth Dreams

Lump of bitter dreams
In waking, tough to swallow
In sleep, liquid pools
to be tasted, drank silver,
only to metal harden.

Copyright © Tatyana Carney | Year Posted 2006

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Insipid Nights

Insipid Nights  (modern Tanka)

They sleep together
On a four foot bed
Back to back they lie
Facing the wall
Miles apart....


Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2016

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One Day's Magic

humanity wakes to a day bright with sunshine all fighting has ceased our hearts are wise and loving and evil cannot be found For Freddie Vee's One Day's Magic Poetry Contest

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2014

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Sunbathing martyrs
Bask in the inclination
Of August sunlight---
Alms of sunrays penetrate
Extinguishing the sunblock.

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2011

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Warmth in Union

Arm in arm we walk ~*~
streetlight illuminations
shimmer in puddles ~*~
winters winds caress the night 
warmth in union radiates ~*~


Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2011

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Rejoice (Tanka)

Rejoicing in life
soul’s jubilation singing
raising of voices

Praises of joy unto Him
uplifting mortal spirit

Comments:    The Japanese tanka dating back to the 5th Century has a format of 
five lines:  the first has five syllables. The second has seven syllables. The third 
has five syllables.  The forth and fifth lines have seven syllables each. The 
pattern is 5/7/5/7/7 for a total of thirty-one syllables.  This one is about rejoicing.

Copyright © Joseph Spence Sr | Year Posted 2007

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Air pollution in cities

We should plant more trees
In the cities of the world
Beside the roads
And on the roofs of buildings
To reduce air pollution

Copyright © Asif Andalib | Year Posted 2012

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Scars on the Heart

no more hurting, no too many knives have hit home scars on the heart weep past now sleeps, tomorrow lives my future smiles, she sure does .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2015

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Genghis Khan was born,
Gripping a blood clot in hand.
But Love Child more bold,
And if I can say more cold,
Grasped I.U.D. dripping blood.

Copyright © Albert Price | Year Posted 2012

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Palawan Hearts

distant horizon shaded outline attraction turquoise waters lure on golden sands abound we sunshine smiling in our hearts .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2015

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When Rains Flow

When Rains Flow Visual 2 heavenly wetted two souls in shapely mingle they entwined amidst passionate embraces speak internally their rains flow

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2015

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Our National Strength

The brave and the free,
Lain to rest for liberty.
Honor forgotten.
Souls sacrificed, protecting.
Sovereignty wrought with valor.

Copyright © Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen | Year Posted 2011

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The crowd is untrue

The crowd is untrue,
Thus the need to stand aloof,
...Honestly be friends
With an honest few, is right.
Aye, the key to the victory.

Cower not under
The impulse of consumerism,
Since you aren't a beast.
Thus, to set things as always,
Means giving the best in you.

Copyright © Abdulhafeez Oyewole | Year Posted 2013

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Lotte Lehmann

Lotte Lehmann  (Sentanka)

Charlotte Lehmann
Die große Opernsängerin
Sie schrieb und filmte

Ihr Ruhm bleibt unvergessen
Und bot den Nazis die Stirn

Charlotte Lehmann
The great opera singer
She wrote and filmed

Her fame will always be remembered
And she defied the Nazis 

Charlotte Lehmann
La gran vocalista de ópera
Ella escribió y filmó

Su fama siempre será recordado
Y desafió a los nazis 

Note: Charlotte Lehman, known as Lotte Lehman, born in 1888 in Perleburg, Germany, and one of my relatives, was a famous opera singer in Europe and the USA. She emigrated from Vienna to the USA in 1937. She sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1934 to 1945. In 1951 she retired from public live and gave singing
instructions. One of her scholars was the well-known opera singer Grace Bumbry. Lotte Lehmann was also a writer and poetess and a filmmaker. She died in 1976 in Santa Barbara, California and was buried at the famous Vienna Central Cemetary in 1977. 

Copyright © Gert W. Knop | Year Posted 2011

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No Journey without the First Step

journey's amidst life is it a monkey puzzle reaching ones haven many travels unravelled the reward of a sweet rose .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2015

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Christmas in July Alone

A summer abroad
Homesick for my family
Silent nights abound
Building a snowman from sand  
My loneliness melts away...

for Gail's "christmas magic" contest

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan | Year Posted 2012

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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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My Boo

<                          halloween haunting's
                       black shoe polish foundation
                             ruby red lipstick
                       pillow stuffed under big dress
                        red white bandana for hair

                               spatula in hand 
                       eggbeater in dress pocket
                              pillowcase for loot
                       daddy's boots causing blisters 
                          aunt jemima memories 

Entry For
Paula Sweanson's
Halloween Of Tears Past

Tribute To Childhood Memories

Copyright © Katherine Stella | Year Posted 2010

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Black Cascade

~ Jet black hair, I stare ~ Cascades against her tanned skin ~ Undulated she ~ My hands in clasp, brushed ask ~ Sighing contentedly, we ~ .

Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2014

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o' pioneer


their tanned, calloused hands
pounded posts into earth’s clay
to circle the west
with stretched barbed wire, foresight
and faith in the horizon

dusty fields planted
               row by row, by furrowed brows
                      deep seeded pride--

For Russell Sivey's Contest: "Mesh of forms" Tanka/Senryu
Carrie Richards 3/19/12

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2012

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Playing with fire

Playing with fire

...like night magicians
playing with fire till dawn
needn't tell but crowd
masquerades seeking sources
to revitalize their wands.

For: Poet Destroyer's "Playing With Fire" contest.

Copyright © Abdulhafeez Oyewole | Year Posted 2013

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So real

God is not a man
Unlike man, is not greedy
Ever-mighty is this God
He recognize every tone
Unlike man, is ubiquitous

Copyright © Abdulhafeez Oyewole | Year Posted 2013

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Space exploration

We should go to mars
And all promising planets
To explore and find
Mineral resources
In order to meet our need

Copyright © Asif Andalib | Year Posted 2012

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Children's Laughter

A ball thrown higher
     As breezes fall vivid leaves
          Children’s light laughter
                 Isolate and stigmatize
A lonely child in a crowd


Copyright © Brittany Reynolds | Year Posted 2012