Poetry Forum Areas

Introduce Yourself

New to PoetrySoup? Introduce yourself here. Tell us something about yourself.

Looking for a Poem

Can't find a poem you've read before? Looking for a poem for a special person or an occasion? Ask other member for help.

Writing Poetry

Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.

High Critique

For poets who want unrestricted constructive criticism. This is NOT a vanity workshop. If you do not want your poem seriously critiqued, do not post here. Constructive criticism only. PLEASE Only Post One Poem a Day!!!

How do I...?

Ask PoetrySoup Members how to do something or find something on PoetrySoup.


You have an ad blocker! We understand, but...

PoetrySoup is a small privately owned website. Our means of support comes from advertising revenue. We want to keep PoetrySoup alive, make it better, and keep it free. Please support us by disabling your ad blocker on PoetrySoup. See how to enable ads while keeping your ad blocker active. Also, did you know you can become a PoetrySoup Lifetime Premium Member and block ads forever...while getting many more great features. Take a look! Thank you!

Best Tanka Poems

Below are the all-time best Tanka poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of Tanka poems written by PoetrySoup members

Search for Tanka poems, articles about Tanka poems, poetry blogs, or anything else Tanka poem related using the PoetrySoup search engine at the top of the page.

See Also:

Poems are below...


New Tanka Poems

Don't stop! The most popular and best Tanka poems are below this new poems list.

Allies by Soper, Joseph
A LETTER TO UP by ibrahim, gbolahan
I live with how my heart sings by Sands, Heidi
Healing touch by Sinha-Roy, Subimal
Eyes of the Beholder by Brown, K.T.
HIS UNFORGIVABLE SIN by Rodrigues, Kim
Narcissism by Bateman, Gary
FEAR by CHAKRABARTY, RAJAT KANTI
Love is Blind by Sergi, Ralph
Butterflies Flowing by Flower, Moon

View all new Tanka Poems

The Best Tanka Poems

 
Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

In Strangler's Wood - tanka version

At a dead man’s throat lies the rain drenched woolen scarf that stifled his screams. Cold Winds howl through decayed trees - witnesses in the shadows.


Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2013

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

JEALOUSY

~It's Out There~

Green colored field 
A flower without the sun 
Wilts from distrust 
now washed away 
by the man storm

~*~


Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2015



Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

December Magic

December Magic
Waltzing with the wind, in crocheted gowns of white lace… flurries of snowflakes sway to sweet divine music... that only angels can hear.


Copyright © Pandita Sanchez | Year Posted 2014

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Watercolours in the Rain

~*~ Summer to Autumn ~*~ Expresses blooms of beauty, ~ primary pastels ~ whilst impending changes loom ~*~ Water colours in the rain ~*~ http://www.thehighlanderspoems.com/nature-13.php


Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2010

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Regret

Born out of wedlock
she gave up her baby girl
for quick adoption.

Twice married since, old and frail,
she laments her childless life.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Contest: Regret
Sponsor: Frank Herrera

Chosen POTD-1st Oct 2016
 


Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2016

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

As One Together

moon and stars above
warm summer night breeze blowing
arms wrapped around me
closeness makes my body weak
your breath, the warm breeze, I melt
our hearts together
beat now as one forever
till death do us part
A Mesh Of Forms Contest of Russell Sivey Written by Carol Brown 03/22/2012 Using the forms Tanka & Senryu 1st Place Winner


Copyright © Carol Sunshine Brown | Year Posted 2012

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

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

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

A yarn of sunshine

"I've got sunshine" 

TANKA~ 1
This heavy weight wind
jiggles the chimes limbs hanging
sensitively 
a thousand sound waves invade 
visible radiation
~~~~~

TANKA~ 2
Dark moonlight tempest
blunders off the mountain top
a massive flooring…
the courageous beam of light
saved souls upon meadow blades
~~~~~

TANKA ~3 
A place called daylight
where the beam is always pure
luminescence 
if you could only feel this
you’d ask to hold the torchlight 
~~~~~

TANKA~ 4
Somewhere were you sleep
the fluorescence substance light 
absorbs your beauty
every second that you breath 
the light becomes like sunshine 
~~~~~

TANKA  ~5 
Sky of falling stars
belong in my diary
notification
renewing my wedding vows
sunshine begins with me
~~~~~

TANKA~ 6
Missed the snooze button;
pendulum rods tick out loud 
morning bird and worm;
sunlit curtains sooth out rays 
anonymous melody
~~~~~

TANKA ~7
Two rainbows petals 
peek outside with loneliness
against no sunlight
rainy weather condition 
no color will bring you back 
~~~~~

by;PD 
10-10-12
for: contest


Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2012

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

wooden rafts float


wooden sea- rafts float
  
     as the hardest beads

        the mildest prayers

offer layered dahlias

   for holy queen's regatta




~ Dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima's 90th Anniversary
year 2015  POTD/POTW
~ For Rick Parise: One New or Old Tanka


Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Fireflies

we ran gleefully chasing the summer’s fireflies putting them in jars. . . those warm nights of our childhood - they flickered, and then were gone


Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

ripples

a grin ripples
from my grandfather's face—
seeing my future
etched deeply in those lines, 
I grin back at him





March 1st, 2012


Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner | Year Posted 2012

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Sending Waves

My feelings flounder
like a sky of dying stars
already snuffed out
yet still sending waves of light
to haunt my heart at midnight


Copyright © Heather Ober | Year Posted 2013

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Tanka 1 about Smudged Roses

Now published at tankajournal.com




Inspired by Chris'tanka contest ~Now, for the contest :)


Copyright © Charmaine Chircop | Year Posted 2014

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Eyes

Father’s of sky blue
mother’s of deep hazel brown
a blend of the two
sunlight on dew in meadow
or moss clinging to the stone

© Harry J Horsman 2016


Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2016

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

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

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Hope

Hope I shut out sorrow. Drowning in my rainy days, I hide from the hurt... close my eyes to what has been; close my eyes on what's to come. Yet, past my sorrow, somehow I know they will come; new flowers of joy will spring from my lonely tears... to bask in sunshine again. Sandra M. Haight ~6th Place~ Contest: Photograph #1 - Under 10 Lines Sponsor: Poet Destroyer Judged: 04/18/2016


Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2016

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

The Weight of Pain

She suffered alone,
all her silent screams unheard.
The frayed thread of hope 
snapped beneath the weight of pain
as the dangling rope went taut.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 				
© 10th September 2016 


Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2016

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

I'm So Jealous

~The One That Got Away~


Here I lay weeping

I sing a sad song to sleep 

Fire cracking bones

kicking, screaming, pulling hair

The moment, gone forever


~SKAT~



Copyright © SKAT A | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

A Good News Story

Cesarean birth a newborn hugs his mom's face - his cheek pressed to hers. . . pulled away from her, he screams some bonds cannot be broken


Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2014

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Eternal Soul

The soul's forever—
As an eternal spirit.
Leaves this mortal coil . . . 
	 Again to the spirit world 
And home to Heaven’s Kingdom!

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, 
Schoeningen, Germany (November 7, 2014)
(Tanka poetic format) 


Copyright © Gary Bateman | Year Posted 2014

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Yamazakura

cherry blossoms
swirl through the streets:
a ghostly veil
to help replace the men
who have left for war

(4/4/4/6/5)
____


Yamazakura: a type of wild Japanese cherry tree (the word can also be used 
to describe the tree's blossoms.

During WWII, the first Japanese Kamikaze unit was given the title 
of Yamazakura, to honour the last two official Samurai warriors 
who were part of the unit.
The Samurai Bushido code dictates death before the shame of surrender.

Falling cherry blossoms were believed to bring good luck to the courtships
of the teenagers who were left behind (in hope of many male babies), 
because the Emperor had conscripted all available men into the doomed war.


     
February 24th, 2012


Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner | Year Posted 2012

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

the farm boy

amidst the green field
behind grandpa’s old brick house
lies a broken fridge,
unmindful of time passing
until my mom calls me home.


Copyright © Ernesto P. Santiago | Year Posted 2010

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

December Magic



speckling dark green pines gifting the dark diamonds white moonlit snowflakes lay soft fabric for children's play and knitted clouds on the roofs 26~12~2014 Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich Contest Name: A Quintain Christmas


Copyright © Maurice Yvonne | Year Posted 2014

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

Grave-side Service

weather-beaten sign
driven down in dying weeds
forsaken headstone...
oh nameless, forgotten soul
the Savior knows who you are


Copyright © Tim Ryerson | Year Posted 2015

Details | Tanka Poem | Create an image from this poem.

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