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


Premium Member Slave
Like a herd of cattle, placed on a ship.
Upon my back, I felt their whip!
Ripping into my flesh, excruciating pain.
Forced across the big water on...

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Categories: tallied, courage, death, slavery, perspective,
Form: Quatrain



Premium Member The Old Prospector, The Crazy Old Fool
The Old Prospector, The Crazy Old Fool

Folks said that nasty fool is a damn old bat
times the bastard knows not where he is at
Rumor is...

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Categories: tallied, crazy, discrimination, funny, truth, wisdom, words,
Form: Rhyme
The Magician's Hall
The wind is in the west 

   and the moon large and low,

   the tapered horizon aglow

   with the...

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Categories: tallied, allegory, creation, god, nature,
Form: Rhyme
No Prince Charming
The white horse has been put out to pasture
The shining armor rusts on the cellar floor
You take off your dress; say you’re a damsel in...

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© Ron Porter  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, funny
Form: Quatrain
A Lofty Precipice
In 2028, the votes were tallied
and the winner announced.
The loser had been trounced
by a good woman of the people.

Soon, epaulets came into her office
and other...

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© Sue Mason  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, political
Form: Rhyme



Premium Member FOSTERING A REIGN OF PEACE


How easy it is to get wrapped up
In our own little universe
The cocoon of the daily grind
Of going about our business
Trying to protect our turf
‘Cause...

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Categories: tallied, community, forgiveness, god, life, love, peace,
Form: Dramatic Verse
Regret
When all the smoke has cleared on battles either lost or won,

the downed and damned and damaged tallied in the aftermath,

as ever, Guilt turns to...

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Categories: tallied, courage, feelings, imagery, loss, military, soldier,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Watery Sun

As summer’s hope dreamt it had caught him,
days tallied boardwalk planks one by one.
Candles became golden skies burned dim
beyond evening’s watery sun.

How I tried to...

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Categories: tallied, beach, love, ocean, summer, sun, sunset,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member Her Return
Her return
Written: by Tom Wright

She was like "Ghost Smoke"
emerging from ashes past;

Today's inner likeness,
now sequestered,
from days remembered;

Absented days,
I tallied as grains of sand,
and earlier thoughts...

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© Tom Wright  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, friendship, inspirational,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Egg Money
                They
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© Cona Adams  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, character, family, grandmother, growing up, nostalgia,
Form: Concrete
A Slave's Plight
The air on board was foul and putrid.

Chained together at the ankle in

coffles, evil dragged me and others

with scabbed lips on board.

Humiliated under the sun,...

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Categories: tallied, black african american, slavery,
Form: Ode
What is Love
Before love ever after never seemed to matter.
Lust followed by lust
secrets grew in the pasture.

The Fortnight turned into a month as days tallied to thirty.
A...

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Categories: tallied, care, cheer up, joy, kiss, love,
Form: I do not know?
epistle to barack obama
this epistle per mine choice of heir apparent presidential throne
composed from one liberal minded non-conformist rolling stone  

prompted awareness that one voice can affect...

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Categories: tallied, dedication, faith, hope, inspirational, people, politicalpolitical,
Form: Iambic Pentameter
Premium Member Egg Money 2
(I re-posted this one. The first time I tried to do so, the shape of the poem didn't transfer properly.) 

    ...

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© Cona Adams  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, childhood, community, grandmother,
Form: Concrete
The Hour That Defines Us

We’re committed no doubt, when the engines roll out,
as we answer an alarm.
So rally the men, ‘cause the score’s tallied when,
we’ve rescued those from harm.
‘Cause...

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Categories: tallied, adventure, character, conflict, dark, fire, hero,
Form: Rhyme
Sirens Song
Sirens Song

What pain did wisdom twist
What wrung was wrought
What sorrows spun
Out of earthly control
 
Forgotten long ago
Was I to myself
& in the clearing
where no love...

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© Meghan G  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, inspirational, love,
Form: Free verse
death cannot kill you, dear mother
soft-spoken & fair woman 
with much assurance to every child
her fair heart tallied with her colour
for hers was a fair pigmented skin
generous & kind to...

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© Canny Amah  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, loss,
Form: Elegy
Premium Member Can't Repeat the Cheat
I cheated on my wife once
while playing Monopoly;
I paid enough to buy two houses
but then I put up three.
I felt so bad about what I...

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© Joe Flach  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, introspection, people, people,
Form: Rhyme
Up Up and Away
Up, up and away they said,
as they sailed over the blue and the red,
hugging each other and holding on tight,
the Donald and Hillary on election...

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Categories: tallied, adventure, allusion, humor, political,
Form: Light Verse
Six Men Dead - Part 1
© 2011 (by Jim Sularz)
(The true story of Frank Eaton – AKA “Pistol Pete”)

At the headwaters of the Red Woods Branch,
near a gentle slope on...

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© Jim Sularz  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, history,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member Unnumbered
In 1790, the first U. S. Census
counted four million heads.

An inaccurate number,
wholly deceptive.

Women were rarely named
except those widowed.

"Free White Males" were tallied
weighing the draft.

A slave...

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© Cona Adams  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, crazy,
Form: Free verse
Wink, Nod and Sigh
She has felt a rope with a mustang attached,
Threw berries into a biscuit batch, 
The holes she’d patch in clothes and shoes
She loves her life...

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Categories: tallied, animals, cowboy-western, forgiveness, inspirational, life, mother,
Form: I do not know?
A Made-Up Name
My mother was born the sixth of eight children
She was born on Christmas Eve long years ago
They needed a name for the new addition
So, they...

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Categories: tallied, daughter,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member My sixth-seventh year
My sixty-seventh March 13

Hoarse, the lion roar is fading;
the lamb sneaks up again.

Hot, another birthright tallied;
the candles are so dense.

Black, the coated wicks will smolder;
they...

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Categories: tallied, fantasy,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member On The Ocean Waves
On the ocean waves ride the remnants of lives destroyed
From distant shores decimated by nature’s wrath 
With little warning of the impending tsunami roar
Hopes of...

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© Joe Flach  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tallied, loss, natural disasters, ocean,
Form: Rhyme