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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

Premium Member 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....

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Categories: autumn, mystery, rain,
Form: Tanka

Premium Member 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"...

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Categories: beauty, care, deep, depression,
Form: Tanka
Tanka 1 About Smudged Roses
Now published at

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

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Categories: absence, books, break up,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member Jealousy
~It's Out There~

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


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Categories: abuse, anger, conflict, dark,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member 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

For Line Gauthier's...

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Categories: childhood,
Form: Tanka

Premium Member Death Is Not the End
like nature in spring
begins the season of life
winter a blessing
where memories are best kept
waiting the resurrection

© Harry J Horsman 2018...

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Categories: life,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member Jesus Christ
Life ground to a halt
living down a dead end street
where there's no sunlight
and shadows of doubt linger...
Till your love blew them away.

 © Harry J...

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Categories: faith,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member 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...

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Categories: happiness, love, uplifting,
Form: Tanka
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. 


Contest:    ...

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Categories: beauty, december, magic, snow,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member Watercolours In the Rain
~*~ Summer to Autumn ~*~
Expresses blooms of beauty,
~ primary pastels ~
whilst impending changes loom
~*~ Water colours in the rain ~*~ 

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Categories: nature, seasonsautumn,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member 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.

- - - - - -...

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Categories: baby, sad,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member 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...

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Categories: parents,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member Sunflower Serenade
I’m singing honey-
rinsed sunflower serenades
twirling with corn rays…
and I’ll waltz through every fall…
to embrace his saffron warmth...

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Categories: deep, desire, i love
Form: Tanka
Premium Member A Yarn of Sunshine
"I've got sunshine" 

This heavyweight wind
jiggles the chimes limbs hanging
a thousand sound waves invade 
visible radiation

Dark moonlight tempest
blunders off the mountain top

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Categories: allusion, desire, earth day,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member Wooden Rafts Float
wooden sea- rafts float
     as the hardest beads

        the mildest prayers

offer layered...

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Categories: water,
Form: Tanka
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...

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Categories: confusion,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member Into the Sunset
into the sunset

I watched him walking away

as tears stained my face. . .

was the sky too beautiful

for him to look back at me?

Written 5/12/14...

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Categories: absence,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member - Scarlet Lips -
Sky breathes red sunset


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Categories: beauty, love, romance,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member 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...

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Categories: hope,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member 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...

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Categories: people,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member Vicious Circle
to be immortal
strange wish for the human race
history repeats
lessons misplaced by culture
still---war supersedes logic

© Harry J Horsman 2022...

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Categories: angst, time,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member 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.

- - - -...

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Categories: pain,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member Last Meow
In your last meow,
I held you right on my heart;
then- then you left me . . .
I held you till you were stone,
and I had...

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Categories: grief,
Form: Tanka
The Drift
Hearts do fall in life
Burst into storms of ardour
Drift against anchor.
Confine your heart to reason
When not ready for the tide....

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Categories: passion, pride, wisdom,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member Concentration Tool
Serene, at peace...
Calm's a unique kind of cool
Concentration tool...
Fools too oft get excited
Wise men, not thus incited...

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Categories: emotions, peace,
Form: Tanka