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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,

~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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

A yarn of sunshine
"I've got sunshine" 

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

Dark moonlight tempest
blunders off the mountain...

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Categories: nature, light, light,

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...

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Categories: childhood,

Premium Member wooden rafts float

wooden sea- rafts float
     as the hardest beads

        the mildest prayers

offer layered...

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Categories: water,

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

March 1st, 2012...

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Categories: life, love, philosophy, thank

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Premium Member 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



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© SKAT A   Create an image from this poem.
Categories: absence, crush, cry, dedication,

Premium Member 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...

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Categories: baby,

Premium Member 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...

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Categories: allegory, earth, heaven, imagery,

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


Yamazakura: a type of wild Japanese cherry tree (the word can...

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Categories: war,

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.

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Categories: childhood, nature