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Best Traditional Poems

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

Premium Member His Golden Essence

The oyster shell 


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Categories: traditional, appreciation, beauty, father, inspiration,
Form: Monoku

Premium Member Dandelion Head
a cluster of dreams
waiting for a puff of wind -
the freedom to roam


A Traditional Haiku Contest
Sponsored by Tania Kitchin


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Categories: traditional, nature,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member At the Golden Dawn of Understanding POTD
It was late in gorgeous springtime, and I was teaching my class,
A lesson in African history, and the events of time's hourglass.

My fourth graders were...

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Categories: traditional, africa, christian, education, history,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member green

green caterpillar
yellow swallowtail

                   gardener's inner joy ...

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Categories: traditional, nature,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member Lifes Simplicity Maintained
You were born in a specialist clinic
I was born at the front door of my house
we both came into this world and survived.
You’ve been eating...

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Categories: traditional, career, character, cheer up,
Form: Epic

Soaring Hawk - A Haiku Series
Soaring Hawk poised high
Back drop a deep sapphire sky 
Winds in attendance

Mighty wings unfold
Caressing the Wind Spirits
They lift and support

Circling Hawk perceives
Rainbow circle on a...

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Categories: traditional, beach, beauty, bird, flower,
Form: Haiku
Food for thought - with Chris Green
Lyrics start 0.05 - timed to the music

Pack your bags dear, there’s a Croc near
And he’s creeping, through the night
With his eye on - on...

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Categories: traditional, food, health, scary,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member Goodbye Darling Peter Pan

Dearest Child-Adventuring Man, My Darling Peter Pan:

Since that never to be forgotten day when Wendy first brought you my way, my heart has been enchanted...

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Categories: traditional, change, growing up, love,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member We
E Pluribus Unum ~  Out Of Many, One

[Author's note: E Pluribus Unum is a traditional motto of the United 
States, but the scope of...

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© John Watt  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: traditional, career, life, planet, together,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member THE JOURNEY
Once upon a weedy lawn
At Cedar Oaks Retirement Home
There sat my mother, weak and old
On an afghan knit to block the cold.

It was summer, but...

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Categories: traditional, appreciation, child, daughter, devotion,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member I'm Dreaming of a New Body
Parody of the Xmas Song: White Christmas

I'm dreaming of a new body
with every chocolate I unwrap.
But I can't stop eating, I can't stop cheating. 

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Categories: traditional, holiday, parody, christmas, christmas,
Form: Verse
Premium Member WE'RE SNOW IN LOVE
snowflakes kiss our cheeks
winter blanket keeps us warm
hearts melt together

Get Romantic – Andrea Dietrich
Visual Seven

Traditional Haiku 5,7,5
Checked with How Many Syllables
~awarded 4th place~

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Categories: traditional, romantic,
Form: Haiku
South Africa
Listen to the jazz instrumentals of Masekela,
as you take red wine outside a thatched
shelter in a beach in the Western Cape.

Enjoy a hearty meal of...

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Categories: traditional, africa, culture, dedication, journey,
Form: Free verse
Seduction In Spring - A Haiku Garland
Cherry Blossoms Bloom 
Resplendently dressed in Pink
Seducing the Spring

Glory unfolding 
They release their sweet fragrance
Pirouette and twirl

Music from the breeze 
With limbs so graceful swaying

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Categories: traditional, appreciation, beauty, dance, flower,
Form: Haiku
sun shines through the clouds
peeping through the thawing soil
one single snowdrop

Contest judged on 13th May - received N/A
Submitted to second chance 2 sponsored by Eve...

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Categories: traditional, beauty, flower, nature, spring,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member Christmas Music
Traditional Format

Compassion’s finger strums another note,
he listens as the angels start to sing,
recalling lines from what apostles wrote,
indwells the spirit held by Heaven’s king.

Succinctly spoken...

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Categories: traditional, angel, christian, christmas, faith,
Form: Sonnet
My baker’s commissioned to bake 
A huge cow shaped iced wedding cake
The groom is a farmer
He sure is a charmer
Its design could lead to heartbreak


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Categories: traditional, conflict, food, humorous, wedding,
Form: Limerick
Premium Member The Holy Dust of Creation's Seed Sown
The Holy Dust of Creation’s Seed Sown

Born from this ancient dust of creation's seed sown now so true,
Whilst sparkling inside a mystical divine light on...

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Categories: traditional, creation, god, heaven, love,
Form: Terza Rima
Premium Member Race of a Lifetime
He skis down the slopes
of a snow covered mountain
racing against time
and his main adversary...
avalanche in hot pursuit. 

Written 28th May 2016
Contest: Traditional Tanka
Sponsor: Charlotte J....

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Categories: traditional, mountains, race, snow,
Form: Tanka
This is a terrible time of year for Turkeys
How many innocent lives are going to be lost?
All their friends and relations are in for the...

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Categories: traditional, america, celebration, food, humorous,
Form: Acrostic
Premium Member MISCHIEF
I’m straying away from the norm

It’s stressing me out to conform

A fave form I must adjust -

The last line’s bitten the dust!

Sweet Nina is causing...

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Categories: traditional, change, humorous, poetry,
Form: Limerick
Premium Member I Will Remember You Most
I am not sure whether I am missing you or that you are missing life~


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Categories: traditional, brother, memory,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member spring


frisky newborn lambs
gambol on the lush green grass
black crow collects twigs

checked with HMS 5.7.5

Spring - Traditional Haiku Poetry Contest

Sponsored by Malabika Ray...

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Categories: traditional, spring,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member Deep In Newly Disturbed Soil, Lies My True Love
Deep In Newly Disturbed Soil, Lies My True Love

(  “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them” – George Eliot.)


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Categories: traditional, death, deep, depression, heartbreak,
Form: Elegy
Premium Member Sawney Bean, legend of a cannibal - written in broad Scots dialect
Thar was nae richt ae laddie sair
wha heft a cave 'side Galloway,
wi' nae jaiken he griftit dare
as he was nae tae lippen tae.

Ill-naitur'd  fishwife...

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Categories: traditional, history,
Form: Quatrain