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Best Waka Poems

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

Waka of love
welcoming the sun                      ...

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© John Beam  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: waka, change, flower, romantic love, seasons, spring,
Form: Tanka

In Chibok,
An IED finds it way 
Into the mind of a savage sect
And made good use of the emptiness.

In helplessness,
Some school girls are bundled up

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Categories: waka, angst, bereavement, betrayal, high school, leadership,
Form: Blank verse
Premium Member In the Clouds
Tainui - that great waka in the sky -
  the flight of the Koru carrying me 
into the far orbits seven miles high 

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Categories: waka, change, journey, moving on,
Form: Sonnet
Adhuri tmanna
Pyar, mohabbat ka naam sunkr aaj kl logo k mn me bf ya gf jaise bate hi aati hai...
Pyar to sbse jyada apni family aur...

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Categories: waka, absence, anxiety, loneliness, lost love,
Form: Nazm
elegant poem-songs to pen

multi-talents to read or view

light or long,poetry-prose can be fun

senryu,kigo kireji
the cutting the key

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Categories: waka, on writing and words
Form: Couplet

Place of refuge.
The asylum in my head,
Transports each sadness
Into my safe place –
There, imagination rules.

© Dane Smith-Johnsen

Research References:  5,7,5,7,7'yoshu%20essay.htm  “…contemporary tanka are much...

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Categories: waka, peace, places
Form: Tanka
Whats wrong with the world today?
its like they have nothing else to say.
Their words are destroying creative minds
children know adult things by the age of...

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© Ms Renee  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: waka, musicme, age, music, age, me, music,
Form: I do not know?
Musical love
Musical love

Our love forged on the Mount Fuji
Dining, wining and dancing to the beats of Garbage Fuji
Many times shot were we with the film Fuji…


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Categories: waka, eulogy, love,
Form: Rhyme
Ancient Haiku
These are my translations of some of the oldest Japanese waka, which evolved into poetic forms such as tanka, renga and haiku. 

While you decline...

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Categories: waka, culture, imagery, international, language, metaphor, nature,
Form: Haiku
Ngwaga e be ele e se me ka geke ipona tlhakatlhakanong
Kgwedi txe mmalwa fela gore ke fetse atla tse pedi
Maahlo a be a bona fela...

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Categories: waka, age, anger, betrayal, childhood, father daughter,
Form: Narrative
Otomo no Sakanoue no Iratsume translation
To a Daughter More Precious than Gems
by Otomo no Sakanoue no Iratsume (c. 700-750)
loose translation by Michael R. Burch

Heaven's cold dew has fallen
and thus another...

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Categories: waka, child, childhood, children, daughter, girl, mother,
Form: Tanka
Ono no Komachi translations
As I slept in isolation
my desired beloved appeared to me; 
therefore, dreams have become my reality
and consolation. 
—Ono no Komachi, translation by Michael R. Burch


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Categories: waka, life,
Form: Tanka
Premium Member My Dear On The Ridge
There was a dear who had a ridge that she perched from
It was where she felt welcome 
Below there was a road 
Where cars must...

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Categories: waka, animal, autumn, car, death, desire, farm,
Form: Rhyme Royal