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Tanka Poems | Examples of Tanka Poetry

Tanka Poems. Examples of Tankas and a list of poems in the correct poetic form and technique. Share and read Tanka poetry while accessing rules, topics, ideas, and a comprehensive literary definition of a Tanka.

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List of Tanka Poems

Note: The forms for these poems were selected by the poet. Often poems are assigned the wrong form. Please confirm the accuracy of the poetic form before referencing the poem.

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
Jesta Parch Swangin word owl Tanka allusion, funny,
Earth Day word owl Tanka abuse, allusion, america, earth
Stolen Rainbow Josephine Brennand Tanka write, writing,
BLACK POWDER Anisha Dutta Tanka black love, heartbroken,
Premium Member Poem Cat Nap Heidi Sands Tanka cat, sleep, sun,
Premium Member Poem La verdad se muere de hambre Truth Starves Word Hobo Tanka betrayal, humanity, immigration,
Introspection Anisha Dutta Tanka appreciation, beauty, emotions, introspection,
Woods Soul Released M. L. Kiser Tanka appreciation, art, beautiful, earth,
Bear in the woods W.A. CHOLT Tanka fear,
Deliverance W.A. CHOLT Tanka faith, forgiveness, jesus,

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SH UP
by Kim Rodrigues
Sh up before dawn —
darkness permeates my bed
where I cannot sleep
inbreathe the static of night
change of time trammels my dreams

11/5/2018
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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: sleep,

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autumn's end
by Sara Kendrick

gold autumn leaves cling
to blackened skeletal trees
winter’s first snow melts

poet walks away with suitcase
red umbrella’s protection
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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: life,

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Luciferin Flies
by Gary Bateman
Luciferin Flies

Swarms of them form now—
An evil portent for sure!
Shades of illusion . . . 
	An evil that’s palpable . . . 
Now’s your last...

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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: dark, death, evil, fantasy,

Megalodon
by W.A. CHOLT
In the Mariana trench 
Surrounded by holothurians 
Jellyfish and white octopuses 
We plumb the Challenger deep 
In search of Megalodon. 


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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: fish, mystery, nature,

Polonious
by W.A. CHOLT
Polonious 
Interfering old fool 
Hiding behind the arras 
Pointing the finger 
Died for a king's ransom. 


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Hamlet
by W.A. CHOLT
In the Dane's 
Tormented soul 
Expectation waited for nightfall 
And nightfall for the apparition 
Of a noble ghost. 


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Different Paths
by W.A. CHOLT
Despite your best efforts 
To dissuade me
From the solitary life 
Our friendship still remains,
Though we travel different paths. 


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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: friendship, journey, life,

Butterfly
by W.A. CHOLT
Still forming, growing, changing 
Inside the protective pupa 
Till one day the chrysalis is broken 
And a beautiful butterfly emerges 
Into the wide open world....

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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: beauty, butterfly, nature,

Woman's First Kiss
by Dedu Son
The mouth goes really dry,
The chest feels stimulated,
The nipples get hard,
The mind becomes light-headed,
Then the arms and legs go numb....

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Rain and More Rain
by M. L. Kiser
It’s raining again;
It seemingly never ends;
Tomorrow is wet,
As sky overflows upon
The planet Earth’s toughened skin....

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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: earth, environment, imagery, nature,

Broken shell
by Kilalo Mwashighadi
We combed bushes
for dirge singing birds
foliage crackled 
 crickets feigned death
 retired broken shell
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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: 11th grade, blue,

Intruder
by Dedu Son
silence is broken
a sound of a door creaking
whispering voices
footsteps coming from the room
the dwarf hid in a cupboard...

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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: dark,

The Moon
by W.A. CHOLT
The same moon 
In the sky tonight 
That long ago 
Inspired poets and lovers,
Enchanted by its celestial light. 


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Digging Up Surprises
by M. L. Kiser
For years my father
Dug up his buddy, tilling
His garden for spring.
Never using his Roto
But, shoveling so slowly.

Dad was afraid that
His garden friend, might be hurt
By...

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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: animal, best friend, cute,

Rediscovering
by M. L. Kiser
Sweeping out corners
Of memory’s attic, I
Rediscovered self;
Scrap-booked heaps of my life-tales;
Age has stolen so many....

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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: adventure, introspection, life, meaningful,

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a blue moon shining light in heaven my new babe our cat now with her kits
by Charles Henderson
a blue moon
shining light in heaven
my new babe
our cat now
with her kits
Charles G Henderson, Oct. 23, 2018
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Tanka 1
by Warren Doll
cold and snow arrives
young praying mantes last bow
staring at the trees
content to see the egg sacs
holding their spring progeny
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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: animal, hope, insect, seasons,

THE EMANCIPATION OF DAVID
by Richard Ramette
THE EMANCIPATION OF DAVID

for millions of years
he slept in marble prison.
Michelangelo
chiseled his naked freedom,
revealing timeless beauty 
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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: culture, freedom, mythology, tribute,

Spring
by W.A. CHOLT
Patiently waiting 
For the spring, 
Soon these withered flowers 
Will burst and bloom 
With life.

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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: nature, seasons, spring,

TINA and DOLL
by Anisha Dutta

           TINA and DOLL           ...

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Tanka | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: child, childhood,