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Family Tanka Poems

These Family Tanka poems are examples of Tanka poems about Family. These are the best examples of Tanka Family poems written by international poets.

Premium Member A BLADE OF GRASS
I'm a blade of grass
My whole family crowds me
No identity 
I would like to find myself 
The  vast world a blade of grass...

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Categories: angst, color, environment,

Premium Member Elderside or Youth beware

Rusty appliance
sit smile sleep slighted succumb
dead end offspring
foreign cultures revere us
disposable waste...

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Categories: age, family, obituary, relationship,

A December Memento
She had been away,
Had walked through midnight's pathway,
She stands not alone,
No longer on a lone flight,
A home they have found with her.

December 15, 2022....

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Categories: december, family, happy, home,

December toils of travels
Hurt of holidays,
December vacation daze
From toils and travails
Of tense, maddening travels,
Remorse on return, mind blasé.
Tanka |07.12.2022| 
Poet’s note: Some social visits this December following deaths...

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Categories: december, holiday, travel,

Running Stream
Forever runs true,
And never say goodbye once,
Or leads mind astray.
Rather grows each passing day...
Be proud! if found claims to love....

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Categories: art, best friend, black

Something About Her Eyes
You were so well-loved.
Your mother truly believed
You were an angel
With the loveliest of eyes
And always a smile so wide.

For K.K.T.
(July 2004 to May 2022)


"There was...

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Categories: angel, child, cousin, death,

Premium Member Sight For Sore Eyes
Milky Way dream spots 
and other-worlds engaged me 
this earthbound urchin
science fiction plots might stir
a pure childhood fantasy 

But golden aura 
folks can sense that...

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Categories: care, celebration, character, child,

Premium Member Childhood Nostalgia

Once when just a boy
we went out picking berries,
I was perhaps three;
me, my mom, and two sisters
all the family I knew.

I recall when mom
taught me...

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Categories: adventure, childhood, emotions, feelings,

Sunday home bonding
festive midst fellowship bliss
dining as one team
over Dad and Mom’s menu
from luncheon to supper time…

Missing such moments
we still huddle together
though sometimes virtual…
siblings bound...

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Categories: appreciation, blessing, childhood, christian,

Premium Member Childhood Memories
adventurous days
running through wildflower fields
carefree memories
of playing with my siblings
birthday parties and skating

first day of grade school
a bit shy to make new friends
riding a school...

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Categories: childhood, memory,

Premium Member JUST AUGUST
families frolic
verdant landscapes sandy beach
daylight lingering
crickets chirping cheerfully
summer’s harbinger of change

Just August Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich...

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© Mark Toney  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: august, beach, family, fun,

Premium Member JUST AUGUST
Summer is ending 
hot days filled with outside fun, 
our sleeping in late. 
August ends our days off ~ done, 
back to school we must...

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Categories: day, fun, school, sleep,

Premium Member Childhood Nostalgia
Magic silver key,
fits into my silver shoes.
I was now set free,
I now owned many sidewalks.
My new skates were a big thrill.


Date Written: 8/4/2022

2 Place


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Categories: child, freedom, fun, joy,

Premium Member Violets Are Blue
Violets in blue  
you say they match my two eyes   
blue eyes are crying     
I wish you were...

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Categories: cry, valentines day,

Premium Member an affair of the heart
say this for Justine
though sweet she often turns mean
Justine wasn't keen
on men who might misuse her
she kept track of where they were

worked the bar and...

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© NG Rippel  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: betrayal, emotions, future, lost