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War Tanka Poems

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

A Presage
The scorching sunbeams
Envelop this atmosphere
In no time, for sure,
As if Nature is about
To blow her bugle of war....

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Categories: allegory, anger, nature, pollution,

Premium Member Dunkirk

Epitome bounds
useless waste sacrifices
will we ever learn?
our future movers, shakers
laid to a restless unknown...

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Categories: age, america, betrayal, death,

Premium Member rotate consciousness

                      forgive all evil...

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Categories: humanity, trust, war,

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,

Premium Member fallout from satan II


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Categories: allusion, truth, war,

Premium Member Vicious Circle
to be immortal
strange wish for the human race
history repeats
lessons misplaced by culture
still---war supersedes logic

© Harry J Horsman 2022

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Categories: angst, time,

A child smile boosting war will
Death terror stood still,
Looked askance warring evil,
From a pile of ruin
Amidst war’s terrible scene,
A child’s smile when lifted will.
Tanka |05.03.2022| war


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Categories: war,

Spirit lives amidst death
Their pride was wounded,
And the win turned pyrrhic red,
Felt nigh defeated
When they saw some hands wave flags
O from a pile of dead rags.
Tanka |04.03.2022|...

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Categories: pride, war,

Premium Member The Strong Belief of Senator Hiram Warren Johnson

Johnson believed that
war’s proponents use falsehood
to garner support . . .
this wise man died the same day
the atomic bomb got dropped

April 5, 2022
For Sotto Poet's...

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Categories: war,

Premium Member Spartans Bridge
The hammer rises
The sickle moves to mow down…
Ukraine Europe’s shield
The USSR reborn
Never did disintegrate.

© Harry J Horsman 2022

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Categories: war,


Weapons of war launch,
Stirred up anger and violence,
Unyielding forces,
Relentless arbitration,
Perpetual peace envisaged.

March 5, 2022.

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Categories: anger, hate, peace, violence,

Premium Member putin the boot in

            vlads terrible shame 

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Categories: allusion, betrayal, war,

Premium Member only time to burn
Meg often told Josh
to try to be less reckless
but Josh had panache
when dealing with dangerous
too often being feckless

since days of sixth grade
their hands often intertwined

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Categories: angst, change, conflict, loss,

Premium Member the stakes
losing at some game
produces very little shame
no one else to blame
pride quite easy to reclaim
nothing ventured nothing gained

big or little stakes
wagers may keep minds awake

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Categories: fate, loss, lost, perspective,

Premium Member deception
bad situations
active imaginations
can kill relations
creating conspiracies
with broad designs to deceive

bloody mockery
shinigami lottery
a dichotomy
of preaching false brotherhood
so others will do no good

trying to obscure
real truths which...

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Categories: allusion, truth, war,