Waka Poems - Below
are popular examples of all types of waka poetry to share and read. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets of PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for waka.
My Dear On The Ridge
waka, animal, autumn, car, death, desire, farm, gothic,
Form: Rhyme Royal
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 go.
They would be driving in singles and pairs
Going too fast that gave my...Read More
waka, culture, imagery, international, language, metaphor, nature, poetry,
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 to cry,
high on the mountainside
a single stalk of plumegrass wilts.
?O no Yasumaro (circa 711), translation...Read More
Ono no Komachi translations
As I slept in isolation
my desired beloved appeared to me;
therefore, dreams have become my reality
—Ono no Komachi, translation by Michael R. Burch
Submit to you —
is that what you advise?
The way the ripples do
whenever ill winds arise?...Read More
waka, age, anger, betrayal, childhood, father daughter, grief,
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 tsa mono kgabagareng
Kgopolo ere nna ke sa nkga mekgatho
Efela pelo e lebaleba e bona lewatle...Read More
waka, eulogy, 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…
We sit crooning to the songs of apala
Where the drummer frenziedly beats the apala
Our dance steps...Read More
waka, change, flower, romantic love, seasons, spring, valentines
waka, angst, bereavement, betrayal, high school, leadership, violence,
Form: Blank verse
An IED finds it way
Into the mind of a savage sect
And made good use of the emptiness.
Some school girls are bundled up
From their school compound;
Taken for a noisy ride into Sambisa;
From where they will forget
waka, absence, anxiety, loneliness, lost love,
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 apne doston se hota hai....
And my poem is for everyone whom I lv...
In the Clouds
waka, change, journey, moving on,
Tainui - that great waka in the sky -
the flight of the Koru carrying me
into the far orbits seven miles high
at altitude above the Tasman Sea.
And on its metallic longrider wing
I gazed...Read More
waka, musicme, age, music, age, me, music,
Form: I do not know?
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 nine.
It the music and it stupid to sit here it listen
people need to start paying...Read More
waka, peace, places
Place of refuge.
The asylum in my head,
Transports each sadness
Into my safe place –
There, imagination rules.
© Dane Smith-Johnsen
http://tankaonline.com/From%20the%20Man'yoshu%20essay.htm “…contemporary tanka are much freer in
conent and in word usage than classical waka, and there is now greater...Read More
IN MY SKETCHBOOK
waka, on writing and words
elegant poem-songs to pen
multi-talents to read or view
light or long,poetry-prose can be fun
the cutting word..is the key