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Waka Poems

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.

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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 go. 

They would be driving in singles and pairs 
Going too fast that gave my...Read More
Categories: waka, animal, autumn, car, death, desire, farm, gothic,
Form: Rhyme Royal



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 to cry,
high on the mountainside
a single stalk of plumegrass wilts.
?O no Yasumaro (circa 711), translation...Read More
Categories: waka, culture, imagery, international, language, metaphor, nature, poetry,
Form: Haiku
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

Submit to you —
is that what you advise? 
The way the ripples do
whenever ill winds arise?...Read More
Categories: waka, life,
Form: Tanka
Bogolo
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
Categories: waka, age, anger, betrayal, childhood, father daughter, grief,
Form: Narrative
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…

We sit crooning to the songs of apala
Where the drummer frenziedly beats the apala
Our dance steps...Read More
Categories: waka, eulogy, love,
Form: Rhyme



Waka of love
welcoming the sun                                     ...Read More
Categories: waka, change, flower, romantic love, seasons, spring, valentines
Form: Tanka
Noise
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
From their school compound; 
Taken for a noisy ride into Sambisa;
From where they will forget 
Their...Read More
Categories: waka, angst, bereavement, betrayal, high school, leadership, violence,
Form: Blank verse
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 apne doston se hota hai.... 
And my poem is for everyone whom I lv... 


Kbhi...Read More
Categories: waka, absence, anxiety, loneliness, lost love,
Form: Nazm
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 
  at altitude above the Tasman Sea.
And on its metallic longrider wing
  I gazed...Read More
Categories: waka, change, journey, moving on,
Form: Sonnet
Dang!
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
Categories: waka, musicme, age, music, age, me, music,
Form: I do not know?
Sanctuary
Place of refuge.
The asylum in my head,
Transports each sadness
Into my safe place –
There, imagination rules.

© Dane Smith-Johnsen
9/25/2010


Research References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waka_(poetry)#Tanka  5,7,5,7,7
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
Categories: waka, peace, places
Form: Tanka
Premium Member IN MY SKETCHBOOK
waka,tanka,yugen
elegant poem-songs to pen

haiga,wenren,haiku
multi-talents to read or view

renga,haikai,haibun
light or long,poetry-prose can be fun

senryu,kigo kireji
the cutting word..is the key
...Read More
Categories: waka, on writing and words
Form: Couplet