Posts tagged ‘tanka’

November 1, 2019

First III (tanka)

by Jem Croucher

3 of 12 in the Jemverse ’12 months III’ series

And so November
Colder days have taken hold
As wrapped up people shiver
into the winter
with the swansong of Autumn
for the year-end’s curtain call

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October 1, 2019

First II

by Jem Croucher

2 of 12 in the Jemverse ’12 months III’ series

October is here
as autumn waits in the wings
and the greenery turns brown
leaves begin falling
for the underfoot crunching
into the face of winter

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September 26, 2019

Tri-Tanka V (coffee)

by Jem Croucher

Fussy? Yes perhaps
but for me there’s no excuse
for tasteless coffee
made carelessly without soul
Listless, dull and moribund

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July 26, 2019

Tri-Tanka IV (Lancing Beach)

by Jem Croucher

Once again relaxed
Lancing Beach does that for me
Every single time
The sound of the moving sea
The sight of the ocean waves
And I’m in my element

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January 17, 2019

Tri-Tanka III (light)

by Jem Croucher

Yes, it is morning
But time clings to night time still
and my pen falters
Caught between a moment there
the clarity hides behind

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December 22, 2018

Tri-Tanka II (Festive)

by Jem Croucher

All decorations
up by first of December
Christmas is coming
Though earlier every year
commerce would have us believe

No bah and humbug
despite my reservations
As into spirit
flowing with the tinsel here
my heart goes to the yuletide

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December 4, 2018

Tri-Tanka I (tanka)

by Jem Croucher

To start this series
in thirty-one syllables
Japanese Tanka
A short song to bring you joy
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So here are first lines
Crafted by the poet’s hand
Found and captured here
To form and syntax structured
Voicing life in five short lines

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April 8, 2018

Tanka: Morning Love

by Linda Lee Lyberg


you awaken me

dove’s wing kisses on pale skin

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December 31, 2017

Last day tanka

by Jem Croucher

Twenty seventeen
And with Auld Lang Syne tonight
For sake of old times
We’ll take a cup of kindness
Old acquaintances renewed

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December 18, 2017

Christmas Mummer – December 18, 2017 (tanka)

by Bastet

waltzing through the street
winter mummers*
twirling golden fairy lights
one for every season

gsk ’17

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November 20, 2017

Autumn Reflections (haiku -tanka)

by Bastet

Autumn Reflection


orange squash
bubbling in a pot
silence deepens
then from the window
laughter! children playing ball

evening shadow
in the naked kaki* tree
a last leaf falls

gsk ’17

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August 16, 2017

Dichotomy (tanka)

by Abigail Gronway

Without is sunshine
new green, a warm gentle breeze—

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August 14, 2017

#Tanka: Scorching

by Linda Lee Lyberg
A Mirage on high speed
Scorching summer sun


Throws shadows on hot pavement

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August 13, 2017

#Tanka: Reflection & Vision

by Linda Lee Lyberg
Memories fill hearts

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August 8, 2017

#21 POETRY =

by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm 

Poetry =

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August 4, 2017

#Tanka: What Is Love

by Linda Lee Lyberg


Savage heart ponders


When desire runs rampantly

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August 2, 2017

Help for a haiku

by Jem Croucher

Stuck in a Haiku?
Feel that you’ve nowhere to go?
Why not try Tanka?
Two extra lines to play with
and thirty-one syllables


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June 30, 2017

Rest in Peace

by Angela Umphers Rueger


I lie down in peace
releasing all cares to God
who works while I sleep

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December 11, 2016

Fog on the Ring – tanka

by Jem Croucher


Fog thick as pea soup
shrouds the Sussex countryside
Trees hide like shadows
Quiet whispers, coy and shy
as again I climb the Ring

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November 18, 2016

Lazy day – tanka

by Jem Croucher


Breakfast in Brighton
November morning sunshine
follows after rain
Both providing sustenance
for lazy Sunday slowness

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November 17, 2016

Leonard Cohen – tanka

by Jem Croucher


Leonard Cohen plays
his music to the angels
in the small hours now
Melancholy fades away
as Leonard now rests in peace

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November 16, 2016

Yuletide Promise – tanka

by Jem Croucher


Christmas in the air
from a large Yankee candle
A fragrant garland
hints of promises to come
within its flickering flame

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November 15, 2016

Last Lavender – tanka

by Jem Croucher


Yet, as winter comes
the last lavender remains
Born of the summer
it stands, poignant to remind
us of warmth now lost to chill

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November 14, 2016

Summer’s Child – tanka

by Jem Croucher


Thoughts turn to summer
upon these cold winter days
and a part of me
hibernates and pines away
Here, bereft, cries ‘Summer’s Child’

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November 13, 2016

Halcyon days – tanka

by Jem Croucher


Woodsmoke lingers here
on the days dying embers
fragrant on the air
It permeates my being
The whimsy of halcyon days

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November 12, 2016

The long mile – tanka

by Jem Croucher


I walk the long mile
the sea sings her songs to me
and I am at peace
In this place my heart and soul
with the ocean are as one

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November 2, 2016


by Nick Anthony


Captured by demons.
Long nails gouge my ego
With gnarled fingers.
Ever they’ve crept in my wake.
At last, my race is over.

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October 4, 2016


by Miriam Hurdle


Tanka Poem

Tiny hummingbird,

Wings flapping, in air sustains.

Flying up and down,

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