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Senryu War Poems | Senryu Poems About War

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Enemy at the Gates

sent to the slaughter
caught between levels of hell...
neither one he chose

he lay amidst death
destiny arrived on time
alive…it chose him

For "Senryu Movie Scene" Contest 
*7th Place

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New World

a world forsaken
warring factions ne'er at peace...
a new horizon.

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Hunger Games -Tracker Jackers

fire rages through woods
katniss injured, climbs tree top…
a plan to survive  

mutant killer wasp
tracker jackers’ nest above…
entertaining games

poisonous stings ooze
with green puss and intense pain…
triumph applauded

Copyright © 2012 By Caryl S. Muzzey

Hunger Games is not a movie yet but an extraordinary series of books.
I can’t wait to see the movie!

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Contemporary Haiku

"Contemporary Haiku" by Catie Lindsey:

children play and scream
in a world at war ~
school bell rings

in a war-torn town
where a child screams for his mom. . . 
a school bell rings

(I've removed this revision for Catie from the contest and am using the tanka above it on my poetry page!)

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Where Eagles Dare-Where Eagles Dare

where Eagles dare
the golden horizon seen...
man weary from war.

where Eagles dare
humanity in conflict...
such is intellect.

where Eagles dare
per ardua ad astra...
folly of mankind.  

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Memorial Day

worn headstone place a flag in honor memorial day

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Dark Light

                    War is a dark light
                we fight for others to live
                     ignited by words

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Mind Game

heavy confused dreams
filled my night with restlessness
subconsciously awake

endlessly the mind wonders
every thought held as captive
unrelenting fear

the mind takes over
grandmaster of illusion
and I the pawn of the game

a mental torture
I mount my attack, countered
I awake, checkmate

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' Lord Alfred Tennyson ...' (Classical-Tribute) 62nd Senryu

‘ Lord Alfred Tennyson … ’ (Classical-Tribute)  62nd  Senryu

       Tennyson Thundered
‘ The Charge Of The Light Brigade ’
      Salutes … Six-Hundred

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The cannons have grown silent
Were they stilled by death
Or was I

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Sacrificed Blood

Drifting down slowly
Painful, sad but tender warm
The sacrificed blood. 

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democracy’s seed
oblivious public freed…
for our flag they bleed

By Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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prevent useless hurt
military skill assert….
under brush and loose dirt

 Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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War Time Senryu

Cloud of discontent
hangs over innocent child...
lucky are those dead.

© Harry J Horsman 2012 

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World War II 'senryu x3'


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"Peace will come when Arabs and Muslims love their children
   more than they hate us."
                                                     Golda Meir

we take sides to fight politics and religion pray or become prey hate poisons the mind arrogance is ignorance divided we fall American heads roll in the name of Allah Islam bleeds and burns Al-Quida is dead Bin Laden swims with fishes Isis you’re next ka-BOOM religion of hate call to prayer is call of war jihad must be stopped with love in your heart without a gun in your hand Heaven smiles on Earth
When a country is rebellious it has many rulers but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order PROVERBS 28:2 A scoundrel and villain who plots evil with deceit in his heart he always stirs up dissension, therefore, disaster will over take him in an instant PROVERBS 6:12,14-15 Death and destruction are never satisfied and neither are the eyes of man PROVERBS 27:20 They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes PROVERBS 1:31 The righteous one takes note at the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin PROVERBS 21:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrong PROVERBS 10:12 "pray or become prey" Homophone "arrogance is ignorance" Simile "Islam bleeds and burns" Alliteration "Bin Laden swims with fishes" Metaphor "Isis your next ka-Boom" Imagery "call to prayer is call of war" Juxtaposition "Heaven Smiles on Earth" Personification

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Armageddon Forthcoming

New Islamic state,
Obama betrays allies;
Israel's alone!

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few will understand
a surgeon’s eye and skilled hand…
protect our homeland

Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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deadly bullets fly
selfless patriots aim high…
mourning loved ones cry

Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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Colors of Fall

On fallen they tread…
Explosions yellow and red
Fighters overhead

Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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home sweet turmoil

troops are returning
to a country in turmoil
with its debt ceiling

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a man fires
and the world is changed for
ever; blood-stained,
at war.

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valiant token...
returning sons broken 
orders were spoken

By Robb A. Kopp

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War and Peace

Soldier on parole
Didn’t listen wife's gay songs
Sharpening the sword,

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stands for

for us all she stands
flag presented to trembling hands…
shallow graves in foreign lands

Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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reaper’s sickle flies…
far above battlefield cries
scorched and bleeding skies

By Robb A. Kopp

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America’s Sons…
graves marked by helmets and guns
through bullets he runs

Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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Smiles and Frowns

                                                     a baby's laughter
                                               joyful and spontaneous 
                                                 always brings a smile

                                                  the state of our world 
                                             so much hatred, so much war
                                                brings tears and a frown

for Michael J Falotico's 
"What Makes You Smile, What Makes
You Frown" contest

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constant ringing ears
invading colonnade nears…
homeless streaming tears

Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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Absent Fluff

no white clouds to hide…
shrapnel tearing through her side
Death’s payload inside

Robb A. Kopp
© Nov.13.2012

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terrifying state….
battles’ angry debate
mayhem at the gate

By Robb A. Kopp

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Pulled the Trigger

Bullet wounds
The criminal shoots down his
First targets

How dare you
Shoot them uncontrollably
CHAOS grows .  .  .

Don’t shoot it!
The victims are running mad
And you pulled

The trigger
I’m terrified of your strength
DROP IT, man ! ! !

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They take from their God Serenity, Peace, and Justice I give that back to mine Their masks disguise them Allegiance therefore binds them True love then blinds them Temples crumble harsh Angels trumpet loudly now Facades lifting off Demons bare in light Naked breathing fire lashing Truth shields the penitent

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Ars Moriendi

It is gone from us
Between our fingers like sand
Ars Moriendi

We shall never more
Find purpose or grace for it
Midas immortal

Bartholome stays
In hovels and parliament
The blade shines the sun

O Yeats, it's worse, worse
For gyres multiply like wasps
On the children's eye

The city travails
And in every place you hear
The glass shattering

Something in labour
I can't define its presence
Too cautious my eye

But we shall not find
Not till the hourglass dries, that
Ars Moriendi

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Casablanca - Love Never Leaves

How can their love end?
Not by German or French men...
not even by plane.

For "Senryu A Movie Scene" sponsored by Andrea Dietrich.

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Dies A Soldier

Decides the leader,
 from his ranch gives an order -
  dies a poor soldier.

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Ottawa Treaty

Infestation of Anti-personnel land mines Rwanda declared free On 2 December 2009, Rwanda became the first country to be declared free of landmines.

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Prisoner Of War

                                                 prisoner of war
                                         captive combat soldier -
                                              longing for rescue

Tribute To
 P.O.W  /  M.I.A.
You Are Not Forgotten

Bring Em Home
Never Give Up Searching

Happy Memorial Day
Love Kathy And Jenny

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It’s just a simple argument or normal misunderstanding yet lives and properties are destroyed

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Control The Skies

heat of the battle dog fighters command the sky top gunning air force © Joseph, 1/22/08 © All Rights Reserved Comments: I wanted to be an air force fighter pilot when I inquired into joining ROTC in college. They informed me that I didn't have 20/20 vision at the time and was not selected. As a result, I switched to Army ROTC and had a wonderful time with twenty-one years of meritorious service.

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The last war was fought
after our collective minds
opened to silence.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ inspired from "The Last War" by Ana Menendez
                                   and the following quote from her book:
                                   "Men at war always talk about the noise, as if by reaffirming
                                   the bank and flare of it, they might skirt the hole of
                                   lasting silence."

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The Descent (Senryu)

descend from the clouds
while blasting enemy lines

© Joseph, 1/20/08
© All Rights Reserved

Comments: I wanted to be an air force fighter pilot when I inquired into joining 
ROTC in college.  I didn't have 20/20 vision at the time so I could not.  So guess 
what?  I became a hard-charging paratrooper!  Since they would not let me fly, I 
made the decision to jump from a perfectly good airplane while in flight.  
LOL!!! “Airborne—All The Way.”   “Then Some!” Ahhh!!!

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Bread and Water

Two women
Fought for one
Slice of bread.

One man drank
Two glasses
Of water.

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Sniper (Senryu)

In the deep jungle
from under wet limbs and shrubs
sniper winks and aims

© Joseph, 1/15/08
© All Rights Reserved

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We Will Remember Them

Dying for Freedom
American and British soldiers
Will be remembered


" Dedicated to the losses our countries are taking to fight for our freedom "
                                 Haiku or Senryu matters not

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You So Sweet

So yummy
I could just
eat you up

Not funny
Had enough

Such dummies
Eat too much
Tastebuds change

Now honey
Wish I had
Ate you up

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Enmity sealed in battle military against another with lots of spilled civilian blood

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Rocks and Vipers

Two women
Broke their teeth
On gravel.

That one man
Drank venom
In green grass.