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Best Dirge Poems

Below are the all-time best Dirge poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of dirge poems written by PoetrySoup members

Play Not A Dirge When I Am Gone
Play Not A Dirge When I Am Gone

Play not a dirge when I am gone;
light no candles, not even one.
A treasured poem would be enough...

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© KP Nunez  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: dirge, death,
Form: Rubaiyat

Premium Member Narcissus meets his Nemesis - A Collab with Victor Buhagiar
POTW 15 July 2018       


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Categories: dirge, desire, mythology, vanity,
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member An Omen Of The Taste Of Twilight


is the wild magic of this place;
this wilderness I now roam alone
as its lifeblood seeps 
Afterlife mournful howls
across time and distance
go unanswered -
Oh, how...

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Categories: dirge, angst, animal, death, fate, grief, longing,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Amid the Jagged Shadows ------
"Amid the jagged shadows of mossy leafless boughs;”  

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Categories: dirge, autumn, death, love,
Form: Sonnet

To release me from hellish nights
let's talk now, Fear...
I leave, yet your shadow follows me;
a darkened grime blowing on my mind 
like an uninvited guest...

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Categories: dirge, courage, fear,
Form: Didactic

Premium Member A Pregnant Lass
A pregnant lass with eyes of glass had never learned to cope;
once set adrift her fall was swift, she slid a slipp’ry slope.
She fled the...

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Categories: dirge, people, society,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member The Long and Short Of It
I awakened about midnight in the middle of the day.
I was crawling swiftly toward you as I slowly raced away.
I hummed a merry melody that...

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Categories: dirge, funnyhappy, me, girl, happy, me, i
Form: Rhyme
Melody Of Sadness
A saddening song swishes subtly in the bitter breeze, 

Mad mournful music meets me everywhere I move, 

Like a dolorous dirge drumming through the dark;...

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© Jo Daniel  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: dirge, music, sad, war,
Form: Verse
Premium Member Love Revisited
He welcomed the somber silence,
and cursed the torpid time that had passed
since his last visit.
Invasive weeds had overrun the place:
Colorful weeds ‘tis true
strange purples, yellows...

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Categories: dirge, lost love, love hurts,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Mourning has broken
Mourning has broken

Mourning has broken...
my spirit and will
Despair I have swallowed...
my bitterest pill

I  never imagined...
my soul needed to purge
So with anguish burning...
I compose this...

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Categories: dirge, dark, depression, grief, heartbroken, loss,
Form: Rhyme
Doom of Ancient Bloom
Oh, this impish ill!
this mystic flock of ever-roaming pain;
You now possess fully
my body and my life.
I am at your full attention and mercy;
Do you not...

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Categories: dirge, conflict, death, funeral,
Form: Elegy
Poet in a Pool of Love
...... For You Ajinle


When my yearning becomes a letter
Of love inside the dust of time
This lyric will deliver my affection...

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Categories: dirge, beauty, dedication, emotions, eulogy, heart, love,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Summer-colored
     So many memories I have are summer-colored, like those walking-down-the-lane days recalled in various hues of green. Green for Grandpa’s...

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Categories: dirge, life, summer,
Form: Haibun
How would you like your death announced?
 In joyous bells, sweet song through the town
 or a solemn dirge, sung in an otherwise quiet church?

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© Dia Tucker  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: dirge, funny,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member My Love Lives In A Maiden's Fallen Tear
My Love Lives In A Maiden's Fallen Tear

I saw sweet love in maiden's fallen tear
a racing orb of light so very bright.
A love lost, great...

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Categories: dirge, angel, art, beautiful, blessing, love, passion,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member One Bright leaf
Wind sings a dirge where rust leaves have fallen.
In the autumn of her life
one bright leaf has risen

I stand on the hill
we tumbled down as...

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Categories: dirge, death,
Form: Verse
Rosaline's Revenge
Oh Juliet!  A memory of a love long lost in vain…
thy bridal song, a dirge of darkened madrigal becomes.
Yet thought of you, for me,...

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Categories: dirge, sad love,
Form: Rhyme royal
Premium Member A Call To Life
Alone in the night 
A memory stood 
Naked and cold and veiled 
Fueled by the lie
Of destiny robbed 
A ghost of itself 
In hopelessness wailed...

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Categories: dirge, christian, courage, destiny, faith, fear, hope,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Midnight In Evergreen Cemetery
'Round about eight o'clock each evening the massive iron gates are closed.
The moon's mellow glow shines upon spectral scenes that are now exposed!
Phantoms that by...

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Categories: dirge, fantasy,
Form: Rhyme
Witch and Warlock
The warlock said to the witch,
Man, ain't it grand living large like Oz,
being bigly Emerald City rich
The witch crowed back,
I get paid good for giving...

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Categories: dirge, funny, humor, humorous, political, satire,
Form: Light Verse
Premium Member Crossroads To Heaven

My heart stopped, you see
Three times, thanks to foolishness ...
But within the horror of it all I learned something ... extraordinary
And the following is, for...

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Categories: dirge, appreciation, faith, god, happiness, heaven, joy,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member INDIAN PIPE
(The Corpse Plant)

in the shadows
     in the shadows
          teardrop eyes

Like bagpipes...

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Categories: dirge, death, nature,
Form: Verse
as time stood still
My pen finds pause
my body is broken,
a weighted horror
cleaves my breast

The strings of hope sliced
as I put dreams to the sword,
but hands now whisper to...

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Categories: dirge, death, deep, time,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Heartbreak Hill

Moments pass away as distant church bells dirge;
their widow’s woe in windy waver trembles my tears.

Up the westward hill smoldering neath sunset’s pyre, I carry

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Categories: dirge, bereavement, death, heartbroken, imagery, longing, lost
Form: Free verse
sure desolation, final friend of pride
brought forth by hoary pretensions of depth,
in which reside delusions soaked in bile
excreted from the end of every breath

the earth...

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Categories: dirge, evil,
Form: Iambic Pentameter