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Best Grief Poems

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


Premium Member The Wintered Soul Among Wisteria
One need not read her horoscope to know
this woman's fate, and though wisteria
cascades sweet blooms of lavender like snow
outside her door, it's still Siberia
pervading the...

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Categories: grief,
Form: Sonnet



Premium Member The Ballad of the Poet
*The Dead Poet*

Many blocks along the road, 
Kicking down walls of heavy stones, 
Yet no one could draw through the walls of her lonely bones.
A...

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Categories: grief, beauty, death, deep, emo,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member A Vanilla Dove
Cypress trees like evergreen steeples
rise above rows of gravestone woes,
their shadows lie side by side like railroad ties 
across writhing paths banded like snakes;
the gravel...

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Categories: bird, death, grief, hope,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member How Do I Hold the Wind
On the edge of silence 
beyond the mossy-muffled stone wall
a wind chime chants — faint, like falling sparkles of stars—
honeyed musings of a wind spirit...

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Categories: grief, longing, lost love,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Sham of My Humanity
Evergreen flavored mantras
did nothing to purge bitter bile from my lips
nor slake the smoldering thirst for a Rosary remedy.
Tick-tock petals unfurled one by one
as your...

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Categories: anger, grief, heartbreak, humanity,
Form: Free verse



Premium Member Escape of the Bluesman's Song
Within the frame a sepia scene
a dusty porch   a rickety chair   
the fabric of your dusky face creased
with ceaseless sunbaked woes
your...

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Categories: africa, america, grief, racism,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member My Heart Will Go On - POTD
POTD 30th August 2018 

The gently swaying branches of the old oak should elicit calmness
And yet a sense of foreboding permeates the midnight air
Wild imaginings?...

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Categories: grief, heartbreak, lost, romance,
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member The Red Leaf
the raspy whisper

finally
 
gets my full attention -
wistfully I smile
..for its persistence reminds me of you..

the crisp red leaf 
scuttles scrapingly
across the gray pavement
to and...

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Categories: death, emotions, grief, heartbroken,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member When Eyes of Turquoise Dyed the Skies
I see you ‘cross the vast expanse,
a love disguised in dreamy whirl
and clothed in raiment sun-spun gold
as wispy cirrus wraps your dance
the music of your...

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Categories: beauty, death, grief, longing,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member Dry Mascara
DRY MASCARA

Nobody sees through the shadow and the color of my eyes
The times I've cried are the only time you notice the trace down my...

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Categories: cry, deep, depression, grief,
Form: Alliteration
Premium Member Doors
There are so many doors
Which ones should I choose
Green, yellow, brown, purple
and many different blues

Some of them are rustic
Others modern and clean
Some lead to the...

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Categories: grief, appreciation, beautiful, celebration, courage,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member It Is Quiet Tonight
It is quiet tonight.
The only sound is coming from
the soft murmur of the television set.
I don't know why I don't just put it on mute.
I...

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Categories: death, grief, husband, lost
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Black Cloak
It's like a black cloak around our world bringing misery and death
Virologists are saying " you ain't seen nothing yet" 
If only our leaders would...

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Categories: death, evil, goodbye, grief,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member An Omen of the Taste of Twilight
Vanished

the wild magic of this place;

this wilderness I now roam alone
as its lifeblood seeps 
into 
Afterlife

..my mournful howls
across time and distance
go unanswered -
Oh, how I...

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Categories: animal, death, fate, grief,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Never To Be Mine
Not with my arms but with a heart 
that blesses your reveries, may peace reside
within your chest... is it possible to love you
less? Perhaps allow...

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Categories: grief, i miss you,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Survivors Guilt
It's been ten long years now since that awful tragedy
When a stranger I didn't know, gave his life to save me
I was on the edge...

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Categories: death, grief, how i
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Flight
You gave me wings 
    to experience the 
         freedom of flight 
 ...

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Categories: grief, beauty, death, flying, freedom,
Form: Free verse
A New Beginning
with each crest of a wave
forming white crystal peaks
she weeps, inhales, let's go.

beneath a star studded vista
a resplendent guiding light
arms open, palms up, she is...

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© Lynn Marie  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: emotions, grief, introspection, loss,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member In the Moment
Sitting by his bed
Labored breathing
Time is short 
Holding his hand
A prayer – for him, for me
Be strong and courageous
Eyes blink open for a moment
Then nothing...

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Categories: grief, life, love,
Form: I do not know?
Premium Member Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse
Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse
are painted on walls of green.
A maple crib stands in the corner.
It's a picture perfect scene.

There is only one thing...

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Categories: baby, death, grief, sad,
Form: Rhyme
Screaming At the Sky
Screaming at the Sky
 
Mothers screaming mournfully at a deaf sky
holding their heads helplessly as they cry
pitiful tears for innocent, defenseless children slaughtered
in fatal cross...

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Categories: children, drug, grief, hurt,
Form: Verse
Premium Member An Empty Tissue Box
When pain hits hard, you might feel like your soul
is bleeding out, but there’s no blood to see.
Your body is the part that takes the...

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Categories: body, grief, pain,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Hope, a Little Remained
Hope, A Little Remained

She walked the creaking floors of the rat-infested room,
trying to remember what tragedy had sent her to this shabby place.
Her heart felt...

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Categories: grief, anxiety, dark, emotions, fate,
Form: Prose Poetry
Premium Member Tissue Box
like visitors from outer space
they came with tears, and lined the sidewalk
long in face, and arms embracing
some (I have no inkling) who
they were or why...

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Categories: child, cry, daughter, grief,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Winter's Antidote
O Winter, why this desolation? Trees, once verdant now stand bare
Flowers, long in hibernation; clouds that frown with ominous stare,
Bleak winds chill the rain-soaked bones...

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© John Watt  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: bereavement, community, death, grief,
Form: Rhyme