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Best Memorial Day Poems

Below are the all-time best Memorial Day poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of memorial day poems written by PoetrySoup members


Premium Member Memorial Day
Most of us play, our lives like a game
Both ends of our candle, consumed by the flame
Choosing a curtain, buying a vowel
Planning tomorrow, forsaking the...

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Categories: memorial day, america, appreciation, blessing, memorial
Form: Rhyme



Premium Member Memorial Day
A street lamp illumines our rain soaked flag
as soft filtered shades of red white and blue
try to let sparkles of light glisten through.
Peace fills the...

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Categories: holiday, memorial day,
Form: Rhyme
Memorial Day
The fields are now quiet,
The thunder long gone;
The graves with their shadows
Stretch on and on.

The battle once here
Lives but in the past,
Of a war meant...

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Categories: memorial day, war,
Form: Elegy
Premium Member Memorial Day
 Memorial Day
 by the unknown soldier’s tomb
 she prays for closure


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© 28th May...

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Categories: memorial day,
Form: Senryu
Premium Member MEMORIAL DAY
This day, in America, we remember those who died in battle:

MEMORIAL DAY — IN LIME DEPOSITS

In lime deposits, memories live on, as torrential flesh dies.
Cries...

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Categories: memorial day,
Form: Quatrain



Premium Member Military Tunic
~Homeless~

A lost guardian angel, sitting on the edge of everything 
I push my shopping cart along the cracks of destiny  
My house sits on...

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Categories: memorial day,
Form: Free verse
Taj Mahal
Noor* of Taj Mahal, jeweled in red stone 
 death or love, tranquil oasis alone
 rich jasper and jade hanging on its walls
 in cold...

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Categories: memorial day, beautiful, celebration, love, memorial
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Lili Marlene
Lili Marlene

In times of war love can subdue cynical adversaries,
(Men separated from their vocation, now filled with hatred)
And quell the beast inside their misdirected hearts,
And...

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Categories: history, memorial day, remembrance
Form: Verse
Selah
Selah *

Soldiers at the Tomb of the Unknowns
March in exacting time
To a beat unheard except in their hearts

21 steps, pause 21seconds, 21 steps, pause 21...

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Categories: bible, memorial day, soldier,
Form: Free verse
Eyes of Blue
A people persecuted beyond imagination;
To help them he felt, was his obligation.
He joined the army in World War II;
Not knowing his hell would be Eyes...

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Categories: freedom, hero, memorial day,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member LIGHTS OUT
Lights Out

One hundred years on and still the shout
“Everyone put your lights out”
Just for an hour from 10 to 11
And remember all those souls in...

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Categories: memorial day, anniversary, appreciation, conflict, eulogy,
Form: Elegy
Unforgettable Moment
Those were my green and salad days
My friends, my toys were all my wealth.
Marbles and pebbles, my gems and pearls.
No fear of loss or bother...

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Categories: for him, memorial day,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member August 4 1914
It was the summer - August 4
When England joined the First World War
1914 the very year
Before wives and children shed their bitter tears

‘The war to...

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Categories: memorial day, poetry, remember,
Form: I do not know?
I was a soldier
I was a soldier of the past 
And I know im not the last
I signed up to serve my Queen
Far off lands I have seen

As...

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Categories: courage, memorial day, military,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Where White Crosses Grow
Rows and rows and rows of white crosses,
Like sentinels -stone-fixed to the ground.
The wind like a shroud wraps around them,
Enshrining each space where they're found.

Stone...

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Categories: death, hero, memorial day,
Form: Rhyme
The Day the Earth Moved
The moment that changed a city
The moment that changed a town
The moment that the earth did move
The moment that walls came down.

Sudden shock in the...

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Categories: horror, memorial day, memory,
Form: Rhyme
Remember
That time of year has come again
When we reflect and remember them
Polish our boots and press our kit
Remember those fallen that didn't make it

We shine...

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Categories: memorial day, military, veterans
Form: Free verse
DEAD AT HOME
DEAD AT HOME -For Veteran's Day 

It's a gray day, in the café, 
by the side of the road.
There's an old man, took a firm...

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© Edlynn Nau  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: memorial day, addiction, angst, betrayal, heartbreak,
Form: Ballad
Maple Re:Leaf
There is a field that we all know
That passed a torch where Soldiers go
Those that fell fought to the end
From that field they did ascend

To...

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Categories: memorial day, appreciation, day, dedication, memorial
Form: Rhyme
I am India
I am ... I am the land of Ashoka the Great, of Kwaja E Hind, 
Sachin's Sixer, of Sania’s Stoke,  of Aryabhata & Abdul...

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Categories: memorial day, celebration, community, culture, memorial
Form: Free verse
Wilderness of grassy plain
THROUGH A WILDERNESS OF
THROUGH A WILDERNESS OF GRASSY PLAIN,

WHERE WAR HAS TOOK PLACE IN A WORLD OF PAINS.

OUR COUNTRY MEN, OUR FATHERS, SONS & OUR...

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Categories: corruption, grave, memorial day,
Form: Blank verse
Premium Member Sometimes You
I went back to the farm seeking Maggie, only to find that she had gone.
Searching for shelter from the storm.
Another sad eyed lady, laid low,...

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Categories: memorial day, art, friendship, heart, memorial
Form: Verse
Premium Member Alive And With Medals
He stared at his war medals;
As bright as when first minted,
His own lustre long since tarnished;
Only tear-filled eyes now glinted!

He belonged to a generation
That sacrificed...

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Categories: conflict, memorial day, memory,
Form: Rhyme
Thinking of Dad
Well, I guess I’m finally that cranky
old Slow Poke: the one who does
25 in a 35—the one who rolls up
his driver’s window, when you pull
alongside...

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© Joe DiMino  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: memorial day, appreciation, freedom, independence day,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member You Came Home
About-face, young, yet so aged, translucent,
marching silently into a column of 
gold~lined clouds,
bloodshot eyes burning for sleep,
close them as you wipe the sweat and sand
from...

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Categories: memorial day, 10th grade, death, god,
Form: Elegy