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Best Military Poems

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

Premium Member Sing A Song Of The Sea
He was only nineteen, I was twenty-two,
both of us U.S. Navy recruits,
I could not fathom how such
a male beauty as he-
would be so committed,
despite my...

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Categories: lost love, military, ocean,
Form: Free verse

One Master
I signed a contract with the state
to use my body as they will.
My mind they did manipulate.
In the name of freedom, I would kill.

I never...

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© Jan Terry  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: baptism, god, military, soldier,
Form: Rhyme
I was a Soldier
I was a Soldier

I was a soldier many years ago,
How time flies, where did it go.
To many places I was deployed,
Never too long before I...

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Categories: military, anger, angst, betrayal, conflict,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member It's Over

Fallen--- face down in the dirt,
your pale lips kissed the earth
a marker will hold your place
though the world may forget your face

For you it's over...


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Categories: death, loss, military, war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member In the Dark of the Strand
Marquees are bright with neon lights, where crowds line up for movie night
Holding hands, we're in 'The Strand'. The velvet carpet guides us in

Popcorn smokes,...

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Categories: dark, film, history, military,
Form: Free verse

Premium Member On The Banks Of The Potomac
We were accustomed to being in the military,
yet, at summer's zenith, my sweetheart, and
our two friends, left behind the Ft. Myer barracks,
to spend a Saturday...

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Categories: death, husband, memory, military,
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: military, freedom, hero, memorial day,
Form: Rhyme
A Poem for the Fallen 44: A Tribute
Heroes of my age in their morning mourn,
Filled with teardrops of pain and sorrow, 
They'll be now part of the epic history, 
But the cloudiness...

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Categories: death, memory, military, pain,
Form: Free verse
What Makes A Warrior
I cannot presume
To tell anyone
What a warrior is.

Nor do I claim
To embody any
Of his qualities.

All I offer here
Is a collection
Of impressions
Or meditations.

A warrior is
A state...

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Categories: military, conflict, courage, hero, inspirational,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Sent To War

A boy, barely eighteen, was
sent to the Vietnam war.
And as a lamb among wolves
he didn't know what lay in store.

When it came to kill or...

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Categories: conflict, history, military, war,
Form: Quatrain
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


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Categories: courage, memorial day, military,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Arlington
Row by row for miles it seems
   perfectly aligned, the white stones rise
Stoic symbols of brave men and women
   a sight...

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Categories: military, patriotic,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member I Died in Her Teardrops
The Iraqi desert was blowing wind
The bullet tore into my heart
My Commander, she had but one arm
She pulled me to the ground
Holding me tight she...

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Categories: death, grief, leaving, military,
Form: Light Verse
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
Fresh Start
A thousand voices
one thousand and one orders
boot camp is over

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Categories: military,
Form: Haiku
Under The Same Moon -in Afghanistan
Here in violence and in beauty, living under the same moon
The beauty is so ancient, but the present violence here consumes
On one hand Afghanistan is...

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Categories: military, appreciation, conflict, culture, history,
Form: Rhyme
As I wave goodbye and walk away the kisses and cuddles from my loved ones still fresh in my mind I set my sights on...

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© tom murray  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: emotions, military,
Form: Rhyme
Hello Mum
It’s not what she hears that day
No. It’s what she sees, 
The image very nearly killed her
The neighbours say the scream was heard two blocks...

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Categories: grief, military, mother, soldier,
Form: Free verse
Oh Albert It's Alice
Oh, Albert its Alice
I missed you today
Many years since you went away 
You left me with orders
To await your return
Oh Albert its Alice 
We had...

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Categories: military, devotion, i miss you,
Form: I do not know?
War field
A soldier in war field
Using both my weapons, 
For I have other soldiers facing defeat, 
For oblivious they were. 

Not only physically, 
But also psychologically,...

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Categories: military, allegory, allusion, confusion, memory,
Form: Alliteration
A Soldiers Thoughts

I cannot sleep tonight
rarely can I sleep in the day
My grip is tight and my eyes alert
so you can have a safe place...

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Categories: military, appreciation, dedication, evil, freedom,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Courage Is A Better Word
Can you imagine our beautiful world without war
Our life's would be so peaceful and tranquil
Until the end of time war will exist, I think
Rest in...

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Categories: military, war,
Form: Acrostic
Close Enough To Hear Men's Screams
the fifty cal pierced the tank
flash and bang, it quickly shrank

shrill high screams,so briefly heard,
then comes the death's, savage bird

thus pecked clean; blue eyes and...

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Categories: horror, men, military, war,
Form: Verse
To those who fight
Beginning a journey with unseen ends,
Saluting your old life behind, you walk on.
Encasing your love deep in your heart,
Grasping to a single portrait in your...

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Categories: military, adventure, america, blessing, devotion,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member The Contest
The Contest

I would like to enter, 
and sometimes I do. 
Occasionally I even win, 
to my surprise. 
How cool!

The true rule, 
to every fool,
or pirate...

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© Ann Foster  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: military, america, friendship, hero, homework,
Form: Narrative