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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

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 The Genocide At Wounded Knee

On December the twenty eight in the year eighteen ninety
Major Samuel Whitside was on patrol, with the seventh cavalry
When they sighted a party of Indians...

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Categories: america, death, military, murder,
Form: Narrative

Premium Member The Invasion Of Ukraine
On the twenty fourth of February in twenty twenty two
Russia invaded Ukraine and fierce fighting did ensue 
Vladimir Putin it seems, wants to restore the...

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Categories: conflict, death, military, murder,
Form: Rhyme
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
I am not good memories
I am not very kind
I am your history
Stuck in your mind

If you let me break you I must
Turn your life into...

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Categories: military, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression,
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
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
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
Fresh Start
A thousand voices
one thousand and one orders
boot camp is over

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Categories: military,
Form: Haiku
PTSD I don't want to sleep
I know I'm really tired
I just don't want to sleep
I guess I'm just really wired
Dreams will make me weep

I'm scared to see those things and...

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Categories: military, anxiety, courage, depression, fear,
Form: Free verse
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
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
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
Premium Member Idyll
(Base USO club, Zweibrucken, Germany, 1963)

Of a lazy afternoon, I sit
     propped up,
Bones aching, sorely tired from

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Categories: military, absence, angst, anxiety, loneliness,
Form: Free 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
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
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