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Best Tug Of War Poems

Below are the all-time best Tug Of War poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of tug of war poems written by PoetrySoup members


Tug of War
I’m being pulled in an emotional tug of war
From side to side I sway
Waiting for someone to win
I watch you pull harder
Then you drop the...

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© Avery Won  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tug of war, analogy, conflict,
Form: Free verse



Tug of War
Push-Pull leaders
demand your gripe
at either end of their
hangman's rope
Your willing hoist
of their own petard,
the Devil's foist
of his own retard.


"retard" in this sense="delay," as in delaying...

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Categories: tug of war, conflict, word play,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Villanelle: One or the other has to give in a tug of war
Villanelle: One or the other has to give in a tug of war

One or the other has to give in a tug of war
If for...

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© T Wignesan  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tug of war, culture, home, race,
Form: Villanelle
Premium Member The Lost Years
The photos stopped 
when you were 10 or 11.
Around that time, you started refusing to 
have your pictures taken.
A few candid shots are all I’ve...

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Categories: tug of war, family, father, growing up,
Form: Free verse
the unbearable call
She calls and calls to me she cries
I hear her I hear her and for that am daring
For a friend and an enemy she has...

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Categories: tug of war, poetry, poets, write, writing,
Form: Free verse



Pass the Salt, Please

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it 
be salted? It is henceforth cast out,...

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© James Tate  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tug of war, nature
Form: Narrative
Memories of a Man
I cannot brush away tiny grains of sand
as the waves can reclaim them for the sea,
nor sweep clean my memories of a man,
as if love...

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© Lin Lane  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tug of war, lost love, memory,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Silently She Drowns
Drifting between love and hate
chained spread-eagled in a tug-of-war 
of extreme emotions pulling relentlessly;
her body aches ... her mind bubbling,
a boiling cauldron pleading for release.
In...

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Categories: tug of war, abuse,
Form: Free verse
Take Heed, Love

We cannot mimic the cry of a loon. Nor capture the light of the moon.
We'll never reach a distant star. Both too high and much...

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© Lin Lane  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tug of war, angst, love,
Form: Rhyme
Tod Und Frau 1910 (Death and the Woman)
As death creeps out of the darkness,
  A mother becomes the rope in a (Tug of war.)
A child reaches to help its’ mother in...

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© Abe Lopez  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tug of war, art, death, lifemother, child,
Form: ekphrasis
Black Friday
Fists flying people crying
On this crazy day black Friday
What a disgrace as the hunter’s race
Christmas bargains with a punch in the face   ...

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Categories: tug of war, scary,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Freeing an Elephant
An elephant weakened by drought, had become helplessly mired down, in the deep mud of the water-hole's edge. Ironic that death was eminent from the...

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Categories: tug of war, hope, irony, nature, ,
Form: Prose
To My Friend
Death is quite an evil thief 
For it took my dearest friend--
Whose eyes were fixed upon me
As he finally reached, the end.

And the look, it...

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Categories: tug of war, loss,
Form: Elegy
Premium Member Poet's Dozen - Life With Snickers
Life with Snickers
(four short poems in one)

our one-year-old dog
lapping up toilet water -
what a potty mouth

That dog is also into smut;
he likes to sniff poor...

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Categories: tug of war, dog,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member Qualitative's Quantitative Dilemma
Qualitative’s Quantitative Dilemma
                      ...

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© Odin Roark  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tug of war, philosophy,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Conversational Ecstasy
I believe SuperEgo bicameral comprehension
functions, forms, and flows organic
ecotherapeutic integrity;
I believe balanced Left-Right consciousness
orbits toward ecstatic psychology.

I've got nothin' to say
And I'm gonna keep it...

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Categories: tug of war, freedom, god, identity, imagination,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member I love pets
Just a short story of the joys of living with a cat, a kelpie, a labrador.
Sometimes they play in a peaceful house, sometimes it’s like...

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Categories: tug of war, pets, soulmate, together,
Form: Rhyme
euthanasia
This little word
Well, this very long word
That's a tough topic to dwell on
I'd rather close my eyes
I'd rather close my ears
I'd rather close my door

But...

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Categories: tug of war, death, life, , cute,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Well, I never
Well, I never played tug-of-war with an elephant
Or kick boxed a kangaroo;

I never arm-wrestled an octopus
Or won the lottery or built an igloo.

I never went...

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Categories: tug of war, age, humor,
Form: Rhyme
Blackmail In Utopia
Two faithful souls stand listless in the great big tower 
overlooking the stranded city that once stood tall
yearning for a quiet place to lay their...

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Categories: tug of war, courage, faith,
Form: Narrative
My Dog, Jake
Jake's as purty as a Boston terrier can be.
Grinning and jumping each time he sees me.
He’s happy to be fed and he dearly loves to...

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Categories: tug of war, animals, funny, dog, dog,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member My conflicting emotions
I want to tell you how I feel deep down, 
Deep inside my mind,
I want to show you my emotional light, 
But I’m afraid of...

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Categories: tug of war, emotions, feelings, lost,
Form: Quatrain
Snow Flakes and Easter Lilies
Snow flakes and Easter lilies scatter the ground
Winter time and Spring time seem to be having a round
Like a game of tug of war each...

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Categories: tug of war, humor, spring, winter,
Form: Couplet
A Life Worth Fighting For Tribute to Dr Angela Farr Griffin
We've all arrived at the point of our 
homecoming and have come to realize
That life can be a stumbling block or
a stepping stone towards the...

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Categories: tug of war, dedication,
Form: Elegy
Life's balance sheet
When the mind with numbers grappled
The heart with thoughts dabbled
When the eyes on the ledgers are fixed
The soul with different hues mixed
To keep the different...

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Categories: tug of war, lifeheart, heart,
Form: Verse