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Best Veteran Poems

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

Premium Member God Bless America
In the courts of sport and entertainment
They have forgotten the scales of justice
Lacking honor for those who gave life and limb
Sacrificing blood, and buried with...

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Categories: veteran, america, basketball, death, dedication,
Form: Free verse

Premium Member CAPTAIN TOM

You will have probably heard this story, it's often been told
About Captain Tom who's ninety nine years old
He's a Second World War veteran who's served...

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Categories: veteran, tribute, , western,
Form: Rhyme
I saw a burial with a bugler playing taps;
I turned to my father, “what happened?” I asked.
He clutched my hand and with a quiver in...

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© Ed Coet  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: veteran, death, father, inspirational, loss,
Form: Rhyme
How About This for Veterans Day
How About This for Veterans Day

A monthly Monday morning military meeting
Would be great for them as way of greeting
Talking about things happening another day
Of past...

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© James Horn  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: veteran, patriotic,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member Invisible: co-written with C Devonshire
clad in rags, he wanders on Wall Street
   he is invisible to hustling stock brokers
       he is...

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Categories: remember, veterans day,
Form: Free verse

Premium Member My Tree

Beside the Kinta River still it stands
Colossus of the primal forest panoply
The tree a native of the fecund land
It’s limbs support the graceful arcing...

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Categories: veteran, nature, tree,
Form: Narrative
Dont Fade
NOTE:  This poem means a lot to me for it brings back memories of my childhood. My father, a WWII veteran was, in my...

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Categories: veteran, children, family, life,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Signs and Times
You say: Wrong place—wrong time,
Maybe: Wrong place—not right time,
Not right place—but wrong time?
I say: This's right place—right time, 
In times and places,
What is the time?

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Categories: veteran, people, places, time,
Form: Free verse
I Only Understand Now
We talked at length
The hours we passed
The life you lived
Oh the horrors 
So many men's live snuffed
Oh Arizona, a dedication
Whose souls be at rest
Amidst oily...

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Categories: veteran, death, father, introspection, love,
Form: Elegy
I am bored with Poetrysoup
I am bored with Poetrysoup

Premier Poetry website rekindled my poetic talent 
Veterans loved my work and inspired to showcase talent
But soon got entangled in Members...

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Categories: veteran, introspectionpoems,
Form: Free verse
Prayer for Dane Ann
May God place his hand,
In your hand today, Dane Ann,
And see you safely on your way.
May God guide the surgeon’s hands.
May the rest of us...

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© James Rudd  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: veteran, faithgod, god,
Form: Blank verse
Premium Member SULLY

At New Yorks laGuardia airport passengers stood in line
Waiting to board U.S.airways, flight one five four nine
Chesley Sullenberger was the captain and Jeff Skiles the...

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Categories: veteran, america, boat, courage, flying,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member So You Want To Know Me?
So sensationally super; Sagittarius son of John Spence
Pleasantly personable, and matriarch Maud Spence’s son
Enabling, exquisite, eloquent, evolving and enterprising
Naturally nice, no nonsense, and a nutritionist...

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Categories: veteran, friendship, happiness, inspirational, passion,
Form: Acrostic
Premium Member Serendipity Of Souls
Revealed in that ancient place
where roses become stone and lips dry as dead bone,
the ruins of love my home, hopeless heart shown damp as sorrow...

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Categories: veteran, courage, devotion, encouraging, faith,
Form: Epic
Premium Member Succulently Sweet Pumpkin Pie (Epulaeryu)
“The finest poetry
     is the most feigning.”
           —William Shakespeare

Smelling scent soothe...

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Categories: veteran, food, funny, happiness, sea,
Form: Epulaeryu
Premium Member Internal Image
peel away layers
behold emptiness

© Joseph S. Spence, Sr., (Epulaeryu Master) 5/15/09
All Rights Reserved, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Senior Advisor, to Founder of Motivational Strips
Ambassador De Literature
Noble Star...

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Categories: veteran, life, nature, people,
Form: Didactic
Dedicated to Uncle Lester Deschler
Looking Back Long Ago

We had been looking back long ago
While time crept by seeming so slow;
Distance between time kept spreading;
May do something they were dreading.


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© James Horn  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: veteran, analogy, beach, memorial, war,
Form: Couplet
You broke me down, You built me up, You made me stronger, You made me tough.

Ive been to war, Through hell and back, I...

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Categories: veteran, body, care, conflict, confusion,
Form: Free verse
The Price of Freedom
A ghostly image of a Soldier
stood in the background, as
a Mother with a babe in her arms
stood by a grave site.

She lowly whispered, "Father
this is...

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Categories: veteran, deathwomen, women,
Form: Free verse
Never Quit
Never Quit

Can you put together and combine each one?
Then when completed and are finally done
Many ideas in your mind caused much traffic
And soon became a...

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© James Horn  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: veteran, emotions, poetry,
Form: Couplet
Graveyard Rendezvous
On the fateful day before Halloween
Dressed as a vampire queen in green
I passed through the graveyard
With all my senses on guard
When I heard a rustling...

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Categories: veteran, funny
Form: Limerick
Premium Member Vietnam's Unwelcome Heroes (Co-written with Tim Ryerson)
We gave Johnny a gun and a uniform
Trained him to kill, in a regiment conform
Sent him deep into Vietnam jungles warm
With little regard to how...

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Categories: veteran, social, warwar, old, old,
Form: Quatrain
He Had to Start Crying
He Had to Start Crying

Was terrifying,
So he had to start crying;
People were dying.

The hopes and fears of all the years
Did not create any crocodile tears

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© James Horn  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: veteran, sad,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member When Johnny Came Marching Home
I watched as Johnny was handed a uniform
Saw him trained him to kill, in a regiment conform
Marched by his side in Vietnam jungles warm
There was...

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Categories: veteran, warwar, war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Had It AR-15
Had It

I have a ten foot hole in my floor
Sofa, carpet, hard wood, tile no more
My neighbors both own an AR-15
And I live in between

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© Eve Roper  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: veteran, grief, life, loss, political,
Form: Free verse