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Best War Poems

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

Premium Member Waging War
If you're going to wage a war, there's a few things you must do
Like having robust logistics in place and a battle hardened crew
You'll need...

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Categories: conflict, people, soldier, war,
Form: Rhyme

The Wounds of War
Dear Mother, should my footsteps never tread
The pathway which would lead to your embrace,
Know this, though many words were left unsaid,
Your love has pierced the...

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Categories: fear, love, mother, war,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Indian Ink

Indian Accent, form the whispers inside
Chanting from long ago
Echoes come and go
Losing time in a soft eternal glow

A beautiful and delicate autumn mountain scene

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Categories: war, abuse, autumn, death, deep,
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member Disposable Wisdom
Each day Annie Lesley opened a can
Her eighty-six-year-old hands trembling
As she sat with her cat and ate pet food
What is wrong with this elder’s rendering?


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Categories: war, age, cat, endurance, life,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Shadow
It was a glorious summer day and I woke up with the lark
Got my wheelchair ready and then headed to the park
I noticed a girl...

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Categories: dog, memory, soldier, war,
Form: Narrative

Premium Member Courage of Youth, Battle of Ypres, Flanders Field
Courage of Youth, Battle of Ypres, Flanders Field
(A Tribute)

Tough as nails young man with a red right hand
red-fire and whiskey ran in his blood.
Courageous seed...

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Categories: war, conflict, death, fate, sorrow,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Texian Macabre Arena
The First Texian Macabre Arena Ballad (The extended free-fallen edition)
In another life, is where I first saw your face!
One summer afternoon, lying wounded next...

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Categories: war, pride, sin, sorrow, symbolism,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member The Homecoming
It was in late October in the year nineteen seventy three
That the war in South Vietnam was finally over for me
I boarded the seven o...

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Categories: war, america, father, home, mother,
Form: Narrative
Streets of Blood
Streets of blood

She stood upon the terrace high
streets of blood below
The gate left open in the night,
a dark sky threatens snow

With swine and pearls running...

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Categories: hate, love, peace, war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Achilles, the Journey To Troy, Part Two
Achilles, The Journey To Troy, 
(Part Two) of (Part One-titled, Achilles, His Heart and Soul Were Mortal)

Achilles, The Journey To Troy

Woe! wretched horrors Olympic gods...

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Categories: war, art, death, hero, literature,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Thoughts From the Battlefield
In sandy dunes on my back I lie
Dreaming of warm beaches, blue sky
And a girl named Lorelei
On memories I fly 
War seen from on high

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Categories: memory, war,
Form: Nonet
Premium Member September 1945
red rooftops appear to glow in rainy-day haze
lost in memories of pre-war bliss
     she looks up to watch them bleed

pain is...

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Categories: longing, war,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Sophie
Sophie Scholl was raised a Christian in a Lutheran family
Born in the town of Forchtenberg in south west Germany
For standing defiant against evil with her...

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Categories: war, death, girl, inspirational, rose,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Humanity Keeps Bleeding
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

Politicians keep lying
Hate keeps breeding
Jets keep firing
Babies keep dying
Mothers keep crying
Homes keep tumbling
Hope keeps crumbling
Time keeps ticking

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© Silent One  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: humanity, introspection, war,
Form: Monorhyme
Premium Member Fall of the Willow's Leaf
Ah, weeping leaf I feel your grief 
as Autumn hides the sun in clouds; 
battalion’s shadow, like a thief, 
disguised in dark-sky nimbus shrouds 

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Categories: war, angst, autumn, conflict, fate,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Sold
There is no difference,
the saints whisper and every enemy and ally
wake to forever’s difference,
that neither knee nor tongue will deny.

Doubt bit into Innocence and sold

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Categories: war, bible, christian, corruption, god,
Form: Didactic
Premium Member Cora's Clothesline
What softness in silence amidst the cacophony of a spin cycle world war.
Lying next to your glow in sleep's stillness, careful of your bandaged hand.

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Categories: war, desire, heart, innocence, june,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member The Butcher Came
The butcher came for the sheep

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Categories: war, angst, bullying, conflict, courage,
Form: Free verse
Robot Revolution
Abandon futile attempts to run
Behold the process has begun
Step toward your darkest fear
Let’s flip the switch to a new frontier

Penetrating deep within
Evacuate your mortal sin

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Categories: war, computer, dark, science fiction,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member The Verdict
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Categories: society, war,
Form: Ballad
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: war, america, basketball, death, dedication,
Form: Free verse
When the Flowers of Youth Fell
When the Flowers of Youth Fell

Winter stayed late that year
courting Spring with a fury.
Beautiful gifts of snow
and dazzling ice, he gave her.
It was during such...

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Categories: seasons, time, war,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member A Thing of Beauty

A thing of beauty on her wrist
was confiscated by a nurse
who looked for items soldiers missed
in places (and by means) much worse.

They branded her inside...

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Categories: holocaust, thanks, war, world
Form: Quatern
Premium Member When Heaven and Earth Wept
In camps, they’d slaved and starved; cold nights, they’d slept -

Each woman, man, and little girl and boy.

Relentless horror had around them crept.

In camps, they’d...

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Categories: angel, war,
Form: Triolet
You see hope when two kids share marbles between a volatile border.

Date: 16/06/2017...

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Categories: war, children, conflict, future, humanity,
Form: Monoku