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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 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 Causalities of War
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Categories: death, war,
Form: Elegy
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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, heart, innocence, june, marriage,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member The Verdict
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Categories: society, war,
Form: Ballad
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 Why He Fought
Soldier stashed a silver locket
Safe inside his jacket pocket
When the war would numb his senses
He’d break down and drop pretenses
Open up the only token
That recalled...

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Categories: love, war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member The Digger's Children
I paced between the old and new
along the rows where gray stones grow,
so careful not to tread upon
the freshly filled and seeded few.
Soft shadows slid...

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Categories: life, war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Civility
Red hair protruding from the soldier’s cap
Bright sun and heat, his freckles clearly seen
How peacefully the lad appears to nap
Mae Caulfield moans while searching for...

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Categories: loss, war,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Shadows of Sacrifice
Such horrid forfeit wars yet thresh
          A scree of youth in blood and flesh

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Categories: war, absence, death, lonely, loss,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member In Remembrance of Veterans Day 8x8

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Categories: conflict, hero, war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Grace
Oliver and Grace were planning to wed
At a church in Dublin on Easter day
They put on hold and chose to fight instead
For the fight for...

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Categories: ireland, love, war,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Rain over Vietnam
There is the calm before the rain
It’s almost silent all around
The clouds expectant in the sky
Foreboding birds are homeward bound.

The soldiers stare at looming clouds

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Categories: rain, war,
Form: Quatern
Premium Member That Was a Human
Allow me to be disgusted at the jest
and your halfway happy surprise at the end result
of the missile timed precisely:

Did he just splatter?

And allow me...

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Categories: war, abuse, angst, bereavement, corruption,
Form: Dramatic Monologue