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Death Poems

Reading and writing poems about the death of a loved one are a beautiful way to deal with the emotions and trauma associated with mortality. These beautiful and inspirations poems about death help us see how others are enduring the loss of a parent, other family members, a friend, or loved one. Everyone’s experiences are different, and we cannot compare feelings, but coping with grief and death is something all must go through, and we can learn from the sadness and reactions of others expressed in poetry.

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Premium Member Building walls
i sit at the edge
of the shore
counting grains
of sifted sand
in my hands
trying to imagine
how long 
you've been gone

i build walls
around me
to protect me
knowing the waves
will come along
crash against them
and leave me
in the ruins again

i look for shadows
to lift me...Read More
Categories: death, memory,
Form: Free verse

Premium Member She Prattled At 25 MPH With Gusts Up To Ninety
There was once a lady named Babs Bower

   Who lived 'cross town on a street called Tower

      She could talk you to death

         Not coming...Read More
Categories: death, humorous, woman,
Form: Limerick
11 little poems
Twisted soul
is the fire.
without direction,
just the ambition.

I stray at the cherry forest,
listen the sadness of wind.
Last year,you were here,
This year,flowers wither

The smell of despair
is letting people believe in hope

Memory is an axe,
it opens a new world
and pushes us into the...Read More
Categories: death, beautiful, lost, love,
Form: Verse
Premium Member M i r a g e
Baking, broiling, blindingly bright, blistering sun,

The kabob that is my body searing, skewered

Over scorching, sweltering, sizzling sand.

Deceptively blue skies devoid of any deliverance,

No cavalry of clouds coming to convey compassion.

Rising balloon-like bubbles of hot air

Causing distant objects to ripple and...Read More
Categories: death, life, sky, sun, weather,
Form: Imagism
Out The Window
Out the Window 

Summer sun
Blaze flames of fury 
Amongst smoke and ashes 
On barbecue pits
Around the corner 
On dog days

The brightest star 
Cling closest to our hearts 
And drip sweat down our backs
Our pores let out steam 
Sticking to our...Read More
Categories: beach, birth, butterfly, color, death, firework, halloween,
Form: Free verse

Premium Member The Day Our Environment Left Earth CONTEST
Dark sky's have collapsed the earth
Winter ash surrounds us cold as a winter night
Rockets zooming across the sky
No where to hide

Man created a device with the push of a button
Life will no longer exist
Trees crying, waters riddled with dead fish
The...Read More
Categories: death, earth,
Form: Free verse
To Frida

The frayed thread that rips from our body,
 unravels us.
This is my condition with existence,
but, this isn't me,
I am a dream!

"Artist Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico's greatest artists who began painting mostly self-portraits after she was severely injured...Read More
Categories: death, allusion, art, body, change, dream, hope, imagery,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member inanimate thing
At night, a huge creature floats to the surface of the tart ocean to dream into the moonlight, which barely penetrates the sulfur clouds. She sighs, her skin made of stainless steel is luminescent in the dark, her nuclear heart...Read More
Categories: death, dream, environment,
Form: Haibun
Is my room in such disarray 
That I'm not even seeing straight?
Are those dust bunnies wearing candy wrappers as hats?
Their building an army, I'm under attack!
They start to charge towards me with their toothpick swords
holding shields made of buttons and...Read More
Categories: death, crazy, funny, natural disasters,
Form: Rhyme
Golden Wattle Flowers and the Wolf Web
The world is spangled green and gold
Against the blue dome of the sky
The newborn spring sun is still a Death Head

A bright white inflorescence of pain
Is a Christmas garland
For my womb tree

My shining uterus horns
Which will never bleed
Life or death

In...Read More
Categories: death, beauty, body, color, courage,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Loss

How can I express, 
something that can not be written down, 
unless you can grasp lightening, 
harness thunder, shush a whisper…
or ask your self if you should?

Loved ones go to heaven. 
A few of us, will go to hell. 
The...Read More
Categories: chocolate, christian, death, forgiveness, funeral, grief, heaven,
Form: Free verse
Life derailed
While trying to live life to the full
Unaware of the dangers attached
Attired in vices to suit self best
Masked in virtues for human respect
Only to know that it stales fast.
As conscience stirs us upside down.

The journey towards the mature world
Enroute path...Read More
Categories: death, dark, life,
Form: Verse
Premium Member The Burden is Light
The Burden is Light

I go to your house, 
and make tea.
Talk to me. 

I clean your dishes. 
I mop the floor.
I start dinner. 
I am here. 

My life, 
it has things wrong.
Yet, it is you, 
you that is suffering. 

I...Read More
Categories: death, christian, dance, forgiveness, friendship, heaven, i love
Form: Narrative
Premium Member The Tank
The Tank 

On empty, we drove on. 
There was no place to stop anyway. 
We got in the car before dawn, 
the kids in the back seat. 
the dog with them. 
“Good girl, good girl” stayed silent. 
She knew… 

Pocket...Read More
Categories: abortion, abuse, angel, anniversary, anti bullying, death
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Ugly Face
Ugly Face

The law,
says leave no trace, 

but the eyes. 
a hateful rag, 
that smells;
of unclean things,
of sour food, 
and drink, 
of his taste, 
and his smell, 
when he is…

Cover yourself.
cover everything…
about you.
resounds in the image, 
of reflection, 

Cutting parts...Read More
Categories: death, abortion, abuse, allah, angel, anti bullying, arabic,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member 7 Lies
7 Lies

We are friends.
We are the same.
My family likes you.
We can hang out.


Do you even know what a lie is?
Do you have any idea, 
what you are saying?

We are not friends, 
because your father will kill you. 
We are not...Read More
Categories: death, allah, america, divorce, education, endurance, history, holocaust,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member SCAM Alert to Friends
Scam Alert

This letter below came in my in box (my Gmail as I answered the soup mail) at poetry soup, so I responded and said hi. I was sent a scam letter about Allah and tears and dying and sharing...Read More
Categories: abuse, allah, america, anti bullying, cancer, death,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member My Wife
My Wife

She is gone, 
and I thought my life over. 
She would be so mad at me. 
It is not, fair. 

There are things yet to be done. 
I need to go fishing, 
and teach someone…(small)
I need to volunteer to...Read More
Categories: anger, chocolate, death, death of a friend,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Angels Touch the Earth
Angels Touch the Earth

The soft color of red, 
turned ever so slowly to pink… carnations.
The grand color of blue, 
the sky, the ocean, 
the color of my new born daughter’s eyes. 
They are just like yours my love. 
A mirror,...Read More
Categories: death, angel, baby, birth, christian, dad, daughter, father,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member He Left
He Will

Be back soon. 
That is what he said. 

Don’t worry, it is just a phase. 
That is what his family chimed, 
nearly sang. 

He took the good car, 
He took all the money,
from every account. 
He took all of...Read More
Categories: death, abuse, angel, anti bullying, cancer, children, divorce,
Form: Narrative
True Pain
The truth is
nobody really cares
they say they do
but really,
they don't even remember.
They aren't reminded each day
of this gaping hole in our hearts.
Reality is transposed
and it's us four against the world.
No matter how many prayers,
how many messages,
how many hugs.
No amount of...Read More
Categories: anger, death, depression, mom, mother,
Form: Blank verse
Premium Member Life's Temporary

Nearing the end of life's rope
time starts unraveling the years.
And suspending even hope
dreams drown in yesterday's tears.

Memories locked in the past
are free to enter your dreams. 
And like shadows time has cast
they project multiple themes.

The love you sowed will survive
but...Read More
Categories: 10th grade, 11th grade, age, anxiety, death,
Form: Quatrain
A sacred Sin
Love is sacred and sublime
owned by the angels once, 
But as descended to us men
It lost its grace as hatred born.

Man born with a greed to own,
Nothing he has,than a scar on
That's the death mark of Cain.
The smell of the...Read More
Categories: death, emotions, life, sin,
Form: Verse
Sad to see you go my friend,
You are now in a better place
The friendship we had 
Was not fake.
I didn’t know you for very long
But blessed to have met you
When I did,
That cheeky smile of yours
Was off the grid.
I can’t...Read More
Categories: death of a friend,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Her Hands
Her hands were small, wrinkled
Covered in brown age spots
Encouraging me to keep trying
Even when I was losing

Her hand’s nails needed trimming
She was nearly ninety 
And I had to trim them
So fearful of cutting her

Her hands were worn, tattered
By the many...Read More
Categories: child, death, eulogy, grandmother, inspiration, jesus, love,
Form: Free verse

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