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Death Poems | Examples of Death Poetry

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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List of Death Poems

Note: The forms for these poems were selected by the poet. Often poems are assigned the wrong form. Please confirm the accuracy of the poetic form before referencing the poem.

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
Premium Member Poem To Have Once Kissed The Monster Of Sorrows And Burning Death Robert Lindley Free verse dark, death, evil, halloween,
Premium Member Poem Whither Blows the Wind Freddie Robinson Jr. Free verse dark, death, horror, scary,
Reaper M. L. Kiser Senryu dark, death, heartbroken, horror,
Soemtime Before I Die L. J. Carber Free verse analogy, appreciation, death, dog,
IMAGINE L. J. Carber Free verse allusion, analogy, death, evil,
The Autumn of Life Fritz Purdum Rhyme autumn, death, health, life,
Nay fear, Lovebug, Yee exorcist is hear Word Awl Free verse death, adventure, angel, baptism, birth,
What to Expect in the Future John Blake Couplet crazy, death, future, humorous,
Premium Member Poem The basket sat on top of the dryer Lewis Raynes Quatrain community, death, freedom, goodbye,
Love the sad story of Joey and Rory Feek of GAITHER fame Anil Deo Couplet death, angst, cancer, child, christian,

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Is My Time Up
by Brenda Chiri
I think time is a deciever of all
As I listen to the tick tock 
How the face of time seemed to mock me
And say
"You have...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: child abuse, creation, death,

A Poem For My Grandma
by Nick Trim
Today the angels called your name,
they called to you, and took all your pain,
leaving you with only peace,
tonight you sleep where the angels be....

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Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death, family, sad,

God's Love
by curtis johnson


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Shape | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: christian, death, jesus,

Devil warshippin hullabaloon
by Word Awl


Moon's shore purdee tanite...


Won'tcha jest lissen at dem Crickits.



Sumtime eyes gets ta thankin' they's
Senging jest fur Mee...



Shore dew 'preach he ate it....

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: allusion, appreciation, dark, death,

Touch of Death
by Sadagopan sankaranarayanan
At the doorstep, someones beckoning me.
Am being pulled into a deep void.
Pitch dark with an eerie aura.
Plagued by darkness I stumble forward
oh where are you...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death,

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THE PRICE OF DEATH
by JAN ALLISON
his final journey
in a huge black limousine
death comes to us all

the funeral cost
he won’t have to pay the bill ...
grieving relatives!!!!!!

I know the florists
make a...

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Senryu | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death, flower, funeral, how

Upside down black and white clouds
by Yolanda Scott
I see beauty in the clouds
that floats above 
surrounding trees, and hilltops
and a fresh morning breeze
the feeling as if you're following me
you are the mirror...

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Narrative | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: beauty, birth, culture, death,

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Checkmate
by Janet Bingham
CHECKMATE
 
I played the game of life with God.
He let me win a few.
Then He showed me in one more move
that I was in a...

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Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: appreciation, courage, death, devotion,

Lost at Sea
by Lily Mayfield
The waves are crashing
Calling my name
Wishing
I don't become sane

They pull me in
I'm walking on clouds

Someone once said
It's the best way to go
Now it's in my...

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Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: dark, death, depression, sad,

Cowards that be
by Dominic Middleton
The USA has its 
CIA
FBI
Russia has its
GRU
England has its
MI5-6-7-8-
Saudi Arab
(Least they don't try and hide the truth)
Has a
Death squad
Australia
Well they call Thiers
North Force
Each country has...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: anger, angst, bullying, death,

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Autumn leaves
by Gershon Wolf
Death paints a Leaf
 With color brilliant
  Before it withers...
Tinged with our grief
...

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Personification | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: autumn, beauty, death, grief,

If I Could Would I
by PJ Gongora
You left without adieu
I hope I ever knew
It would be the last day, 
"Iloveyou" you would say.

You whispered in my ear
With hoarse voice I came...

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Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death, dedication, depression, desire,

Kiss of Death
by Jean Bush
She comes on sunset colors,
Rocking in his head.
A dark and shimmering shadow
Like lace across his bed.

Beside the narrow window
The night takes up her form.
She takes...

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Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death, imagination, kiss, sad,

Someday, somewhere we meet
by Xuefeng Pan
Were there a day when the writer has melted into the air
Left these words  unattended cold, alone or being disappeared
Turning it into an unanswered...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: courage, death, desire, faith,

TAPS
by Jack Avergun
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I do not know? | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: courage, death, dedication, military,

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piper and rats
by cs parker
338
Death is the best
For rats for they
Mess up other
People’s lives
Without a care
Loyal-less
Without a soul
Glad there’s a
Piper on patrol
Called fentanyl

...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: abuse, addiction, america, death,

Crowned dead queen
by Khadidja Megaache
“Agora é tarde Ines é mor”
Ire, Revenge clouded Pedro‘s heart.
Death separated the lovers apart.
Seeking a punishment to fit the crime,
Heart pulled from one’s chest, 
Heart...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death, grave, grief, history,

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Clapping
by Jack Ellison


It's impossible to clap with just one hand
Try slapping someone's face but that's not a good plan
It's a definite alternative
Just hope they'll forgive 
Maybe get...

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Limerick | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death,

Last call
by Khadidja Megaache
I fear the day she will not answer her phone.
I fear the day I receive the news of her being gone.
I prayed and prayed and...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: absence, cry, death of

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Father Arthur
by arthur vaso
Dear Son
even I am long gone
dead and buried
please son take heed
the good lord will plead
good deeds do matter
sin will land you in the hereafter
down under...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: art, death, funeral, jesus,