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Epitaph Poems

Epitaph Poems. Examples of Epitaphs and a list of poems in the correct poetic form and technique. Share and read Epitaph poetry while accessing rules, topics, ideas, and a comprehensive literary definition of an Epitaph. (New Poems Below)

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Premium Member Pale shelter
Ashen was the sky 
That rejected hand of sunrise
Sullen was the heart
That stumbled in affection,

Incapable of lauding
Ruby blush of budding rose
And pink passions on horizon
Defying darkened woes.

In midst of a vibrant spring
Her garden blooms curled up
Amid hostile dry weather,

Teared-up, she...Read More
Categories: epitaph, angst, love,
Form: Free verse

Premium Member Rest in Pieces

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Rest in pieces Johnny Speed,
You pressed down on the gas;
Hit a tree while sliding on grass,
The speed limit you did not heed.

November 14, 2019 (Edit 2017)

Poetry/Epitaph/Rest in Pieces
Copyright Protected, ID 17-1198-343-0
All Rights Reserved.  Written under Pseudonym.

Submitted...Read More
Categories: farewell,
Form: Epitaph
Premium Member Nick O Tyme
Here lies the body of Nick O Tyme
Who never thought of crossing the line
Lived his life as quiet as could be
Only stimulant consumed was tea
Saved a lady from the path of a train
Regarding which he was true to his name
Results...Read More
Categories: death, funeral, hero, life,
Form: Epitaph

Here lies our cat,
At peace no doubt.
Survived eight times,
Then his luck ran out

4th November 2019
Pithy Pome contest
Sponsor - Maureen McGreavy
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Categories: epitaph, cat, death,
Form: Epigram
Premium Member I Loved You in Countless Ways
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
                           by Elizabeth Barrett...Read More
Categories: epitaph, love,
Form: Rhyme

Premium Member Sorrow Still Lingers

It hasn’t been so long, you know.
Since I saw, your small eyes aglow.
. . . They smiled a little smile for me.

You had your joy, you had your fun.
You had fifteen seasons in the sun.
. . . I didn’t know...Read More
Categories: absence, blessing, death of a friend, eulogy,
Form: Epitaph
Premium Member Poor Eleanor
Here lies Rigby, Eleanor,
Of whom we'll say no more,
Except she was such a bore
She defied muses' law:
As recently was shown
She couldn't raise one decent poem!

(I didn't expect any return for my own mediocre effort)....Read More
Categories: death, funeral, irony,
Form: Epitaph
Premium Member Silence As Paper Absorbs Ink To Battle Rage
Silence As Paper Absorbs Ink To Battle Rage

The clink, clink of hammer and anvil kissing hard
hot flames from fiery furnace belching molten steel
famous blades born from a fallen meteorite shard
gifts bloody deep cuts a fallen warrior feels.

Deadly romance of man,...Read More
Categories: epitaph, art, conflict, dark, death, evil, poetry, war,
Form: Rhyme
Dancing upon the shifting crystal stage
The leaf is destined to dance the dance of the river
Aimlessly floating, turning, twirling

Its petiole dampened by the clear water
Washing over the cheerful green blade
Filtering through its veins

Exultant, is it not?
To be enraptured by the...Read More
Categories: epitaph, autumn, change, life, metaphor, nature, river, water,
Form: Free verse
Self-Portrait Without
between us there is only one,
with something to offer,
one who takes,
one who requests nothing,
one who never stops to ask,
there can be no compromise,
the moment for sharing,
has passed beyond recalling,
these words are the remnant,
of a scourged truth,
your vocabulary is thick wool,
too...Read More
Categories: epitaph, moving on, silence, slam, solitude, strength, trust,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member A Crow's Lament
Two crows spoke indigo black
One to the other at the graveside bleak
Sharing the begotten woe as they did clack
Perched over the fading epitaph bespeaks
In the sorrowful caws of the death knell toll
Sharing the begotten woe

October 2, 2019
Make It Six Poetry...Read More
Categories: epitaph, death, funeral, grave,
Form: Rhyme
The Broken Swing
Teetering on the overgrown knoll with
Hinges fused in rust due to years of neglect
Eerily an epitaph of our misspent youth 

Beckoning us to recapture lost dreams
Remembering the friends we had spent
Outdoors with under a burnished sky 
Knowledge of world affairs...Read More
Categories: epitaph, childhood, growing up, memory, metaphor, nostalgia,
Form: Acrostic
Parmenio translation
Be ashamed, O mountains and seas: these were men who drew valorous breath.
Assume, like pale chattels, an ashen silence at death.
—Parmenio, translation by Michael R. Burch
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Categories: war,
Form: Epitaph
Children's Poems
Picturebook Princess

for Keira

We had a special visitor.
Our world became suddenly brighter.
She was such a charmer!
Such a delighter! 

With her sparkly diamond slippers
and the way her whole being glows,
Keira’s a picturebook princess
from the points of her crown to the tips of...Read More
Categories: epitaph, children,
Form: Verse
Departure From Kamieniec
Translated by Przemyslaw Musialowski 9/27/2019

In winter, you can hear only falling snow
and feel the power of frost on the face
they also knew about it, the ones from the labor camps, 
when they packed things on the run: 
the soldier with...Read More
Categories: epitaph, journey, war, world war ii,
Form: Free verse
Leonidas of Tarentum Translation
Blame not the gale, or the inhospitable sea-gulf, or friends’ tardiness,
mariner! Just man’s foolhardiness.
—Leonidas of Tarentum, translation by Michael R. Burch...Read More
Categories: eulogy,
Form: Epitaph
Simonides Translation
tell the Spartans we lie
here, dead at their word,
obedient to their command.
Have they heard? 
Do they understand?
—Simonides, translation by Michael R. Burch
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Categories: epitaph, eulogy,
Form: Verse
Athenian Epitaphs
Athenian Epitaphs

These are epitaphs placed on gravestones and monuments by the ancient Greeks in remembrance of their dead.  

Mariner, do not ask whose tomb this may be,
but go with good fortune: I wish you a kinder sea.
—Michael R. Burch,...Read More
Categories: epitaph, death,
Form: Epigram
Premium Member Anubis Awaits
Anubis waits before the gates of hell,
To mummify your morbid love entombed…
With sustenance a sanguinary smell,
Despondent demonic desires consumed…

An enslaved eternal epitaph lies,
Love captured in a pernicious prison…
A cancerous confined in its chastise,
Within a duality sanctioned schism…

A passage in gold...Read More
Categories: epitaph, devotion, lost love, true love,
Form: Sonnet
Sometimes I want to scream
“This is not me!"
But then who would I be
Without these reflections 
Of the world outside 
So I abide 
In the lie of conformity
And do my best to ignore the enormity 
Of the universe inside my head,
All...Read More
Categories: epitaph, birthday, journey, self, spiritual, uplifting,
Form: Rhyme
Epitaph for a Palestinian Child
I lived as best I could, and then I died.
Be careful where you step: the grave is wide.
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Categories: absence, bereavement, conflict, death, discrimination, eulogy, funeral,
Form: Epitaph

I said I'd love you till I die
Now, I sit and wonder why?
It was so frivolous now it seems
It's like I'm living in a dream

The months have slowly passed away
Since I lost you that fateful day
Seems only loved ones care...Read More
Categories: depression, farewell, how i feel, lost love,
Form: Epitaph
Ice Nine Part 1 WARNING

ICE         NINE

The sourceling of anti-matter,
morphed in, a slithering form.
From Darkness's anteroom chamber-
The wormhole, in escape-
The place where disobedience was born.
staircase, passage-
from Satan's spawning floor.
The full...Read More
Categories: epitaph, abortion, abuse,
Form: Rhyme
Blue heaven lying beneath the shapeless moon night,
 Clad in grey, in boots pitch black, he stood there.

A man of few words was "he";
 Aloof, widowed and bleak.

Mundane and labelled weak;
 Habitual to be unseen.

Inhaling the bitter cig, addicted! he...Read More
Categories: depression,
Form: Epitaph
Premium Member Silent SOS
I strain my ears to hear you

s i l e n c e

The violence within your quiet voice

s i l e n c e

I wish to be a friend with you again 

s i l e n c e

but I...Read More
Categories: epitaph, angst, blue, city, dark, depression,
Form: Free verse

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