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Funeral Poems

Read wonderful funeral poetry on the following sub-topics: baby, brother, christian, dad, friend, funny, grandmother, happy, husband, mother, religion, sister, uncle and more. Read a definition and example (where appropriate).

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.

List of New Poems

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
last goodbye paul dick I do not know? funeral, heaven, humor,
We Wish You Were Here Dana Redricks Ballad funeral, animal, appreciation, betrayal, blue,
The Time Is Now Terry Philips Free verse funeral, bereavement, death, death of
Wielder of the Scythe PJ Gongora Rhyme angel, death, fate, funeral,
Premium Member Poem GOODBYE YOU ARE DEAD Martin Brown Couplet death, funeral,
January funeral Catherine Wood Free verse funeral, bereavement, death of a
Premium Member Poem Pretty Dhramned Mean Caren Krutsinger Free verse fun, funeral, funny, hilarious,
Premium Member Poem A Friends Burial Tom Cunningham Rhyme death, friend, funeral,
Premium Member Poem Winter garden haiku Charlie Knowlton Haiku death, funeral, garden, grave,
I Dont Want to Live This Life matthew harris Elegy funeral, addiction, birth, courage, death,
Beware Bette Bavington Rhyme funeral, abuse, bereavement, death, drug,
Premium Member Poem Omega Letter Tom Wright Free verse angst, courage, death, funeral,
Premium Member Poem CRISIS Brian Strand Verse death, funeral, hope,
Fishes From Heaven - for If I Had A Secret Life Contest Terry Flood Rhyme funeral, appreciation, death, fish, fishing,
Premium Member Poem Who Knew About The Packers Caren Krutsinger Light Verse death, eulogy, fun, funeral,
Premium Member Poem Seventeen Funeral Cards In His Pocket Caren Krutsinger Free verse death, funeral, life,
Finite Lone Hermit Narrative funeral, birth, dark, death, destiny,
Missing Rachel Schlichting Free verse farewell, funeral, mental illness,
One With Gun is Majority Chime Justice Ndubuisi Didactic funeral, violence, war, world,
HORROR Okonkwo Ifeanyichukwu Lyric conflict, death, evil, funeral,
The Black Dog and Mary Wanda Daugherty Rhyme funeral, angst, anxiety, child, friend,
Innocence Alyson Lang Free verse childhood, death, funeral, poetry,
GRAVE YARD Okonkwo Ifeanyichukwu Lyric funeral, 9th grade, dark, depression,
To My Son Jinty Carrino Lyric funeral, blessing, child, emotions, eulogy,
GIZZARD Okonkwo Ifeanyichukwu Quatrain funeral, death of a friend,
Premium Member Poem Mark his words Gershon Wolf Clerihew funeral, murder, spoken word,
Premium Member Poem Puttin' The Sod In Duncan R. M. Ferguson Lyric death, funeral, grave, life,
Premium Member Poem Funeral arthur vaso Free verse art, death, funeral, introspection,
Merciful Deceased Mother Father Twill See Thee Anon matthew harris Elegiac Lyric cinderella, forgiveness, funeral, goodbye,
Pinned Down By A Million Pounds Mike Grant I do not know? funeral, confidence, courage, emotions, england,
Premium Member Poem One Thousand Goodbyes arthur vaso Free verse art, death, funeral, introspection,
Under Your Cover BECKY K MARTINSON Free verse funeral, bible, christian, death, faith,
Premium Member Poem Socrates and his Ouzo arthur vaso Limerick funeral, anti bullying, art, christian,
Premium Member Poem Dr Narcotic Anthony Slausin Rhyme drug, funeral,
No Vanity Set For This Chap No Way matthew harris Dramatic Verse funeral, age, analogy, change, father,
The Grieving Process Liz Vad Rhyme death, deep, funeral, grief,
An Angels Kisses Tegan Elliott Narrative funeral, angel, death, death of
Premium Member Poem Want Ad for a Funeral Companion Anthony Slausin Free verse funeral, life,
Epitaph Debjani Mitra Monoku dark, death, dream, funeral,
vulnerable MAHTAB BANGALEE I do not know? funeral, words,
THE BABY GRAND John Lars Zwerenz Verse funeral, allegory, angel, beauty, birth,
Skeleton Quay - abridged for Goosebumps contest Terry Flood Rhyme death, dog, funeral, soulmate,
Ten Percent - for Last Letter To My Beloved contest Terry Flood Rhyme bereavement, eulogy, farewell, funeral,
expatriate grief MAHTAB BANGALEE Monorhyme funeral, life,
When You Know Julian Scutts Prose Poetry funeral, granddaughter, humor,
Drugs Kevon Worrell Rhyme funeral, abuse, addiction, death, drug,
Professional Mourners Rhona McFerran Free verse funeral, grief, memorial, people,
WALTER Marc Pallanes I do not know? funeral, brother, celebration, death of
Premium Member Poem Why Do We Do This Caren Krutsinger Free verse funeral, 10th grade, 11th grade,
Memorial Anna Hopper Free verse funeral, anxiety, bereavement, best friend,

About This Page

Funeral Poems. Above are examples of all types of poems for funerals. This list of funeral poems is composed of the works of modern international poet members of PoetrySoup. These beautiful, moving, and comforting poems for memorial services and funerals have the words that most of us do not have at these difficult times. Read them as a eulogy or include in an obituary. However, these funeral poems are not just for funeral services; they can merely be a way for poets to celebrate life or deal with the emotions of when a loved one dies. Read short, long, best, famous, and contemporary examples of funeral poetry. 

Funeral Poem Example

Solomon Mahlangu: My Blood will Nourish the Tree that will Bear the Fruits of Freedom

(special thanks to a friend who shared this tribute to Solomon Mahlangu)

Solomon Mahlangu: My Blood will Nourish the Tree that will Bear the Fruits of Freedom:

Solomon Mahlangu was trained as an MK soldier with a view to later rejoining the struggle in the country.

He left South Africa after the Soweto Uprising of 1976 when he was 19 years old, and was later chosen to be part of an elite force to return to South Africa to carry out a mission commemorating the June 16th 1976 Soweto student uprising.

After entering South Africa through Swaziland and meeting his fellow comrades in Duduza, on the East Rand (east of Johannesburg), they were accosted by the police in Goch Street in Johannesburg.

In the ensuing gun battle two civilians were killed and two were injured, and Mahlangu and Motloung were captured while acting as decoys so that the other comrade could go and report to the MK leadership.

Motloung was brutally assaulted by the police to a point that he suffered brain damage and was unfit to stand trial, resulting in Mahlangu facing trial alone.

He was charged with two counts of murder and several charges under the Terrorism Act, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Though the judge accepted that Motloung was responsible for the killings, common purpose was argued and Mahlangu was found guilty on two counts of murder and other charges under the Terrorism Act.

On 15 June 1978 Solomon Mahlangu was refused leave to appeal his sentence by the Rand Supreme Court, and on 24 July 1978 he was refused again in the Bloemfontein Appeal Court.

Although various governments, the United Nations, International Organizations, groups and prominent individuals attempted to intercede on his behalf, Mahlangu awaited his execution in Pretoria Central Prison, and was hanged on 6 April 1979.

His hanging provoked international protest and condemnation of South Africa and Apartheid.

In fear of crowd reaction at the funeral the police decided to bury Mahlangu in Atteridgeville in Pretoria.

On 6 April 1993 he was re-interred at the Mamelodi Cemetery, where a plaque states his last words:

‘My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom.

Tell my people that I love them.

They must continue the fight.’

Mahlangu died for a cause!


The Struggle Continues…

(special thanks to a friend who shared this tribute to Solomon Mahlangu)

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