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Grief Poems

Grief Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about grieving. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for grief.

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Premium Member Uncle Walt
I am writing this poem for you today
Can’t believe you have really gone away
You were a beautiful person with a kind soul
It’s so difficult to say goodbye and let you go

Your laugh was infectious, your spirit always warm
You could put...Read More
Categories: death, family, grief,
Form: Rhyme

The Mark Of Cain
Designated driver,
your road to end at last

The choice was yours, mistake inured,
your future now your past

Designated driver,
those high beams in your eyes

A haunting name, the lasting blame
—that night your dreams reprise

(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2020)
...Read More
Categories: death, grief,
Form: Rhyme
Memories For Now
Just the night before,
I pulled out a stack of photographs,
There I saw memories trapped in time,
Daddy carrying me up in the air,
I, doing an aeroplane figure in the sky,
I miss daddy.

Ever so slowly I stretch out on my deck chair,
While...Read More
Categories: absence, appreciation, death, feelings, grief, growth,
Form: Free verse
Before now
Times gone, forgotten
Left in the past
Harsh winds of life
Have broken my mast.

Swept no direction
Lost in my pain
Thoughts of happiness
Now a faded old stain. 

Corners of loneliness 
Fraught every day
Words of contentment 
Stand in my way.

Shadows of grief
Swallow my soul
My mind...Read More
Categories: grief, depression,
Form: ABC

All of my true best friends are dead
Swallowed by this world
Choked by their own tongues
Which couldn't speak their torment
Which couldn't voice their dread

All the powerful ones said,
After all, 
It's all inside your head
Keep it inside
You don't deserve your tears

A guilt...Read More
Categories: grief, best friend, depression, heartbroken, psychological, women,
Form: Blank verse

Premium Member Winters End Humour


Jed the horse thief was a bit of a dope
Stole a pretty horse and tried to elope
Folk declared him a horse thief
And for giving them much grief
They dangled him at the end of a rope...


A deep sea diver called...Read More
Categories: grief, humor,
Form: Limerick
Premium Member Falling and Rising
Sitting on a chair facing a barred door,
Awaiting trial, although a minor charge.
His life was ruined, what had he in store?
Was sure the judge would his sentence enlarge.

Pleaded guilty but not for the car theft.
He fancied a joy ride on...Read More
Categories: anxiety, grief, love,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Everyone is in a Panic Except Me
Everyone is in a panic.
Except me.
Everyone is frenzied.
Except me.
Everyone is crazed to the maximum degree.
Except me.

I am lying on my back in my yard in the sun.
Listening to the birds trill, they seemed stress too.
I hear little people yelling “where...Read More
Categories: grief, parents,
Form: Free verse
I miss you
I miss the, you, you used to be
Back before, we were us 
You, fully, loved me for me
My quirks, you’d dare not hush

Back before, we were us
You approved of my beliefs
My quirks, you’d dare not hush 
Now, I cause your...Read More
Categories: grief, feelings,
Form: Pantoum
Premium Member Cries of skies
as if a broken-hearted lover
this somber sky cries
streams of tears 

i feel its loneliness
beating like a heart
against my window 

I hear its sob
through a pained wind 
as it echoes 
in the distance 

i look out 
its misted grief 
my disbelief...Read More
Categories: grief, rain,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member I am an I Trixie Insisted
My imagination was not amused by my muse
Had I thought they were the same thing?
If so I was sorely mistaken

My imagination was tired of her taking all the credit
For every line, every rhyme, every word that made sense
That’s mine! Trixie...Read More
Categories: grief, humorous, imagination, muse,
Form: Free verse
The opposite of OY is YO,
Two words that most New Yorkers know
And people ‘cross the globe as well,
Though what they mean, not all can tell.

So I’ll explain: the term “Oy vey”
Expresses “Woe is me!” dismay
Or “Oh, my goodness!” or “Good...Read More
Categories: grief, art, word play,
Form: Rhyme
God Knows That I Am Human

God knows that I am human, He knows that I will fall,
So He’s there to forgive me when on Him I will call.
Oh yes, there is chastisement and there’s a price to pay
If from Him...Read More
Categories: grief, god,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member A Tribute to my Murdered Friend
I would love you till the end 
I would never be able to comprehend 
Why your destiny had to meet such a drastic end
But as your friend, I would give you a warm parting
Letting the world know that your departing
Would...Read More
Categories: death of a friend, farewell, friendship, grief,
Form: Free verse
Shouldn't Be
She sits still
Letting her senses drown out
She looks beyond the field
A glimmer of the sunset recedes,

A light breeze whips up
She pulls her knees up and crosses her arms around them
And closes her eyes,

She sees it faintly at first
It...Read More
Categories: grief, boy, conflict, confusion, depression, feelings, hate, hurt,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Never Too Old
I was perusing on the Net
It was good fortune to have met
Not in person, I'm sad to say
An Interesting woman, anyway
Interesting and talented too
Amazing what she succeeded to do
After a very late start
Aged 78 before painting Folk Art
This person had...Read More
Categories: grief, 10th grade,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member PLEASE STOP

in great detail
on and on
and on and on 
they went

blah blah
blah blah
ask me if I care
but I'm polite

I wear my best
bad ass poker face
my head wants to explode
but still they have no clue

can’t believe people can't read
that big heavy flashing...Read More
Categories: change, grief, moving on, perspective, spoken word,
Form: Free verse
is such a lonely road
that I must walk 
now you have gone
Family and friends
are always there
but for me 
my grief 
I cannot share
And when they ask me
‘How am I’
I smile and say
‘Yes I’m okay’
But that’s not true
For deep inside
is...Read More
Categories: bereavement, grief, husband, son,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Red Cap Requiem
a cardinal sang ...

sweet, to send my soul soaring,

til I saw his muse ...

a beautied mate - his one love -

cold and still ... on April snow.

Written and submitted on February 23, 2020
For the "Let The Pens Flow - Tanka"...Read More
Categories: beauty, bereavement, bird, grief, muse, song,
Form: Tanka
In Grief
Said he, the one who cannot see,” In my vast country where millions reside amity is rare, unity is scarce; the disrespectful people all the time misbehave, they speak ill of others, they use foul language and usually target a...Read More
Categories: grief, sad,
Form: Free verse
Reality Survivor-LM
Reality is something you rise above."
                                         -Liza Minelli

           ...Read More
Categories: confidence, courage, encouraging, grief,
Form: Free verse
Have you ever felt someone getting closer than most? I have. 
Then just like that they’ve moved on along...

 I can’t even be trusted with my own thoughts. Why do I think I can trust other? When inspiration was true......Read More
Categories: betrayal, care, goodbye, grief, hurt, i miss
Form: Free verse
Lost: for the children of the Holocaust
?for the children of the Holocaust and the Nakba
by Michael R. Burch

Something inescapable is lost—
lost like a pale vapor curling up into shafts of moonlight,
vanishing in a gust of wind toward an expanse of stars
immeasurable and void.

Something uncapturable is gone—
gone...Read More
Categories: grief, child, children, death, holocaust, loss, lost, sorrow,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Good, Bad and Special
The Good,                                      ...Read More
Categories: grief, friend, love, silence,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Milestones and Moments
Our life is made up of milestones,                                 ...Read More
Categories: grief, life, remember,
Form: Free verse