Grief Poems | Examples of Grief Poetry

Grief Poems. Below are short, long, best, famous, and new examples of grief poems. This list of poems for grief is a great resource for examples of grief poems and show how to write poems for grief. Definitions may be included where appropriate.

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Categories: anger, death, depression, farewell, grief, heartbroken, war,
If
by Rico Leffanta
If I had known
Our last farewell
Would be the final one
You never would have gone!

If!

That small word
So much shorter 
than the bullet
Which took your life away
And...

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Categories: betrayal, first love, grief, love hurts, sad
Premium MemberLoves Grand Illusion
by Brenda Chiri
I see by your action’s, your state of confusion.
As you contemplate love’s grand illusion.
Mortified left with unmistakable disbelief.
The treacherous slight of hand so brief,
Performing its...

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Categories: depression, earth, emotions, grief, loss, me,
The World's Grief
by Justin Abdool
Sometimes my heart wallows in a swamp of the world’s grief.
I wish to be taken by the wind on a leaf.
It will take me away...

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Categories: america, courage, death, grief, memorial day, patriotic,
The Ultimate Sacrifice
by David G. Moore

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Arlington’s air was thick with death’s pathos,
Grief and pain shared once more in war’s great loss,
The great sacrifice of our nation’s brave,
Fending off...

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Categories: allegory, death of a grief, imagery, love, metaphor,
Premium MemberFarewell My Friend
by millard lowe


In graveyard dreams
tombstones are etched 
with fading memories

Only plastic flowers
are forever—apart from
my undying love…

Farewell, mon amie...
...

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Categories: grief, sad, tree,
Premium MemberA Weeping Willow Mourns
by Gregory R Barden

The grand old tree wept

                    With...

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Categories: grief, hurt, lost love,
My world was taken away
by robin davis
Its a long while since I've been
Wearing a very happy grin
I can not even believe
You would ever really leave
We were going to grow old
Together we...

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Categories: grief, longing, lost love,
Times of Grieving
by Thaomi Pham
I kneel before her.
Met her when I turned age six.
May her poor soul rest.



...

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Categories: grief, sad,
Premium MemberCry of your facade
by Vijay Pandit
Realizing where you are,
Your heart silently bemoans
Having seen those warning signs
As you entered a dreadful zone.

Yet, you pretend to be happy
Refusing to hear the pensive...

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Categories: grief, heart, love,
Premium MemberMy Heart Stopped Beating With Yours
by Eve Roper
You touched my heart the first time
I laid eyes on you. A crime
I thought, I just wasn't ready
tied with one breath and steady,
a hunger to...

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Categories: dark, deep, depression, emotions, grief, hurt,
what to do
by Ariel Davis
I don't know what to do
my frustration and anxiety
are eating away at my soul
like the moon does the sun
during an eclipse
and as my soul gets...

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Categories: grief, lost love, love,
Desires of the Heart
by Alesia Leach
At the turning of twilight
Where whispers of the past linger
The shadows edge the moonlight
And desire's of the heart remember

The laughter has not been silenced
Roses do...

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Categories: brother, childhood, dad, death, grief, mental illness,
Premium MemberWinter Walking Blues
by CayCay Jennings
For My First Man, My Daddy and My First Playmate, My Brother


Glazed, deep snow, virgin crunched under my aimless walk
as I idle rambled onward through...

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Categories: body, depression, feelings, grief, lost, pain, sad,
Total Time I Spent In Dental Chair Post Adolescence To Present Age first appointment
by matthew harris
so much precious existence 
found me rooted with mouth ajar 
as sigh asper the dentin-cementum 
so mud dear reader (with dem perfect 
enameled pearly whites),...

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Categories: grief,
Premium MemberLIKE STARVING LIONS
by Demetrios Trifiatis







Like a pride of starving lions,

lust's uncontrollable appetites fell upon the

herd of tamed virtues 

devouring them to the last

leaving behind only the carcasses

of lofty ideals

for

evil's...

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Categories: grief, horror, sick,
Premium MemberMy Blue Cheese Is A Delicacy To Some
by Carol Connell
At a New Year’s Day potluck one year, some food I went to fetch.
I opened the lid on one pot and thought that I might...

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Categories: angel, baby, child, death, grief,
I Love You To The Moon
by Wanda Bellmer
Today I saw you crying
I sent you lots of love
I hope that you can feel lit
Sent from heaven above

I know you love me dearly
And I'd...

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Categories: grief, growing up, loss,
Hundredth Birthday 5-29-2017
by John P Marmaro
A hundred years of age—a birthday rarely reached; 
He never got to fifty, and fifty years are gone
And more. That afternoon the TV set was...

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Categories: anxiety, education, emotions, feelings, grief, self,
Melt down
by mary Muncy
Melt down,  Don't loose control.
Breathe.

Hold, a teddy bear! Care Bear!!

Don't cut your hair!

Don't know when to become stable, again.

Just, stop .. And realize I'm...

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Categories: dedication, endurance, farewell, games, grief, retirement,
Premium MemberALMOST RETIRED
by Line Gauthier
A glass, a sip
A chardonnay
Winding down after the long day
Leave it behind
All forgotten

Retiring soon
One day coming
Passing the baton, the madness
Years of abuse
About to end

Put up...

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Categories: africa, america, anger, appreciation, grief, happy, hate, history,
18 The All-time Greatest Great Britain
by Nick Trim
This small island civilization.
Its empire was the largest creation
with the widest trade connection.
There are mixed views of our colonization.

Many modern countries exist because of the...

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Categories: dark, deep, discrimination, emotions, grief, hurt, judgement,
I can dream
by Ariel Davis
I dream of a place of acceptance
where I can be myself with everyone
where I don't have to lie about my actions
even when my actions had...

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Categories: grief, heartbroken, lost love,
Premium Member10 words and 10 lines challenge - One Minute Till Sunset
by Susan Ashley

One Minute Till Sunset


Damned frangipani streams of misery
do ripple his heartstrings with injury.
Menagerie of scented memories
infuse his mood with lost love reveries.

Luscious sepals once had...

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Categories: grief,
Last Goodbye
by carlos trevino
She laid on crisp white sheets with items 
all around. Her beautiful caring eyes were 
closed to the world. Soothing humming of the 
things around...

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Categories: death, deep, depression, grief, lost love, winter,
Winter Blues
by Brian Davey


As the icicle freezes to the point of dripped ice mimicking my life
Frozen in this time, yes I may look fine but it's very cold...

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Categories: dark, death, farewell, grief, lost love, sad,
Premium MemberAs High Tide Washed In Its Treasures And Roaring Sounds
by Robert Lindley
As High Tide Washed In Its Treasures And Roaring Sounds
(Death and Ghostly Pleas)

I ran into the high tide and its drowning roar
no more shall waking...

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Categories: grief, silly,
Premium MemberMY BLUE CHEESE IS BLOOD PUDDING
by Line Gauthier
Unlike chicken à la king
Of which I am very fond
The mere thought of blood pudding
Churns my stomach twice beyond
Indeed blood pudding 
Is my nemesis
Believe me...

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Categories: grief, loneliness,
To My Grandmother Nannie
by Renee Trimble
TO MY GRANDMOTHER NANNIE


Nannie I love you and I miss you more than you know
Not one day goes by that I don’t miss your warm...

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Categories: dark, depression, desire, dream, grief,
The Other Side
by Dill Dennison
The melancholy night calls out to me.
“Please take me to the other side my friend.
Where fantasies and dreams both get set free.
A refuge in which...

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Categories: allusion, dark, eulogy, grief, loss, love, love
Grieving Paper Hearts
by Shelby Bay
I never suspected that I’d wear your love so well, that my veil of discretion would match my noticeably odd socks.


I never suspected white noise...

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Categories: grief, growing up, identity,
Premium MemberDEAR BROTHER
by Line Gauthier
Growing up in the country
I couldn’t help but notice
Boys had more fun and you seemed to thrive 
In the multitude of outdoor adventures
One season after...

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Categories: grief,
Silent bench
by Daniel Hunter
						Silent bench


I sat beside him
on a wooden bench.
Well intentioned friends,
acquaintances stopped by
to console him.

“It was for the best.”
“She’s in a better place”
“You’ll get over it.”

He...

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Categories: death, death of a grief, loss, pain,
All I see is pain
by shawna horsley
   All I see is pain.
All around they cry,
Everyone's asking why?
   All I see is pain.
This is driving me insane!
Has this...

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Categories: anxiety, conflict, confusion, cry, grief, hate, hope, how
11 I Hate Depression
by Nick Trim
Hating myself for the person I've become,
Different to all and not just some.
I swear that a chimp would succeed more than me,
Isolation is my best...

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Categories: abuse, anger, conflict, desire, grief, heartbroken,
Premium MemberEmbers and Snowflakes
by CayCay Jennings
No snow can ever fall without your memory
punishing and pushing me into a dark reverie.
Watching snow fall, I see your face, feel your touch
and fade...

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