Loss Poems

Loss Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about loss. This list of loss poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples of loss poetry. This list of works about loss is an excellent resource for examples on how to write loss poems.

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Him
He looked in the mirror and said
I have seen that face before
Do we know each other
Are you someone I once knew? 

The face in the mirror replied
Spare me a few moments of your time
And, I will give you a clue.

That...Read More
Categories: emotions, loss, memory, symbolism,
Form: Free verse



Premium Member DECEMBER
Dawn always makes the grass weep
Draws upon deep yesterdays 
Times led away 
Quietly 

The sky has been washed and rinsed of night 
Insects ,  too tired to move ,  sleep on
There’s a soft feathery breeze touching everything 
And...Read More
Categories: feelings, first love, grief, imagery, loss, nature,
Form: Free verse
Count me in
You carried yourself with confidence;
And with aristocratic grace.
You had an air of mystery;
And a very handsome face.

Women loved you; 
Many fell; Like timber in your wake,
Yet you moved quietly undaunted;
Not loving for loves sake.

Yet in the turbulent years to come.
As...Read More
Categories: loss, boyfriend, cry, jealousy, loneliness, longing, lost love,
Form: Rhyme
Common Sense
those brothers in the hood
non-cognizant —never understood
how they cultivate and sow  
planted seeds of the crow 

causin' mother's to mourn
mourn the loss of their precious born
young bloods born with no silver spoon
blood shed—gone way too soon

tryin' to not be...Read More
Categories: loss, character, meaningful, tribute,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The First Thanksgiving
The First Thanksgiving (Sept. 3, 1578)

The shortest distance to Cathay 
(Land of riches: silks, teas and spices)
Lay to the north to the South Sea.
Didn’t Barlow tell the King,
Was reserved for England.

The routes ‘round the Capes
Were long in treacherous waters
Hampered by...Read More
Categories: loss, education, history, holiday, thanksgiving, thanksgiving day, voyage,
Form: Verse



Premium Member Read Between The Lines


It was the point of a meaningless moon,
That being dealt life, its absolute gloom,
Vague stars shone hope to reposed past of Earth,
Dusk hath casts a crazed eve, pure hueless girth,

Joint lives of suave views have spread neath vain space,
Twain hearts...Read More
Categories: crush, imagery, kiss, life, loss, lost love,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Undone
I want to live again.
I have forgotten how.
When to begin?
It has to be now.

I lost faith, and trust
In everyone, in me.
I must adjust.
So hard to just be.

Alone, what and who I am.
I am afraid, it is what I know.
So unsure,...Read More
Categories: confusion, faith, life, loss,
Form: Rhyme
Even A Long Road Ends
Even a long road ends

Like shadows chasing daydreams at sundown 
Or the last touch of darkness, at the dawning of a day
I’ve tried so hard to find my way
Through the false hope that I love you gave
Even a long road...Read More
Categories: change, conflict, confusion, deep, journey, life, loss,
Form: Lyric
Nancy
My dearest Nancy,
Real friends are hard to find
In a place where most are color blind
A place where we can make such a mess
And carry the weight of the world upon our chest
Real friends are treasure… much more then gold
For they...Read More
Categories: death, loss, miss you,
Form: Rhyme
howl of despair
howl of despair
iron gate swinging shut
slowly
’til but a crevice remains.
life obscured
mourning that
 				unlived.

sorrow unheard
forgiveness unspoken
darkness enshrouding
death without dying
howl unvoiced
				alone.
...Read More
Categories: dark, depression, howl, loss,
Form: Free verse
eulogy
the sunrise after
you left
woke no one
made no birds sing
it rose in the mourning
it's light tiptoed on the edge of clouds
who shook their heads
as they witnessed the aftermath
noon came as a whisper
the clouds burst into tears
as the sun revealed the new...Read More
Categories: loss, best friend, cry, death, death of a
Form: Free verse
The dog ran away
The dog ran away. I could not relax.
Loss of the friend, by whom trust was breached,
One collar cost me three hundred bucks.
Distinguish signs  ……. Dog female !



...Read More
Categories: loss, anger, confusion, dog,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member When You Call The Lord -The Piroutte Style

~ When  You  Call  The  Lord ~
( Piroutte )


In Him find Love, Hope, Peace
In trouble call His name
He'll respond Your call
Come in heart, live in you
When you call the Lord is there
When you call the Lord...Read More
Categories: loss, christian, faith, hope, love,
Form: Free verse
Innocence Lost
Doomed from the womb 
A hole in my heart 
A loss not yet gained
Love with a life not born
A death without a birth
How much is a life worth?
Hope for a child that never was...Read More
Categories: loss, angst, child, death, deep,
Form: Ballad
Broken Angels
                   Sometimes, a broken angel still has wings
              ...Read More
Categories: angel, anxiety, depression, life, loss, sad,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Mourning has broken
Mourning has broken

Mourning has broken...
my spirit and will
Despair I have swallowed...
my bitterest pill

I've never imagined...
my soul needed to purge
So with anguish burning...
I compose this dirge

I've had spectral visions...
haunt me in my dreams
Spinning my meditations...
into nightmarish schemes

My pitiful illusions...
scatter in depth...Read More
Categories: dark, depression, grief, heartbroken, loss,
Form: Rhyme
At Moon Rising Pond ii


Here-

this day's last light clouds gray,
to run round and ungreen in star chaining;

in pebble hush
and fish stoning;

in leaf murmur
and trembling wing tuck;

in cool, frightful burrows,
and tears that fall

in the unsuspecting night.


...Read More
Categories: allusion, depression, loss, symbolism,
Form: Free verse
The Garden of the Heart

Unnameable the moment  when it starts
The  sun goes turns black  and flowers  die on the stalk
The agony in the garden of the heart

Unnatural rhythms  subvert  accountants’ charts
Poor nestlings feel  the  onslaught of...Read More
Categories: loss, emotions, grief,
Form: Villanelle
Premium Member A CHAPTER ON LOSS
On the bottom shelf in an old bookstore this dusty book he came across
It was filled with a myriad of chapters including this one…about loss.

And as he read these words…he thought…wouldn’t it be great if we could found a way
to...Read More
Categories: loss, inspiration, wisdom,
Form: Verse
I Am A Capitalist
I am a capitalist, I hate to share
I am opulent, this is worth my flair
I am the one percent that is worth your fifty
This must be the artistry of the ingenious and thrifty 

I am just a bull who stepped...Read More
Categories: loss, america, anger, business, corruption, inspiration, usa, world,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member How Can I Care About Poetry
How can I care about poetry ...
       When my dad doesn't care about life?

How can I care about poetry ...
       When he can't recognize his own wife?

How can...Read More
Categories: father, grief, loss, love, mental illness,
Form: Rhyme
It Burns, Brightly
It burns
Brighter, fiercer, nuclear
With Effulgent incandescence
When untended or denied the expected trajectory

For there is beauty in this 

A Glorious Thing indeed
The rarest of things truly
But to wilfully deny it? 

There is beauty in this

The question unanswered
The Troth not Plied
The step...Read More
Categories: loss, absence, longing,
Form: Classicism
Premium Member A TURNCOAT FRIEND
        ~~~~

For you have my stalwart friend,
Stood by me no matter what!
No false cloak of religiosity have
you hidden behind.
Nor various forms of poetic pomposity!

But you? 
Alas you who I did trust.
Oh, to use...Read More
Categories: betrayal, conflict, emotions, friend, loss,
Form: I do not know?
Premium Member Lost without you
~~~~~~~~~~

O Soul of mine,
find your way back to me;
prove you’ve not forgotten
our days spent by the sea.

So long…
are they gone forever,
endlessly?
Do you pine, despite lost time,
for peace and harmony?

Depleted without; 
you took leave, denying dreams.
I hoped and prayed you’d find...Read More
Categories: loss, longing, love, missing you,
Form: Rhyme
Hubris
A man who thought he would fly,
got too close to the sun,
set the ancient example
that’s told to everyone.

A ship that they claimed never
would sink beneath the waves,
until a looming iceberg
sent folks to frozen graves.

A man who thought his troopers
could whip...Read More
Categories: confidence, introspection, loss, people, philosophy, pride, truth,
Form: Rhyme

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