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War Poems

War Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about wars. This list of war poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup.  Warfare is an inherent part of life and writing about the sufferings and casualties of these conflicts in the form of beautiful and inspiring poems is just as natural. From the civil war to the Vietnam War and beyond, there have been many wars that have wreaked havoc on civilian life and the lives of soldiers. War poems detail the emotions of these events from the perspective of the combatant and human experience. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples of war poetry. This list of works about war is an excellent resource for examples on how to write war poems.

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Ready To Go
People are wandering around the town
With their heads pointing to the clouds
People are wandering about the town
Looking like fearful clowns
Nasty men with hard backs 
Are walking about the park 
Harassing the women in the boiling sun
They have no shame, they...Read More
Categories: war, confidence, endurance, england, environment, friendship, journey, meaningful,
Form: Narrative

Ashore At Baler
We go to one place via another
To do an activity and then leave
If we are allowed to do so

If we are not dead or burnt alive
Or heart stolen by a local gal
We go to this place from afar
Not expecting to...Read More
Categories: history, usa, war,
Form: Verse
A Good GPS
I’m recalling how
intelligent my father
became, as he grew 
older; things he said
one day just seemed
to make sense to me.
And when he was
really old, he told
me: “Son, don’t ever
get old...” then he
smiled, and began
a new journey some
day I will follow.

Of course,...Read More
Categories: war, humor, humorous, introspection, meaningful, poverty, truth, wisdom,
Form: Free verse
A soldier dies-a mother cries, a heart broken, words left unspoken,
So young a soldier laid to rest, a shiny medal upon his chest.

A soldier dies-a lover weeps, a memory now for her to keep,
so young a soldier to fight and...Read More
Categories: bereavement, child, conflict, courage, hero, soldier, war,
Form: Couplet
Not A Moment Too Soon
I met her on a foreign shore, two souls adrift it seemed
She could see it in my eyes, a common search we felt
I was alone and so was she and I was bound for war
To slay a foe I did...Read More
Categories: war,
Form: Lyric

Premium Member Interface

100 seconds to midnight
implosion imminent
or irreverent interface


"One Thing" / Dave Gahan & The  Soulsavers

1. Interface / synonyms:

affiliate, ally, associate, combine, confederate, hang together. band (together), collaborate, concert, concur, conjoin, conspire, cooperate, join, league, team (up), unite. Connive. More
Categories: war, future, humanity, love,
Form: Senryu
The Kiss
It has been with me my whole long life,
Wafted on the gentle breezes of the wind,
It's followed me;
Down the ragged pathways of my mind.

It was in the rain that washed the parched places in my heart,
And I found it yet...Read More
Categories: analogy, beauty, war, water, wind, wisdom, world,
Form: Prose Poetry
Beltanes night:the fairy dance
Beltane’s Night
On the eve of Beltane
The Earth’s call rang across hill and heather, towards ford and cliff
From tree to river the door calls, spirits of earth so fair,
Heard by elf and pixie, awakening the dryads in their trees of old....Read More
Categories: war, fairy,
Form: Ballad
Once you had arms
that held me so tight

Once you had legs
that stood up for right

Once you had eyes
that could see in the dark

Once your strong hands
plotted courses to chart

Once we would walk
and the birds would proclaim

Once we would sing
and the...Read More
Categories: war, father,
Form: Rhyme
Changed Me Forever
They let me down 
now put me down
harsh views of me all around town
no one has seen me or heard a sound 

I fell down in a pit of trouble 
wasn’t offered a hand or a cuddle
snowballing mind evermore muddled
an...Read More
Categories: war, betrayal, friendship, hurt, truth,
Form: Rhyme
To Interlopers in the Middle East
Back yonder, when I was a boy, over sixty years ago,
A haughty sergeant, drunk a bit, big as a strong buffalo,
Yet nimble too, strolled down our street in a cheerful afternoon
Together with some friends of his to spin a yarn...Read More
Categories: anger, bullying, war,
Form: Couplet
Manifest Destiny
Manifest Destiny
by Michael R. Burch

When you were in my house
you were not free—
in chains bound.

Manifest Destiny?

I was wrong;
my plantation burned to the ground.
I was wrong.
This is my song,
this is my plea:
I was wrong.

When you are in my house,
now, I am...Read More
Categories: war, america, black african american, brother, history, humanity,
Form: Verse
Premium Member Not Much Worse
of the U.S.
may look like a thug,
but is not much worse
than those who preceded him -
most of these have been war-mongers.
Trump is disgracefully pro-Israel,
but in that he is no worse than Clinton....Read More
Categories: america, character, jewish, war,
Form: Etheree
I haint no otolaryngologist
Nonetheless feel gratitude without
cerumen eye zing
January 22, 2020 'ere
and thank guardian angels
who find me continually blessed
regarding audiological sense to hear,
whereby faculty ears avail hear

structures of silence on wing
and prayer grateful ring
around the collar soundwaves,
which analogously ping

pong with supreme functionality
and pleasantly...Read More
Categories: war, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade, 8th
Form: Enclosed Rhyme
Peace    Quiet
War       Riot
Black     White
Day       Night
Land      Sea
Coffee   Tea
Boy       Girl...Read More
Categories: war, 10th grade,
Form: I do not know?
Three Wishes
I summon Genie from Aladdin's lamp
Requesting he fulfill his wishes three -
I think of children (eyes becoming damp),
Wish 1: please Genie, end their poverty.

Then, contemplating nations still at war
With all the devastation they entail,
Wish 2: please end the conflicts we...Read More
Categories: children, father, mother, poverty, war,
Form: Iambic Pentameter
Premium Member A Peacekeeper's War
In rows and rows
of quietus and grey,
are buried the brave
and I recall the day.

When brother returned
and I fell to pray,
gone my little brother
now, in earth he lay.

He went to fight a war
to keep it far away,
he was a peacekeeper
now,...Read More
Categories: war,
Form: Couplet
A Decade Stunned
Poems I wrote saying what changed me
some sort of unseen sabotage come at me hard 
shattered parts 
wiped clean 
pushed back to start 
raped me left me 
imprisoned cagey 
question marks hang over strangely 
shocked by betrayal 
locked in...Read More
Categories: war, bullying,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member ONE APRIL DAY
He went to be a soldier one cold and
wintry Spring,dying for a noble cause
that all then  believed in;The lilac was just
budding when news of him was sent,
her last letter returned marked ' killed  in action'
described ,the honeymoon they’d...Read More
Categories: family, war,
Form: Verse
Love not Evil
Intellectual progress with thee
beyond this, that, here or even there
of matter within what color, shape, size, weight, etc
All in all, we started with for example if you were to use a pencil or a pen, marker, etc. Indefinitely once that...Read More
Categories: war, abuse, beauty, deep, inspirational love, life, love,
Form: Light Verse
Premium Member No poetry in a foxhole -- Contest
No poetry in a foxhole when the shelling starts
   Battle-weary soldiers contest
Well, there are no poets in a foxhole either
   I was about to protest...

Rat-a-tat-tat, Rat-a-tat-tat, Rat-a-tat-tat
Grinning bullets whiz by my grimacing hat
   Feel...Read More
Categories: poetry, poets, soldier, war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member A Heaven Within
A Heaven Within

Where do we find peace in this hell that we're living in?
you know there's a inner path that leads to gates of a Heaven,
find the key and unlock the gates to your heart
for this is where your journey...Read More
Categories: war, inspirational, truth,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member I Marched On
Crushed by WII
Brutal arms of Japan
Father in prison
Brother in heaven
But I marched on

Crushed by Korean War
Brutal arms of North
Goodbye, Father
See you in heaven
But I marched on

Crushed by hunger
Refugee in an island
Fish swam all around
No net to catch 
But I marched...Read More
Categories: march, war,
Form: Free verse
The Past
I battled against the depression even though there was so much aggression, but now my confession is that I have love from others who care.
I won that battle but now I need to win the war, even if I'm sore...Read More
Categories: war, memory, old, pain,
Form: Rhyme
From a Trailer Park in Keokuk
she came from the town of keokuk
  for what she did, she charged a buck 
    or sometimes two;
everyone said she was an evil gal,
but she changed my luck,
  that evil gal from keokuk!

in the...Read More
Categories: war, angel, death, eulogy, farewell, goodbye, heaven, love,
Form: Elegy

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