War Poems

War Poems

Sad Poetry about War

Almost as long as there has been life, war has been a part of it. Mankind continues to wage war even though the consequences often breed nothing but misery. However, when a person is called to defend his or her country, or protect other defenseless people, it is his duty to fight. There is no question that there is evil in the world and we must not rest on our laurels and say it is none of our business. We cannot stand by and watch while others are being persecuted. It is the duty of mankind to uphold justice.

70 Powerful Poems about War

  1. 1. The Charge Of The Light Brigade

    "Which guns?" they asked. Captain Nolan replied with a sweeping wave of his hand. Moments later the Light Brigade began to move. Six hundred men strong, they rode down the narrow valley in what has become a lesson taught to this very day in military academies worldwide about the importance of clear communication. The objective had been to hinder the retreat of the naval guns to the south of the battlefield. Instead, the Brigade was directed to a Russian position, which was a clear death trap. But though the orders were clearly suicidal, the men obeyed regardless and paid a heavy price. Almost half the Brigade was wiped out, and though little was accomplished strategically, the charge went down as one of the most glorious battles in British military history. News arrived in England, and while reading an account of the battle in the Times, Tennyson jotted down what has become perhaps his most famous poem.

    Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

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  3. 2. A Mother's Tear

    My son went to war.....and there is nothing more helpless to a mother than knowing that her son could be dying without her and far away from all that he knows and loves. I dedicate this poem to my son, Sgt. Daniel L. Pocan, whose heart and soul was left in Iraq fighting with his comrades, may you find peace and freedom, and to all soldiers and their mothers still separated by war.

    There's more to the story,
    than what just appears.
    A war written story,
    from blood and from tears.

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    Definitely it has touched my heart. Not mine, but on each reader's minds, this poem has created a very emotional ache. It is about freedom, fight, love and pain. And this poem describes...

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  5. 3. For A Soldier

    • By Alisha
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2009

    My name is Alisha McCreary. I'm fifteen years old. I live in North Carolina and my brother Scott has left for the army. I wrote this poem to show him what he means to me. I miss him so much, and when he gets stressed out or down, I write him a poem to bring him up a little. I think this was one of my best poems I have written him. I just wanted to share this one. I also want to say thank you for those who are supporting out troops, and I pray for those with family members in the army.

    When you wake up in the morning or stay up nights on end,
    Know that your sister is here till the very end.
    When you gather your equipment and grasp your gun,
    Know that you're loved, brother, uncle, son.

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    My brother left when I was 10 years old, and I didn't know what life had in store for me. A few months after my grandma died from lung cancer, he left. Some people don't know what it feels...

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  6. 4. If I Don't Make It Home

    This is about a soldier who doesn't make it home to his wife, and he's telling her to remember him.

    If I don't make it home, please remember it wasn't because I didn't try.
    The last thing I wanted was to make you cry.

    I wanted more than anything to make it back to you,

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    This was a beautiful poem about the plight of all the men and women who sacrifice their lives daily for our freedom. The families and friends they leave behind for the love and cost for...

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  7. 5. A Mother's Wish

    • By Mary Hodges
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2008

    My daughter is about to leave to serve in Afghanistan. As a mother, I am both proud of her and afraid for her. I wrote this poem for her to keep with her, so that she will never feel alone. I also found that it really helped me to write it. Hopefully, it can do the same for those who honor me by reading it.

    My darling, words cannot say
    How proud I am of you today.
    You're beautiful, courageous, good, and strong.
    Taking up the cause to right the wrongs

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    This poem has risen my emotions, i have shed tears as i scrolled down the lines. However thank you for reminding me of my fallen soldier brother, Simbwa, who died of multiple injuries just...

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  8. 6. A Soldier

    I wrote this about a year after my husband came home from Afghanistan. I couldn't write or speak about it for a long time. This was the first time I wrote a little about my heartache during that time.

    He says he's leaving.
    He'll be gone about a year.
    He's headed off to fight the war,
    And his time is drawing near.

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    My fiancee is in the Air Force (pilot), currently in Israel. He was supposed to come home in April, after being there a year. But he was offered a promotion last minute. He decided to take it...

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  9. 7. Defeat

    Feelings of the futility of endless fighting and the horrors of war.

    Blood starts drippin' from the soldier's wound
    Seeps like sewage 'neath the politician's room

    Deep in the house, white fades to red

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    Very nice poetry. I am overwhelmed. The poet is great who understand teary and hearty feelings of the people towards our great soldiers.

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  10. 8. Words Not Spoken

    • By Beatrice Boyle
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Not all communication is verbal, and sometimes we know just how a person feels although they haven't said a thing.

    Although he could not say with words
    The love he felt inside,
    He treasured every moment
    And his heart would fill with pride.

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    I cried!! Many families find it hard to say those most important 3 little words.

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  11. 9. The Life Of A Soldier

    I wrote this poem for my dad in 2015. He's a Vietnam veteran. I found out that May is Military Appreciation Month, so I sent him a text every day thanking him for something in regards to his service. This was the text on day 15. My dad has since passed away, but I still find myself longing to tell him "thank you" once last time.

    We have an understanding, you and I.
    We sit in silence; nothing needs to be said.

    I know the weight you carry.

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  12. 10. My Son

    • By Theresa Kackley
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2008

    I am a mother of three sons. My oldest son, Tim, is a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps. My biggest fear was that he would want to enlist in the military. I knew if he joined he would end up, sooner or later, overseas. He currently is stationed in Iraq. This poem is about him. I work with teenagers and young adults with physical and mental disabilities. These students teach me something every day. I love what I do, what I can offer these kids and what they have to offer me. This is my ninth year in this line of work.

    He stands tall
    He stands proud
    In a foreign country
    Among a foreign crowd

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    Best poem I've read since I've been on the group. You are very close to my style and War is something I've been close enough to write about. Really moving poem you have written here and clear...

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  13. 11. Clutches

    • By Hunter J. Fowler
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2016

    This poem is about when my dad left for Iraq for the first time in 2004. While he was over there and I was on the phone with him, a rocket or mortar landed near him near the Mess Hall. He wasn't injured by it, but his first thought was to make sure I couldn't hear the full on explosion.

    There's a little boy standing by the fence with a flag in his hand.
    He's sad and confused; he doesn't understand.
    He watches his daddy turn and head up on the bus.
    He watches him go and doesn't even fuss.

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    This poem was beautifully delivered. Every word you wrote created a picture in my head. Well done.

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  14. 12. Soldier Daddy

    • By Gina M. Makowsky
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    He's only two year's old, but he senses that his daddy's in danger and hopes he comes back soon.

    To you, I may be very small
    Or think I don't know much at all.
    I've learned to grow up rather fast
    With so much future and not much past.

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    Such a touching poem. I love it so much, because of it, I am now doing it to present to my class. ??

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  15. 13. My Brother

    • By Amanda L. Thurnherr
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A plea from sister to brother. "Don't leave; I have never told you the love that is in my heart!"

    You've been there for me
    Through it all.
    You're always there to catch me
    When I start to take a fall.

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    I know how you feel, I do share the same thing but they're are still my brothers regardless of what they do. I'll still love them no matter what. I will wish you and your brother good luck...

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  16. 14. Veterans Day Limerick

    A limerick for our veterans

    There are times we want to forget,
    Like when troubles and sadness we've met,
    But this day in November
    We'll always remember

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    So many in my family went to war. And most came back. I am lucky and want to recognize all the people who have lost their lives to protect you.

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  17. 15. Beat! Beat! Drums!

    Walt Whitman was known as the founding father of American poetry. This poem was first published in 1861, the year the Civil War began. Although this poem depicts life during wartime in the 1860s, it shows a broad picture of how war changes the everyday lives of communities. No matter the time period, war impacts people in many ways.

    Beat! beat! drums!—blow! bugles! blow!
    Through the windows—through doors—burst like a ruthless force,
    Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation,
    Into the school where the scholar is studying,

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  18. 16. The Man He Killed

    How terrible is war? You might meet someone and kill them in war, but if you had met that same person in peace, you might have been friends and even bought him a drink or given him some money.

    Had he and I but met
    By some old ancient inn,
    We should have set us down to wet
    Right many a nipperkin!

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  19. 17. The Last Letter

    I am prior military and my son is in the military. While my son was in combat they lost several soldiers. And I just thought that this might be something that a dying Hero might say.

    A tear ran down her cheek
    As she read the words he wrote
    His dad sat at the table
    With a lump in his throat

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  20. 18. A Soldier's Reason

    • By Jason E. Rose
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A father leaves his son for the noblest of reasons.

    I can remember the first time that I
    saw your smiling face,
    I held you close to my heart, you could
    probably hear it race.

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    Wow!!!!!! A beautiful poem :D I love it, it's so touching

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  21. 19. Mr. Leather

    This short poem for Veterans Day is to give honor to the many selfless heroes who sacrificed themselves in so many ways and in so many wars throughout history so that we can live in freedom. Many of the heroes will carry those scars forever! Freedom isn't really free. Our heroes fought and sacrificed all for the price of our freedom!

    From year to year he drifts alone.
    His story only few have known.

    About a boy who went to war,

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  22. 20. My Marine

    • By Marcia Willette
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2014

    My first born son left today, 8/15/14, on deployment with the USMC. The feelings I have are overwhelming. I wanted to put my feelings into words, and I know that other moms and dads share my same thoughts. I think it will touch many lives.

    My Marine so far from home.
    Over seas, but not alone.
    I hold you close in my thoughts and prayers.
    Missing you through all my tears.

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