Dark Poems

Dark Poems about Life

Sadness and darkness are natural cousins. Since ancient times, people have worn black to express their grief. Happiness is attracted to sunshine and depression to darkness. There is a certain romance in darkness and melancholy. There is something mysterious about that which is hidden and unknown. Dark poems may seek to romanticize sadness and depression. Other dark poems are simply poems about sad subjects. The poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe is an example of a delightfully spooky dark poem. There is much room for creativity in this genre.

Poems for When the World Seems Dark and Lonely

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  1. The Ongoing Battles With My Demons

    Expressing Despair

    I peek through blinds that are tightly drawn,
    Shocked by the glow of the breaking dawn.
    I shun the brilliance of another day.
    Enslaved and entombed, I stay hidden away.

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    When words spurt the imagination into someone else's conceptualized perspective. This poem has a pure element I can relate to. Thank you

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  3. The Monster

    • By Mike Hazelwood
    • Published: April 2017
    Real Life Monsters

    Dark blood trickles
    down sharp ivory teeth.
    His wicked mark,
    a clotted piercing bequeaths.

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  4. Out Out

    The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard
    And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
    Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
    And from there those that lifted eyes could count

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    Wow! I like it! It is wonderful. I like nature and science. It's very interesting.

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  6. Demon's Wrath

    Whisper it, don't let them hear.
    Be careful; it's them you should fear.
    Follow them, do what they say,
    And for your sake, don't run away.

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  7. The Cremation Of Sam McGee

    There are strange things done in the midnight sun
    By the men who moil for gold;
    The Arctic trails have their secret tales
    That would make your blood run cold;

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    My grandfather, Henry Lorentzen, the pioneer artist of ND, LOVED Robert W. Service and would recite this poem from memory to entertain us grandchildren. He also produced a wonderful painting...

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  8. Im All Alone!

    • By Tabbatha P.
    • Published: June 2013

    I'm fine in the fire,
    I'm right where I should be,
    Don't try to fix me!
    I like the pain,

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  10. Behind These Walls

    They watch the world
    with open eyes.
    They haunt the world
    with an open mind.

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    I’m inspired by this poem because it speaks about how the world is, and I can see that the writer took her time to find just the right words to reflect the title.

    This section said a lot...

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  11. The Raven

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

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  12. Death

    • By Evan
    • Published: November 2012
    Inside I'm Full Of Death

    Time stops
    And stands still
    Each day
    Seems like a year...

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  13. Circus In Three Rings

    In the circus tent of a hurricane
    designed by a drunken god
    my extravagant heart blows up again
    in a rampage of champagne-colored rain

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