War Poems - Poems For War - War Torn

Poems about war. You can read the best war poems. Browse through all war poems.


War Torn - Poem by James Mills

Some remnant living in muscle memory
is pressed, dressed and polished each time
he marches, slowly now and with tired bones,
to the Legion for his Friday bingo.
His numbers, in all the years, haven't shown
as ex-corporal caller turns the wheel
and the same bally jokes revolve and drop,
snipered, on the half-deaf, half-dead, half-full
hall of pensioners with fat pens
and luckless grins whose week's entertainment
spins and tumbles. Someone checks. They groan.
He removes his specs sauntering barwards
for his first pint, shouts an old joke,
'Hey, you barsteward'
takes the barkeeps wince for a smile.
He re-enlists each Friday, soldiering on,
wishing he might 'fall-out'.
Surrender.


Comments about War Torn by James Mills

  • Rookie Andy Konisberg (5/7/2005 8:58:00 PM)

    great piece. I can find the rhythm here...it flows in a perfectly sentient way...it depends if one likes free verse an internal rhythms...I do...it has to with spondees, dactyls, et al. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Rookie Ivy Christou (5/3/2005 7:18:00 AM)

    your last three lines, struck me there, in the heart... Especially the last, a lonely 'surrender' that it is so meaningful... very well done!
    HBH (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 30 Points Frances Macaulay Forde (5/2/2005 11:31:00 AM)

    Excellent poem encompassing all the senses. Particularly liked the ending.

    'He re-enlists each Friday, soldiering on,
    wishing he might 'fall-out'.
    Surrender.'

    Well done James! Lots more please and which are you? When I click for more information there is a wealth of info about James Mills... so where are you from? You have obviously been writing for a while - your skill & experience shows. (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »

Poems About War

  1. 1. A War Song To Englishmen , William Blake
  2. 2. Love And War , Ovid
  3. 3. The Next War , Wilfred Owen
  4. 4. A Prayer In Time Of War , Alfred Noyes
  5. 5. Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess Of War , Margaret Atwood
  6. 6. War Is Never Over , Cecil L. Harrison
  7. 7. From A German War Primer , Bertolt Brecht
  8. 8. In California During The Gulf War , Denise Levertov
  9. 9. War Some More , Sandra Osborne
  10. 10. Lessons Of The War , Henry Reed
  11. 11. Meditations In Time Of Civil War , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind , Stephen Crane
  13. 13. Two Poems From The War , Archibald MacLeish
  14. 14. A Meditation In Time Of War , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. On Receiving News Of The War , Isaac Rosenberg
  16. 16. Nefarious War , Li Po
  17. 17. Repression Of War Experience , Siegfried Sassoon
  18. 18. Spring In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  19. 19. On Being Asked For A War Poem , William Butler Yeats
  20. 20. War Of The Worlds , john tiong chunghoo
  21. 21. Memorial Day For The War Dead , Yehuda Amichai
  22. 22. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  23. 23. The Next War , Robert Graves
  24. 24. Sonnet 46: Mine Eye And Heart Are At A M.. , William Shakespeare
  25. 25. To Lucasta On Going To The War - For The.. , Robert Graves
  26. 26. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  27. 27. Dusk In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  28. 28. The War Films , Sir Henry Newbolt
  29. 29. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  30. 30. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  31. 31. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  32. 32. War Profit Litany , Allen Ginsberg
  33. 33. Song-Books Of The War , Siegfried Sassoon
  34. 34. War Song , John Davidson
  35. 35. There Was Crimson Clash Of War. , Stephen Crane
  36. 36. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  37. 37. War , Charles Wagner
  38. 38. The Holy War , Rudyard Kipling
  39. 39. War Song , Thomas Moore
  40. 40. - Love Is War! , Ronberge (anno primo)
  41. 41. Man's Civil War , Robert Southwell
  42. 42. Tell Brave Deeds Of War , Stephen Crane
  43. 43. Fortune Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  44. 44. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  45. 45. A Date With An Anti-War Protester , Chuck Audette
  46. 46. A Radical War Song , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  47. 47. Declaration Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  48. 48. The Ashantee War , William Topaz McGonagall
  49. 49. War Torn , James Mills
  50. 50. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) , Carolyn Kizer
[Report Error]