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17 Classic Emo Poems For Soul Expression

Inside: 17 Emo Poems for Everyone to feel deeply. 

Trigger warning! Some ‌poems might be too emotional to take.

At a certain point in our lives, we reach rock bottom, and perhaps it would seem there is no way of getting out. Whether it is a relationship issue, getting burned out at work, feeling lost on the road of life, or the departure of a loved one, sadness comes to everyone, both rich and poor, young and old, men and women.

These deep and often painful emotions may be difficult to express in words, but there are people who become even more eloquent during the most trying of times. These poems are written by people who have been in the same situations as you, and who felt that words could help take the pain away.

Know that you are not alone. Take the time to be in a quiet place, meditate, and absorb these poems. Let us take you on a “feels trip.” Let the tears flow and the hearts break. In time, all the hurting will heal and you will feel whole again.

Classic emo poems

6 Classic Emo Poems

Classic poets had their own fair share of pain and misery. See them express their sorrow creatively through these poems.

1. Solitude

Rejoice, and men will seek you;

Grieve, and they turn and go;

They want full measure of all your pleasure,

But they do not need your woe.

Be glad, and your friends are many;

Be sad, and you lose them all,

There are none to decline your nectared wine,

But alone you must drink life’s gall.

―Ella Wheeler Wilcox


2. We Wear the Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

―Paul Laurence Dunbar


3. A Dream Within a Dream

And I hold within my hand

Grains of the golden sand —

How few! yet how they creep

Through my fingers to the deep,

While I weep — while I weep!

O God! Can I not grasp

Them with a tighter clasp?

―Edgar Allan Poe


4. I Measure Every Grief I Meet

I wonder if it hurts to live –

And if They have to try –

And whether – could They choose between –

It would not be – to die –


I note that Some – gone patient long –

At length, renew their smile –

An imitation of a Light

That has so little Oil –


I wonder if when Years have piled –

Some Thousands – on the Harm –

That hurt them early – such a lapse

Could give them any Balm –

―Emily Dickinson


5. One Art

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;

so many things seem filled with the intent

to be lost that their loss is no disaster.


Lose something every day. Accept the fluster

of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.

The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

―Elizabeth Bishop


6. Mirror

Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,

Searching my reaches for what she really is.

Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.

I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.

She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.

―Sylvia Plath

EMO love poems

6 Emo Love Poems

If you thought hearts break evenly, these poems crush the heart into tiny, little pieces.

7. Worthless

I keep recalling the messages in my head,

Making me wish that I was dead.

So much of anger, so filled with hate.

I must be the reason for our love to dissipate.

―Sasha Marahaj


8. The graveyard of my heart

They leave the roads of my heart beyond repair

And now only meant to be an abode of farewell.

So, I hope you face a lot of love as I watch you embark,

And live an immortal in someone else’s heart.

For love is not a luxury I can receive,

Because I was never a perfect fit.

―Joyeeta Neogi


9. Without Dreaming

I want to be with you,

to be my hope,

to be my strength and to be my friend.

When shall I see your face?

When shall I hear your voice?

When shall I be with you without dreaming?

―Doris Jamoner


10. Morning Birds of Love

Close enough to the edge

To be pushed over the ledge,

So they listen to love’s words

Or the talk of the birds.

To finally understand brings

The final wings

To soar above

To hear the words of love

And hear the unspoken words

Of the morning birds.

―Johnny Hartwell


11. Dear Me

How can you lie to yourself

Each time you say you don’t

Need his trust? You’ve never

Had it before; why do you

Need it now?

―Jessi Mann


12. My Little Razor Blade

You lift me up

when all goes wrong.

A little guy

whose love is strong.

My razor blade

forever stuck with me,

as my love

cut out of history.

―Christopher Cariad


5 Depressing Emo Poems

In life, we experience times when we question the world and when words cut sharper than a knife. Prepare yourself for poems that will make your hearts ache.

13. Her Masterpiece Is Her Story

Her paintbrush is a razor,

Her canvas, her wrists,

“I deserve the pain.”

She shrugs and insists.

―Madison Marie


14. If You Really Knew Me

If you really knew me, you’d see through these lies

The smiles and laughs, can’t conceal my eyes

You won’t ask questions, you won’t suspect

You won’t see it coming, my final misstep.

―Kevin Robey


15. Emo Soul (Amazing Spaceships)

Even though soul food is more filling than pop rocks,

So I focus on Self and people mistake that as selfish,

But there’s a difference between self-centered and selfish,

And you’re a fool if you choose to not know the difference.

―Aaron Lalux


16. Silence of Innocence

Within the silence of innocence

One was torn apart

Lost within the dark world

Her life now flashing back so fast

The hurt, the pain, the loss, the gain

All contributing factors

But what can stop the voices now

That the spirits have left her with scratches.

―Molly Davies


17. Dust

I ramble when I’m making sense

I don’t strike out in self-defense

Although I fail, I always try.

And try I will until I die.


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