115 Short Inspirational Poems To Inspire Greatness

Nothing can break you once you read these inspirational poems!

Looking for short inspirational poems about hope and perseverance to give you the mental boost you need when things get tough?

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What are the benefits of reading these short inspirational poems?

Poetry is a method of expression that uses specific words, their meaning or interpretation, and rhythm to deliver exciting and imaginative ideas and evoke emotional reactions.

Poetry has the potential to:

  • Provide you with insightful advice
  • Encourage you to keep going
  • Strengthen your resolve
  • Motivate you to succeed
  • Give you direction and clarity when your hope is shaken

There are oceans of poetry in different forms and lengths, from different periods, and written from varying perspectives.

But, for this piece, I am reflecting on inspirational poems that I believe can do the job of picking you up at those times when you need just a tiny bit of inspiration to get us through a rough patch.

Some of these famous short poems you have heard before, but others may be new.

Either way, we hope you love them!

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Best short inspirational poems for when life and love get tough

Below are some of my favorite short inspirational poems for when life gets tough:

1. Trouble But Not Defeat by Byron Pulsifer

Trouble But Not Defeat Byron Pulsifer

Underneath our feet we find
Those branches and thorns a grind.
Why is so life so mean
It is as if no other scene.

Through life, you know, you will find
We sometimes just close our minds.
Those solutions we so desperately want
All appear like yesterday’s many tyrants.

But, do not trouble or be dismayed
There are good days on the way.
When you look beyond the norm
You’ll find you need not conform.

Be bold, be happy, be confident
You are not meant to lament.
These things so sure today
Can vanish without delay.

So when trouble comes your way
Do not accept defeat and ruin your day
Move forward with a focused view
Stay positive in all you do.

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2. Move Past This by Catherine Pulsifer

Move Past This Catherine Pulsifer

When you are feeling down
And all you can muster up is a frown
That is the time to stop
And count your blessings until you drop.

Focus on all of life’s good
And you will find things work out as they should
Feeling sorry and just sitting around
It is a sure thing to bring you down.

Take some action, make a move
It doesn’t matter if others approve
Nothing lasts forever
You will move past this if you endeavor!

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3. I’m busy by Brooke Hampton

I’m busy Brooke Hampton

I’m busy;
but not in the way
most people accept.
I’m busy calming my fear
and finding my courage.
I’m busy listening to my kids.
I’m busy getting in touch
with what is real.
I’m busy growing things and
connecting with the natural world.
I’m busy questioning my answers.
I’m busy being present in my life.

4. Believe In Yourself By Sagar

short inspirational poems about self belief

Believe in yourself and you can achieve
Things you never thought possible.
Believe in yourself and you can discover
New talents hidden inside of you.

Believe in yourself and you can reach
New heights that you thought immeasurable.
Believe in yourself and you can elucidate
The problem that defies every solution.

Believe in yourself and you can tackle
The hardest of all situations.
Believe in yourself and you can make
The complicated things seem simple.

Believe in yourself and you can enjoy
The beauty of nature’s creation.
Believe in yourself and you can learn
Skills of gaining knowledge from experience.

Believe in yourself and you can discern
New depths in your life.
Believe in yourself and you can perform
Way beyond your expectations.

Believe in your aim and work towards it,
With elation, determination and dedication.
Believe in yourself and you’ll feel blessed,
As you are God’s special creation.

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5. Time Goes By Crystal Lewis

short inspirational poems about time

Time goes by and slips away
Just as the sky turns from blue to grey.
We are here but only for a short stay.
Don’t let life pass with words you never say.

Don’t live in anger, with fear and regrets.
Seek forgiveness and lay your pain to rest.
Don’t judge too quickly, as you may be wrong.
Instead, choose to live life as an uplifting song.

When tears fall, wipe them away
As they will only last but for a day.
Sometimes we hurt because we care.
Sometimes life seems unfair.

We make mistakes we wish we could change
And wonder how our life could be rearranged.
Second chances last only for so long, reach out to others
As we are all sisters and brothers.

There are angels in heaven that watch us every day.
They look over us as we laugh and play.
Live with joy, and when you lie down at night,
Thank the Lord and release any strife.

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6. Keep Going by Kate Summers

short inspirational poems to inspire you to keep going

When failures come – keep going
When you feel like giving up – keep going
When people mock your idea – keep going
When challenges you face – keep going
When mistakes are made, learn – but keep going
Because perseverance just keeps going!

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7. Look Well to This Day By Kalidasa, Indian Poet

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Look well to this day,
For it and it alone is life.
In its brief course
Lie all the essence of your existence:

The Glory of Growth
The Satisfaction of Achievement
The Splendor of Beauty

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is but a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

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8. Don’t Quit

short inspirational poems about not quitting

When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high;
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.

9. Promise Yourself – The Optimist International

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Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can
disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to
every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel like there is
something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your
optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best,
and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the
greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give
every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too
strong for fear, and to happy to permit the
presence of trouble.

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Short inspirational poems about yourself and the power you hold

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10. A Time To Believe by B.J. Morbitzer

short inspirational poems about believing

To believe is to know that
every day is a new beginning.
Is to trust that miracles happen,
and dreams really do come true.

To believe is to see angels
dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky
and the wisdom of the man in the moon.

To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child’s eyes
and the beauty of an aging hand,
for it is through their teachings we learn to love.

To believe is to find the strength
and courage that lies within us
When it’s time to pick up
the pieces and begin again.

To believe is to know
we are not alone,
That life is a gift
and this is our time to cherish it.

To believe is to know
that wonderful surprises are just
waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.

If only we believe.

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11. Things You Can Control by Caleb LP Gunner

short inspirational poems to inspire you

Your Beliefs
Your attitude
Your thoughts
Your perspective
How honest you are
Who your friends are
What books you read
How often you exercise
The type of food you eat
How many risks you take
How you interpret the situation
How kind you are to others
How kind you are to yourself
How often you say “I love you.”
How often you say “thank you.”
How you express your feelings
Whether or not you ask for help
How often you practice gratitude
How many times you smile today
The amount of effort you put forth
How you spend / invest your money
How much time you spend worrying
How often you think about your past
Whether or not you judge other people
Whether or not you try again after a setback
How much you appreciate the things you have

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12. Dreams by Chelci Biggs

short inspirational poems about dreams

Dreaming is our soul’s voice from within.
Connecting our brain and heart’s true feelings.
Dreams are the voice, that needs to be heard.
Not like just any, but a black n white picture.
The details may seem blurry to one’s eye.
But another sees color, in a different light.
The picture is printed out there before you.
It’s your decision, on what dreams you make come true.

13. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

short inspirational poems about the journey

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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14. Life by Bryan Schuetz

short inspirational poems about life

Life to many is a constant struggle. Deadlines to meet, hustle and bustle.

Look up! Look down! Turn Left! Turn Right!

Moving so fast, no end in sight.

One day…I will. But not this day.

Too much to do. What can I say?

This is the only day that life promises you. Slow down and enjoy…do what you want to do.

Even for just a little while.

Each day do something to make you smile.

15. Opportunity by Berton Braley

short inspirational poems about opportunity

With doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there’s no chance for you, son?
Why, the best books haven’t been written
The best race hasn’t been run,
The best score hasn’t been made yet,
The best song hasn’t been sung,
The best tune hasn’t been played yet,
Cheer up, for the world is young!

No chance? Why the world is just eager
For things that you ought to create
Its store of true wealth is still meagre
Its needs are incessant and great,
It yearns for more power and beauty
More laughter and love and romance,
More loyalty, labor and duty,
No chance–why there’s nothing but chance!

For the best verse hasn’t been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn’t been planned,
The highest peak hasn’t been climbed yet,
The mightiest rivers aren’t spanned,
Don’t worry and fret, faint hearted,
The chances have just begun,
For the Best jobs haven’t been started,
The Best work hasn’t been done.

16. How When Where By John Oxenham

short inspirational poems to brighten your day

It is not so much WHERE you live,
As HOW, and WHY, and WHEN you live,
That answers in the affirmative,
Or maybe in the negative,
The question Are you fit to live?

It is not so much WHERE you live,
As HOW you live, and whether good
Flows from you through your neighborhood
. And WHY you live, and whether you
Aim high and noblest ends pursue,
And keep Life brimming full and true.

And WHEN you live, and whether Time
Is at its nadir or its prime,
And whether you descend or climb.
It is not so much WHERE you live,
As whether while you live you live
And to the world your highest give,
And so make answer positive
That you are truly fit to live.

17. One by Shawnee Kellie

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One word can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream;
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald Spring.

One smile can bring a friendship,
One handclasp can lift a soul;
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One cheer can obtain a goal.

One vote can change a Nation,
One sunbeam can lift a room;
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One look can change two lives;
One kiss can make love bloom.

One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer;
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true;
One life can make a difference,
One life is me and you….

18. You Cannot Change By Brian Tracy

short inspirational poems about change

You cannot change the world,
But you can present the world with one improved person – Yourself.

You can go to work on yourself to make yourself
Into the kind of person you admire and respect.
You can become a role model and set a standard for others.
You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting
Or speaking in a negative way toward anyone for any reason.
You can insist upon always doing things the loving way,
Rather than the hurtful way.
By doing these things each day, you can continue on your journey
Toward becoming an exceptional human being.

19. It Takes Courage

short inspirational poems about courage

It takes strength to be firm,
It takes courage to be gentle.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubt.

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on another.

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

20. Can You Sing a Song? by Joseph Morris

best short inspirational poems

Can you sing a song to greet the sun,
Can you cheerily tackle the work to be done,
Can you vision it finished when only begun,
Can you sing a song?

Can you sing a song when the day’s half through,
When even the thought of the rest wearies you,
With so little done and so much to do,
Can you sing a song?

Can you sing a song at the close of the day,
When weary and tired, the work’s put away,
With the joy that it’s done the best of the pay,
Can you sing a song?

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21. Count Your Blessings

short inspirational poems about blessings

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

22. Stalwart By Abimbola T. Alabi

famous short inspirational poems

Vagaries of this life can be
Tough and hard to fathom,
And yet have they conquered me?
Look how far I’ve come.

As I climb up its hill,
Slopes and jagged edges and all,
There are times I slip but still
At no time did I fall.

As I tread along its way
Sometimes I run into bends,
Stumbling blocks on some days
But never into dead ends.

As I sprint down its lane,
Hurdles seem to abound,
Yet the tripping now and again
Still can’t bring me down.

Whims of life that lie in wait
Though I may not have a clue,
Firm is my will, strong is my faith.
My God will see me through.

23. Mighty Oak By Daniel Baker

short inspirational poems to give you strength

If the mighty oak could speak the words
Of the times that it’s been tried,
It’d speak about growing roots
Instead of how it died.

It’d say that it was strong enough
And stood the test of time.
Instead of falling to the ground,
It stood and held its line.

It’d speak about lightning strikes
And wind that cracked its core.
Though the dirt had softened,
It stood and took some more.

Though the tree bares scars
Of the times that it’s been struck,
All the other trees around
Gazed in pure awestruck.

Its roots dug deep and powerful.
No way it’d hit the ground.
The story of the mighty oak
Is one that is profound.

24. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me By Maya Angelou

short inspirational poems on life

Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Bad dogs barking loud
Big ghosts in a cloud
Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Mean old Mother Goose
Lions on the loose
They don’t frighten me at all

Dragons breathing flame
On my counterpane
That doesn’t frighten me at all.

I go boo
Make them shoo
I make fun
Way they run
I won’t cry
So they fly
I just smile
They go wild

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Tough guys fight
All alone at night
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Panthers in the park
Strangers in the dark
No, they don’t frighten me at all.

That new classroom where
Boys all pull my hair
(Kissy little girls
With their hair in curls)
They don’t frighten me at all.

Don’t show me frogs and snakes
And listen for my scream,
If I’m afraid at all
It’s only in my dreams.

I’ve got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.

Life doesn’t frighten me at all
Not at all
Not at all.

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

25. My Wage by Jessie B. Rittenhouse

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I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;

For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid.

26. Start Fresh By Ruchi Katendra

short inspirational poems about starting afresh

I wanna start fresh…

and forget this place, the wicked world I live in,
but not forget how glorious and essential it was to me.

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Forget the memories that make me weak and sad,
but not forget the memories that are an anchor to my strength.

Forget the people who caused me pain,
but not forget those who were with me in heavy rain.

Forget my past, mistakes, and regrets,
but not forget the lessons I learned from them.

Forget the days when I cried silently, not aloud,
but not forget the same days that make me strong.

Forget the old me, find myself and explore,
and emerge and shine as never before.

This is why
I wanna start fresh.

27. Don’t Quit By M. Tarun Prasad

short inspirational poems about perseverance

When times are hard, you might stop for a bit,
But it’s not over until the moment you quit.
On a river’s bridge, failures are the planks;
Take one step at a time until you reach its banks.

Don’t give up on your dreams; chase them instead;
You will find, one morning, as you wake up from bed,
That you are the person about whom you dreamed,
And you can reach great heights, impossible though it seemed.

When things go wrong and your back is to the wall,
Try to stand up; no more can you fall.
Life is full of ups and downs; take them in your stride.
You will discover your little star hidden inside.

28. The Time Is Now Bettina Van Vaerenbergh

short inspirational poems to inspire action

We have but a short time
On this earth,
So value your life
For what it’s really worth.

Your life has purpose.
God sent you on a mission.
To live, to love, to learn –
Is His commission.

The world needs you.
Believe me, it’s true!
Some things need doing
That only you can do.

Character matters;
Be your own person,
Your own original self,
Not someone else’s version.

Develop your talents;
They are unique.
Use your time well;
Listen only to positive critique.

Go after your dreams.
Be bold. Be brave.
Swim against the stream;
It’s more than okay.

The time is now
To find your passion.
Time waits for no one,
So get into action.

To be free of regret
In your old age,
Never ever forget
To fully live today!

29. Embracing All – Author Unknown

Embracing All - Unknown

Light that lies deep inside of me
Come forth in all thy majesty
Show me thy gaze
Teach me thy ways
That I a better person may be

Darkness that lies deep inside of me
Come forth in all thy mystery
Show me thy gaze
Teach me thy ways
That I a better person may be

Love that lies deep inside of me
Come forth in all thy unity
Let me be thy gaze
Let me teach thy ways
That I a better person may be

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30. Less Afraid – Author Unknown

Less Afraid - Unknown

And then I realized
that to be
more alive
I had to
be less
I did it…
I lost my
and gained
my whole life.

31. While You Weren’t Here By Janet Michael

While you weren’t here
I cried every night.
A million tears fell,
Still my heart wasn’t right.

While you weren’t here
I did what I could,
Hoping against hope
My decisions were good.

While you weren’t here
I gained some in age.
Things just went on
And life turned a page.

While you weren’t here
I just tried to go on,
Knowing what didn’t kill me
Would only make me strong.

While you weren’t here
A whole lot got changed.
My life became different,
My world rearranged.

While you weren’t here
I had to learn to be alone,
To stand on my two feet,
To make my own home.

So that’s where I am now,
At this stage of my life,
Still scared and alone,
Still coping with strife.

And oh how I wish that
Things could be different,
That I could go back
To a time in the past,

To a time before
You weren’t here.

32. Pain Ends By Katy A. Brown

Breathe in the fresh air,
Put your mind at ease.
Let down your hair,
Let it flow in the breeze.

Let your eyes wander
To all the beauty to be seen.
If those toxic thoughts you still do ponder,
Then let out a scream.

Scream until the pain is gone,
Until you no longer feel afraid.
Open your eyes to a new dawn,
Let the darkness fade.

No longer compare yourself
Or your flaws to others’ perfections.
Take the negativity off the shelf.
Focus on your direction.

Pick the sadness up off the floor,
Sweep it into the wind.
Close the door on self-hatred.
Never let it back in.

For the lies it would often tell you,
You will no longer agree.
Happiness and love are what you should hold onto.
They are whom you should give the key.

Pay no attention to the toxic thoughts,
Listen to those who adore everything you are.
Overthinking was what you once were taught,
But now those thoughts you put in a jar.

Focus on your goals,
Never lose your fight.
It’s time to open new scrolls.
Everything will be all right.

33. Never Stop Being You By Terrie Brushette

Never stop caring about the little things in life.
Never stop dreaming, and don’t give into strife.
Never stop wondering are we on our own.
Never stop thinking has your spirituality grown.

Never stop building bridges that lead to better tomorrows.
Never stop trying, and don’t give into sorrow.
Never stop feeling amazed at the beauty that surrounds you.
Never stop hearing the music, and don’t give into the blues.

Never stop pushing away negative thoughts that make you feel sad.
Never stop looking at all the miracles we have had.
Never stop loving the ones you hold dear.
Never stop giving, and don’t give into the fear.

Never stop smiling, but look forward to each new day.
Never stop shining in your own special way.
Never forget that all storms will clear.
Remember brighter tomorrows are always near.

34. You Will Never See Me Fall Joyce Alcantara

You may see me struggle,
but you won’t see me fall.
Regardless if I’m weak or not,
I’m going to stand tall.
Everyone says life is easy,
but truly living it is not.
Times get hard,
people struggle
and constantly get put on the spot.
I’m going to wear the biggest smile,
even though I want to cry.
I’m going to fight to live,
even though I’m destined to die.
And even though it’s hard
and I may struggle through it all,
you may see me struggle…
but you will NEVER see me fall.

35. I am The Captain of My Soul By Nideesh

I decide what i am to be
never would be the one
who would be held down
by the chains of time
no man, no fear
no superstitions, no tears
would pull me down
into where i came from

I need nothing
nothing, but my soul
nothing, but my will
nothing ,but myself
to take me up
to where i have to get

don’t matter what it takes
or what i have to do
even the torments of hell,
the fierce winds,
the raging tides,
I would withstand them all

I would destroy an army,
an army of a million lies
walk over the failures
like men who never give up
n climb over mountains
of difficulties,
break trough the dams
of uncertainty,
face the darkness
just to be who i am

I am the captain of my soul
and i decide my fate
I choose to be what I am

36. Circle of Life By Carly Nasch

Life is a carousel, always going forward, never going back.
Existence is a hard thing to keep when you stop trying.
To live a life, you must want to live.
To want to live you must find a way.
When all hope is lost, you must stand tall.
When all others retreat, you must prevail.
You are the conscience inside your head.
You create your own destiny.
Life is a very hard thing to keep
When your life does not always go the way you plan.
Fight for your life and the right to keep dreaming.
If you feel you were gifted, share your gift.
If you feel you were cursed, fix it.
As you get older, your life becomes a challenge.
Who are you?
What do you want in life?
What will you be?
What is your purpose in life?
If you worry, these things will turn into burdens.
But if you hold on to them in the back of your mind,
All of the answers will come in time.
Life is a carousel, always going forward, never going back.
Look to the future, not to the past.

37. Be The Best Of Whatever You Are By Douglas Malloch

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley — but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass —
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail —
Be the best of whatever you are!

38. Aspirations By Garry Cadd

you gotta aspire
before you climb the highest mountain
reach the highest peak
breathe in that breathe of life
take your first step
self satisfaction
self realization
you did it on your own
overcame all those obstacles
that waited on every turn
every turn of your life
every hurdle that was put in front
put in front of you
still you ran that race
still raised a smile or two
a moment of self discovery
you discovered the real you

39. Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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40. I Bend By Selena Odom

I bend but do not break.
I’ve been lost, but I’m not a loser.
I’m a wreck, but I’m not totaled.
I’m fractured but not broken.
I’ve failed, but I’m not a failure.
I’ve fallen hard but can get up again.
I’m isolated, but still I’m free.
I have been destroyed but will rebuild.
My heart is broken, but it will mend.
See, no matter how close I come to breaking, I just continue to bend.

41. A Voice Behind By Pearlyn

When into sorrow, my poor soul sinks
When a sound of despair in my heart rings
I’m strongly pushed to do my best
By a voice that says, “There is still hope you dare not rest.”

When chains of sorrow surround me well
When in my self, I feel like hell
I’m forced to face life with its tests
By a voice that says,”There is still hope you dare not rest.”

When I just feel like crying aloud
When all my worries rise like a cloud
I’m guarded safe like a bird in its nest
By a voice that says,”There is still hope you dare not rest.”

From all my fears, I now am free
I’m good and strong, I could clearly see,
But can anyone say, is it from east or west
That I hear the voice, “There is still hope you dare not rest.”

With hope and courage, I just am full
Because of the voice, that gave me a very strong pull
It’s my loving God, the unseen guest
Who says,”There is still hope you dare not rest.”

42. Note To Self By Donna Marie

Be like the willow that bends,
shade that it sends,
peace that it lends.

During the breeze
its leaves will appease
and shift with ease.

Enduring, alluring, maturing.
Be like the willow that bends.

43. The Will To Win By Berton Braley

If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and
your sleep for it

If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry
and cheap for it

If life seems all empty and useless without it
And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,

If gladly you’ll sweat for it,
Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God or man for it,

If you’ll simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your capacity,
Strength and sagacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity,

If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body or brain
Can turn you away from the thing that you want,

If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You’ll get it!

44. Success By Niderah

The road to success is not straight.
There is a curve called Failure,
A loop called Confusion,
Speed bumps called Friends,
Red lights called Enemies, and
Caution lights called Family.
But if you have a spare called Determination,
An engine called Perseverance,
Insurance called Faith, and
A driver called Jesus,
You will make it to a place called Success!!

45. If You Believe By Abimbola T. Alabi

When your mind is set
On a splendid thing you want to do,
There are some who will shrug,
Like you don’t have a clue.

When you proceed,
Some will say it can’t be done
And that there is really no need
For you to take it on.

And halfway through,
Some may deem your progress small,
Or others will ask if what you’re doing
Is even worthwhile at all.

But when you succeed,
Then with flattering tongue,
The same folks will say they knew
That you’d do it all along.

Now, folks may mean well
When they say it can’t be done,
But then who is to lose
If they are actually wrong?

But if you take note of why
Some doubt your point of view
And stick close to those
Who see the strength in you,

If you put your faith in God,
No matter how tough it may seem,
If you work hard, if you believe,
You will achieve your dream.

For what others think,
Whether or not you’re strong or smart,
Sometimes, doesn’t really count
As what you believe in your heart.

46. Today’s Walk By Kathy Russell

I will walk slowly through this day;
I leave what is not needed behind from yesterday.
I will treasure all the knowledge to move forward.
What I do today will not change or erase the past..
I move on knowing that today I will do differently than before.
If I fail, there will be another tomorrow and a future tomorrow for hope..

47. A famous poem to exalt your self-worth

If you are having one of those days where you are questioning your abilities and your self-worth, just read “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson and I have no doubt the tide will turn.

You will not simply gain a better appreciation for your capabilities, but you will realize that you are a “priceless” commodity.

After reading this poem, you will certainly be empowered to develop and comfortably display your talents to the world, without fear of judgment.

Williamson reminds you that you shouldn’t fear the brightness of your own light (skill, ability, talent, accomplishment); never hide it under a bushel.

Instead let it shine and inspire others to do the same and together you can stamp out darkness and keep the world aglow with success, joy and happiness.

48. Our Deepest Fear By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness

That most frightens us.We ask ourselves

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.Your playing small

Does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking

So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.We are all meant to shine,

As children do.

We were born to make manifest

The glory of God that is within us.It’s not just in some of us;

It’s in everyone.And as we let our own light shine,

We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we’re liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.

49. A famous short poem to strengthen your resolve

In his poem titled, “IF”, Rudyard Kipling’s words prod you to stay on course and not stray in thought or action in order to live out your calling as a human.

This work forces you to focus on behaviors that reflect your heart and concern for others instead of allowing negative forces to take over your being and direct your path.

It implores you to stand strong in any situation, be patient regardless of the circumstance, understand that failure is simply an opportunity to start a new venture, reminds you to smile in times of tragedy as widely as you do in times of triumph, and treat each person with love and respect – no matter their status knowing that you hold the power to be great within yourself.

50. IF By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too:

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same:.

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools; If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings,

And never breathe a word about your loss:

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

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Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

51. A short inspirational poem of perseverance

Sometimes life is a struggle, obstacles seem to be everywhere and each task become overwhelming.

When you feel like the task at hand is too much remember the words of the poet, Edgar Guest in his poem, “It Couldn’t Be Done.”

In this work, Guest reminds you that there will always be nay-sayers and detractors encouraging you to quit – give up – throw in the towel.

But, his words encourage you to always try!

Don’t take someone else’s word.

Instead give it your very best effort, because you really never know how things will turn out until you try. It’s like the old saying, “It ain’t over until the Fat Lady Sings!”

If you never make the effort, you will never know how great you could be and what wonderful things you could achieve.

Never, let anyone discourage you for at the end of the day, by making the effort you just might find that you can do it!

52. It Couldn’t Be Done By Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

But, he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he had tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one has done it”;

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start to sing as you tackle the thing

That “couldn’t be done” and you’ll do it.

53. A short inspirational poem encouraging you to believe in yourself

Your dreams, desires and goals can never come to fruition if you do not first believe!

You can talk about them and write them down, but if you really don’t believe them you will either never act on them or you will quit pursuing them at the first sign of an obstacle.

So, it is important that you are firm in your beliefs regarding the things you aim to achieve.

Your heart can be passionate for the dreams, desires and goals, but if you are not confident in your ability to make them come true – they will remain in your heart and never be actualized.

So, confidence – belief in yourself, your goals and your dreams – is critical in reaching the heights you imagine.

In his poem, “The Man Who Thinks He Can”, Walter D. Winkle gives you words of wisdom to remind you that confidence comes from your own thinking – your own beliefs. So, think it, believe it, do it and achieve it!

54. The Man Who Thinks He Can By Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are;

If you think that you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,

It’s almost certain that you won’t.If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;

For out in the world you’ll find

Success begins with a fellow’s will—

It’s all in the state of mind.If you think that you are out-classed, you are;

You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man;

But sooner or later, the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can!

55. A famous love poem about the power of small acts of kindness

As you go from day to day, you may encounter situations that depict the need for helping hands. Sometimes, you never take action because you think your small contribution or action will not make a difference.

But, in the poem, “Just One”, the author clearly details for you the power that you have. You can in fact make a difference with one small act or one tiny gesture.

And remember if each person performs one small act of kindness, it all adds up and not only does your act of kindness make a difference, but when combined with the same from others, it becomes even more powerful!

56. Just One By Anonymous

One song can spark a moment,

One flower can wake the dream

One tree can start a forest,

One bird can herald spring.One smile begins a friendship,

One handclasp lifts a soul.

One star can guide a ship at sea,

One word can frame the goal.One vote can change a nation,

One sunbeam lights a room

One candle wipes out darkness,

One laugh will conquer gloom.One step must start each journey.

One word must start each prayer.

One hope will raise our spirits,

One touch can show you care.One voice can speak with wisdom,

One heart can know what’s true,

One life can make a difference,

You see, it’s up to you!

57. A short inspirational poem on finding happiness

The pursuit happiness may likely be important to you. You seek that deep down joy and fulfillment which result in a peace that is unmatched.

There a days when you feel well on your way and others when the thought is nothing more than a “pipe dream”. But, in her short poem, “Help Yourself to Happiness”, Helen Steiner Rice show us how simple it really is to achieve happiness.

It doesn’t take riches, it doesn’t require public recognition and it really isn’t as unreachable as it sometimes appears to be. So, read this poem daily to remind yourself of the simplicity and ease with which you can achieve happiness.

58. Help Yourself To Happiness By Helen Steiner Rice

Everybody, everywhere seeks happiness, it’s true,

But finding it and keeping it seem difficult to do.

Difficult because we think that happiness is found

Only in the places where wealth and fame abound.And so we go on searching in palaces of pleasure

Seeking recognition and monetary treasure,

Unaware that happiness is just a state of mind

Within the reach of everyone who takes time to be kind.

For in making others happy we will be happy, too.

For the happiness you give away returns to shine on you.

59. A famous poem on the importance of pursuing your dreams

The path to victory and success is often long and filled with obstacles.

It may seem easier to give in and give up rather than stay the course, especially when you experience failures along the way. But, having a purpose and something to look forward to and strive for gives you daily motivation.

So, when you have dreams and plans for the future, you have to keep pushing ahead despite setbacks. Because, if you stop pursuing the things that make you happy, you will find your heart, soul and life will begin to feel empty and burdensome.

In his poem, “Dreams”, Langston Hughes succinctly tells you why it is important to never stop dreaming. Your dreams drive you to pursue the best life possible.

60. Dreams By Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.

61. A short inspirational poem for personal direction

Your life experiences (positive and negative) have great influence on guiding your actions and setting the direction for your future.

It is easy to focus on the things that went wrong or the people that failed to cover you, using these situations as your compass for future relationships and decision making.

But, in the poem, “Always Remember to Forget”, the author reminds you that holding on to the sadness, trials and tribulations will do nothing to enhance your future.

But, staying close to those who always supported you and using the good times as your guiding light is more likely to keep you in a positive frame of mind and staying positive is necessary to recognize and take advantage of your blessings.

62. Always Remember to Forget By Unknown

Always remember to forget

The things that made you sad

But never forget to remember

The things that made you glad

Always remember to forget

The friends that proved untrue

But don’t forget to remember

Those that have stuck by you

Always remember to forget

The troubles that have passed away

But never, never forget to remember

The blessings that come each day.

63. A motivational poem to inspire action

It is extremely easy to think that your actions, deeds and thoughts are insignificant to the world and the people around you.

But, in the poem, “I Am”, Ella Wheeler Wilcox reminds you of the influence (power) you have to contribute to the events in this life.

You are here living in this universe and you can choose to make life better or make it worse. Yes, little old you can make a difference.

You can decide to help someone or some cause or you can choose to hurt someone or derail a cause.

So, don’t take for granted the choices you make, consider them carefully because you do indeed hold the power to set the outcome of many situations.

64. I Am By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I know not whence I came,

I know not whither I go;

But the fact stands clear that I am here

In this world of pleasure and woe.

And out of the mist and murk

Another truth shines plain –

It is my power each day and hour

To add to its joy or its pain.

65. A famous short inspirational poem on living

“Desiderata” are the things that we need, want or desire. So, it is fitting that in his poem titled, “Desiderata”, author Max Ehrmann gives you words of wisdom to use as you seek the things you need, and desire in this life.

This work serves as a daily instructional manual of sorts for living each day to get the best results and achieve the fulfillment you seek.

Step, by step, “Desiderata” takes you through key encounters and situations that can be expected throughout this life. And, it gives you frank, clear and useful advice for handling each experience and reaching out to live the best life possible.

66. Desiderata By Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant;

they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals,

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love;

for in the face of all aridity and

disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,

whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

67. Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

68. Life Steps By Catherine Pulsifer

Our entire life is made up of choices,
What we decide, the action we take,
the attitude we display
All represent the steps of life.

Sometimes we take two steps forward
And one-step back.
Some of us take baby steps
Some of us take giant steps

But the secret is not to let that
one step back turn into a failure.
Learn from backward steps
And keep on stepping forward in this dance Called Life!

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69. Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

70. Do It Anyway By Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

71. How Many By Poet Unknown

How many sick ones wish they were healthy!

How many poormen wish they were wealthy!

How many ugly ones wish they were pretty!

How many stupid ones wish they were witty!

How many bachelors wish they were married!

How may Benedicts wish they had tarried!

Single or double, life’s full of trouble;

Riches are stubble, pleasure’s a bubble!”

72. Throughout The Year By George L. Perin

Throughout the year, why not keep sweet?

No frown ever made a heart glad;

No complaint ever made a dark day bright;

No bitter word ever lightened a burden or made a rough road smooth;

No grumbling ever introduced sunshine into a home.

What the world needs is the resolute step,

The look of cheer,

The smiling countenance,

And the kindly word.

73. Now Is The Time By Sarah K. Bolton

Now is the time to love, and, better still,

To serve our loved ones, over passing ill

To rise triumphant ; thus the perfect flower

Of life shall come to fruitage: wealth amass

For grandest giving ere the time be gone.

Be glad to-day, to-morrow may bring tears;

Be brave to-day, the darkest night will pass,

And golden rays will usher in the dawn:

Who conquers now shall rule the coming years.

74. Myself by Poet Unknown

I have to live with myself, and so

I want to be for myself to know.

Always to look myself straight in the eye,

I don’t want to stand, with the setting sun

And hate myself for the things I’ve done,

I want to go out with my head erect;

I want to deserve all men’s respect;

But here in the struggle for fame and self

I want to be able to like myself.

I don’t want to look at myself and know

That I’m bluster and bluff and empty show

I never can fool myself, and so

Whatever happens I want to be

Self-respecting and conscience free.

75. A Home Song By Henry vanDyke

I turned an ancient poet’s book,

And found upon the page:

“Stone walls do not a prison make,

Nor iron bars a cage.”

Yes, that is true, and something more:

You’ll find, where’er you roam,

That marble floors and gilded walls

Can never make a home.

But every house where Love abides,

And Friendship is the guest,

Is surely home, and home, sweet home,

For there the heart can rest.

76. Stick To It By David V. Bush

When your plans have gone awry,

Things will straighten if you try.

When perplexed just what to do,

Sand and grit will help you through.

Let this be your final clue —

Stick to it!

When your schemes have taken wings,

Vict’ry comes to him who sings.

When your project’s wrecked and smashed;

Plans by hostile critics lashed;

And you feel your spirit thrashed,

Stick to it!

When your back is nearly broke,

Race is won by ONE MORE stroke —

Lost your rudder in the gale;

Seems that you are bound to fail?

Storm-clouds clear; misfortunes pale —

Stick to it!

77. Grit Your Teeth And Bear It By David V. Bush

“When each thing has gone awry,

Grit your teeth and bear it!

“When you choke and heave a sigh,

Grit your teeth and bear it!

When your luck is not with you,

Life’s horizon streaked with blue,

Pluck and sand will pull you through —

Grit your teeth and bear it!

When your plan’s been blown away,

Grit your teeth and bear it!

There will dawn another day.

Grit your teeth and bear it!

When your feet are slipping fast.

And you’re dwelling on the past,

Brace yourself — these things can’t last —

Grit your teeth and bear it!

When they say, “we told you so”,

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Grit your teeth and bear it!

Free advisers seldom know —

Grit your teeth and bear it!

You have got the stuff to win;

Finish it if you begin;

Fill your lungs and lift your chin!

Grit your teeth and bear it!

78. What Have We Done Today By Nixon Waterman

We shall do so much in the years to come,

But what have we done today?

We shall give our gold in a princely sum,

But what did we give today?

We shall lift the heart, and dry the tear,

We shall plant a hope in the place of fear,

We shall speak the words of love and cheer,

But what did we speak today?

We shall be so kind in the afterwhile,

But what have we been today?

We shall bring to each lonely life a smile,

But what have we brought today?

We shall give to truth a grander birth,

And to steadfast faith a deeper worth,

We shall feed the hungering souls of earth,

But whom have we fed today?

We shall reap such joys in the by and by,

But what have we sown today?

We shall build us mansions in the sky,

But what have we built today?

’Tis sweet in idle dreams to bask,

But here and now do we do our task?

Yes, this is the thing our souls must ask,

“What have we done today?”

79. Invictus By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

80. Ekla Chalo Re’ by Rabindranath Tagore

If they answer not to thy call walk alone
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou unlucky one,
open thy mind and speak out alone.

If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou unlucky one,
trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track travel alone.

If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O thou unlucky one,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart,
and let it burn alone.

81. Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.
Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.

82. A Woman Speaks by Audre Lorde

Moon marked and touched by sun
my magic is unwritten
but when the sea turns back
it will leave my shape behind.
I seek no favor
untouched by blood
unrelenting as the curse of love
permanent as my errors
or my pride
I do not mix
love with pity
nor hate with scorn
and if you would know me
look into the entrails of Uranus
where the restless oceans pound.

I do not dwell
within my birth nor my divinities
who am ageless and half-grown
and still seeking
my sisters
witches in Dahomey
wear me inside their coiled cloths
as our mother did

I have been woman
for a long time
beware my smile
I am treacherous with old magic
and the noon’s new fury
with all your wide futures
I am
and not white.

83. Hope by Langston Hughes

Sometimes when I’m lonely,
Don’t know why,
Keep thinkin’ I won’t be lonely
By and by.

84. Before I Leave The Stage by Alice Walker

Before I leave the stage
I will sing the only song
I was meant truly to sing.

It is the song
of I AM.
Yes: I am Me

I love Us with every drop
of our blood
every atom of our cells
our waving particles
-undaunted flags of our Being-
neither here nor there.

85. Being Independent by Rupi Kaur

I do not want to have you
To fill the empty parts of me.
I want to be full on my own.
I want to be so complete
I could light a whole city
And then
I want to have you
Cause the two of us combined
Could set it on fire.

Famous Poems to Motivate and Uplift

86. “Ariel” by Sylvia Plath

“Stasis in darkness.

Then the substanceless blue

Pour of tor and distances.

God’s lioness,

How one we grow,

Pivot of heels and knees!—The furrow”

87. “Ode to Duty” by William Wordsworth

“Stern Daugther of the Voice of God!

O Duty! if that name thou love

Who art a light to guide, a rod

To check the erring, and reprove;”

88. “Start Where You Stand” by Berton Braley

“Start where you stand and never mind the past,

The past won’t help you in beginning new,

If you have left it all behind at last

Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;

This is another chapter in the book,

This is another race that you have planned,

Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,

Start where you stand.”

89. Bloom By Anna Voelker

I want to tell you

about the sunflower I found

on the sidewalk yesterday.

It is wilting and curled and gorgeous

and knows it.

I want to age like that,

never forgetting my own beauty,

never forgetting how to say bloom

90. Morning Coffee By Amber Lynn Revis

Dark dark, swirl in the white,

Mix in the morning,

Fade out the night.

Sugar cream, coffee bean,

Eyes start to blinking,

End the last dream.

Dark dark, swirl in the white

Fresh day brewing

On hot sunlight.

91. Communion By Fannie Griffin

The moon dissolves,

A communion wafer

On the tongue of morning.

The sun melts,

Fresh butter spread

On noonday bread.

Evening tips the cup,

Rose, burgundy, and gold.

Refreshment for the soul.

92. I am water By Rupi Kaur

soft enough

to offer life

tough enough

to drown it


93. No Matter What Happens By Shilow

I have no expectations

only control of how I want to feel

so no matter what happens

I know I will have a great time.

94. Unique By Abimbola T. Alabi

Because I know who I am,

I’m at ease and free.

I can’t be like others,

And they can’t be me.

I’ve got fading scars,

An unusual physique,

But it all works together

To make me unique.

I’ve got hidden strengths,

Some obvious flaws.

Still I am who I am,

For better, for worse.

I don’t have to blend in;

I won’t live a lie.

I can’t please everyone;

I won’t even try.

Some call me proud;

Others stare at me in alarm.

But I’m not one to bother,

Because I know who I am.

95. Looking For Happiness By Catherine Pulsifer.

Many people are looking for,

Happiness behind any door,

Happiness they want to find,

Happiness of any kind.

Happiness is not something outside,

It is an attitude you can provide,

Your happiness is not down the road,

And, it doesn’t mean an easy load.

Happiness is found in you,

How you look at life and what you do,

You decide each day, you see,

How happy you will be.

Famous Poems to Inspire and Encourage You

96. A Positive Life by Catherine Pulsifer

A positive life is like a guiding star

In our hands, we shape who we are.

Optimism’s light, in every scene,

Paints a life both vibrant and serene.

Focus on the good, let negativity cease,

Create a life filled with happiness and peace.

97. Love’s Blindness John Kendrick Bangs

They say Love’s blind, and cannot clearly see

What he is at, or where he’ll shortly be;

Yet where a Heart lies open, and awake.

And waiting patiently for Love’s own sake,

Blind though he is, he goes unerringly.

Nor needs a guide by night or day

To point the way!

98. Seasons Change by Catherine Pulsifer

Seasons change each and every year,

Embrace each season and find the cheer.

Spring blooms, renewal’s sweet embrace,

Summer seems to come at a rapid pace.

Fall sees beauty in the changing leaves,

And air that brings a cool breeze.

Winter arrives with cold and snow,

It won’t last forever, that we know!

99. When I Have Time by Miriam Brown

When I have time so many things I’ll do

To make life happier and more fair

For those whose lives are crowded now with care;

I’ll help to lift them from their low despair

When I have time.

When I have time the friend I love so well

Shall know no more these weary, toiling days;

I’ll lead her feet in pleasant paths always

And cheer her heart with words of sweetest praise,

When I have time.

When you have time! The friend you hold so dear

May be beyond the reach of all your sweet intent;

May never know that you so kindly meant

To fill her life with sweet content

When you had time.

Now is the time! Ah, friend, no longer wait

To scatter loving smiles and words of cheer

To those around whose lives are now so drear;

They may not need you in the coming year–

Now is the time!

100. Think Beyond The Past by Robert R. Rivers

The old things occurring in the past

Oh so painful, you ask, will they last?

The times before oft times you wouldn’t think

But these things, it seems, go by in a blink.

Oh, now what shall I think

Will I ever be beyond the brink?

Will I go on as I have before

Or, will I be forever cast ashore?

Is there any hope to be seen;

Is there happier times to think?

Shall I not ever venture forth again,

Beyond the shores to make some gain?

Do not be full of fear I think,

But is this not foolhardy like frothy drink?

Oh so sad, I think, that this may be so

To never think past my worried woes.

It is not, I think, to be so mired

In all those things as past desires.

I know that life is not so cast

That I should think of all things past.

For in the morning, does not the sun align,

That I might not think of more things to shine?

Be not dismayed when I define

The world to show is still refined.

Now I see far past my pain

There is more to life than to abstain.

To think that I might not have grasped

All that, I want, I saw at last.

101. Does Wisdom Come by Byron Pulsifer

I’ve looked and gazed upon the stars

For the everlasting wisdom from seminars.

I’ve found the ways and means

To seize the pearls that I can glean.

There is so much to absorb

For wisdom needs to be disrobed.

The quest to reach the top

Is never something that can be dropped.

Upon the day I do shine

Without a worry, I feel divine.

For wisdom comes throughout the day

It is always my great mainstay.

For those who doubt that wisdom comes

They are those who are held ransom,

Because they seem to say

I can’t find a way, I’m always gray.

To those who seek beyond the norm

Hold out your hand and join the swarm.

Wisdom is not denied you see

When you run with hearts of glee.

I am not so one to cry

I’m sure not one to be shy.

For wisdom comes to those who quest

So never more to settle for less.

102. Be You No Matter Who by Julie Hebert

There are people out there,

Who believe it’s their right.

To tear others down,

And take away their light.

These people are mean,

And troubled all their own.

But they do not have the right,

To take away your throne.

So stand up tall,

And flutter those wings.

Never allow others to,

Take away your springs.

Be cheerful and happy,

Be lovely and chatty.

As no one can change you,

Unless you allow it.

103. Two Days of Every Week by Julie Hebert

That might seem a little blurry.

There are two days of every week,

That we should all not worry.

Some of us tend to worry,

every single day.

But there are two days of the week,

that we should instead pray.

Today is the day that we,

will live out and choose our route.

But tomorrow or yesterday,

are either done or not played out.

So these two days we should reserve,

for only happy thoughts.

Worrying is never good,

we should try and disconnect the dots.

Yesterday has already passed,

with all its past mistakes.

There is no point to worrying,

mistakes are part of life’s stakes.

Tomorrow hasn’t even come,

to worry would be a waste.

Why spend so much energy,

and possibly change how tomorrow is faced.

Worrying can do much more,

than any of us see.

We know we can’t change the past,

but the future we can lead.

So don’t allow yourself to worry,

about things that have passed.

And don’t allow yourself to worry,

about things that haven’t even past.

104. An Honest Deed by J.J. Thorne

The dictates of a clear conscience

An honest heart will -feed

With bread of harmony baked by love,

Of a pious deed.

A gripeing- and malicious heart

Is filled with nature’s greed.

The dictates of an honest heart

Approves an honest deed.

Truth and honesty is the best policy,

A lesson we all should heed;

It clothes us with raiment of honor

By an honest deed.

If we wander off in wrong

And our conscience do not lead.

We fail to abide by a guide

Of an honest deed.

The betterment of humanity

Is a universal need,

A large portion is contained

In an honest deed.

For the right and justification,

Our conscience will plead,

And place satan in the rear

By an honest deed.

The mysteries of humane weakness,

Our conscience will help to read.

Assisted by a wise heart

That loves an honest deed.

If we wish a happy harvest,

Let our hearts plant the seed;

Providence will reap the harvest

If our lives be an honest deed.

105. Make Men Happy by John Ruskin

To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set;

To draw hard breath over plowshare or spade;

To read, to think, to love, to pray, –

These are the things

That make men happy.

Famous Poems to Give You a Brighter Mood

106. No Bad Weather by David V. Bush

The sunshine comes to bless and heal,

Yet some will cry “Too hot!”

It all depends on how you feel,

And on your kind of thought.

Refreshingly descends the rain,

But some dislike the wet;

Whether you find it joy or pain,

Is as your heart is set.

The wind has magic in its breath.

But some to this are blind;

It brings you songs of life or death

According to your mind.

So there’s no weather truly bad,

If mortals only knew it;

Each kind in its own boons is clad –

It’s only how you view it!

107. How often we wish for another chance

to have a fresh beginning.

A chance to blot out our mistakes

and change failure into winning.

It does not take a new year

to make a brand new start.

It only takes the deep desire

to try with all your heart.

To live a little better

and  always be forgiving, to add a little sunshine

to the world in which we are living.

So, never give up in despair

and think that you are through,

For there’s always a tomorrow

and a chance to start anew.

Helen Steiner Rice

108. “If you think you are beaten, you are

If you think you dare not, you don’t,

If you like to win, but you think you can’t

It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out of the world we find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are

You’ve got to think high to rise,

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man,

But soon or late the man who wins

Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”

Walter D. Wintle

109. “Before you act, listen.

Before you read, think.

Before you spend, earn.

Before you criticize, wait.

Before you pray, forgive.

Before you quit, try.”

Ernst Hemmingway

110. “When you are in troubled and worried and sick at heart

And your plans are upset and your world falls apart,

Remember God’s ready and waiting to share

The burden you find much to heavy to bear–

So with faith, “Let Go and Let GOD” lead your way into a brighter and less troubled day.

Helen Steiner Rice

111. The End of the Rope by Margaret Nickerson Martin

When you’ve lost every vestige of hope

And you think you are beaten and done

When you’ve come to the end of your rope,

Tie a know in the end, and hang on.

Have courage, for here is the dope;

When you stand with your back to the wall,

Though you’ve come to the end of your rope,

Tie a know in the end and hang on.

Don’t admit that life’s getting your goat

When your friends seem to all disappear,

When you’ve come to the end of your rope,

Tie a know in the end and hang on.

112. Nobility by Alice Cary

True worth is in being, not seeming,

In doing, each day that goes by,

Some little good – not in dreaming

Of great things to do by and by.

For whatever men say in their blindness,

And spite of the fancies of youth,

There’s nothing so kingly as kindness,

And nothing so royal as truth.

113.  Find Some Clowns by Catherine Pulsifer

Life can be tricky and full of woes,

Ups and downs that nobody knows.

But there is still a chance to smile,

In joyous moments last a while.

Experiences we go through bring different things,

Sometimes sadness while others have wings.

But the ups will always outweigh the downs,

Find that smile, find some clowns!

114. Joys Of A Garden by Catherine Pulsifer

Oh, the joys of having a garden!

Seeing all that we have grown.

Vegetables so fresh and sweet,

Flowers so beautiful and bold,

Nothing quite like it is known.

A heavenly harvest of greens and blooms,

Completing our days with endless glee.

What glories a garden bestows upon thee!

115. The Road To Happiness by Betty Stuart

Where is the road to happiness?

Can you find it on the maps?

Is it over the hill, or the other side?

Or down in the dale – perhaps?

The road to Happiness

Is a very deceiving track –

You never know when you’re on it,

But – you’ll see it when looking back

Did you enjoy these short inspirational poems?

Poetry can be entertaining, but it also can be educational and advisory in nature.

Reading and re-reading these verses will give you the power to shape your thoughts.

And by doing that, you’ll then have the ability to in which to compel specific behaviors and actions.

The poems reviewed in this piece run the gamut in length and style, but they all aim at encouraging you and helping you as you move forward to reach your destiny.

Which one of these short inspirational poems was your favorite?

What other famous short poems would you add to the list?

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  1. Sabina

    May 12, 2019 at 12:05 AM

    Thank you for this beautiful collection! I adore the poem by Marianne Williamson and Just One (by Maryam Kazmi) All the best from Switzerland, Sabina

  2. SirPhren

    April 18, 2018 at 4:18 AM

    6 & 3 are my favorites.
    I would like to add “Psalm of Life” by Henry Longfellow

    • Olga

      February 25, 2019 at 10:50 AM

      8 and 6 were mine

      • Jackie Walker

        February 25, 2019 at 2:45 PM

        I love them all…and of course the one that hits me most depends on the season of life I am in. 6 is really important now…hanging on to those dreams. Thanks for sharing.

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