Overcoming Hard Times Poems

Published: October 2019

Poems About Perseverance And Overcoming Challenges

Each one of us will face hard times at some point in life. Sometimes the hardships come for a short season, and other times they seem to last longer than anticipated. Even though those moments feel like they are going to break us, we each have incredible strength that can push us forward. Having the determination and mindset to persevere can make all the difference.

Even though the struggles in life are not fun, and we wish we could do without them, they help develop our character. They teach us lessons we would not learn when things are pleasant. Each struggle we overcome is one more that shows us we can make it through anything. We hope these poems inspire you to find the courage to keep fighting whatever you are facing at the moment. Get ready to put the past behind you and embrace the future.

25 Poems About Perseverance And Overcoming Challenges

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  1. 1. If

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    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:

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    I was never an avid reader nor appreciated poetry most of my life. My dad sent me this poem for my 28th birthday, printed along with a lovely card. Living many miles away from him I often...

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  2. 2. Good Timber

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    The tree that never had to fight
    For sun and sky and air and light,
    But stood out in the open plain
    And always got its share of rain,

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    Poetry is a passionate way of expressing our innermost thoughts, emotions, spirit, and love, amongst other things. As I read this poem, I thought of a very humble gentleman who lost his...

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  4. 3. You Will Never See Me Fall

    in Inspirational Poems

    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.

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    Poem About Never Giving Up, You Will Never See Me Fall

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    This is the best poem that I have ever read in my entire life. I grew up in a family where I had to see my mother being abused by my dad several times since I was five years old. I am 15...

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  5. 4. Invictus

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    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.

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    Invictus By William Ernest Henley

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    Once I was a good student. I have always been an obedient and gentle person. Then I failed in my life for the first time in the year 2002. Something happened and I fell right from the top and...

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  7. 5. See It Through

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    When you’re up against a trouble,
    Meet it squarely, face to face;
    Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
    Plant your feet and take a brace.

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    I was feeling down, discouraged, confused and all sorts of unpleasant ways today. Going through a failed marriage, raising two young boys by myself, but moreover struggling with my own...

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  8. 6. The Will To Win

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    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

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    I like how I became motivated to proceed with caution concerning my worldly desire. I do not want my faith and hope to be misplaced. When my will is invoked by deep feelings of want for...

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  9. 7. Rise

    in Poems about Life Struggles

    I will rise
    After every fall.
    I will rise
    And stand tall.

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    I Will Rise, Rise

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    I'm from a country which is famous for its literature. And it's Iran. So we, Iranians, know what a good poem is. I really like your poem. It teaches us never give up. It teaches us if birds...

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  10. 8. Mother To Son

    in Famous Family Poems

    Well, son, I'll tell you:
    Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
    It's had tacks in it,
    And splinters,

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    I was not a very good student when I was in school. I did the minimal amount of work required, retained little and barely paid attention. In 1965, my 8th grade English teacher read MOTHER TO...

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  11. 9. Inner Strength

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    It's only through mistakes we make
    We learn where we went wrong.
    It's only when we're far from home
    We realize where we belong.

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    Hi HOSwrites,
    I believe each day is a step nearer, on the road to fulfillment, and that each mistake is a lesson. They'll be many obstacles to overcome, and we may often ask where God is,...

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  12. 10. Your Wounds

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    Time doesn’t heal wounds
    to make you forget.

    It doesn’t heal wounds to

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    Very nicely done. I totally agree with you. I've used this same approach in my own life. I think sometime we pay more attention to what we're about to go through instead of how much you've...

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  13. 11. I Will Prevail

    in Inspirational Poems

    I have been told that I will never exceed.
    I have been told that I am living in a dream.
    I have been pushed to the side by many of my peers.
    I have heard of the struggles that were present before me.

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    This poem hits me right smack in the heart. I feel it in the depts of my soul. You see, I lost my son, my only child coming up on 9 years. He was only 20 years old. And he was such an old...

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  14. 12. Mt. Take Heart

    in Hope Poems

    Often we can't see
    The beauty in the pain.
    Often we can't see
    The treasure we gain.

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    This poem has really taught me how to value the thing we have and the people around us. We never know what we have got until it's all gone, so be wary that you don't lose the moon while...

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  15. 13. My Water My Blood

    • By Mandy V. Villareal
    • Published: February 2006

    in Anger Poems

    Is your family still together, just like way back when?
    Do you stick by each other through thick and thin?

    Or do you hardly know the one that you call brother?

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    Such a beautiful poem. I know that I have parents that argue and fight all the time, but they are still together. I understand that it must be very hard for you to live with your parents like...

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  16. 14. You Could Have Given Up

    in Poems about Life Struggles

    You could have given up,
    but you kept on going.
    You could have seen obstacles,
    but you called them adventures.

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    Another good one! I enjoyed it very much. And I think most of us can relate; I know I can. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. 15. Stalwart

    in 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.

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    Featured Shared Story

    This is definitely an inspirational poem. Everyone has challenges in life, but how we deal with them is crucial to our own well-being. My favorite stanza was the second!

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  18. 16. When Your Hero Falls From Grace

    • By Cara
    • Published: January 2014

    in Poems for Her

    Once protected, you felt so safe
    Now everything you know means nothing;
    I see the fear in your face
    What are you to do

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    Your poems changed the way that my soon to be wife and I lived. I made copies and sent them to her. I want to thank your website for helping me.

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  19. 17. Moving Toward Temporary

    in Life Lesson Poems

    Sometimes your best isn't enough
    And happiness comes after sorrow
    Life isn't always going to be rough
    Yet, I can't speak for tomorrow

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  20. 18. Climb Every Mountain

    in Courage Poems

    We all have a massive mountain to climb,
    Especially those who've lost someone dear.
    But climb that big mountain, we surely must,
    If we are going to overcome fear.

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  21. 19. Trouble

    • By Tanya M. DeVeer
    • Published: February 2006

    in Poems about Life Struggles

    Troubled times are here, as we knew they would come
    Not because of the situation, just because life in general is not always fun
    But we can overcome them, together we must
    Because the love that we have shared was surely built with trust

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    Troubled Times Poem, Trouble

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    This story has touched me, just because my family is a lot like that. My parents down me and don't help me walk the walk with God. I am the only one in my house saved. I go to church...

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  22. 20. On Adversity

    in Poems about Life Struggles

    Adversity brings out the best in you
    It often helps to find something new -

    A hidden talent or clears a doubt

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    Thank you for commenting on my poem. Stay blessed.

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