Overcoming Hardships Poems

Published: October 2019

Poems About Perseverance And Overcoming Challenges

16 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.

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    Douglas Malloch (1877-1938), known as the "Lumbermen's Poet," compares good men to good timber in this famous metaphorical poem. The message of this poem is that people, like trees, grow and reach their true potential by overcoming adversity. It is only through struggles, like a tree fighting through forest growth to reach the sun, that we grow and discover our true potential. Malloch lived in Michigan where he grew up amongst logging camps and lumber yards. He wrote his first published poem when he was still a boy; it was published in the Detroit News.

    Good Timber

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    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,
    Never became a forest king
    But lived and died a scrubby thing.

    The man who never had to toil
    To gain and farm his patch of soil,
    Who never had to win his share
    Of sun and sky and light and air,
    Never became a manly man
    But lived and died as he began.

    Good timber does not grow with ease,
    The stronger wind, the stronger trees,
    The further sky, the greater length,
    The more the storm, the more the strength.
    By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
    In trees and men good timbers grow.

    Where thickest lies the forest growth
    We find the patriarchs of both.
    And they hold counsel with the stars
    Whose broken branches show the scars
    Of many winds and much of strife.
    This is the common law of life.

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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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    To my mother, Pauline. She means the world to me. She is my rock that I lean on.

    You Will Never See Me Fall

    Poem About Never Giving Up

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    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.

    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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    Many of the poems by Edgar Guest (1881-1959) are encouraging and share important life lessons. In this poem, he shares powerful advice about standing strong in the face of trials and dark days. The poetic technique of repetition is used at the end of each stanza with the line, “See it through.” That brings the reader's attention to the themes of courage and perseverance.

    See It Through

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    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.
    When it’s vain to try to dodge it,
    Do the best that you can do;
    You may fail, but you may conquer,
    See it through!

    Black may be the clouds about you
    And your future may seem grim,
    But don’t let your nerve desert you;
    Keep yourself in fighting trim.
    If the worst is bound to happen,
    Spite of all that you can do,
    Running from it will not save you,
    See it through!

    Even hope may seem but futile,
    When with troubles you’re beset,
    But remember you are facing
    Just what other men have met.
    You may fail, but fall still fighting;
    Don’t give up, whate’er you do;
    Eyes front, head high to the finish.
    See it through!

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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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    Like a teacher, I believe God sets us many tests in life to prove how strong we really are. We wonder where he is when times are tough, but as we know, a teacher always stays quiet during a test.

    Inner Strength

    The Trials Of Life

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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.

    It's only when we close our eyes
    Our dreams seem clear and bright.
    It's only in our darkest hours
    We truly see the light.

    It's only when we lose our way
    We pray to the stars above.
    It's only through times of grief
    We learn the true meaning of love.

    It's only when all hope seems lost
    And our weary journey seems so far,
    When all the world's against you,
    We learn how strong we really are.

    All things are sent to try us.
    We must strive and give our best.
    I believe God is watching over us,
    And he guides us in our que​st.

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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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    Your Wounds

    You Are Stronger Than Your Scars

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    Time doesn’t heal wounds
    to make you forget.

    It doesn’t heal wounds to
    erase the memories.

    Time leaves you with a scar
    to remind you of how you fought through it.

    Time leaves you with a scar
    to remind you of how you bled

    and how you survived.

    You survived.

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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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    My name is Phil Harris. I am 24 years of age and I reside in Georgia. This poem is one of the best out of a book I am writing called "Inspirations in Life." I have been inspired many ways in life to never allow anyone to cause me to remember that I have a dream that I can achieve. I hope to have the whole book completed within the next month.

    I Will Prevail

    Poem Of Determination

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    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.
    I have heard others speak of the struggles they were presented with.
    I have accepted I can't change everything in my life.
    I know the things that can be changed will take time.
    I have watched many come and fall.
    I have seen those who have raised to riches fall to pennies.
    I have started a goal.
    I have told myself that I will prevail.

    I have seen the evil in life.
    I have once been a victim to this life.
    I have learned that the only thing that can hold you back in life is living for the past.
    I refuse to give up without a try.
    I refuse to let anyone tell me that I can't reach the sky.
    I refuse to live for today.
    I will always prepare for tomorrow, even though it is not guaranteed.
    I will refuse to allow anyone to change my heart.
    I believe that God will lead me to a higher place.
    I believe that change has been accepted for my life.
    I believe that someone is watching over me.
    I will prevail.

    I apologize for the struggles others may have faced.
    I refuse to allow myself wait.
    I know that many have never received an apology for the struggles they have faced.
    I hope that you accept this from me as I am speaking through them to you.
    I know that for many of you this is the reason
    You have given in to the belief that you can't exceed.
    I will continue through the obstacles that step in my way.
    I will ask for guidance every day.
    I will not give up.
    I will not give in.
    I will not look back.
    I will not expect that this is all my life is meant to be.
    I will continue.
    I will prevail.

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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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    We have all been through tough times: break-ups, fights, deaths, etc. It hurts too bad or it envelopes the mind... but take heart and hope for better days. Your mountain of inflictions will soon pass.

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    Life Has Hope Even When We Are Broken

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

    Often we can't see
    Pain has an ending.
    Often others can't see
    Our hearts are breaking.

    Often we just see
    The mountain of blame.
    Often it's a journey
    Full of lies and shame.

    Take heart, dear little one.
    The scars will heal in time.
    I know it weighs a ton,
    But you'll be fine.

    Listen, my love.
    The mountain is strenuous.
    There comes hope from above;
    Take heart and be courageous.

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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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    You Could Have Given Up

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    You could have given up,
    but you kept on going.
    You could have seen obstacles,
    but you called them adventures.
    You could have called them weeds,
    but instead you called them wildflowers.
    You could have died a caterpillar,
    but you fought on to be a butterfly.
    You could have denied yourself goodness,
    but instead you chose to show
    yourself self-love. You could have defined
    yourself by the dark days, but instead
    through them you realised your light.

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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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    This poem is about the obstacles we have to overcome following the passing of a loved one or someone who is seriously ill. It is about getting through those terrible times, learning to stand and cope.

    Climb Every Mountain

    Overcoming Obstacles

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    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.

    Everyone's got a big mountain to climb,
    All those with an incurable illness.
    Each step on that rocky, dangerous climb
    Gets you nearer to an inner stillness.

    Each of us have a big mountain to climb.
    It might well be just a family rift,
    But you must begin to climb that mountain
    Because families are a God given gift.

    Everyone's got their own mountain to climb.
    It could be something you just can't accept,
    But you must sort it out, make it good now,
    Or you'll never take that first tiny step.

    We all have a great big mountain to climb.
    We walk the same path that our fathers trod,
    But when you've ascended and reached the top,
    Then surely, you will be nearer to your God.

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    A poem about continuing to struggle through the most difficult of times. A poem about letting go and letting God.

    Time To Stop Struggling

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    Life is unfair; sometimes the misery we can't bear.
    This was a feeling I could never share.
    I am strong, strong enough to move on from this pain.
    I won't feel the shame; my life is not a game.
    Tired of these tears and my fears,
    I will cherish my inspirations.
    I will find my dream, I promise; that's what I will achieve.
    I will find a way to leave.
    I'm not who you will deceive.
    I believe in miracles; these people laugh like it's hysterical.
    I won't fall; I may be lost, but I will be found.
    One day I will find the perfect life; life will run beautifully,
    I will fly like a butterfly through the night, will have a pleasant sight.
    Afraid but I will fight.
    No boundaries, free my mind of all the pressure.
    Leaving here will be my pleasure.
    I want so much to be free; so much I want to see.
    I want to reach the sky; I want so badly to fly.
    See, I used to be a fool when I let you treat me cruel.
    I made a mistake, but I won't let myself break.
    Leave me, for God's sake.
    So now I kneel down to pray.
    For these times of struggle I will just say,
    I'll leave in your hands, God. I will let go.

    Time To Stop Struggling

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    Adversity is part of our lives. There is no one who has never faced a hardship in life. This poem attempts to show the lessons adversity has to offer.

    On Adversity

    Poem About Facing Life's Challenges Courageously

    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
    Or you understand what life's about

    Adversity nourishes you to become strong
    It helps to reach where you truly belong

    Adversity makes you tough and wise
    It shows where your strength lies

    Adversity is nothing but a stepping stone
    To a path that seems rugged and unknown

    But if you let courage be your guide,
    And can take things on your stride,

    Don't get dejected and continue to fight.
    In the end, you'll see hope and light.

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    Life is so hard, and living it is too. I have been through a lot in my young lifetime. I just want a change for people and the world. We all need to make the world a better place.

    Finding A Will When Wanting To Quit

    Where There's A Will, There's A Way

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    Times will get rough and sometimes tough,
    Where you may say that you have had enough,
    Where you may fall and need a lift,
    Where the hurt of your pains may leave you stiff.
    When all things may seem to go wrong,
    Just pick up some faith and carry on,
    Because you may never know how close you've come to be,
    To reach the throne of victory.
    There has been some time that passed,
    That many thought they could not last.
    But with a mighty blow they've come to see,
    That they had made history.
    When you may feel that there is nothing that you can do,
    Here is something you can refer to.
    As some people say, "Where there is a will, there's a way."
    With this being said, I feel a brighter day,
    One without hurt, one without sorrow,
    One with a brighter tomorrow.
    So, in the fight, you may get knocked down,
    But get back up without a frown,
    Because it's when you're hardest hit
    That you must say that you will not quit.
    So push on harder and hear me when I say,
    "Where there's a will, there's a way."

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    We all have our share of struggles in life. I have mine and penned this, thinking over them.

    Stalwart

    A Note To Life's Struggles

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    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.

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    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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    I wrote this poem when I felt there was no one except God who would listen.

    Secret Of Happiness

    • By Navdeep Babbar
    • Published: December 2008
    Poem About God Comforting In Times Of Hurt

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    When sadness fills your heart,
    When tears make you fall apart,
    When it's gloomy all around,
    When you hear a silent killing sound,
    When love loses its meaning,
    When you always end up screaming,
    When hope is lost and faith is shattered,
    When you have lost every battle that mattered,
    That is gifted time in life
    Because God is with you when you struggle and strife.
    Don't let it go, for there's much you may learn
    'Cause happiness is gained only when you yearn.
    This dark night will soon end in day.
    We will laugh again and play.
    Spring will come very soon.
    Our fate will again shine like moon.
    Hopes dashed to the ground will again be honored and crowned.
    Desire left alone will never be drowned.
    The dazzling light from above will fall on us.
    It will begin the process of all sorrow minus and all joys plus.
    He'll say life is waiting for you.
    Angels and love are in your crew.
    Now don't ever shed a single tear
    'Cause I'll always be there.

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    Moving forward is hard. I've lost a meaningful relationship, careers, and even hope. Yet although the struggle of life can try to push me down, I think it's important to remember life is like the seasons. Although there may be a rough winter, spring is always right behind it. Life moves on. You keep moving forward.

    Moving Toward Temporary

    Moving Forward In Life

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    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

    Love doesn't come for free
    And hard work is sometimes fatal
    Forgiveness isn't always easy
    And wars can be mental

    We know living can be stressful
    And it's hard to see the blessings
    In all things, try to be thankful
    And try and find a silver lining

    When pain is persistent
    And the hurt seems too heavy
    Remember you are resilient
    And this is temporary

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    This poem holds great significance to me. It somewhat explains the battle of an "uneasy life" and the war between my thoughts and my emotions. It summarizes something I feel that I face every day and the determination to achieve happiness. If others can find it relatable and somewhat comforting to know that they're not alone, then I have achieved what I set out to do. If reading this poem, I'd appreciate your time and any given feedback. Thank you.

    A Soldier Of Life

    • By Dylan Simpson
    • Published: August 2016
    Our Courage, Struggles, And Determination

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    Wounded and broken,
    But still we stand tall.
    No challenge too over-bearing,
    And no fear too consuming.

    For each day is a battle,
    One we do not always win,
    But our persistence is our courage.
    We fight with all that we have,
    And sometimes that is not enough,
    Yet still we continue in a battle
    With victory seeming impossible.

    Our determination and dreams of happiness
    Are not only our guidance,
    But also a dagger in our back,
    For it is the euphoric joy and brightness
    That we battle for.

    With each passing loss,
    The prospects of happiness begin to grow dim.
    Again we continue to fight,
    Disregarding the wounds of our previous battles,
    Ignoring what may seem inevitable.

    For every once in a while we stand,
    Our heads held high, victorious at last.
    It is now that we find the will-power to keep fighting,
    To continue in this never ending war.

    But for that brief moment of victory,
    We embrace the beauty that is life and all it has to offer.

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