Change Poems

Change Poems

Self Transformation Poems about Finding Inspiration in Life's Changes

All of us experience change in our lives. Change is the one constant in our lives. There are changes that we look forward to and change that we fear. However, one thing is for sure. Things will not stay the same no matter how much we would like them to. When a life change occurs, we have two choices in how to respond. We can despair that a change has come and assume that things will be worse, or we can look with excitement at the new possibilities for personal growth and change in self that the change presents.

61 Poems about Personal Growth

  1. 1. Destined To Fly

    This poem was written after I got clean from a 4-year heroin addiction. I based it off a letter addressed Dear Heroin that I wrote while incarcerated at 20-years-old for a drug offense. When I stumbled across the letter shortly after getting sober, it brought back so many negative and painful memories. However, it also made me feel so proud for the things I have accomplished and overcome...things that at one point seemed impossible. Recovery is possible, and it's up to you to grow your wings.

    I remember the day we met.
    Too young to see the danger.
    I didn't know the devil you were,
    That you'd fill me with so much anger.

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    I'm rather inspired to witness a "rotted, dead flower" regaining his or her smile and faith in life. Drugs are illegal here in China, and we all know the anguish caused by drug addiction and...

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  3. 2. Before I...

    • By Insiya K. Patanwala
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017

    Depression and anxiety are like war. And I am sure most people who go through it agree with me. I have had anxiety and mild depression since forever. And it was really difficult for me to accept myself and love who I am. Initially, I only wrote poems and stories about darkness and defeat. It's been a while since I have started writing inspirational stuff. I want the world to know it's not that difficult to love who you are and be what you want to be. A little courage is all it takes.

    Before I became strong, I knew what it was like
    To be weak,
    How difficult it is to love yourself,
    To find the wholeness that you seek.

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    This poem touched my heart on many levels. The writer clearly expressed how hard self-love is to be achieved, however, without it there is little chance to be a good partner to others....

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  5. 3. Equality

    Racism and discrimination continue to plague our society, and those themes are clearly seen in this poem by famous poet Maya Angelou. She was not only an author and poet. Maya Angelou was also a civil rights activist. In this poem, she encourages people to keep moving forward. Don’t give up the fight for equality. The repetition of “Equality, and I will be free,” draws the reader’s attention to this poem's important and emotional message.

    You declare you see me dimly
    through a glass which will not shine,
    though I stand before you boldly,
    trim in rank and marking time.

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    Truely inspirational poem. This is the cry of present time that it is the 21st century and people are still struggling for equality, which is far from reach for many.

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  6. 4. The Will To Win

    When we want something, we must be willing to fight for it. We must put in the necessary work and make sacrifices to achieve our goals. Berton Braley (1882-1966) was an American poet who completed high school in only two years.

    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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  7. 5. That's Life

    • By Danny Joyce
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2013

    Take away all that's negative with life...its ups and down and get back to basics. Don't take life for granted.

    This life is a wonderful gift .. accept it, embrace it.
    It starts with a new day .. wake up and greet it.
    Life is a challenge .. take it head on and meet it.
    Full of opportunity .. use it, don't waste it.

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  8. 6. Men At Forty

    • By Donald Justice

    As time passes, life changes. As people age, they become more reminiscent as they move farther from their childhoods. This poem shows the actions of a man entering the second half of his life. The poem is split into stanzas, but they do not follow a specific rhyme scheme. Donald Justice (1925-2004) was a teacher of poetry, and he experimented with and mastered a variety of poetic techniques.

    Men at forty
    Learn to close softly
    The doors to rooms they will not be
    Coming back to.

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  9. 7. Can't

    Can't is the worst word that's written or spoken;
    Doing more harm here than slander and lies;
    On it is many a strong spirit broken,
    And with it many a good purpose dies.

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  10. 8. Winter Stars

    Sara Teasdale, famous American poet born in 1884, was born to a wealthy family in Missouri and had many successes in her career. However, she fought depression and ultimately committed suicide in 1933. In this poem, the speaker is comforted by the constant presence of the stars. No matter where she went, she knew she could always see the stars high in the sky. Even as life changes ("years go, dreams go, and youth goes too…"), there are certain things that are unwavering. Sometimes we need to keep our eyes focused on those things.

    I went out at night alone;
    The young blood flowing beyond the sea
    Seemed to have drenched my spirit’s wings—
    I bore my sorrow heavily.

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  11. 9. Rainy Days When I Was Young

    This poem is about how as children we really have no idea about life. We're lost in that innocence, but as we grow older, we learn. Sometimes we long to go back to that innocent time.

    When I was young on rainy days,
    Alone on my front porch I'd play.
    I'd lose myself in another time
    That I could create with my toys and my mind.

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  12. 10. The Ghost Of My Past

    This is a poem about the demons of my past following me and restricting me.

    Fumbling, stumbling,
    around in the dark.
    Fighting, igniting,
    flames from a spark.

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    This poem is liberating! I forwarded this inspirational piece to my son, who had a problematic past. After feeling worried and going several days without a response from him, he finally...

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  13. 11. All Because Of You

    • By Dana
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2015

    I moved out of my parents' house when I was 17. I've lost people in my life, done things that I shouldn't have, had people treat me like I was nothing. But even though I've had all of these troubles, I've still come out a caring, giving, and loving person. I wrote this poem with my parents in mind. But now that it's written, I've found that it's not just about them, it's about everyone who has ever been in my life. Anyone who has influenced me and anyone I will meet in the future who will influence me.

    My life is changing.
    The life that I've had,
    It's changing forever,
    But no need to be sad.

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  14. 12. All The World's A Stage

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is regarded by many as one of the greatest poets/playwrights in history. This poem is an excerpt from his play "As You Like It." The poem compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogs seven stages in a man's life: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, aging man, and finally facing imminent death. The poem suggests that each stage in a man's life calls upon him to play another role.

    All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,

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    He gets tired of his childhood and hastens to grow up; then he becomes nostalgic about his childhood. To gain wealth, he would endanger his health; then to regain his lost health, he spends...

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  15. 13. New Year

    A new start for all. A chance to start over and maybe even fix what's broken.

    Another year is coming to a close.
    We can forget our troubles and woes.

    For me, this year was tough.

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    It was very true what you stated about this past year. My new relationship was complicated, but with my new man, the love of my life, we will strive and move on with this special relationship...

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  16. 14. The Mentor

    My first poem.

    I paused to stand and watch a man who had come to the road's divide.
    My wonder soared as I watched his stare slowly shift from side to side.
    He stood as if not noticing that many passed him by.
    They moved without a second glance down the road most traveled by.

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  17. 15. My World With Love And God

    • By Michelle Strattis
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2008

    I wrote this poem at a time in my life when I was very alone. In fact, it was this time in my life that I started writing many poems, and it really made me feel better and started getting my life back in order. Putting my feelings down on paper helped me greatly.

    My future is coming alive.
    All tomorrows will be mine.
    It's just around the corner,
    Just a pause in time.

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    This poem has really touched me. I am so lonely after my girl dumped me just because I have no good money. However, I have struggled with the truth and managed to move on by myself hoping...

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  18. 16. Let America Be America Again

    For many people, it has been a struggle to attain the American dream. Langston Hughes (1902-1967) shares how many groups of people have not been able to experience the America that people dream it to be. They have struggled for freedom and equality. Langston Hughes himself experienced the difficulty of living out his dream of being a writer because it was difficult to earn money in that profession. Although this poem has a very somber feel, hope is presented at the end. Many of the lines in this poem use alliteration (multiple words beginning with the same sound).

    Let America be America again.
    Let it be the dream it used to be.
    Let it be the pioneer on the plain
    Seeking a home where he himself is free.

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  19. 17. Theme For English B

    This poem, published in 1949, is told from the perspective of a young black student who, through a class assignment, takes a look at how he relates and doesn’t relate to his white professor. He is searching for how his experiences can compare to those of his white classmates. However, it goes beyond the issue of race. Any human who has struggled with identity can connect with this poem written by an influential leader of the Harlem Renaissance.

    The instructor said,

    Go home and write
    a page tonight.

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    This poem!! I felt a tug in my heart because it was truly a story of truth from your heart! Very well expressed, and I can't say but one thing more. If we keep our ears open we learn from...

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  20. 18. Standing Tall

    I’m always amazed how
    You stand so very tall,
    How you never give in,
    You bend but do not fall.

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  21. 19. Long Enough

    I’ve been black long enough.

    Long enough to know about the middle passage
    Men, women, children, regardless of age

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  22. 20. Time

    This poem came to me when I was thinking about my childhood. Everything seemed simpler then, but now things are harder. People who were once close friends have drifted away, and I feel the time that's gone.

    Time is endless but goes too fast.
    You long for the future, then yearn for the past.
    Summer's heat quickly turns to frost,
    A child grows, their innocence lost.

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