Hope Poems

Hope Poems

Uplifting Poems About Hope

Having hope propels us to achieve our dreams and drives us forward toward our pursuits. It also keeps us afloat when everything seems to go wrong, when we feel that we're drowning. Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel, the northern star by which we navigate our lives through trials and difficulties towards our dreams of a better day. When we lose hope, we are like a rudderless ship being tossed about without direction. Having and finding hope, then, is essential for keeping our dreams upright and continuing to sail in the direction of their attainment.

58 Hopeful Poems of Encouragement and Faith

  1. 1. Fringed Lily

    • By Talia Baken
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2016

    This poem is about the longing to be free, to be able to be adventurous and explore the world.

    Wanting To Be Understood And Appreciated

    I gracefully bloom in July,
    Clothed in a delicate silk,
    Fringed with a delicate lace,
    Sprinkled with the color of milk.

    I desire to be free like the butterflies,
    Floating and fluttering where they please.
    I yearn to explore the world
    And be as adventurous as the bees.

    The wind blows me left and right,
    But I am rooted to the ground.
    The soil holds me prisoner,
    But I hope one day I'll be found.

    One day I may be discovered.
    Gentle hands may reach down,
    Free me from my prison,
    And admire my beautiful gown.

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  3. 2. Just The Beginning

    one day
    it will be so clear –
    what you thought
    was the end,
    was really
    just the beginning.

    Some doors are hidden
    until we are ready
    to open them.

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  5. 3. Sunlight In The Darkness

    • By Teddy Hitaffer
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 12, 2022

    I am a sixteen-year-old high school graduate from Virginia. I started writing poems at the age of seven, and since then have written around 5,000 pages in poems, short stories, and full-length stories. At the age of fifteen, I published my book Bravery Doesn't Come From A Copper Coin. I am currently writing my dystopian, suspense novel called The Eaters. I am a follower of Christ, and as of late, I have been enjoying writing psalms of praise and encouragement for me and others.

    Finding Joy In The Dark Moments Of Your Life

    Endure the dark moments to appreciate the happy ones,
    Appreciate the gloom to experience true happiness.
    The night defines the day; the dark defines the light
    Because exact opposites define each other right.
    If the gleeful, charming sun constantly shone,
    And the solemn, sad moon never seized its starry throne,
    Then our knowledge of the moon's existence would, unfortunately, be none,
    And since we wouldn't know his opposite, we wouldn't know the sun.
    Happiness comes from knowing its rival,
    Because then, happiness is somewhat surprising.
    Depression and despair exist to make you stronger,
    And when you are stronger, joy lasts a bit longer.
    So take joy when you're sad,
    Laugh when you're upset,
    Because as life's clouds slowly drift away,
    The warm, vibrant sun will shine on your day.

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  6. 4. All Will Be Okay

    It’s okay
    it’s okay
    no matter what
    comes your way
    even when you
    have no words to say
    and your bluebird skies
    turn shades of grey

    You are here
    you are breathing
    there is something
    to believe in

    Please don’t lose faith
    all will be okay

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  7. 5. Now You've Recovered

    • By Charles A Cino
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2016

    I have written a poem about recovery from mental illness. It touches upon the fact that someone who has recovered is now living a brand new life, and they must answer the question, "Now that you've recovered, what will you do?"

    Inspiring Poem On Starting Life After Mental Illness

    When you recover, what will you do?
    When you recover, will you still be you?
    Will you be stronger, will you be new,
    When you recover from what you've been through?

    Can life get better than it was before?
    Will you realize your dreams and improve your score?
    Will people still remember your name,
    Or will they forget you because they're ashamed?

    Life in recovery may not be the same.
    The rules may have changed in this brand new game.
    You can pick up the pieces and make a new start,
    And courage and hope keep you from falling apart.

    The world all around you seems different and changed.
    Things that once were now seem out of range,
    But you can recapture your life and fulfill
    The dreams that were lost when you took ill.

    The journey to wellness takes time and is long,
    And those that get well are exceptionally strong.
    For depression can kill, but you have survived.
    Your goal to recover has kept you alive.

    Now you're recovered, what will you do?
    You suffered and conquered and saw it through.
    Back from the black and abyss of despair,
    It is time to move on; it is time to care.

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  8. 6. Hope

    Hope can be found in the moment
    when the sun breaks open the day
    it can be felt when the stars shine
    in the darkest part of the night
    and when a flower has grown without rain
    hope is the thread
    that ties the words together
    when I write poetry
    hope is the reason
    you’ve survived
    it lives between each heart beat
    and it’s in the air you breathe

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  9. 7. Just Wait For The Sun

    • By Lisa Marks
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2020

    My poem is about holding on for better days and waiting for the bad times to pass. With all the sad news recently about Caroline Flack and mental health/suicide awareness being so prevalent in the news, this poem is just trying to say please don't think things will always be this bad. Please don't give up. You are not alone. It is a plea to anyone who might ever feel like there is nothing left to live for.

    Better Days Will Come

    When everything's darkness
    And you feel so alone,
    When the rain doesn't stop
    And you can't make it home,
    When it feels all is lost
    And you just want to run,
    It can't rain forever.
    Just wait for the sun.

    When family is pain,
    When friends can't be found,
    When you just want to scream
    But you can't find the sound,
    When it's all your fault,
    And you feel like you're done,
    Just wait for the sun.
    The sunshine will come.

    The storm always passes.
    It won't last forever.
    The rain always stops and gives way to good weather.
    The brightest and warmest of days still to come.
    Please wait for the sun.
    The sunshine will come.

    People who need you,
    People who still love you
    Can warm up your soul like the sunshine above you.
    You're never alone,
    No matter what's done.
    Wait for the sun.
    Just wait for the sun.

    Dark clouds always pass.
    I promise you, hun.
    We're all waiting with you.
    Just wait for the sun.

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  10. 8. My Friend Hope

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is going through difficult times. The only thing we have right now is Hope for a better tomorrow.

    Hope Is The Only Thing We Have Right Now

    I have an invisible friend
    Who guides me through dark and pain.
    She always tells me not to give up
    As she believes my efforts will never go in vain.

    When the paths are not clear
    And I am surrounded by fear,
    She holds my trembling hands and says,
    "Oh dear, don't you worry, good days are near!"

    So one day I finally asked her,
    "How can be you so optimistic about everything?"
    Smiling at my naive face she said,
    "Just like after gloomy night comes bright day,
    Just like after every storm comes the calm,
    Through ups and downs, life always goes on."

    She made me believe in miracles,
    Gave strength to my wings.
    No matters how impossible they may seem,
    I can now fly high and achieve my dream.

    She is the reason I always smile.
    I never give up, I never blame
    Because I have an invisible friend,
    And Hope is her name!

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  11. 9. Look For The Blossom

    • By Jessica Bryan
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2020

    Struggling during the current Coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to write something that urged me to keep positive. It is important for me/us to remember the world keeps moving, I hope it can help others.

    Positivity During Covid-19 Pandemic

    The blossom will always grow.
    The seasons will always change.
    People come and go,
    Their shadows comforting and strange.

    The flowers will always bloom
    Once the darkness subsides.
    When every corner is filled with gloom,
    Remember the sun just hides.

    Brighter days will follow.
    Earth will keep moving.
    Look for the brighter color.
    Help lift the darkness looming.

    Breathe in the air around us.
    Close your eyes for a minute's rest.
    Live life for those who guided us,
    For this moment is just a test.

    You will get stronger.
    Days will get longer.
    Hope will flourish,
    Memories to cherish.

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  12. 10. Hope Behind The Shadows Of Pain

    Some people hurt us in many ways. They leave us alone to suffer from a miserable life. But no matter what pain we are in, we still have faith, and we hope that our lives will be lightened in a way that we'll be free from the shadows of loneliness and pain. Yes, there is always hope for every darkness in our lives. We just need to have hope and believe we can be free from such pain.

    Encouraging Poem For A Lonely Heart

    In some people's pretty eyes
    There's a great painful disguise,
    Disguise that dressed their lonely heart
    With devastating cuts that ever hurt.

    Their smiles turned into sobs.
    Their laughter turned into screams.
    Their days turned into nights,
    And their joys turned into sorrows.

    But no matter what caused their pains,
    They move forward as they wipe their tears,
    For in every beat of a lonely heart
    There is hope that lights the path.

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  13. 11. Finding Hope

    Reviewing my life and feeling that I've wasted most of it in fear of actually living it.

    Overcoming Fear In Life

    I've always viewed life from the side lines,
    Just watching it passing me by.
    In the past, too afraid to just let go and live,
    And lately too tired to try.

    I've envied the people around me
    So invested in living each day,
    While I spent my time hiding out from the world
    And searching for ways to escape.

    For most of my life I truly believed
    I was here to help somebody else,
    But now it's so clear it was just an excuse.
    To avoid living life for myself.

    It's sad that our lives and the pain we endure
    Can weaken our strength to move on,
    But if we get lost in the scars of our past,
    Without knowing our lives will be gone.

    It's true, people are disappointing,
    They can turn in the blink of an eye,
    But we can't avoid hurting each other,
    When we all want a chance at this life.

    But there's something I've learned through the wisdom of age,
    A truth about all of our lives,
    And that is no matter what path we each take,
    In the end, we just want to survive.

    So the time has now come to conquer my fears
    And to stand up and face a new day.
    Let the hurts of my past wash away with my tears
    And stop letting my life slip away.

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  14. 12. As Is Life

    • By Albi Demeza
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2015

    This poem was written in 2003 during a sad and stressful time in my life. I am sure many others from all walks of life can relate to the sentiments.

    Poem About Our Memories

    It's strange the things you remember
    And the things you seem to forget.
    It's a jamboree of all sorts,
    A patchwork of joys and regrets.

    You remember the days when you mess up,
    The days when sadness brings tears,
    But you forget all those small happy moments
    When it's laughter that brings you to tears.

    If only we could be happy forever,
    To look forward, not think of the past,
    Our lives would be full of elation,
    With sadness a ghost of the past.

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  15. 13. Perfect

    • By Shianne
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2017

    I wrote this poem about trying to change. I spent so long being angry at everyone, and I'm trying to change now.

    Poem About Trying To Change And Be Happy

    My heart flows through this icy land.
    Come and take my lonely hand.
    Show me how to make things right.
    Cry these tears no more tonight.

    Sing this sorrowful song into the air.
    Try to live without a care.
    Look up at the stars in the sky.
    Dry those tears from your eye.

    Lift your head, bring your smiles back.
    Paint your world with color instead of black.
    Undo your lies, make them true.
    Don't let your anger take over you.

    Open your eyes, what do you see?
    There's so many things that you could be
    If instead of thinking, you actually tried
    And forgot about the tears you cried.

    You could be living in a world of hope
    And letting go, learning how to cope.
    With everything life throws your way
    And living your fullest every day.

    You can force the shadows back to the dark.
    Leave without a single scratch or mark.
    You can learn to live without your pain,
    Without putting yourself through this strain.

    You can learn all this if you only realize
    It only matters what perfect is in your eyes.

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  16. 14. In Spite Of War

    Angela Morgan lived during both of the World Wars. In this poem, Morgan shares that despite a devastating war raging on, everything in nature continued as if nothing was happening. The same can be true about our lives. Life continues even when terrible things happen, so this poem encourages us to look at the beauty around us rather than focus on the negative aspects of our lives.

    In spite of war, in spite of death,
    In spite of all man's sufferings,
    Something within me laughs and sings
    And I must praise with all my breath.
    In spite of war, in spite of hate
    Lilacs are blooming at my gate,
    Tulips are tripping down the path
    In spite of war, in spite of wrath.
    "Courage!" the morning-glory saith;
    "Rejoice!" the daisy murmureth,
    And just to live is so divine
    When pansies lift their eyes to mine.

    The clouds are romping with the sea,
    And flashing waves call back to me
    That naught is real but what is fair,
    That everywhere and everywhere
    A glory liveth through despair.
    Though guns may roar and cannon boom,
    Roses are born and gardens bloom;
    My spirit still may light its flame
    At that same torch whence poppies came.
    Where morning's altar whitely burns
    Lilies may lift their silver urns
    In spite of war, in spite of shame.

    And in my ear a whispering breath,
    "Wake from the nightmare! Look and see
    That life is naught but ecstasy
    In spite of war, in spite of death!"

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  17. 15. Stand Up

    Life can be so tough and you just have to be strong and believe in yourself.

    Getting Up From Failures

    In every walk you take
    There will always be a bad day.
    When tears kept flowing
    From failures and disappointments,
    From sufferings and broken heart,
    It's okay; no worries.
    Everyone finds it tough.
    Even if living is hard,
    You'll survive and you'll remember
    How you've fought and not how it hurts.
    Breathe in the laughter and cherish the tears,
    For tomorrow may be the best day,
    And today is only the beginning.
    Just hang on and keep going.
    Cry if you must, and whine you can't,
    For every master is once a disaster,
    So don't give up.
    Be brave and believe,
    For you are strong and you will fight.
    Be the champion of yourself,
    For you deserve nothing but the best.
    Start living today and leave the past behind.
    Say goodbye to sorrowful tears.
    Keep going without hesitation.
    You'll pull it off, just wait and see.
    One more time, one more try.
    You'll see the light.
    Wake up, stand up, and live life!

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  18. 16. Caged Bird

    Caged Bird By Maya Angelou was first published in her book, "Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?" in 1983. The poem is a Metaphor illustrating the differences between African-Americans and Whites during the civil rights era. The author, a black woman who grew up in the South during this era, is expressing her feelings at the discrimination she faced during her life. Her first autobiography published in 1970 is titled, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

    The free bird leaps
    on the back of the wind
    and floats downstream
    till the current ends
    and dips his wings
    in the orange sun rays
    and dares to claim the sky.

    But a bird that stalks
    down his narrow cage
    can seldom see through
    his bars of rage
    his wings are clipped and
    his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing.

    The caged bird sings
    with fearful trill
    of the things unknown
    but longed for still
    and his tune is heard
    on the distant hill for the caged bird
    sings of freedom

    The free bird thinks of another breeze
    and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
    and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
    and he names the sky his own.

    But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
    his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
    his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing

    The caged bird sings
    with a fearful trill
    of things unknown
    but longed for still
    and his tune is heard
    on the distant hill
    for the caged bird
    sings of freedom.

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  19. 17. In Good Time...

    Sometimes it seems life is all about biding time. Patience is seldom easy, but it is always rewarding.

    A Poem About Waiting Well

    Life can seem an endless maze,
    The twists and turns, lulls and delays,
    But things always fall into place...
    In good time.

    Friends will sometimes go away.
    Some may disappoint or others betray,
    But new ones will come to stay...
    In good time.

    The hurt of getting something wrong,
    And the lesson it often brings along
    Are there, you see, to make you strong...
    In good time.

    Kindness freely given away,
    Unnoticed now, will somehow find its way
    Back to you and come to stay...
    In good time.

    Efforts seem not to pay to plan?
    Forge on friend, doing the best you can.
    Fortune will find the deserving man...
    In good time.

    Life can be tough, there's no doubt,
    But hope is the thing we can't do without.
    Right things with joy will come about...
    In good time.

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  20. 18. A Helping Musical

    • By Sadwick
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2020

    The idea behind this poem is music can remind us to give and be creative. Being slightly a composer of music, you pour your heart, effort, and time into your music. It's not the finishing touch of the last note nor the iTunes popularity that is rewarding. What is rewarding is that music is a gift that helps others through hard times. It's been there since the dark ages.

    The Magic Of Music

    A blank parchment is lifeless
    Until a pen creates a melody.
    A song is revered ageless
    Because of a sweet harmony.

    Musicians are the key to living
    Because they understand truth.
    It's not about taking but giving
    That makes us feel our youth.

    Take the sound of music,
    And change it into a life goal.
    Maybe you'll see the magic
    When you touch a child's soul.

    Music is the secret mystery
    That unlocks something within.
    No matter where in history,
    Music is where it begins.

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  21. 19. Rise Above

    • By Adrienne M. Herbst
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2016

    This poem is my reaction to the constant terror and heartache in the news today and around the world. I'm a high school English teacher and pride myself on preaching to my students that they can be the generation that brings change and peace to this world.

    Response To Orlando Tragedy

    Today another tragedy in the news,
    Senseless violence from people with nothing to lose.
    Never once thinking about the destruction and pain,
    Instead only focused on placing the blame.
    It's time for the nation to rise above,
    Learn from the past and spread laughter and love.
    Believe in the good and fight for each other,
    Make this world safe for our sisters and brothers.

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  22. 20. Love

    A message of hope and inspiration for the sometimes long journey to finding true love.

    Hope And Faith In Finding True Love

    If you love somebody with your heart, soul, and mind,
    Every road to adventure is one of a kind.
    Though the road may be rugged and your spirits are high,
    Still the sun seems to shine on the loved ones going by.

    You hold his hand and he squeezes it tight,
    And your heart pounds with your eyes gleaming bright.
    And those wonderful emotions you're feeling this time
    and the stronger you feel, the harder you climb.

    You need to travel on this long winding road,
    Feeling your heart is about to explode,
    So you try your best and push yourself more.
    This new love you have found has lots to explore.

    You thread this road with enthusiasm and glide
    To win the love of the man by your side,
    But don't you falter or go astray.
    This man may love you by the end of your day...

    Maybe this is a hope, a dream to reshape,
    To fulfill your lonely life you want to escape,
    But whatever the reason, you must walk head held high.
    Don't lose faith; this is worth a try.

    Do not lose sight of how love can grow.
    When and where...guess...nobody knows,
    So keep your head high, never doubt, but believe.
    It does not hurt to wear your heart on your sleeve.

    So don't lose ground and be as you are.
    No doubt you will find your lucky star.
    May take awhile like all things do,
    But I'm sure love is waiting on this long road for you.

    Hope And Faith In Finding True Love, Love

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