Inspirational Poems - Page 3

  1. 41. I Hear America Singing

    Walt Whitman was an American poet who lived from 1819-1892. Some of his poetry was controversial because of the nature of its content, but he is believed to be the father of free verse (but he did not invent this form of poetry). He is also seen as a "poet of democracy" because he wrote so strongly about the American character. In this poem, Whitman shows how America is made up of a variety of people. It's the stories of those people who make America the strong and unique nation that it is.

    I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
    Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
    The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
    The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
    The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
    The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
    The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
    The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
    Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
    The day what belongs to the day - at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
    Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

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  2. 42. Even When

    • By LeSandra Hunting
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2016

    I wrote this poem that I hope will stick in people's minds. I have had to go through a lot, and I know that I should probably try and stay cheerful, so I started to write this poem. It really touched my teacher and my parents.

    Poem Giving Hope To Those Feeling Down

    Even when those storm winds are blowing,
    I'll stand and fight them knowing
    I'm not alone,
    Not on my own.

    Even when there's hatred brewing,
    I know what I'll be doing;
    I'll laugh and smile,
    Send it away awhile.

    Even when there's a huge earthquake,
    I'll stand tall and I won't shake;
    Let the pain go,
    Let my joy show.

    Even when there's a strong hurricane,
    I'll wade unbending through the pain;
    Help those who've fallen,
    Welcome those who're calling.

    Even when someone's been deserted,
    I know they didn't deserve it;
    Become their friend,
    It's not the end.

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  3. 43. Homage To My Hips

    Lucille Clifton was an American poet who lived from 1936-2010. Her poetry celebrates her African American heritage and usually includes feminist themes, which can be seen in this poem. In "Homage to My Hips," she shows she is proud of who she is. She won’t conform to expectations or be held back. That can even be seen in how she chooses not to capitalize the first letter of a new line.

    these hips are big hips
    they need space to
    move around in.
    they don't fit into little
    petty places. these hips
    are free hips.
    they don't like to be held back.
    these hips have never been enslaved,
    they go where they want to go
    they do what they want to do.
    these hips are mighty hips.
    these hips are magic hips.
    i have known them
    to put a spell on a man and
    spin him like a top!

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    Work what you've got and be proud of it. Someone else probably wishes they had what you've got.

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  4. 44. In Harder Times

    • By Sadwick
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 8, 2022

    In harder times we get tired. We get tired of fighting, hoping, loving, etc. We are strong. We are meant to endure. We are meant to see the future. This poem was written during 2020 when the world felt like it as falling apart.

    We Will Grow Stronger

    I know the screams sound like thunder
    I promise we won't go under
    I know the heart feels hollow
    There will be blessings behind the shadow

    I know it's hard to breathe through sorrow
    Today blurs into tomorrow
    I know the voices seem louder
    It seems like this will last forever

    Hold on, please, hold on
    In the end we grow stronger
    We will do this together

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  5. 45. Life And Love

    • By Julie Coburn
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2020

    The poem is about life and death and the beauty of it all.

    Life, Love, And The Legacy We Leave Behind

    Life's like a book -- a chapter, a page.
    Remembering our youth as fast as we age.
    Life is a song; we choose what to sing.
    Living is hard; what will it bring?
    Memories we cherish through family and friends.
    Roots never broken; love never ends.
    Life is a gift, so live it today.
    Through struggle and heartache, we still find a way.
    Through happiness and laughter,
    Heartache and tears,
    Good times and bad times,
    Facing our fears.
    From mountains to stars, our atoms are one.
    The body may perish, but the soul lives on.
    Life is the love we give and receive.
    It defines our legacy and the mark that we leave.

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    An inspirational poem, equipped with sunshine as well as black clouds hovering over our head. A poem so appealing to recite again and again! I love the following lines...
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  6. 46. Like The Moon

    I will be
    like the moon
    and learn to shine
    even when
    I am not whole.

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    Very insightful. Self-love can be (and maybe should be) the first love we encounter. Even when we're not perfect.

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  7. 47. Start Fresh

    • By Ruchi Katendra
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2017

    This is my story. For the first time in a very long time I've had an opportunity to start fresh, so I want to convey my feelings through this poem. This poem is about forgetting the bad things that happened to you and starting fresh.

    Forgetting The Past And Starting Over

    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.

    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.

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  8. 48. Keep Going

    It's Never Too Late

    Strong people can
    feel weak and
    brave people can
    feel afraid and
    light people can
    feel dark

    Lost people can
    be found and
    hopeless people can
    find faith and
    helpless people can
    be helped

    Keep going
    keep going
    keep going

    It is never too late
    to turn things around

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  9. 49. The Strongest Part Of Me

    This poem is from Ashleigh Rayl's poetry collection, A Beautiful Difference.

    Even in my darkest moments
    I still have that little voice
    encouraging me to go on.
    To stand up and keep fighting.
    To wipe my tears and pull it together.
    To never give up.
    That quitting is not an option.
    That it will be ok no matter what.
    Without that voice I would be lost.
    I couldn’t make it in this world.
    That is the strongest part of me.

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  10. 50. To Be Happy

    • By Shawna
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 15, 2021
    The Best Version Of Myself

    To be kind,
    I must think.
    To be selfless,
    It's not about me.
    To be brave,
    I must hold my head high.
    To be fearless,
    I can't always hide.
    To be grateful,
    I feel love from within.
    To be compatible,
    I'm no better than them.
    To truly be thankful,
    I must have gratitude in mind.
    To be determined,
    I have to actually try.
    To be stress free,
    I have to keep self-soothing.
    To be energetic,
    I got to keep moving.
    To love unconditionally,
    I need to love myself first.
    To be the best me,
    I must know my self-worth.

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    So well done. It's an important message and I like your style. Very good job. Self-improvement and introspection can be tough jobs but well worth the effort.

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  11. 51. I Am Worthy

    I wanted to share my current mantra with you all, with the hope that it might help you feel worthy + mindful today. The world is heavy, but we do not have to carry it all at one time, and despite all of the hard decisions and weight of the day to day, you are doing your best, and that IS enough.

    I am worthy. There is nothing
    that can or will happen today that
    could convince me otherwise.

    I am worthy. There is nothing
    that can or will happen today that
    could convince me otherwise.

    I am worthy. There is nothing
    that can or will happen today that
    could convince me otherwise.

    I am worthy. There is nothing
    that can or will happen today that
    could convince me otherwise.

    Repeat.

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  12. 52. Thoughts For Life

    • By Annanya
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2020

    This poem is about life, as to what one should remind oneself each day. Life is about living this journey on earth. This journey of life might end any day. One ought to choose to live life.

    Living The Journey

    We are on this planet for a limited span of time;
    Validity of our life's visa can end anytime.

    Begin your day with enthusiasm and end with satisfaction;
    Work toward achieving your goals and do follow your passion.

    Waste not your energy on negativity;
    Find your opportunity to be better when faced with difficulty.

    Celebrate your honest efforts like you will when you attain success.
    Failures shall be there; learn and keep going, nevertheless.

    Avail the most of this very present;
    Never shall return the passing moment.

    The future is surrounded by clouds of uncertainty;
    Let hope and faith be your guide till eternity.

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  13. 53. Chasms And Bridges

    Ted L Glines has been writing since 1965, with many poems published in college literary magazines and the "underground" free press (Village Voice, etc.).

    Inspiring Poem About The Power Of Our Attitude

    Whether dancing the circle
    or sitting in the pews,
    the world is full of wonder
    and knee-jerk news.

    For those full of spite
    and woeful complaining,
    the world is full of darkness;
    no hope remaining.

    Diversity spawns,
    attacking spasms,
    elevating hate
    and deepening the chasms.

    You are who you are,
    smart as a fox;
    why confine yourself
    to a bleak little box?

    For those full of love
    and compassion caring,
    the world is full of brightness
    and warmth in sharing.

    Diversity spawns
    a chance to build bridges,
    elevating love
    and life privileges.

    You are who you are,
    smart as a fox;
    expressing yourself,
    you're out of that box!

    We can make this world
    a beautiful place
    if we toss away frowns
    and put smiles on our face.

    Abolish that burden
    of complaints you've been lugging;
    begin building bridges
    and get used to hugging!

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  14. 54. Smile

    • By Rish
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 14, 2021

    How a smile on one's face calms him and keeps him happy.

    A Smile On Your Face

    Keep smiling throughout the day
    To keep your tensions at bay,
    Like a stroke of magical ray,
    To make others happy and gay.

    A smile on your face can weave magic,
    Makes you forget all that is tragic,
    Keeps others around us ecstatic,
    Helps us forget our worries and be nostalgic.

    A pleasant smile just works like a dart,
    Warms your mind and touches the heart,
    Gives your day a perky start.
    A smile on your face makes you happy and smart.

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  15. 55. I Am A Survivor

    I am not everything
    that has happened to me.
    I am everything I became
    while I healed.
    Stronger but softer.
    Focused but not obsessed.
    A teacher but still a student.
    I am not broken.
    I am beautiful.
    I am a survivor.

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  16. 56. Fly!

    • By Linette
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2016

    I just wanted to take a moment to express my heart's creative desire to help uplift God's beautiful world with a short, simple poem offering a positive and caring vibration. I pray for an abundance of God's infinite blessings, health, peace and wonderful creativity to you all, dear friends.

    A Positive Take On Living Life

    Open heart and open mind,
    On a journey of a lifetime.
    Love and respect all,
    Get back up when you fall.
    Beat your drum like only you can;
    You're already part of the band!
    Shoulders back, head held high,
    Smile on. Ready...set...fly!

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  17. 57. Your Mindset

    Your Mindset

    I am broken
    don’t tell me that
    I am healing

    I am weak
    don’t tell me that
    I am strong

    I am empty
    don’t tell me that
    My heart is slowly filling

    (now read this poem in reverse)

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  18. 58. I Believe

    • By Emmah A. Odhiambo
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 5, 2022

    Growth comes with different development stages, some positive and some negative, causing one to develop certain mindsets that can work for them or hurt them.
    I developed mindsets of self-doubt and self-sabotage based on how other people saw me, based on other people's standards of qualification and forgot I was the one living my life.
    But not anymore because I took my life into my own hands, and so can you.

    Believe In Yourself And You'll Accomplish Anything

    Into this world I came,
    The light of the sun,
    On my face I craved.
    In the cool breezing wind,
    Under the moonlight I sat,
    I thought,
    I pondered,
    I knew,
    I was great.

    Slowly they got to me,
    Their expectations,
    I couldn't catch up.
    Their opinions,
    They cut to the deep.
    Their constant watch,
    I became stunned.
    Beauty faded,
    Strength waxed away,

    And then I grew up.
    They mattered no more.
    All the lies I believed,
    Like a flood on sloppy hills,
    I let them run down.
    New mindsets I built,
    Strong confidence I gained,
    Because I knew for the best,
    It was I that mattered.

    Like the Phoenix, I rise,
    From the ashes of doubt,
    From the ashes of contempt.
    Like an eagle I soar,
    To the ends of the earth,
    To the storms that may be,
    Because I have believed
    I have all it takes,
    I have all I need.

    My dreams run wild,
    My imagination unlimited.
    I know what I want,
    I know how to get it.
    Like the sun,
    I shine my light.
    Like the stars,
    My glory prevails,
    Because I have believed.

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  19. 59. Don't Give Up

    You'll find who you are looking for.

    Hope For Finding The Right Person

    We wait for what we long for.
    We long for what we need.
    Impatience and anxiety
    Give root to errant deed,
    Which grows to yield but heartache,
    The fruit that poisons trust,
    And so to shadow we recede
    And hope descends to dust.
    But somehow from the ashes
    The will to try again
    Doth mend the heart
    And forge the path
    In search of that one friend
    Who never will betray us,
    Who never will go astray.
    But fear still lurks upon the thought
    While waiting for that day.
    We'll simply stumble once again,
    For we know not who to trust,
    Thus thoughts becomes an enemy,
    But conquer them we must.
    For surely there is someone
    Whether "Shining Knight" or "Bride."
    Then all shall have been worth it,
    Our "Last Hope" justified.

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  20. 60. For Manchester

    A reflection of the tragic events that took place in Manchester. Such sad times.

    Poem About Uniting Together Against Terrorism

    We can't but feel utter shock,
    and we're emotionally drained.
    Yet deep within our sadness,
    some unity is gained.

    Wherever we may come from,
    and no matter our belief,
    we stand tall as a nation.
    We are united in our grief.

    They were parents with young children.
    They were adults and just a teen.
    They were an uncle, aunt, and cousin,
    and all the family in between.

    So in regards to reason,
    we can search and take a look...
    No religion condones murder.
    It's not in any holy book!

    Our loved ones may have fallen
    due to the extremity of sin.
    But our strength will not be broken,
    and TERROR will never win!

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