Inspirational Poems

Inspirational Poems

Poems That Inspire and Influence

Life is a lot of work. What is it that gives us the strength to continue when we are tired and burned out? Sometimes an inspirational idea can help us renew ourselves and be filled with strength to fulfill our life's purpose. Inspiration comes in many forms. However, the root of all inspiration is the idea that our lives are meaningful. Inspiration is knowing that what I do matters deeply to the universe. When you have the feeling that your actions are meaningful, you will become filled with strength and vigor to fulfill your life's purpose.

110 Motivational and Uplifting Poems

  1. 1. 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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  3. 2. 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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  5. 3. Renewed By The Morning Light

    This poem is about nature and also about being grateful for each new day and a chance to start anew.

    Start Each Day Anew

    I sit upon my front porch stoop
    Beneath the morning sun.
    Grateful for the moment spent
    Away from everyone.

    The air is fresh and slightly chilled,
    The sky is blue and clear.
    The silence that surrounds me now
    Is music to my ears.

    I love the morning best of all,
    It's my most tranquil time,
    When the promise of a brand new day
    Can ease my troubled mind.

    When second chances seem more possible
    And the world less cold and dark,
    And hope can somehow pierce the walls
    Of my sad and aching heart.

    When left alone with nature
    All the world seems far away
    And the woes of life so trivial
    When wrapped in her embrace.

    But alas the birds awaken
    And begin to sing their songs,
    And people slowly wander by
    And nod as they go on.

    The sun has now grown brighter
    As it rises in the sky
    And in the distance there's a whistle
    As a train goes lumbering by.

    The world is calling out to me
    To jump back in the fray.
    To have faith things can get better
    And let go of yesterday.

    So today I get to start again
    By the morning light renewed.
    Feeling brave and energized,
    There is nothing I can't do.

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  6. 4. What Matters Most

    • By Louis
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2017

    I wrote this poem while I was in jail. I missed a lot of things while I was gone, and the one thing that I missed that really gets to me is my daughter's graduation. I've done a lot of soul searching and looking for answers, and what I've come up with is that there is nothing more precious than time. You can't turn it back and you can't start over. I have a lot of guilt, but life is a learning experience, right? So I'm going to turn this into a positive thing.

    Graduation Poem To Daughter

    Embrace who you are,
    And love like a fool.
    Try not to judge,
    And never be cruel.
    Hold your head high,
    And never look back,
    Give all you can,
    And never hold back.
    Laugh like a clown,
    And cry like the rain.
    Remember with the price of peace
    There sometimes comes pain.
    Always care for your family
    Because too soon they're gone.
    Forgive and forget,
    And try to live on.
    Face all your fears,
    And try to be brave.
    If you remember love is the answer,
    Then you'll always be saved.
    Don't compare yourself to others,
    Or you'll always be vain.
    Remember you're one of God's flowers,
    And none of them plain.
    You're the light in my life
    And the love in my heart.
    I knew you were special from the very first start.
    When I first held you close,
    And I whispered your name,
    I knew that my life would never be the same.
    I love you, my girl,
    From the very first day,
    And a team of wild horses couldn't drag me away,
    So remember these words on your special day,
    And daddy's girl you'll always stay.

    Graduation Poem To Daughter, What Matters Most

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  7. 5. Think Pink!

    • By Ember Griswold
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2015

    I have a friend whose daughter has to recite a poem, and they wanted it to be on breast cancer awareness. I also have a friend who has fought the battle with breast cancer and has won, with the exception of losing both of her breasts in the process. It is a daily fight that she faces with the hope, love and encouragement of those around her. She is my inspiration for this poem.

    Motivating Poem About Breast Cancer Awareness

    Each month be sure to check your breasts
    To ensure there aren't any unwanted guests.

    Cancer's next victim I will not be.
    Checking yourself is the key.

    Lumps and bumps I hope not to find.
    Terrible tricks cancer plays on the mind.

    A doctor's visit once a year.
    Will help to be sure you're in the clear.

    The battle with cancer many have lost.
    Not checking monthly isn't worth the cost.

    October we celebrate those who fought and won,
    And searching for a cure is never done.

    You could be next if you don't stop and think.
    October...breast cancer awareness...yes...I will think pink!

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  8. 6. 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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  9. 7. Windows

    You’ve probably heard the saying, “The grass is greener on the other side.” This poem captures that sentiment. Often, we look longingly at what others have while looking down on what is ours. The irony is that others see such beauty in what we have.

    I looked through others' windows
    On an enchanted earth
    But out of my own window--
    solitude and dearth.

    And yet there is a mystery
    I cannot understand--
    That others through my window
    See an enchanted land.

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  10. 8. 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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  11. 9. My Personal Quest

    It's about our search for peace, our search for ourselves and finally learning where the answers lie.

    Searching To Find Ourselves

    For most of my life, I've been on a quest
    To discover just who I might be,
    Earnestly searching, day after day,
    So desperate to recognize me.

    I've felt moments of utter fulfillment
    And moments I couldn't go on,
    But I knew for the sake of my heart and my soul,
    To succeed, I would have to be strong.

    But the people around me seemed so lost themselves
    That I feared I might be on my own.
    But then there'd be someone who would reach out and help
    And remind me I wasn't alone.

    I've wanted so much to be happy,
    To know what it was to feel peace,
    And I thought if I finally felt sure of myself,
    Then the pain and the struggles would cease.

    But I've learned that this journey is endless;
    The discoveries are fresh every day,
    And no matter how much I might know of myself,
    They'll be times I will still lose my way.

    And as I've grown older, I truly believe
    I may never know all I can be.
    But the answers are not waiting out in the world
    But have always laid right inside me.

    We're all on this quest to discover ourselves,
    Together but through our own ways,
    Overcoming whatever might get in our paths,
    So we can feel better someday.

    But always remember not to stray far
    From what matters and what's really true.
    In this life you don't have to be perfect.
    In the end, you just have to be you.

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  12. 10. Go With Grace

    With a new month comes new hope and also the opportunity to express our love to those dearest to us, and wish them well. I'm blessed with three wonderful sisters, and this poem is for them.

    Wishing Loved Ones A Wonderful Month

    Each morning of this month
    When you rise upon your bed,
    May it be with renewed grace
    To face the day ahead.

    May favor and laughter
    Be what this new month will bring.
    May it give you breakthroughs
    And plenty reasons to sing.

    May God's peace, like a river
    Overflow within your soul.
    May His tender, gentle whispers
    Always heal and make you whole.

    May each passing week
    Only make your beauty abound.
    May you remain a source of joy
    To all you have around.

    May the Lord's loving hand
    Guide you each and every day.
    And may you shine bright for Him
    As you go along your way.

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  13. 11. 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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  14. 12. The Strongest Girl I Ever Knew

    My sister Kelly was paralyzed when she was 16. For the next 25 years she was totally dependent on others. Even though she got dealt a bad hand, she remained strong and dignified throughout her life. That is why she'll always be "The Strongest Girl I Ever Knew." Kelly, I know you're dancing in Heaven.
    In Loving Memory of Kelly Doe

    Inspirational Poem About Disabled Sister

    She never got to dance
    Or go to her own prom.
    She never got the chance
    To forget where she came from.

    She never got to kiss,
    A man she idolized.
    She never felt love's bliss,
    'Cause she was paralyzed.

    She never got to talk
    About love with a smile.
    She never got to walk
    Down a church's aisle.

    She never got to say
    Those precious words, "I Do."
    But she was far and away
    The strongest girl I ever knew.

    She couldn't brush her hair
    Or put make up on her face.
    She couldn't hold you dear
    Or give you a warm embrace.

    She couldn't clasp her hands
    As if in the form of prayer.
    She couldn't understand
    Why she was in a wheelchair.

    She never showed her fears
    Or let you hear her cries.
    She never showed the tears
    That fell down from her eyes.

    She never looked for pity
    Or sympathy from you.
    That's why she'll always be
    The strongest girl I ever knew.

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  15. 13. Phenomenal Woman

    Maya Angelou is one of the most influential women of our time. Her writing pulls on the hearts of many readers. In addition to her proliferous writing career, Maya Angelou has been a civil rights activist. This poem shows how even though someone is not beautiful on the outside compared to society's standards, there is an inner beauty that makes a woman even more beautiful.

    Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I'm telling lies.
    I say,
    It's in the reach of my arms
    The span of my hips,
    The stride of my step,
    The curl of my lips.
    I'm a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a man,
    The fellows stand or
    Fall down on their knees.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.
    I say,
    It's the fire in my eyes,
    And the flash of my teeth,
    The swing in my waist,
    And the joy in my feet.
    I'm a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    Men themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can't touch
    My inner mystery.
    When I try to show them
    They say they still can't see.
    I say,
    It's in the arch of my back,
    The sun of my smile,
    The ride of my breasts,
    The grace of my style.
    I'm a woman

    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head's not bowed.
    I don't shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It's in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care,
    'Cause I'm a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

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  16. 14. It's Really Up To You

    Lighthearted, positive, uplifting message of inspiration to create for yourself a new friendship or the life of your dreams for it's all just ONE step away.

    One word can start a friendship,
    One kiss a love affair,
    One smile can bring you laughter,
    One hug can show you care,
    One wave of your hand can say hello,
    One tear can make you cry,
    One gentle touch can warm a heart,
    One dream can make you fly,
    One song can bring back memories,
    One thought sees brighter days,
    One wish can bring colourful rainbows,
    One good deed can bring you praise,
    One moon can light your darkness,
    One star can guide your soul,
    One step will start each journey,
    One hope to make your goal,
    One hand to hold in friendship,
    One heart that's kind and true,
    One Love...One friend, is all you need,
    It's really up to you.

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  17. 15. You Will Never See Me Fall

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

    Poem About Never Giving Up

    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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  18. 16. The Hands Of A Warrior

    I wrote this poem about one of the things that women feel when they are growing old.

    A Poem About Growing Old

    Purple veins strain against the skin.
    Pale, translucent, paper thin.
    Skinny fingers clawed in monstrous shapes,
    Brown spots from years that she can't erase.

    Now wrinkled and fragile, weak and sore,
    So many things she can't do anymore.
    Some days she feels she's been betrayed
    By the cruelty of her advancing age.

    She rubs her hands to ease the ache
    And recalls the life they helped to make.
    She looks at them and feels the loss,
    Living a life bears a very high cost.

    These hands that held her children near,
    That gently dried their salty tears.
    Hands that held her husband's tight,
    That never let go against the fight.

    Miraculous hands that protected and soothed.
    Hands, they conveyed her every mood.
    Hands so strong they could carry the weight,
    That would never give up and never forsake.

    Those hands that took little but always gave,
    Hands that applauded each achievement made.
    Those soft, sweet hands that gently cared,
    For those sick or lost in dark despair.

    Hands that fussed and fumbled that day
    Her husband gave their daughter away.
    Those hands holding tight as he slowly died,
    Caressing his brow as she stood by his side.

    Hands that rocked her grandson to sleep,
    That gladly took over when others grew weak.
    Hands that once held everyone that she loved,
    And prayed for strength to our God above.

    Hands that were always so willing to give,
    Hands that reveal a life fully lived.
    Small, feeble hands, now empty and cold,
    These hands that each day will keep growing old.

    These hands she now tends to hide away,
    These hands that at times make her feel ashamed.
    Grotesque and useless in her eyes,
    They rest in her lap as she quietly cries.

    But I see the hands of a hero so true,
    A woman who survived what this life put her through.
    A woman whose heart still shimmers like gold,
    With the hands of a warrior who made her mark on this world.

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  19. 17. I Bend

    I hope you enjoy this poem; it was from the heart.

    Poem About Not Allowing Yourself To Be Defeated

    I bend but do not break.
    I've been lost, but I'm not a loser.
    I'm a wreck, but I'm not totaled.
    I'm fractured but not broken.
    I've failed, but I'm not a failure.
    I've fallen hard but can get up again.
    I'm isolated, but still I'm free.
    I have been destroyed but will rebuild.
    My heart is broken, but it will mend.
    See, no matter how close I come to breaking, I just continue to bend.

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  20. 18. Life Is Now

    I wrote this poem with thoughts of my friend and family members who are currently going through some hardships in life. When they feel like giving up, I give them reasons to hold on. When they think so little of themselves, I help boost their esteem. I think that this poem is uplifting and motivational and may even be words someone else needs to hear.

    Inspirational Poem To Uplift Your Spirits

    Time flies and memories fade.
    People change and new friendships are made.
    Only the true remain forever at our side.
    Eventually the disappointment and pain will subside.

    It is all about the journey and what has yet to come.
    Life is what you make of it; you are what you've become.
    Life is too short to hold onto regrets.
    Forgiveness is key even though you may never forget.

    Cherish the good and remove the bad.
    Some people don't realize till it's gone what they've had.
    Moving on is a way of life.
    There will always be obstacles, pain, and strife.

    You must believe that you are strong enough to fight.
    You have to believe in yourself to do what is right.
    Always do for YOU no matter what you do,
    Because in the end the only one who has your back is you.

    Never be afraid to take a stand,
    And always be willing to lend a helping hand.
    A little bit goes a long way.
    All it takes is a smile to brighten someone's day.

    Your chance to live is now, so what are you waiting for?
    The world is yours for the taking and so much more.
    Endless possibilities are forever at your disposal.
    The chance to live another day is life's golden proposal.

    Never let anyone tear you down,
    And never let anyone steal your shine and make you frown.
    So will you sit in the shadows and let darkness win again?
    Or will you rise up and make the light your friend?

    Here is your chance, so what will you do?
    You've got this because I believe in you!

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  21. 19. Dance

    Inspirational poem encouraging a positive attitude in life.

    Poem About Positive Attitude In Life

    Open your heart to happiness.
    Let every pore absorb light.
    Swim in the joy of the here and now,
    And cast off the darkness of night.
    Walk in the summer of sunshine.
    Fly in the blueness of sky.
    Know possibilities are boundless.
    Understand that nothing can die.
    Step from the shadows of torment.
    Sing 'til your throat gets too sore.
    Smile for as long as the day is,
    And laugh just a little bit more.
    Breathe slowly and deeply and listen.
    Give all your ideas a chance.
    Let the sun beat down on your goodness,
    And kick off your shoes and dance.

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  22. 20. This Is A Daily Reminder

    • By Nicolette
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2015

    I wrote this poem for anybody who needs a daily uplifting reminder. I am a firm believer that one positive thing can make a person's day, and that is the message I try to include in my poems. I know when someone says something nice or uplifting to me, my day is made. I hope this and my future poems help you guys out. For whoever is going through a hardship, stay strong, I'm here for you.

    Uplifting Poem About Living A Better Life

    This is a daily reminder
    To relax,
    To not get angry over small things,
    To stay calm.

    This is a daily reminder
    To be yourself,
    To not care what people think,
    To know you can be anything.

    This is a daily reminder
    To love yourself,
    To not hurt yourself,
    To not work yourself up.

    This is a daily reminder
    That you are beautiful,
    That you are amazing,
    That you will succeed.

    This is a daily reminder
    To always have hope,
    To have faith,
    To know everything will be okay.

    This is a daily reminder
    That you have made it so far already,
    That you haven't given up,
    That whatever you're doing is right,
    And that you are going to be amazing.

    Don't give up.
    Keep holding on and believing.

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