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. 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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  3. 2. 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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  5. 3. Pain Ends

    Growing up, I always struggled so much with things going on in my mind. My parents were sick, I kept getting my heart broken, and I even got to a point where I started harming myself. Things cruel people had said to me always circled around in my head, and it made me hate myself. I was so lost. But when I turned 15, I met someone who made me see things differently. And I was finally able to let go. The war in my mind stopped. That's why I wrote this poem.

    Encouraging Poem To Let Go Of What Hurts You

    Breathe in the fresh air,
    Put your mind at ease.
    Let down your hair,
    Let it flow in the breeze.

    Let your eyes wander
    To all the beauty to be seen.
    If those toxic thoughts you still do ponder,
    Then let out a scream.

    Scream until the pain is gone,
    Until you no longer feel afraid.
    Open your eyes to a new dawn,
    Let the darkness fade.

    No longer compare yourself
    Or your flaws to others' perfections.
    Take the negativity off the shelf.
    Focus on your direction.

    Pick the sadness up off the floor,
    Sweep it into the wind.
    Close the door on self-hatred.
    Never let it back in.

    For the lies it would often tell you,
    You will no longer agree.
    Happiness and love are what you should hold onto.
    They are whom you should give the key.

    Pay no attention to the toxic thoughts,
    Listen to those who adore everything you are.
    Overthinking was what you once were taught,
    But now those thoughts you put in a jar.

    Focus on your goals,
    Never lose your fight.
    It's time to open new scrolls.
    Everything will be all right.

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  6. 4. Life Doesn't Frighten Me

    Maya Angelou, an inspirational American poet, crafted a poem from a child’s perspective about all the frightening things in her world. Although this poem showcases many things that frighten a child, the greater theme in this poem is that no matter the obstacles we face in life, we can overcome them. The repetition of “life doesn’t frighten me at all” reinforces that theme.

    Shadows on the wall
    Noises down the hall
    Life doesn't frighten me at all

    Bad dogs barking loud
    Big ghosts in a cloud
    Life doesn't frighten me at all

    Mean old Mother Goose
    Lions on the loose
    They don't frighten me at all

    Dragons breathing flame
    On my counterpane
    That doesn't frighten me at all.

    I go boo
    Make them shoo
    I make fun
    Way they run
    I won't cry
    So they fly
    I just smile
    They go wild

    Life doesn't frighten me at all.

    Tough guys fight
    All alone at night
    Life doesn't frighten me at all.

    Panthers in the park
    Strangers in the dark
    No, they don't frighten me at all.

    That new classroom where
    Boys all pull my hair
    (Kissy little girls
    With their hair in curls)
    They don't frighten me at all.

    Don't show me frogs and snakes
    And listen for my scream,
    If I'm afraid at all
    It's only in my dreams.

    I've got a magic charm
    That I keep up my sleeve
    I can walk the ocean floor
    And never have to breathe.

    Life doesn't frighten me at all
    Not at all
    Not at all.

    Life doesn't frighten me at all.

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  7. 5. 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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  8. 6. Be The Best Of Whatever You Are

    In this poem, Douglas Malloch (1877-1938) shares an encouraging message for readers of all ages. Although we don't all hold prestigious jobs, we can all be the best at who we are. Our position in life doesn't make us more or less valuable. The beauty of this world is shown when each person does what he has been called to do and does it with great pride. When we measure our success by the standards of this world, many of us will feel as though we've fallen short. Douglas Malloch reminds us that success is measured by being the best at whoever you are. Like many, he came from humble roots, but he used his gift of writing to touch the lives of many people.

    If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
    Be a scrub in the valley — but be
    The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
    Be a bush if you can't be a tree.

    If you can't be a bush be a bit of the grass,
    And some highway happier make;
    If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass —
    But the liveliest bass in the lake!

    We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
    There's something for all of us here,
    There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
    And the task you must do is the near.

    If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
    If you can't be the sun be a star;
    It isn't by size that you win or you fail —
    Be the best of whatever you are!

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  9. 7. Live Life

    • By Livelovelaugh
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008

    My beliefs in life, because not everyone realizes just how precious it really is.

    Uplifting Poem Filled With Advice

    Life is crazy
    And totally unpredictable...
    It's going to push you over,
    Kick you while you're down,
    And hit you when you try to get back up.
    Not everything can beat you.
    Things are going to change you,
    But you get to choose which ones you let change you.
    Listen to your heart,
    Follow your dreams,
    And let no one tell you what you're capable of.
    Push the limits,
    Bend the rules,
    And enjoy every minute of it.
    Laugh at everything.
    Live for as long as you can.
    Love all,
    But trust none.
    Believe in yourself,
    And never lose faith in others.
    Settle for nothing but only the best,
    And give 110% in everything you do.
    Take risks,
    Live on the edge,
    Yet stay safe,
    And cherish every moment of it.
    Life is a gift.
    Appreciate all the rewards,
    And jump on every opportunity.
    Not everyone's going to love you,
    But who needs them anyway?
    Challenge everything,
    And fight for what you believe.
    Back down to nothing,
    But give in to the little things in life,
    After all, that is what makes you.
    Forget the unnecessary,
    But remember everything.
    Bring it with you everywhere you go.
    Learn something new,
    And appreciate criticism.
    Hate nothing,
    But dislike what you want.
    Never forget where you came from,
    And always remember where you are going.
    Live life to its fullest,
    And have a reason for everything,
    Even if it's totally insane.
    Find your purpose in life,
    And live it!

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  10. 8. 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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  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. 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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  13. 11. Unique

    The pressure to conform in our society is high, and it only drains people of their peace and strength. I've found true happiness in loving myself the way I am. (I do not bother about what people say as long as my Christian values are satisfied.) Do you dare to be different? This poem is for you.

    Poem About Resisting Conformity

    Because I know who I am,
    I'm at ease and free.
    I can't be like others,
    And they can't be me.

    I've got fading scars,
    An unusual physique,
    But it all works together
    To make me unique.

    I've got hidden strengths,
    Some obvious flaws.
    Still I am who I am,
    For better, for worse.

    I don't have to blend in;
    I won't live a lie.
    I can't please everyone;
    I won't even try.

    Some call me proud;
    Others stare at me in alarm.
    But I'm not one to bother,
    Because I know who I am.

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  14. 12. Faith And Courage In Life

    Faith and courage is what will get you through this life.

    Powerful Poem About Life Lessons

    In life there are people that will hurt us and cause us pain,
    but we must learn to forgive and forget and not hold grudges.

    In life there are mistakes we will make,
    but we must learn from our wrongs and grow from them.

    In life there are regrets we will have to live with,
    but we must learn to leave the past behind and realize it is something we can't change.

    In life there are people we will lose forever and can't have back,
    but we must learn to let go and move on.

    In life there are going to be obstacles that will cause interference,
    but we must learn to overcome these challenges and grow stronger.

    In life there are fears that will hold us back from what we want,
    but we must learn to fight them with the courage from within.

    God holds our lives in his hands. He holds the key to our future.
    Only he knows our fate.

    He sees everything and knows everything.
    Everything in life really does happen for a reason: "God's Reason"

    Powerful Poem About Life Lessons, Faith And Courage In Life

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  15. 13. Dear Addiction

    I wrote this poem in a very short time while I was in a treatment center for addiction. I know addiction is a very big problem for people in this world, and hopefully this can be an inspiration for someone struggling with this disease the way I have. Since writing this, I am doing a lot better, but it is a daily battle trying to get my life back in order. The only words of advice I have is just take it one day at a time. Thank you for reading.

    Inspiring Change For Addicts

    I'm writing this to you,
    Telling you we're through.
    I can't take you anymore,
    Don't know what I liked you for.
    All you did was wear me out.
    Now I know what you're all about.

    You came to me with promise and joy,
    Now look at all the things you destroy.
    Families, lives, bank accounts, you see.
    You ruined it all with one little tease.
    Look at the way you make me feel
    Then you take it all and want me to steal.

    Why can't you just go and hide
    Somewhere far away where I'll never find?
    Everyone at home doesn't understand
    How you rip me apart then lend me a hand.
    I keep coming back thinking inside
    Maybe this time I'll make you my bride.

    Then I sit and wonder why,
    Why do you really want me to die?
    Thousands and thousands come to you
    Hoping and praying you'll help them through.
    Then they fall for your lending hand,
    Only to realize you're nothing but a scam.

    You promised me heaven and sent me to hell.
    You ruined my life and then wished me well.
    Watch me now as I go on my way.
    I'm washing myself of all your pain.
    So you and your power can just leave me be.
    I'm taking my life and setting it free.

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  16. 14. 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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  17. 15. 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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  18. 16. Success

    • By Niderah
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008

    Don't ever think success can't be achieved. Inspiration is here, and you need to read this for encouragement.

    What It Takes To Succeed

    The road to success is not straight.
    There is a curve called Failure,
    A loop called Confusion,
    Speed bumps called Friends,
    Red lights called Enemies, and
    Caution lights called Family.
    But if you have a spare called Determination,
    An engine called Perseverance,
    Insurance called Faith, and
    A driver called Jesus,
    You will make it to a place called Success!!

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  19. 17. Mighty Oak

    I wrote this poem many years ago when I was grieving my grandfather's death. He was a published poet and the light of my life. I saw him as that oak tree. He was always so strong, and his faith never wavered. He taught me so much about life and love and family, but most of all about Christian faith. He will be forever missed, but someday I will meet him in heaven, and until then this will always be my tribute to Caleb Fowler, the greatest man I ever knew.

    Strong And Inspiring Like A Mighty Tree

    Stand tall, oh mighty oak, for all the world to see.
    Your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.
    Though storm clouds hover above you,
    Your branches span the sky
    In search of the radiant sunlight you
    Count on to survive.
    When the winds are high and restless and
    You lose a limb or two,
    It only makes you stronger.
    We could learn so much from you.
    Though generations have come and gone
    And brought about such change,
    Quietly you've watched them all,
    Yet still remained the same.
    I only pray God gives to me
    The strength he's given you
    To face each day with hope,
    Whether skies are black or blue.
    Life on earth is truly a gift.
    Every moment we must treasure.
    It's the simple things we take for granted
    That become our ultimate pleasures.

    Strong And Inspiring Like A Mighty Tree, Mighty Oak

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    This poem has greatly touched me. The poet has a firm faith in his father, which every son ought to have. A father is the center point for a son's life. To have faith in him and live the life...

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  20. 18. Your Wounds

    You Are Stronger Than Your Scars

    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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  21. 19. While You Weren't Here

    • By Janet Michael
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A poem written by a woman who was abandoned by an important person in her life. Though the experience has made her a stronger person, she sometimes wishes to go back to the time when this person was in her life.

    Emotional Poem About Coping After Abandonment

    While you weren't here
    I cried every night.
    A million tears fell,
    Still my heart wasn't right.

    While you weren't here
    I did what I could,
    Hoping against hope
    My decisions were good.

    While you weren't here
    I gained some in age.
    Things just went on
    And life turned a page.

    While you weren't here
    I just tried to go on,
    Knowing what didn't kill me
    Would only make me strong.

    While you weren't here
    A whole lot got changed.
    My life became different,
    My world rearranged.

    While you weren't here
    I had to learn to be alone,
    To stand on my two feet,
    To make my own home.

    So that's where I am now,
    At this stage of my life,
    Still scared and alone,
    Still coping with strife.

    And oh how I wish that
    Things could be different,
    That I could go back
    To a time in the past,

    To a time before
    You weren't here.

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    This poem hit me like a truck. My mum's around, but she's never had an emotional attachment to me. My dad's a loser somewhere. I struggle daily with my feelings and am struggling after my...

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  22. 20. Don't Wait Until I Am Gone

    • By Jennifer Fernandes
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2015

    My father passed two years ago, within six weeks of his diagnosis. Since both my parents lived with me, I spent a great deal of time with him. I bought him cards just because. I told him I loved him all the time, even when he made me mad. Although I was grieved on his passing, the way we lived gave me comfort, and I was able to let go of my grief in a timely manner. This poem is just a reminder to everyone that life is very precious. We are here today, but what if tomorrow never comes.

    Make The Most Of Time With Loved Ones

    Treat me with love, dignity, respect and compassion
    Now as I am healthy, vibrant and alive.
    Don't wait to hear that I am sick and dying
    To love me the way I was meant to be loved.
    Bring me flowers and candy on any day just because.
    Don't wait for a holiday, love and cherish me every day.
    Tell me I am beautiful.
    See my beauty in my body and soul.
    Don't wait to see that I am disfigured
    And then tell me that I am beautiful
    Because you think that is what I want to hear.
    Talk to me lovingly now so I can hear your beautiful voice
    And listen to the ringing of your laughter.
    Don't try to talk to me that way now
    That I am deaf and can no longer hear your sweet voice.
    Speak words of love and compassion
    So I can remember those conversations
    Even though I may not be able to hear them again.
    Come one day and you will be sad, you will be sorry!
    Treat me like a human being with a life
    That needs to be lived my way...not yours!
    Remember that our Creator gave you your own life
    To live the way you please.
    Leave me to live mine!!
    I do not tell you what you should or should not do...
    I just listen and give you support.
    Why can't you do the same?
    I am this way and you are that way.
    That's because we are different...
    We are unique...can't we compromise?
    Bury the hatchet and move along.
    Free your body, free your soul.
    Let's just take the precious time
    We have now to live and to love...
    Everything else will slowly fall into place.
    Now I am sick and dying.
    You are now trying to love me, to bring me flowers,
    To stroke my hair and to speak loving words.
    Why did we waste all those years, all that time...
    Just to be where we are now,
    Now when I am too weak, too sick to enjoy your gifts?
    Love me now...
    As your sister, your brother,
    Your husband, your wife,
    Your niece, your nephew,
    Your daughter, your son...
    Don't wait until it is too late!
    Don't wait until I am gone...

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    Wow! This poem is so beautiful and heart-breaking, to be honest. My mom has cancer, and all she wants is for SOMEONE to be around. Anyone. But I get so caught up with my day to day activities...

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