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  1. 61. Brave American Knight

    • By David G. Moore
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2019

    Too often we see the stranger in a fatigue jacket on the side of the road begging, and it is very easy to pass him off as a scam artist or bum. Could be! But news reports tell us that many veterans are found living under overpasses and cardboard box villages to just simply ignore. I wanted to say something about our (my) own negligence in this matter. I am a veteran. That could have been me on that corner.

    A Forgotten Veteran

    Driving home one day after hours of monotonous office work,
    Saw a man sitting by the road; looked as one down on his luck.
    Paid small notice to the figure; my lonely life was in a rut.
    He was just another beggar holding out a shiny tin cup.

    But something was rather uncharacteristic about this scene.
    His old camouflaged fatigues were those of a U.S. marine.
    No legs dangled from his wheelchair, but he sat tall, proud, and upright.
    Many ribbons bore evidence of America's finest knight.

    Walked up to the stranger - what was left of a man sitting there.
    No others near, just us two, and the pall of pathos in the air.
    His hair unkempt, a shaggy beard, he stared as each car would stop,
    Lest he miss a coin or, pray, a bill into his cup one might drop.

    In horror saw that the cup was held by an artificial hand.
    An ear had been severed; thumb on other hand, one eye was blind.
    He acknowledged my presence, tipped his military cap.
    As he did, I observed scars occupied most of his scalp.

    Asked how life brought him to this intersection on life's highway.
    From boot camp was deployed to "play in the sand" in land over there.
    "Sir," he said, "From high school my great desire was to serve my country.
    Fighting with my buddies one night, my jeep hit unseen IED."

    "In flames and smoke I fought to breathe; felt that my life was slipping on.
    Could barely hear, could scarcely see, and knew that my right arm was gone.
    My head was bleeding profusely; could not feel my legs or left hand.
    I begged God to let me die on the sands of Afghanistan."

    "The corpsman came with tears rolling down his face and with choking voice,
    Said soldier, it's your legs, I have to amputate, I have no choice.
    There are other injuries, got to rush; choppers are on our right,
    You hang in there, Marine; I salute you, brave American knight."

    The more he spoke, the colder the chills that ran up and down my spine.
    Thoughtlessness and selfishness exposed a depravity of mind.
    Self-pity, self-indulgence, resignation had poisoned my soul.
    Changed by man with no legs, he stands ten feet tall on my honor roll.

    Perhaps next time a soldier we meet at the mall or on the street,
    Honor and salute those who served, even died, that we may live free.
    Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy or Marine, guards of freedom's light.
    Grateful for those who wore the uniform, brave American knights.

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  2. 62. Game Of Life

    • By Sarah White
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2009

    I wrote this poem when I had a lot of things going on in my life and I wanted to give myself a positive new start. Really helped!

    Encouraging Other To Have A New Start

    Roll the dice,
    Play a new game.
    Life for you
    Will never be the same.

    No looking back,
    No aspect of time,
    You now have
    A new mountain to climb.

    Your body seems to stop
    Whilst the world keeps going.
    With no time to think,
    Time still keeps flowing.

    Going back to the dice
    And the game, you will roll
    It's time to start a new life
    Complete with heart and soul.

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  3. 63. Forever Keep Your Name

    This poem I randomly came up with. I kind of made it a song first.

    Keeping Your Identity

    Pick up your broken pieces.
    Don't leave them on the ground.
    They're screaming, crying, wailing.
    What a sad and terrible sound.

    Darling, leave behind your worries,
    And leave behind you pain.
    But darling, whatever you do,
    Don't leave behind your name.

    Your heart is an inferno,
    One that water cannot quench.
    Get up and dust yourself off,
    And get out of this muddy trench.

    Darling, leave behind your worries,
    And leave behind your pain.
    Leave behind the places you've been,
    But remember to bring your name.

    Your spirit cannot be broken,
    No matter how hard they try.
    The warrior inside has spoken,
    And it's a rolling battle cry.

    Forget about your worries,
    And forget about your pain.
    But darling, remember to never,
    Never forget your name.

    They'll never force you into chains,
    For you are destined to be free.
    Don't feel the need to fit the mold.
    Be who you were born to be.

    Let go of all your worries,
    Let go of all your pain,
    Let go of all that trouble,
    But don't let go of your name.

    Inside you are a lion,
    Fierce, untamed, and proud.
    On eagle's wings you're flying
    To touch the stars above the clouds.

    Forever leave your worries,
    And forever leave your pain.
    Go walk among the galaxies,
    And forever keep your name.

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  4. 64. 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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  5. 65. From The Heaven Up Above

    Nothing is as strong as gentleness.
    Nothing is as gentle as real strength
    Faith is not contrary to the usual ideas,
    something that turns out to be right or wrong,
    Give way to roads with greater bend
    and empty signs that still pretend. This poem is also posted on my poem-hunter.

    Motivating People To Live Out Their Dreams

    Why can't we sleep forever
    And live inside our dreams,
    Sheltered from the heartbreak
    That life can sometimes bring.
    You could live in a world
    Bordered only by your mind
    And never have to worry
    About running out of time.
    You could live out all your dreams,
    A life of love and laughter.
    Your every desire is fulfilled,
    You'd live happily ever after.
    You could take the stars
    From the heavens up above
    Then gift them to the one
    That shares your feelings of love.
    You could gather every rose
    For only their eyes to see.
    You would never have to question
    Will this love forever be.

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  6. 66. Like A Volcano

    I wrote this poem when I was struggling hard in life. I was broken and shattered as I faced many job rejections and got unexpected wounds from people whom I trusted the most. And that is when my family supported me and encouraged me to stay strong. I hope that this poem brings courage, hope, and strength to those who are at the verge of giving up. Remember you are like a volcano. You have that fire deep inside.

    Never Give Up In Life

    Are you losing faith?
    Are you feeling low?
    Are you crying out loud,
    Craving to be loved?

    You are stronger than you know.
    Like a volcano,
    deep inside you is a fire.
    You'll reach where you desire.

    Remember you are precious.
    You ought to shine like a gem.
    Give off light,
    intense and bright.

    I know you're waiting for a chance
    and you have been struggling hard.
    Don't give up,
    just go on.

    Yes, like a volcano,
    make an explosion.
    Break the barrier.
    Remember you are a warrior.

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  7. 67. Successful Life

    People too often measure their success by the material possessions they have acquired or their status in society. I think a successful life is all of the troubles and experiences that a person goes through and what they gain from them.

    What Does It Mean To Be Successful?

    Death is an inevitable fate.
    Someday we have to go.
    You hope you did
    your best in life,
    but how are you to know?
    It's not the model of your car
    or brand of clothes you wear.
    It's not some fancy, famous name,
    sewn in your underwear.
    It's not the square footage of your house
    or what you keep inside.
    There's no material you possess
    that proves success in life.
    It's everything you sacrificed
    and choices you made.
    It's all the problems that you solved,
    your lessons from mistakes.
    It's bad times you've persevered.
    It's all the fun you've had.
    It's any time you've ever laughed
    and every tear you've shed.
    It's any time that you've been proud
    of others or yourself.
    It's every song you turned up loud,
    and every friend you helped.
    It's every wish you ever had.
    It's all your dreams and hopes.
    It's all the books you ever read,
    the movies that you've seen.
    It's all the stories you told,
    The places you've been.
    It's every sunset that you caught
    and every cent you spent.
    It's anyone you've ever loved
    who mourns you in the end.
    It's all these things
    and so much more,
    so don't stress.
    If you lived your life
    Wild-n-free,
    Then it's been a success.

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  8. 68. Life Is A Rose

    • By Talish
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2011

    I wrote this poem because I feel that everyone, including myself, experiences unexpected downfalls in our lives. Just when we think something is going right, suddenly out of nowhere, you experience a loss or a terrible thing that really brings you down. However, people need to understand that there is hope and that there is an entire life waiting for them to be painted with many colors. I want this poem to inspire people to enjoy, accept, and live their lives freely.

    Uplifting Poem About The Ups And Downs Of Life

    Together, we all live different lives,
    Whether we are doctors, students, or parents,
    That can still make up a continuous field of roses.
    A field of roses, shining yellow, red, white and pink,
    Which subtly grow in the midst of time,
    And day by day, their heads successfully rise,
    Slowly reaching the clear blue sky.

    But sometimes we may experience some terrible times,
    That perhaps are caused by downfalls from the past,
    Each downfall is like a falling petal.
    Petal after petal, a person we once loved,
    Whether it was a friend or a parent,
    Suddenly leaves our precious hearts,
    Which results in a permanent, painful scar.
    But as this growing pain slowly enters
    And gradually controls every root of our bodies,
    We'll discover, in the end, that our shadow still remains.

    As our body, our stem still stands alone,
    Weak, thirsty, gradually falling into the warm earth's soil.
    And just as there were times that put us
    In a state of loneliness and despair,
    New lives begin to blossom
    As the pollen's internal strength paints them gold.

    Life, it is not something of fear nor shame,
    But something that will continuously fall and rise.
    So, let the lives be remarkable, radiant roses,
    Roses that sparkle in the fields forever.

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  9. 69. 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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  10. 70. Today I Am Afraid

    I wrote this one day just to get some fears of the unknown out. It inspired and reminded me not to worry about what tomorrow brings because it only comes one minute at a time.

    Overcoming Fear Of The Unknown

    Today I felt lost.
    I couldn't find Your hand.
    I felt so alone,
    I just don't understand.

    Today I am afraid,
    For tomorrow's troubles may bring
    More pain than today.
    I may not last; I'll continue to pray.

    Why do I worry about tomorrow?
    Today brings enough fear;
    For today was the tomorrow
    That seemed all too near.

    Today I am afraid,
    For tomorrow's troubles may bring
    More pain than today
    I may not last; I'll continue to pray.

    I'll never forget about the past.
    My pain will never let me.
    Tomorrow is how long it will last.
    By then I may be free.

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  11. 71. If You Think

    • By Anisha Aich
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2020

    This poem is based on individuals who are afraid of moving forward and achieving their dreams. Due to taunts, they build up inferiority complex in themselves. So, my opinion is to move on with a positive attitude and you will get whatever you'd like.

    Always Move Forward With A Positive Attitude

    If you think you can reach the sky,
    Why don't you flap your wings to fly?
    Always give strength to your mind and soul.
    One day you're gonna kick your goal.
    You know you can; don't focus on others taunts.
    The day will come for them to realize their faults.

    If you can win and keep rest beside,
    Don't let others for your future decide.
    Work hard, work smart, and take the lead.
    Leave the fellows behind and you'll succeed;
    Never spell, "I can't." Control your pain,
    The sun will rise and reward you with gain.

    Many more things are there to say.
    Always move forward; there is a way.
    Never lose hope; move on with a positive attitude.
    The day will come to fill you with lots of gratitude.
    If you think you can reach the sky,
    Why don't you flap your wings to fly?

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  12. 72. Keep Calm And Breathe

    This poem delivers the message we all need at times of stress: "Keep calm and breathe." It is written in the form of a Rondeau.

    A Rondeau is a French poetry form. A phrase from the first stanza is repeated as the last line of the second and third stanzas. It is made up of fifteen lines that consist of only two sets of rhymes throughout the entire poem: aabba aabR aabbaR.

    Staying Calm When Stressed

    Keep calm and breathe when feeling stressed,
    when life is tough. If you're depressed
    go for a walk, breathe in fresh air;
    talk to a friend you know will care;
    don't keep those feelings all suppressed.

    Be honest, say if you're distressed;
    those feelings need to be addressed.
    There is a message I can share.
    "Keep calm and breathe."

    You'll find when feelings are confessed
    and healing methods are accessed,
    tough times are easier to bear;
    and I will say a little prayer.
    These words will help you to destress:
    "Keep calm and breathe."

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  13. 73. Yes, Human. Yes, Love

    • By Sadwick
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2019

    We all have flaws. To error is to be human. In our error, let's remember we have the ability to be good and always try.

    Living Your Best Life

    In the face of many troubles,
    Side by side we will stand.
    It's not as though we crumble.
    Instead, we gain to understand.

    Learning life we see perspectives,
    Others different and some the same.
    We act in the moment to be reactive.
    Emotions are wild or tame.

    Love and hate we fight against.
    Life and death we struggle with.
    Gluttony and hunger we rage against.
    War and peace we struggle with.

    To be human is to struggle,
    Finding love in the depression.
    We are that individual
    Striving for moral right or religion.

    Act without reward or praise.
    Do your best no matter the circumstance.
    Go the extra mile without a raise.
    Give your brother a second chance.

    In doing this, you show love.
    To love is what is valued among all,
    So next time you look above,
    Remember we sometimes fall.

    Be encouraged in your weaknesses.
    Some flaws are others strengths,
    So let us give ourselves forgiveness,
    For love has no length.

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  14. 74. Wondering

    • By Miranda
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2009
    Encouragement To Live In The Present

    Sometimes people go through life wondering what they're here for
    or who we are supposed to spend our lives with
    or even what we will do when we get older.
    I know I ask myself those questions all the time,
    but why spend life wondering or asking questions?
    Life is too short to live wondering why or what.
    You need to live your life,
    love with your whole heart and don't hold back,
    and laugh until you cry and it hurts to laugh anymore.
    Life is here one day and gone the next.
    So live like it is your last day to live,
    and love like you've never been hurt.

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  15. 75. 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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  16. 76. Searching For Home

    • By Brittney Hemmands
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2016

    I'm a college student who is working on her English degree but has had a hard time this past year with staying focused in school. I have always craved traveling and searching for something more out in the world. I wrote this poem for those who feel like me and don't believe they belong in one place, but rather in all the places in the world. I wrote this for people who want to touch the lives of others without forgetting about their own life.

    Poem About Searching For Yourself

    Her eyes glowed with such ambition,
    And her mouth spoke words of love and kindness.
    She took pride in wandering;
    She walked to find the places her heart longed for.
    Oh, the places she searched to find her home.

    She made her way through crowded paths
    And swam through salted waters.
    She danced in gardens
    And sweetly kissed strangers.
    She ran, she searched, but still couldn't seem to find.

    She failed to realize the lives she touched,
    And the hearts she changed.
    She failed to realize the home her heart longed for
    Would never be found.
    That the light she was chasing was not the world's.

    That light, her home,
    Had been following her footprints.
    She had not realized
    She had held it all along.

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  17. 77. Jump 1.0

    • By Jahleel A. Lowe
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2016

    When you're in a crossroad in life and things feel frightening, I hope this can help.

    Poem About Taking A Chance

    Do you think you stand a chance
    Diving off into the abyss?
    Do you think that you'll advance
    Even without an assist?
    Will you learn to find you wings
    And travel to the paradise that life brings?
    Triumphant in your success,
    You can finally rest,
    Assured that your future is bright
    And you did your best
    To see that your seeds take flight.
    So why be in fright?
    You're already in a slump.
    Why don't you take a chance
    ...and just jump?

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  18. 78. 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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  19. 79. Never Let Go

    • By Sarah
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2008

    I wrote the poem as an experience in life. It happened to my friend, and it was very, very hard watching her learn to re-walk.

    Influential Poem Of A Father's Love For His Daughter

    One by one.
    Take one step at a time,
    Said her daddy, teaching her to walk,
    The little girl only one year old.
    She looked up and smiled
    And let go of his hand.

    Now seventeen years old,
    Out driving in the snow.
    Driving too fast, hitting a pole.
    After getting the news,
    Her dad rushes to her.
    Hearing the terrible news:
    She may never walk again.

    One by one, my dear.
    Take one step at a time,
    Said her daddy teaching
    Her to walk again.

    She looked up with a smile,
    As she did sixteen years ago and
    Let go of his hand for the last time.

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  20. 80. 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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