Life Lesson Poems

Life Lesson Poems

Poems about Life Lessons

It has been said that life is the most patient teacher. You will be presented with the same experience over and over until you learn the best way to deal with the situation. This is not because life is cruel. Rather, it is because things have a way of coming back to haunt us when we don't deal with them. One form of intelligence is the ability to learn from mistakes. When you are presented with a painful experience, take the time to think about how you can avoid it in the future. This is an example of a lesson learned.

80 Poems about Lessons Learned from Mistakes

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  1. 1. Good Timber

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    The tree that never had to fight
    For sun and sky and air and light,
    But stood out in the open plain
    And always got its share of rain,

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    Poetry is a passionate way of expressing our innermost thoughts, emotions, spirit, and love, amongst other things. As I read this poem, I thought of a very humble gentleman who lost his...

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  3. 2. Equipment

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    Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
    You've all that the greatest of men have had,
    Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
    And a brain to use if you would be wise.

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    I lost my wife Donna in April 2021. Edgar Albert Guest's poem is inspiring me to carry on and get on with things. Life is too short.

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  5. 3. The Old Mill

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    • By J. R. Eastwood

    One hundred years the mill has stood:
    One hundred years the dashing flood
    Has turned the wheel with roaring sound,
    Through foaming waters, round and round.

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  6. 4. Start Where You Stand

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    Start where you stand and never mind the past,
    The past won't help you in beginning new,
    If you have left it all behind at last
    Why, that's enough, you're done with it, you're through;

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  7. 5. Windows

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

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  8. 6. Do Not Love Half Lovers

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    Do not love half lovers
    Do not entertain half friends
    Do not indulge in works of the half talented
    Do not live half a life and do not die a half death

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  9. 7. Love After Love

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    The time will come
    when, with elation,
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror,

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    My husband died 10 years ago. He was the love of my life, my soul-mate, my best friend. I have not known how to 'adjust' to him being gone until I read this poem, "Love After Love." Everyone...

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  10. 8. As You Go Through Life

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    Don't look for the flaws as you go through life;
    And even when you find them,
    It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind
    And look for the virtue behind them.

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    Sometimes life goes up and down between hills and rivers, but with even the least courage and a sign of faith in the turn we make at the sharp curve, it all levels up to positivity no matter...

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  11. 9. A Poison Tree

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    I was angry with my friend:
    I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
    I was angry with my foe:
    I told it not, my wrath did grow.

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    A Poison Tree is a short and deceptively simple poem about repressing anger and the consequences of doing so. The speaker tells of how they fail to communicate their wrath to their foe and...

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  12. 10. Advice To A Son

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    Never trust a white man,
    Never kill a Jew,
    Never sign a contract,
    Never rent a pew.

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  13. 11. Don't Take Your Troubles To Bed

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    You may labor your fill, friend of mine, if you will;
    You may worry a bit, if you must;
    You may treat your affairs as a series of cares,
    You may live on a scrap and a crust;

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  14. 12. I Still Matter


    I'M STILL HERE

    My looks are nothing special,
    My face reveals my age,

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    This poem really hit home with me. I will be 60 on my next birthday and it seems like years fly by like days. I too look in the mirror and wonder where all the lines and wrinkles have came...

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  15. 13. Changing The Past


    • By Donna
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2011 with permission of the Author.

    The past is the past for a reason.
    That is where it is supposed to stay,
    But some cannot let it go.
    In their heads it eats away

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    I really enjoyed this poem. It's so very true. We all have certain regrets or circumstances in life we would give anything to change if we could. Sometimes that is just not possible, and even...

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  16. 14. Each Moment Is Precious


    Live in the moment,
    Just take it all in.
    Pay attention to everything,
    Right there and right then.

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    That was touching. It really said my whole life. I'm too busy with everything and I'm memorizing this to my heart. I'm busy with school. I take too much time thinking about tomorrow than...

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  17. 15. If You Must Go


    • By Terry Gouveia
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 2015 with permission of the Author.

    If you must go, then go for a while
    Remember that first step is a hard traveled mile.

    To learn what lessons life has in store,

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    I, too, was motivated by your poem. Like Arimoon, I also allow my past to hold me back. I am so hard on myself for my past mistakes, regret, bad decisions, etc... but with each new day that...

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  18. 16. Forgiveness Is Divine

    Some people view forgiveness
    As a virtue for the weak.
    An act of mercy undeserved,
    That serves no useful need.

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    Hi Pat,
    I was so pleased to wake this morning and find one of your poems. Everything you write comes from your heart. I have commented to you before of how I enjoy your poems and I feel...

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  19. 17. A Snowflake Falls

    • By Ruth Adams
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2006 with permission of the Author.

    One night I saw a snowflake fall.
    Past memories it did recall.

    And as the snow fell to the ground,

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    Superb, poetry as its best.

    We should count our blessings one by one,
    Every night and day, lest they be gone.
    Friends and family, hold onto them tight,
    For they may disappear in a...

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  20. 18. Keep On Smiling


    • By Alexandra Skiathitis
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008 with permission of the Author.

    If at times you feel you want to cry
    And life seems such a trial,
    Above the clouds there's a bright blue sky,
    So make your tears a smile.

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    So I moved and I really wanted good friends. I had this one friend who was always happy and could light up a room by walking in. He was always smiling and this poem reminded me of him. Thank you.

  21. 19. Which Way Life?


    • By Jerry
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 9, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    A life won't do you favors
    There's no map for roads to take

    Experience is our only guide

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  22. 20. Speak The Language Of Your Heart

    Each day we wake is such a gift;
    No moment's guaranteed.
    Tomorrow isn't promised,
    But to fate we must concede.

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    This touches my heart deeply. I believe life is more about what "IS" rather than the what "WAS" with unresolved issues between family or friends. I am in recovery with four estranged...

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