Poems about Life Struggles

Poems about Life Struggles

Poetry About Overcoming Life's Challenges

Life is full of challenges. Economic difficulties, serious illnesses, family problems, and political unrest plague people on a daily basis. How a person faces each challenge that comes their way however, says much about their character, who they are on the inside. Some people draw strength and inspiration from the experiences of others. Many famous poets from both the past and present have helped and inspired people to face and overcome life's many challenges through the words of their poems. Such poems help people to see they are not alone in their struggles and that it is possible to overcome their problems.

70 Inspirational Poems About Living Life to the Fullest

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  1. Time

    • By Joe Massocco
    • Published: February 2015

    Tick tock...tick tock...
    Life is counting down on your internal clock.

    Memories that feel as if they occurred yesterday

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    It’s not that we forget to live. We always have this thought in our mind, but the sad reality is that even after knowing how precious our time is and realizing our limited time on earth, all...

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  3. Rise

    I will rise
    After every fall.
    I will rise
    And stand tall.

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    I'm from a country which is famous for its literature. And it's Iran. So we, Iranians, know what a good poem is. I really like your poem. It teaches us never give up. It teaches us if birds...

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  4. I, Too

    I, too, sing America.

    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen

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  6. Fractured

    You look at me and only see the cracks,
    Fractured, like a piece of glass.

    Some are shallow and straight,

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  7. Sometimes

    Sometimes I can't find the words
    That fill my messy head.
    Can't find the effort to smile
    Or get out of my silly old bed.

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    Few words to explain me. Thanks, dear. You are not alone.

  8. Mirror, Mirror

    • By Ellie B. Ross
    • Published: January 2018

    Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
    Why aren't I thin, pretty, or tall?
    Why don't you show the perfect me?
    The one that everyone pretends to be.

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  10. Find Your Drive

    • By Emma J. Swain
    • Published: December 2017

    Sometimes you just have to push yourself just to get out of bed.
    You stay up 'til 2am just wishing you were dead.
    You ask yourself, "Why can't it be someone else instead?"
    You get tired of all the thoughts in your head.

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  11. My Life Has Been A Tightrope

    I feel as if I'm teetering
    High above a dark, black hole,
    And it's taking everything I have
    Not to lose control.

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  12. Tired

    I'm tired of listening to the sound of my tears,
    Tired of constantly battling my fears,
    Tired of struggling with challenges that continuously reappear.

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    There’s so much I have built up inside, so much I need to share. I was robbed of everything, and can’t put my thoughts on paper. The man who physically and mentally abused me should be doing...

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  13. Camouflaged

    • By Kim McCrea
    • Published: February 2016

    In all chaotic beauty lies a wounded work of art.
    Beautiful but torn, wreaking havoc on my heart.
    Camouflaged by insecurities, blinded by it all.
    I love the way you sit there and barely notice me at all.

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    With death being the only certainty of life, life is just a bit too short for regrets.
    Let's live while we're alive.
    Let's love while we're alive.
    Let's live and not just survive.

  14. Choices

    I see people laughing and joking all around,
    but on my face there is no smile; instead there is a frown.

    I never laugh anymore; instead I cry,

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    I can't bring you back, I wish I could. The moment you took your last breath I went with you. I look in the mirror, I no longer recognize who I see. I am not longer me without you. My son,...

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  15. Inner Peace

    • By Joshua Fraser
    • Published: August 2018

    The wind whistles past my ears.
    Closing my eyes, I lose all my fears.
    The waves crash into the rocks.
    Out here there is no time on my clock.

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    Life is full of loud shouts of distractions and contradictions while the sound of focus is but a whisper. Nature, fortunately sings this silent tune of focus to ears that would seek her. The...

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  16. Carefree

    • By Nordica D Lindgren
    • Published: October 2009

    Young, carefree, innocent,
    You sing, laugh and dance,
    Taking in all Gods' glory
    At every single chance.

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  17. Still Here

    I been scarred and battered.
    My hopes the wind done scattered.
    Snow has friz me,
    Sun has baked me,

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    This poem was in a textbook of mine from the sixth grade. As a child, it resonated with me. It inspired me to write poetry. As a child, educated by white folk, I had no idea who Langston...

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  18. I Am Trying

    • By Shawna
    • Published: March 2020

    I know there's something great in me,
    Something I struggle to find.
    The days and months keep passing
    As I lie here, stuck in my own mind.

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    The future of tomorrow seems so far away. Sadness filled my heart the day you walk away. I remember the little games we played with the memories that I have from yesterday. The future of...

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  19. You Could Have Given Up

    You could have given up,
    but you kept on going.
    You could have seen obstacles,
    but you called them adventures.

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    Another good one! I enjoyed it very much. And I think most of us can relate; I know I can. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Through It All

    • By Destinee Snuffer
    • Published: January 2011

    Friends come and go
    Life flies by right before your eyes.
    You lose ones you love
    Yet through it all you still love your life.

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    I am currently going through a lot. I was touched by this poem. Friends do come and go. I have had problems all my life. They got worse in 2012-2014. I am 35. I have support people now, so I...

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  21. The Strength In You

    There is
    a strength in you
    you haven’t even
    begun to find.

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  22. Shadow Of Life

    • By Shelby Denham
    • Published: January 2008

    Walking in the shadow of fear,
    drowning endlessly by a single tear,
    running alongside self-discovery,
    fearing the loss of self-recovery,

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    This poem makes me dream, dream of a life that one day might come true

  23. The Strings

    • By Hanima Nawaz
    • Published: September 2015

    The knot is strong,
    The strings are tight.
    It won't break loose,
    No matter how much I fight.

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    I was really touched by the poem mam. My good friend's father also died 2 months ago, and I am really trying to do whatever I can. Giving them time, my love and support. But I don't know...

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