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.

56 Inspirational Poems About Living Life to the Fullest

  1. 1. Time

    • By Joe Massocco
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2015

    Although I am only 26 years of age, I feel as if (in reference to The Rolling Stones' great song) time is no longer on our side. My family gets smaller as the years pass. I no longer have any grandparents, and the rest of the family rarely talks or gets along. I'm sure each reader thinks about how they really wish they appreciated their youth more, but we can't stop time; we can only cherish it.

    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. 2. Rise

    A poem about refusing to be discouraged and refusing to be put down.

    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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  5. 3. I, Too

    Langston Hughes (1902-1967) settled in Harlem, New York, in 1924 and was a prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance. In this poem, he wrote of the reality that faced many in the black community and how they were regarded as “less than” by other people. The poem ends with the hope that one day it would be different. He shared the expectation that those who looked down on them would be ashamed.

    I, too, sing America.

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

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  6. 4. Fractured

    We all have been hurt by others, circumstances, and even by our own choices, but they become a part of us to teach us or to remind us how strong we really are.

    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. 5. Sometimes

    A poem about the struggles of depression and finding a way to move on and smile again.

    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.

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  8. 6. Mirror, Mirror

    • By Ellie B. Ross
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2018

    When you walk past a mirror and feel the need to cry...

    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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  9. 7. Find Your Drive

    • By Emma J. Swain
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2017

    When you find your passion, you find a reason to live. A reason to keep persevering, to keep going forward and fighting and surviving.

    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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  10. 8. My Life Has Been A Tightrope

    This is a poem about the way life feels to me. It's very difficult and risky making it through each day.

    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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  11. 9. Tired

    This poem describes the way I often feel about the place I'm living in.

    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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  12. 10. Camouflaged

    • By Kim McCrea
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2016

    I just write from the heart. Through events in my life, I find putting pen to paper is a great healer.

    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.

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  13. 11. Choices

    This poem is about a girl losing her father, and she has trouble moving on. She tries her hardest to move on.

    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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  14. 12. Inner Peace

    • By Joshua Fraser
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2018

    I was sitting at the beach, fishing. After having a few mental breakdowns during the week before, it was the first time I felt some peace.

    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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  15. 13. Carefree

    • By Nordica D Lindgren
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2009

    I wrote this poem for my two brothers who were taken from me at the height of their lives. We never know when we will be called home....so just take a moment to see the beauty that is around us.

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

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  16. 14. Still Here

    Langston Hughes (1902-1967) had a lonely childhood, but he was raised by his grandmother who had a love of literature, so Hughes turned to books during those lonely years. This poem shows that even through the hardships of life, it’s possible to keep pushing forward. In this poem, Langston Hughes does not follow the rules of grammar, but that adds to the frazzled feel of the poem’s content.

    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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  17. 15. I Am Trying

    • By Shawna
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2020

    I am trying to better myself but keep getting stuck. I am trying to move forward and do better, and this poem is one thing I can add to my list of accomplished goals. Thank you for reading.

    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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  18. 16. 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.

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  19. 17. The Strength In You

    I’ve spent my entire adult life struggling with anxiety, always worrying about the worst case scenario. Even now I don’t know how to love something without being terrified of losing it. If I’m honest, some days I feel like I’m built entirely of glass.
    But I think there may be something profound in suffering; in the realisation that you’re stronger than you thought. I think back to the things I’ve been through, and while those experiences left their mark, I take solace in the fact that I’m still here; still pulling breath into these lungs. Maybe strength is a label that’s only earned from resilience; from enduring.
    The truth is, I had no idea how much I could take until the world showed me. There is strength here, even if I never wanted to find it.

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

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  20. 18. Through It All

    • By Destinee Snuffer
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2011

    I wrote this poem on my 16 birthday just to show that even though my life isn't perfect I still love it and wouldn't change a thing about it.

    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. 19. Shadow Of Life

    • By Shelby Denham
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2008

    I'm 14 and I don't really know why I wrote this. It's like my head was singing some song and I had a pencil and when I looked down, a poem was there so... enjoy!

    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

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  22. 20. The Strings

    • By Hanima Nawaz
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2015

    I am a 21-year-old Civil Engineer from India. I am usually a happy writer, writing poems about nature and puppies. But a year ago, I lost my father to cancer and my whole life took a turn. I am no longer the same bubbly girl I used to be. I am not that comfortable talking about him to others. So to not fall in depression, I write my feelings down through poems. I have updated a few of them on my Facebook profile, too. But this one I wrote last night and have not shown to anyone.

    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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