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.

53 Inspirational Poems About Living Life to the Fullest

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  1. 1. Loss And Gain

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    When I compare
    What I have lost with what I have gained,
    What I have missed with what attained,
    Little room do I find for pride.

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  3. 2. Undergrowth

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    It ain't the trees that block the trail,
    It ain't the ash or pine;
    For, if you fall or if you fail,
    It was some pesky vine

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  5. 3. Still Here

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    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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  6. 4. I, Too

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    I, too, sing America.

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

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  7. 5. How Did You Die?

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    Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
    With a resolute heart and cheerful?
    Or hide your face from the light of day
    With a craven soul and fearful?

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  8. 6. The Laughing Heart

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    Your life is your life
    Don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
    Be on the watch.
    There are ways out.

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  9. 7. Time


    • By Joe Massocco
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2015 with permission of the Author.

    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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  10. 8. Rise


    • By Sagar Yadav
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2007 with permission of the Author.

    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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  11. 9. Sometimes


    • By Lucy Petersen
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2020 with permission of the Author.

    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.

  12. 10. Tired

    • By Judy Einhorn
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2017 with permission of the Author.

    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. 11. Camouflaged

    • By Kim McCrea
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2016 with permission of the Author.

    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. 12. Inner Peace

    • By Joshua Fraser
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2018 with permission of the Author.

    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. 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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  16. 14. Fractured

    • By Jodi M. Kucera
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 12, 2022 with permission of the Author.

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

    Some are shallow and straight,

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  17. 15. Find Your Drive

    • By Emma J. Swain
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2017 with permission of the Author.

    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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  18. 16. Mirror, Mirror

    • By Ellie B. Ross
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2018 with permission of the Author.

    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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  19. 17. It's Hard

    • By Kati
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2014 with permission of the Author.

    It's hard to trust someone who always lied.
    It's hard to love someone who made you cry.
    It's hard to care when you want to die.
    It's hard to believe when you have no pride.

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    This is LITERALLY the story of my life. Well put!!

  20. 18. Who Am I?

    • By Natasha L. Bishop
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2016 with permission of the Author.

    Who am I, you ask?
    I am a lion who comes off as a lamb.
    I am an ocean with waves big enough to drown.
    I am a roller coaster of emotions.

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    My face is the place
    I hide my pain.
    My face is a place
    Where raindrops fall hiding the tears that have been there for so many years.
    My face is the place that hides my pain.
    My face...

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  21. 19. Carefree

    • By Nordica D Lindgren
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2009 with permission of the Author.

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

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  22. 20. 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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