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
1. UnsureFeeling Lost In Life
So many of us lost in life,
no idea where to go.
Do we follow our heart's desire?
Do we stay, or should we go?
So many of us lost in life,
not sure where we belong.
Do we work through the struggle,
or should we move along?
So many of us lost in life,
no clue if we will ever change.
Failed attempts are mostly why,
then there are those who crave the pain.
So many of us lost in life,
just trying to get by,
wishing, hoping, wondering, waiting
for the time that we can fly.
When You Are Overwhelmed
Falling down and down
My breath is suppressed
My heartbeat ripped away
By the vibrant color that will define my day
The silence is like pins
From my nose to my toes
The blistering cold comes from within
I marvel at the beauty
I grovel at the power
That taunts me every waking hour
I feel a great pressure on my lungs
Like weights pulling me down
The battle that can never be won
It's all in my head
Or maybe it's not
Falling into a black hole is easier than I thought
3. FracturedStrength From The Things That Try To Break Us
You look at me and only see the cracks,
Fractured, like a piece of glass.
Some are shallow and straight,
Created by silently carrying so much weight.
Others are round and splayed like stars,
Words, a solar system of scars.
Some are deep and cut to my core,
From trials I thought I could no longer endure.
Some hold tightly to splintering shards that still cut,
A painful reminder every time they are touched.
Others are jagged and worn,
And some are occupied with scorn.
Some of them are lessons,
Regretfully brought on by my own transgressions.
All of them create an intricate mosaic of intertwined lines,
Reminders of the things I’ve survived.
A prismatic display of beauty and strength;
Though I am fractured, I did not break.
The Difficulty Of Life
I feel as if I'm teetering
High above a dark, black hole,
And it's taking everything I have
Not to lose control.
My feet keep slipping off the tightrope.
My arms start flailing in mid-air.
I'm sweating 'neath the scorching sun,
Blinded by its savage glare.
I've been swaying on this tightrope now
For more than half my life.
But it seems to go on into infinity
With no terminus in sight.
One shaky foot in front of the other,
My aging body sore and stiff.
I've considered acquiescence.
Perhaps it's time for me to quit.
I'm so focused on survival
And never looking down
That I've lost sight of all the beauty
That is everywhere around.
The mountains towering over me
With white blankets on their peaks.
The green and sparkling river
Flowing swift and aimlessly.
The flawless azure cloudless sky.
Those dark moments when she weeps.
Her stars that shine so bright at night
To safely guide my weary feet.
Eagles soaring to their nests.
The distant valleys deep and green.
All of nature's busy creatures
Who roam this earth so free.
Those people who keep watch for me
To catch me if I lose my balance.
Who have staggered on their own tightropes
So are well acquainted with the challenge.
They keep vigil from a distance
And have done their best to understand
That I need to make this trek alone
To become everything I am.
The days and nights are passing now.
My body's weak, but my will is strong.
I stop and rest more frequently,
But I recover and move on.
I've been meandering this tightrope now
For more than half my life,
Surviving good and bad days too,
But never giving up the fight.
And those who really love me
Who have never lost their faith,
Have helped convince me through it all
This was a journey I could make.
So to all of you who are like me,
Walking that fine and tottering line,
Just put one foot before the other,
And you'll master it in time.
6. On AdversityPoem About Facing Life's Challenges Courageously
Adversity brings out the best in you
It often helps to find something new -
A hidden talent or clears a doubt
Or you understand what life's about
Adversity nourishes you to become strong
It helps to reach where you truly belong
Adversity makes you tough and wise
It shows where your strength lies
Adversity is nothing but a stepping stone
To a path that seems rugged and unknown
But if you let courage be your guide,
And can take things on your stride,
Don't get dejected and continue to fight.
In the end, you'll see hope and light.Latest Shared Story
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You could have given up,
but you kept on going.
You could have seen obstacles,
but you called them adventures.
You could have called them weeds,
but instead you called them wildflowers.
You could have died a caterpillar,
but you fought on to be a butterfly.
You could have denied yourself goodness,
but instead you chose to show
yourself self-love. You could have defined
yourself by the dark days, but instead
through them you realised your light.
Latest Shared Story
Another good one! I enjoyed it very much. And I think most of us can relate; I know I can. Thanks for sharing.
sometimes I wonder
why life feels
so uphill most of the time.
the mountains are rooting for us.
maybe they want us to see sights
we would never get to see without them.
because in that moment,
when life takes your breath away
for all her beauty, you are reborn.
and I don’t think there is anything
in this world than a new beginning.
You’re not alone in this; you know that, right?
There are others like you.
Hiding. Running. Wishing
for a desire they keep hidden
(but terrified of it coming true)
Swaying. Hoping. Begging
(but terrified of something new)
Hesitant but leaping.
Whole but looking for what they’ve lost.
Wanting the world to see them
but unsure of who they are.
I hope you find peace in your battles
I hope you find light within the darkness
I hope you find comfort in your storm
I hope you find your smile within the tears
I hope your heart beats lighter
when it starts to feel heavy
I hope you find the kind of love that stays
I hope you find someone who welcomes your broken pieces home.
13. SometimesFighting Past Depression And Anxiety
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.
The world just sometimes feels like
I don't fit and don't belong,
And even when I make the effort,
A smile just doesn't last long.
I could pretend with all my might
That I am the happiest I can be.
Surrounded by the world, it seems
Lonelier I couldn't be.
Not sure what may be the answer.
Not sure if I'm really keen
To spend another day here,
Living this dreadful dream.
But I must find some courage,
Light a fire inside my heart
And find a love for life again,
And I know where I shall start.
I'll walk among the forest
And feel the crisp sea breeze
And lay among the meadow
And listen to all the bees.
I'll figure out the mayhem
And gaze at all the stars
And dance at every sunset
With a smile inside my heart.Latest Shared Story
Few words to explain me. Thanks, dear. You are not alone.
14. I Am TryingFinding Your Life's Purpose Can Be Difficult
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.
Always looking for ways to improve myself,
But I struggle to take that first step.
I often wonder if this is it for me
Or if I'm stuck in my regret.
I try to hide my insecurities
Because the worry is just too much,
But they wind up shooting out of me
with every passing touch.
So today I write this poem,
to see what you might say.
Any words of wisdom
Could help my soul someway.Latest Shared Story
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...
Don't Let Others Define You
I'm good enough;
I don't care what you say.
I'm proud of what
I accomplished today.
Maybe I didn't win
Or even place,
But I tried really hard
And finished the race.
I set a personal best,
Which makes me feel good.
I did much better
Than I thought I could.
Why do you criticize
And try to make me feel small?
Does it make you feel better
When I stumble and fall?
Well, I'm here to tell you
That I won't let your words hurt.
Because when I fall,
I'll just pick myself up from the dirt.
And I'll keep on fighting
Until the end,
With a cheerleader in my corner,
Because I'm my own best friend.
So unless you have something
Positive to say,
I suggest you keep your mouth shut
And just go away.
Because my best friend and I
Are about to celebrate;
And we can do without you
Or your small-minded hate.Latest Shared Story
Wow! I absolutely, 100%, love this! I think this would be a good lesson for everyone to learn. People shouldn't just rely on others to compliment them, and just because somebody thinks...
When demons pick at my troubled mind
And the passage to sleep becomes harder to find,
I close my eyes, turn out the light
And listen to the music of the night.
First there's the silence, looming and menacing,
The audience lies waiting, patiently listening.
My heart is racing; it's pounding and deafening.
The taste of tension is sour and sickening.
Outside the wind blows a sweet, sad refrain
That plays on repeat again and again.
It builds to a crescendo, stormy and wild
Until it blows over and breathes like a child.
The rhythm of the night train's clickety-clack,
'The Moonlight Sonata' for insomniacs.
It's a song of love and another heart broken
When so much is said without a single word spoken.
A dripping tap becomes a cacophony,
The percussion in my moonlight symphony.
Every drip...drip...drop performed in the overture
Is a well-rehearsed line in my sleepless torture.
The hymns of miners lost in the gloom
Are sang by angels as they circle my room.
Voices that flicker like light from a flame
Are swallowed by the coal-black from which they came.
Birdsong at dawn, a heavenly choir,
Brings me to rest and my eyes start to tire.
While sunlight chases my demons away,
I fall asleep gently to the sounds of the Day.
17. Still Here
I been scarred and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me,
Sun has baked me,
Looks like between 'em they done
Tried to make me
Stop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'--
But I don't care!
I'm still here!Latest Shared Story
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...
18. I, Too
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,"
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
19. Inner 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.
The serenity I feel here just soothes my mind.
A peaceful day so hard to find.
The breeze just calms my soul.
Helps me think about what is my life's goal.
I then look out over the ocean,
And it feels like my life has lost its commotion.
The sun sets down over the clouds.
But the orange glow around makes me proud.
As the night draws near.
I feel like where I need to be is here.
The soothing nature this afternoon brings
Just feels like such a beautiful thing.
I sit and wonder where life will go,
But right now all I want is for time to slow.
To enjoy this moment and feel free,
To clear my mind and find some glee.
It's days like these I truly treasure.
Amazing nights and beautiful weather.
It may not seem like much.
But it's moments like these I want to clutch.
For once I feel like life is bliss.
So many hard days in which my happiness was missed.
I could get lost listening to the waves.
Listening to the birds and watching how the clouds behave.
I could close my eyes and fade into the night.
The tranquility I feel helps me win the fight.
As the waves keep crashing into the rocks,
I feel the happiness in my heart become unlocked.
The day is drawing to a close.
The peacefulness I feel right now I'll only know.
Right now my mind is finally clear.
It's time to go as the night draws near.Latest Shared Story
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...
Empowerment Of Women
Come on, women!
Must rise to the challenges
Of your enhanced responsibilities.
We are already stronger.
Never feel blue.
Break the myth.
No force can barricade a determined woman.
Come out of your cage.
Bear the pain
Like you do the stilettos.
Wear your elegance every day.
Start rummaging for your upliftment.
Miles to reach acme.
Heads up, women!
Don't fear the fire.
Be the fire!
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