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

  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.

    Poem About How Time Flies

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

    Memories that feel as if they occurred yesterday
    turn to flashes of moments that seem to fade away.

    People you once knew
    walk by without a clue.

    The times you once shared
    exist as if you were never there.

    Years fly...friends die...
    and you never know when you'll say your last goodbye.

    Oh, how I wish I could turn back time,
    spend it with loved ones and cherish what once was mine.

    Or to go back even more,
    being a kid in a candy store.

    How I miss the way I used to feel
    on Christmas day when Santa was real.

    But back to reality...back to today,
    family is scarce and memories continue to fade away.

    Tick tock...tick tock...
    How I wish I could control this clock.

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  3. 2. Rise

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

    I Will Rise

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

    I will rise
    Over the wall.
    I will rise
    Above them all.

    Like the sun,
    Which never dies.
    Though sets every night,
    Every day it does rise.

    Like the ocean
    Whose tides
    Many times they are down,
    But invariably they rise.

    Like the trees,
    From seeds they arise,
    And heights great
    They rise and rise.

    After falling once,
    Twice and thrice,
    Again and again
    I will rise and rise.

    I will rise
    After every fall.
    After every fall
    I will rise.

    I Will Rise, Rise

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  5. 3. 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.

    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.

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  6. 4. Sometimes

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

    Fighting 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.

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  7. 5. 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.

    Inspirational Poem To Keep On Persevering

    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.

    You lose sight of who you want to be.
    You blame yourself, screaming, "Why am I me?"
    You wish you could just be free.
    Open your eyes and you'll see

    That life is what you make it, and sometimes it's hard.
    We get battered and bruised, mistreated and scared.

    We forget what's important.
    We forget our drive.
    We all need a focus point,
    A reason to survive.

    Find your passion.
    Find your drive.
    Find something that makes you fight,
    And you will survive.

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  8. 6. Tired

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

    Poem About Being Tired Of A Hard Life

    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.

    I'm tired of wasting my days submersed in despair,
    Tired of words piercing my heart like sharp spears,
    Tired of living a life that is one big blear.

    I'm tired of pretending while deep inside I care,
    Tired of being stuck in toxic relationships and atmospheres,
    Tired of hypocrisy and lies in a world full of fakes and veneers.

    I'm tired of trying to believe,
    Tired of putting up a show,
    Tired of battling defeat,

    Just tired of feeling this way,
    Can I be spared?

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  9. 7. Lost Innocence

    • By Michaela Remmel
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2015

    Humans have wronged, and I have noticed. You must imagine how strange it feels to a 14-year-old girl having to hear of all this hatred in school and on television. Unlike many teens, I'm using my talents to explain how I view the world. This took me a while to write and I had many mistakes to fix before I was comfortable enough to put it online. I hope that everyone who reads it can see a glimpse of the world from my perspective. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy.

    Poem About How The World Has Taken A Turn For The Worse

    Wind whistling,
    Snow glistening,
    We try not to,
    But we're all listening.

    Loud screams,
    Bad dreams,
    It's very far,
    But close it seems.

    Sad day,
    Lost our way,
    All we can do
    Is simply pray.

    Innocence gone,
    Life no longer long.
    We may not know,
    But we're all doing wrong.

    Joy lost,
    The Holocaust.
    We look to see
    Hearts covered in frost.

    Wars fought,
    Sins taught,
    Making mistakes,
    Hoping not to be caught.

    Not taking blame,
    Pushing for fame.
    As advanced as we are,
    We're still all untamed.

    Too much pride,
    Needing a guide.
    We will deny it,
    But behind lies we hide.

    Hurting others,
    Betraying brothers.
    Many forgetting
    To appreciate mothers.

    Lies are fed,
    Filling heart and head.
    Through all of these years,
    Innocent blood has been shed.

    Children abandoned,
    Lonely and stranded.
    We're all wasting the life
    That we have been handed.

    Taking from the poor,
    We're loving no more.
    Fight to be free,
    End up starting a war.

    People starting fights,
    No longer enjoying the sights,
    While mere mortals are taking
    Our God given rights.

    Soldiers killed,
    Void can't be filled,
    Pay close attention,
    For pure souls have been tilled.

    Need to find peace,
    Work together like geese,
    But greatest of all,
    The hate needs to cease.

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  10. 8. Short Life Summary

    • By Hgr
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2015

    I began writing poetry not too long ago. I like to sit and think and write about things that come to my mind. It's not something I'm always doing in my spare time because high school is my main thing at the moment. I hope you enjoy it, and please tell me what you think.

    Living Life With Purpose

    Life and death; without one there cannot be the other.
    For some, it's short, but they live it like no other.
    For most, it's long, and to be happy they don't ever bother.
    Life cannot be lived without the love of others.

    The second we are born is the second we begin to die.
    As a child, we live life and don't worry why.
    As we grow, it gets tougher and we don't want to try.
    Like everything else, it will end and we'll have to say goodbye.

    Whether it's twenty years or one hundred-twenty,
    Live it with a purpose to be greater than many.
    Most likely life will be long;
    So live it with the future in mind
    Because if you act in the moment life is never kind.

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  11. 9. Choices

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

    Trying 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,
    and I never stop to ask myself, "Why?"

    I heard we live and die by the choices we make,
    and there's only so much a person can take.

    So just remember life goes on,
    and it hurts when someone leaves and is gone.

    So always remember, keep your head up,
    because another door is opened every time one is shut.

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  12. 10. Purpose

    A poem telling people to stop wasting their life trying to find their purpose but to just have fun living their life and be comfortable with who they are.

    Finding Purpose In Life

    Don't be nervous when finding your purpose.
    To simply be alive is just scratching the surface.

    As life goes on, you will find out the truth.
    Blissful ignorance is only for the youth.

    As you get older, you start to wonder
    Why am I here? Was it just a blunder?

    Whatever your purpose, it is for you to choose,
    Because wasting your time wondering is of no use.

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  13. 11. To Live And To Love

    We were put on this planet to live and to love. Open your arms to life, and life will hug you back. This is one of my very first poems. I believe I was 12 when I wrote this poem!

    Poem About Life And Love

    We were put on this planet
    To live and to love.
    To cherish the ones in our lives
    And never let them get hurt.
    Safety is a priority,
    But danger is an outcome.
    Why is it that we work so very hard
    For something that will still happen
    In the end?
    Should we care about our lives
    Or sit and waste it away?
    "It doesn't matter, we're all going to
    die someday!"
    These words fill our heads
    With sad confusion. There's no end.
    We get lost with the love
    We want to have.
    There is no conclusion to all
    This pain.
    But an answer that comes
    Just the same.
    The negative side seems to win,
    But the positive side seems to
    We are who we choose to be,
    So be careful who you choose.
    Love everyday like there is no
    And give to others the joy of life
    So no one will hurt.
    Love, and love will love you back.
    Open your arms to life,
    And life will hug you back!
    Don't be scared!
    Life is still a one time thing!

    Poem About Life And Love, To Live And To Love

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  14. 12. Memories

    • By Jane Kim
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2015

    This poem is about all our memories being there for us when we want to remember.

    Poem About An Album Of Memories

    Memories in my life fade away
    As I replace them with others.
    They are forgotten and stored away.
    Although the memories are pushed to the side,
    They are safe so I may remember them in the future.
    Our mind is like a book;
    It writes down important things and keeps them between the pages forever.
    Maybe our whole album of memories:
    Our first steps, first love, first grief, and others
    Were meant to be there for us to never forget.

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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.

    Grown up,
    You ignore the wonders
    That you cherished as a child.
    Gone is the carefree, honesty and mild.

    You walk around with blinders on,
    Into the race of money and greed.
    Not caring who gets hurt
    Just to fulfill your selfish needs.

    Stepping over the line of morals
    To have wealth and material things.
    Ignoring all God's gifts
    Like the first rain in Spring.

    Keep that little child inside!
    Hold her close to your heart.
    We're only here for a brief time,
    Then with this world we must part.

    For a moment each day it's OK to get silly,
    To laugh and dance.
    Take in all God's glory
    At every single chance.


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  16. 14. 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.

    Poem About The Beautiful Chaos Of Life

    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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  17. 15. The Mask

    I wrote this poem back in 1997, I just came across it while going through some papers. I hope that you enjoy it.

    Different Faces To Hide True Feelings

    I look in the mirror at the beginning of each day,
    and ask myself what mask should I place on my face today.

    No not the sad one it's too revealing,
    I don't want to show the world my true feelings.

    For the mask that you can see
    camouflages the true me.

    It's my public face that I remove each night,
    when I bare my soul the mirrors light.

    It's the one meant for only my eyes to see
    it speaks of all my history.

    It tells of my youth and girlish ways,
    my adolescents and my young woman's dreams.

    It tells of good times of which I had my share
    of love lost and pain so hard to bear.

    So I choose my mask so carefully,
    to cover the face that was given to me,
    the one that was meant for only my eyes to see.

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  18. 16. 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,

    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!

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  19. 17. 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.

    People leave you to fight alone
    You put on a fake smile to hide all your pain
    Yet someone still knows your hurt.

    Through it all you still put on a front to satisfy those around you
    Thorough it all you wouldn't change a thing
    Through it all you wouldn't trade your life for fame.

    You build a wall to try to keep from getting hurt
    You lock up you heart and throw away the key to see who cares enough to look for the key
    Through it all there's not many people that got you to open up yet still you love it all.

    Struggles meet you in the face to watch you slip up
    Yet through it all you wouldn't change a thing.

    Through it all you wouldn't change a thing
    Through it all you wouldn't trade your life for fame.

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  20. 18. My Life

    • By Taylor Beckham
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2015

    I was a little girl when I was adopted by my dad. My biological father was in prison. When I was 9 or 10, my adopted father left us as well. The pain I felt was excruciating. Watching my mom hurt for so long hurt me as well. My mom worked all the time, so I had to step up and take care of things while she was gone. I cleaned the house, cooked, and watched my baby brother so she could make enough money for us to live on while still finding time to keep my grades up. I felt the LOVE from my "dad" was a LIE!

    Poem About Growing Up Too Fast

    All of my life
    I was living in a lie.
    It seems that my childhood
    has flown right by.
    My daddy walked out,
    and I had nowhere to cry.
    I had to stay strong
    so my spirit wouldn't die.
    Now I've grown up too fast
    trying to make this life last.
    I push to move forward,
    but I'm stuck in my past.
    Tell me, what's a girl to do?
    Forget about it through and through?
    That's not something I can do.
    What's done is done,
    Ain't that the truth?

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  21. 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.
    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.

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  22. 20. I'm My Own Best Friend

    In this age of social media, so many people allow themselves to be defined by the opinions of others. If they don't get a "like," they feel wounded. This poem is about letting your own beliefs and opinions define who you are. Don't let the criticism of others define you. Define your own goals and be happy with your own successes. Don't worry about what others do or say.

    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.

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