Short Poems

Short Poems

Why a Short Poem?

A short poem may be a stylistic choice or it may be that you have said what you intended to say in a more concise way. Either way, they differ stylistically from a long poem in that there tends to be more care in word choice. Since there are fewer words people tend to spend more time on choosing a word that fits the subject to perfection. Because of this meticulous attitude, writing a short poem is often more tedious than writing a long poem.

96 Short and Simple Poems

  1. 1. Be Proud Of Who You Are

    • By S Raine
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2010

    I try to instill in my daughters that we all are unique, so find yourself and be proud of who you are.

    I Am Unique

    I come with no wrapping or pretty pink bows.
    I am who I am, from my head to my toes.
    I tend to get loud when speaking my mind.
    Even a little crazy some of the time.
    I'm not a size 5 and don't care to be.
    You can be you and I can be me.
    I try to stay strong when pain knocks me down.
    And the times that I cry are when no one's around.
    To error is human or so that's what they say.
    Well, tell me who's perfect anyway.

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    I love this poem! People are always trying to fit in and be normal. I've always disregarded being "normal." What's the point? Why would I be someone I am not? I am perfectly happy the way I...

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  3. 2. Forever

    • By Terri Nicole Tharrington
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2012

    My name is Terri Nicole Tharrington. I am in the US NAVY and I have been writing poems since I was 14 years old. I want to get out of the military and major in writing but I am not sure how far it is going to get me. My poems started off depressing because of all of the complications and hurdles I faced growing up as a kid, but being around positive attitudes and finally believing in myself has gotten me a long way. Thanks for reading! Feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Short Poem About Forever

    Forever we remain oblivious to the future,
    lost to the past and enduring our torture.
    Forever we take chances to settle our scores,
    losing some battles and winning some wars.
    Forever praying out loud hoping someone will hear,
    forever crying softly but never shedding a tear.
    Forever exists behind a disguise,
    but the belief in forever keeps our hearts alive.

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    Very Inspiring and motivational. You can do anything you put your mind to. Keep having HEART!

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  5. 3. Someday

    • By Sarah
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008

    Someday you will miss me and regret that you let me go.

    Someday you will cry for me
    Like I cried for you.
    Someday you'll miss me
    Like I missed you.
    Someday you'll need me
    Like I needed you.
    Someday you'll love me,
    But I won't love you.

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    That's a wonderful recovery poem. I believe that if one does all they can to make a relationship work and it doesn't, then it's time to move on. And for the one who put their all into it,...

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  6. 4. A Day Away

    I've struggled with depression most of my life. I tend to see the worst in things and often need to be reminded of things most people do naturally. This short poem is one of those reminders. A great tragedy occurs when the bad days numb us to the good ones. Try to enjoy the good days, because they don't last that long. Try not to fear the bad days, because they won't last that long. Whether time is currently your friend or foe, however it can help you today, remember today won't last that long.

    Feelings And Perspective

    Some feelings are shallow, some feelings are deep.
    Some make us smile, some make us weep.

    Some we love, some we don't.
    Some we'll savor, some we won't.

    Some grounding, some uplifting,
    Some long-lasting, some constantly shifting.

    No matter what feelings I'm feeling today,
    I know tomorrow is only a day away.

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    I, too, have dealt with depression most of my life. I have learned two things. Feelings are just that. They are fleeting. They come and they go. I have also learned to rely on my rock, my...

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  7. 5. Secrets Under Trees

    Everyone has lies and hurtful secrets they wish to bury, actions they regret and things they want to change. This short poem is about learning to appreciate everything a person has to offer and not just dwelling on their past mistakes.

    Focusing On The Good

    Tiny little secrets
    Get buried in the dirt,
    And if they were dug up,
    Someone would probably get hurt,
    So leave them safely there,
    To rot amongst the leaves,
    Admiring instead,
    The truth in summer's green trees.

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    I don’t know if that’s true, because sometimes it's better to hide the hurtful secrets because the world these days will probably laugh at you then do nothing for a few days then decide...

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  8. 6. A Thorny Rose

    • By Kirston D. Warfield
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A young girl compares life to a rose.

    Our life is like a thorny rose
    Not perfect, but always beautiful
    The thorns represent the hardships in our lives.
    The delicate red petals represent the fun and beautiful things in our lives.
    As a young rose the petals hugging around the seed
    are the family and friends who protect, love, and care for us.

    A Thorny Rose

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    Lovely Poem. Life means struggling. We know we may seem like a rose, but some thorns are our weaknesses. Let's forget all the awkward moments and smile like a rose accepting the thorns for a...

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  9. 7. Emotional Weather

    • By Danni
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2009

    This poem was fun to write and it made my friend giggle on the rain line but yeah. Most of you will hate it but hey... I had fun. =]

    A rainbow
    Colours in the sky
    Sunlight
    Reflection in the window
    Rain
    Downpour of my heart
    Storm
    Anger letting go
    Snow
    Peaceful in the night
    Fog
    Troubles to get through

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    This poem actually is really "deep" it almost outlines the order of life and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoy many of your poems, but this only actually made me stop and gave me a new...

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  10. 8. 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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    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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  11. 9. Despite The Storms

    Finding Joy Once More

    Despite the storms,
    beauty arrives like
    it was always going to.
    Despite the darkness,
    the light returns.
    Despite your loss,
    your heart will be
    full again.
    Despite the breaking,
    your heart will feel
    like it belongs in the
    land of joy once more.
    This is how it will
    always be. Keep living.

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    Part of the last line says, "Keep living." I'm saying keep writing. I like your style and sensitivity. Excellent flow and structure. I really enjoyed it.

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  12. 10. What Are Heavy?

    Christina Rossetti reflects on things that are heavy, brief, frail, and deep. She shares both concrete items and metaphorical ones, whether it’s a state of mind or moment in time. It’s a poem that makes the reader reflect on the meaning of life.

    What are heavy? Sea-sand and sorrow;
    What are brief? Today and tomorrow;
    What are frail? Spring blossoms and youth;
    What are deep? The ocean and truth.

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    It’s pure perfection, this poem. It couldn't have been said any better and yet be any more poetic and precise. Beautiful.

    This poem shall stand the test of time,
    For it's got so much...

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  13. 11. My Love Is Gone

    The hardest thing is losing the love you have.

    I No Longer Feel Whole

    Lord, hear my prayer oh so dear.
    My heart is aching; my mind isn't clear.
    My love has left me; it hurts my soul.
    Without that love, I don't feel whole.

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    I know how you feel. My boyfriend left me last summer. Today would have been our anniversary. I feel so empty without him. I tried dating again, but he's always on my mind. I loved him, I...

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  14. 12. Underface

    Children, teenagers, and adults as well, can all identify with the message of this poem for children from Shel Silverstein published in his book, "Every Thing On It." Sometimes we all feel like no one really truly knows us, as if we are wearing a mask and our true self is hidden from all underneath our face.

    Underneath my outside face
    There's a face that none can see.
    A little less smiley,
    A little less sure,
    But a whole lot more like me

    Underface By Shel Silverstein

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    What a perfect poem! At times we could basically tell how people were feeling despite their facial expressions. It was in their eyes the tell- tale signs that led us to see at least the...

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  15. 13. Seeing Ourselves Clearly

    It’s difficult to take in the entirety of something
    when you are standing inside of it.
    Valleys are best seen from peaks.
    Mountains from their bases.
    The ocean from the shore.
    Perhaps this is why we rely on other’s eyes
    to see ourselves clearly.
    Perhaps this is why we struggle to wholly view
    who we are.

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    One should always keep an open mind when viewing the world around them, and what you say in your beautiful poem is so true, and other people often can see our inner beauty before we do. That...

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  16. 14. Allow Me To Dream

    • By Jeff Mynatt
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2017

    I'm retired military who spent 32 years preparing and actively participating in wars. I just have to believe in my heart that there are worlds beyond our own were beings exist in peace. This poem came to me while I was standing alert in Kuwait while gazing at the multitude of stars shinning above me.

    World Of Peace And Love

    As I look across a field of green,
    I dream.
    I look to the stars and wonder just how far,
    and I dream.
    I dream of worlds beyond where peace and love are one,
    and so I dream.
    If worlds like that exist and can live in heavenly bliss,
    why can't we?
    Allow me to dream

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    This is beautiful. I share your dream even though these days I sometimes feel very naive. Are we moving farther and farther away from being able to get along with each other?

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  17. 15. Still

    • By Amber
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2013

    Well, where do I start? I'm an 18 year old girl who has depression.
    I write a lot of poems about what has happened to me in the past, and I write the "darker" poems.
    I had something horrible happen to me in September, so I write about that.
    Please enjoy my poems =)

    Short Dark Poem

    The crow flies
    People die
    Souls are lost
    Tears dry
    Love fades
    Blood stops dripping
    The sun sets
    Flowers turn to dust
    People turn to stone
    The crow freezes
    And life stands still

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    Reminds me about the reality of death and how scary it can be. Very good job pointing out things. I loved it.

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  18. 16. Relaxation

    • By Polette
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2015

    The scene is at the beach alone, and it's quiet.

    Poem Describing Relaxing At The Beach

    The wind blows
    I breathe deeply
    I close my eyes so tight
    I can barely see light
    It feels as if I float in thin air
    It's relaxing, it's refreshing
    It's peace, it's nature
    It's as if I can fly
    And never die...

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    I love this website. It consists of many poems from small to large size. This is an excellent website for english poems. Please add a audio clip function with every poem so that we can know...

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  19. 17. Snowflakes

    I caught snowflakes
    on my fingertips
    but they melted
    to my dismay.
    I could not hold on
    to something
    that did not want
    to stay.

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    Awesome. When more of us realize that, the better off we all will be. I really like this poem.

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  20. 18. The Dark Days Will Pass

    There will be dark days,
    when you feel alone
    with your aching heart
    but that doesn’t mean
    you will always be.
    The sun will always
    peer through the clouds.
    Let its light show you
    the love you have forgotten.

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    I think that is true to every person's life, and what he or she needs is patience that brings a glorious morning after a gloomy night. I had also once gone through such dark days, which later...

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  21. 19. Stronger

    She never let life
    or the weight that
    came along with it
    weigh her down, it
    only made her stronger.

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    I think that is what living is all about. We live, we learn, we make changes, and we live on; hopefully, stronger.

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  22. 20. Like The Moon

    I will be
    like the moon
    and learn to shine
    even when
    I am not whole.

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    Very insightful. Self-love can be (and maybe should be) the first love we encounter. Even when we're not perfect.

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