500+ Short Poems

Updated Jan 19/21 - Be encouraged by our collection of over 500 short poems that are uplifting, inspiring, and encouraging. Brief but concise words and verses to add a positive and uplifting message to your day. All of them provide inspiration, motivation, and encouragement in regard to everyday issues we all face from one time to another.

As L.V. Seachild said, "Poems tell a story - it's just that the words rhyme." Stories can inspire us and give us hope. They can teach us lessons we otherwise may not experience. And poems are a way of expressing and sharing thoughts and experiences. So let the rhyme in these verses tell a story for you.

Plus find poetry to share for special occasions, and for special people. Sharing a poem with others can brighten their day.


Short Poems by Category

Find short poems in a particular category to give you inspiration for your day. There are some great verses for sharing with others. You will find poetry from famous poets and from people who have shared their experiences in the form of a poem. Words of wisdom to reflect on!

christian poems to uplift and encourage
Christian Poems
over 90 poems to inspire and uplift you

poems of encouragement to give you inspiration
Poems Of Encouragement
80+ poems that are encouraging

poems about family, short poems expressing appreciation
Poems About Family
more than 20 poems


friendship poems, best short poems for friends
Friendship Poems
find over 40 poems to share with your friends

inspirational poems, uplifting and inspiring poems
Inspirational Poems
over 70 poems to inspire and motivate you


poems about life to inspire and encourage
Poems About Life
find over 85 poems on all aspects of life and living


nature poems, focus on the beauty
Nature Poems
greater than 25 verses of poetry on the beauty and amazing nature that surrounds us

poems about the seasons, short poems
Poems About The Seasons
As the seasons change be inspired by the more than 20 poems in our collection


poems for kids, short poems
Poems For Kids
Kids love poetry, a collection of more than 25 short poems  for children


short love poems to say i love you
Short Love Poems
Expressing words of love can be difficult, use these 45 poems to help you say I love you.
short prayers to pray
Short Prayers
35+ prayers to inspire you in your walk with God

famous poems by famous poets
Famous Poems by Famous Poets





Poem Of The Day

It's Better To Smile
Poet: David V. Bush

Lose temper, and all must perish;
Smile, and you'll put er through!
An angry frown puts your true self down -
So smile, and dare, and do!

When your rage seems too hot to smother.
And the world bears a crimson hue,
Don't play the fool - take a moment to cool -
Just smile, and you'll push 'er through!

When you feel like tearing and rending.
Just pause for a saner view.
There is naught to gain from your wrathful pain-
So smile, and you'll push 'er through!

Lose your temper, and you are vanquished:
Smile, and you'll put 'er through;
For anger's the first of your foes - and worst -
So smile, and dare, and do!


Current Popular Poems

The Road Not Taken
Poet: Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth. . . .
Read the full poem Graduation Poems


Life's Journey
Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As we speed out of youth's sunny station
The track seems to shine in the light,
But it suddenly shoots over chasmsv Or sinks into tunnels of night.
And the hearts that were brave in the morning
Are filled with repining and fears,
As they pause at the City of Sorrow
Or pass through the Valley of Tears. . . .
Read more Life's Journey


Laughter
Poet: Unknown

Are you worsted in a fight?
Laugh it off.
Are you cheated of your right?
Laugh it off.
Don't make tragedy of trifles,
Don't shoot butterflies with rifles —
Laugh it off. . . .
Read the complete poem on Poems About Laughter


Recent Additions

Words Just Don't Express
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

Words just don't express
My wish for your happiness
A true friend you have been to me
I can only hope I can be
A friend that cares and supports you too
And bring you happiness by what I do. . . . .
Read the full poem at Thank You Friend


Lifelong Sister and Brother
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

Sisters and brothers are together for life
Growing up, there is at times, strife.
But, no matter what there is always a bond
One of friendship and beyond. . . . .
Read the full poem at Brother Poems From Sister


Is It Worth While?
by Joaquin Miller

Is it worth while that we jostle a brother
Bearing his load on the rough road of life?
Is it worth while that we jeer at each other
In blackness of heart? — that we war to the knife?
God pity us all in our pitiful strife. . . . .
Read the complete poem at Poems About Brotherhood


Special Occasions For The Month Of January 2021

Celebrate a special occasion with a short poem or a quote!

New Years New Year Poems New Year Quotes
Birthdays Birthday Poems Funny Birthday Poems Birthday Poems For Mom Birthday Quotes
Retirement Retirement Poems Retirement Quotes


We also offer a collection of Quotes sorted by topic, that may help you find the right words you are looking for!

And if you prefer to view our collection of short Poems sorted by topic.

Plus we offer a collection of articles and quotes at Positive Thoughts and Positive Messages



Poetic writings have been around for centuries and have been passed down from generation to generation. It is not just about the rhyme but it is the meaning each sentence has that conveys meaning.  At times, a few words can express more thoughts and influence and impact a person than a book full of writings.

Poetic writings can help anyone to express their feelings; are great to share, and, at times, can even change a person's thinking in a particular situation or circumstance. They can encourage and inspire by adding a positive thought to your day.

Our site has been online since 2003 with short, brief, and to the point, poetry and inspiring thoughts to inspire, motivate, and encourage! Find a short verse to share with family, colleagues, and friends. Either a brief poem or just a verse can help to express positive messages of appreciation, love, joy, and encouragement. We hope you enjoy our collection!

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