Short Poems

Be inspired by our collections of short poems to encourage you on living life, love, happiness and more. Read our poem of the week that is uplifting, inspiring, and encouraging. You will find poems covering many different topics but they all contain inspiration, motivation, and encouragement in regard to everyday issues of life we all face from one time to another.

Be inspired by our poem of the week and our favorite and popular collections all with the focus of providing poems that will add a positive thought to your day.

Short Poem Of The Week

Never Let Go
Poet: Folger McKinsey

Oh, do not let go and do not give up
And do not let down it is wrong!
There is always a chance of your winning the cup,
There is always the need of a song.
Never let go, but cling to the end,
And never let down - lift your eyes
To the hopes that still over us lovingly bend,
To the light that is filling the skies!

What odds that the struggle is bitter and black,
That the striving has seemed all in vain;
Never let go and go tumbling back,
There's a chance for us all once again.
No matter how weary, how troubled and worn,
How futile the struggle may seem,
There is always a bit of good luck in the morn,
There is always a light in the dream!

Oh, do not let go take another firm hold,
And never go down if you can:
Life's prizes are sweet, but there's far better gold
In the spirit of being a man.
So stick to the struggle, and trust, and dig on;
There's a chance for you yet, you will see:
The blackest of nights brings the glow of the dawn
And the luck that may set us all free.

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Realized Wishes
By Winifred Brachlow

At first I used to wish and wish
For things I never got.
But now I've turned my wishing
Into Concentrated Thought;
And would you really think it!
My wishes all come true;
Until I've only one wish left —
I wish the same for you.

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Every Minute
Poet: Hugh Owen Meredith

For every minute of my day
To God the praise be said,
For daily walk, for daily talk,
For daily beef and bread!
More than for all His other works
I praise Him in my bed
For this delight of closing night,
My golden drowsihed.
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The Worst Thing
Poet: Strickland Gillilan

Failure, when you have done your best, is bad.
I know a thing a thousand times as sad:
The sting that failure leaves within your breast
An ache that knows no surcease, gives no rest
When you recall you did not do your best.

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Family Man
Poet: J. G. Saxe

I once was a jolly young beau
And knew how to pick up a fan.
But I've done with all that, you must know,
For now I'm a family man!

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Verse from The Village Blacksmith
Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Toiling, - rejoicing, sorrowing,
Onward through life he goes;
Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose.

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A Friend Is Someone
Poet Unknown

A friend is someone
we turn to when our spirits need a life.
A friend is someone
we treasure for our friendship is a gift.
A friend is someone
who fills our lives with beauty, joy, and grace
And makes the world
we live in a better and happier place.

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Poet Unknown

Too many a discontented mourner
Is spending his days on Grumble Corner -
Sour and sad - whom I long to entreat
We should move to Thanksgiving Street.

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Poet: Edwin Markham

Who digs a well, or plants a seed,
A sacred pact he keeps with sun and sod:
With these he helps refresh and feed
The world, and enters partnership with God.

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Poor Sort Of Happiness
Poet: George Eliot

It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come
By caring very much about our own narrow pleasures.
We can only have the highest happiness by having wide thoughts,
And much feeling for the rest of the world,
As well as ourselves;
And this sort of happiness often brings so much pain with it
That we can only tell it from pain by its being what
We would choose before everything else,
Because our souls see it is good.

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Advice On Success and Failure
Poet: Richard Watson Gilder

He fails who climbs to power and place
Up the pathway of disgrace.
He fails not who makes truth his cause.
Nor bends to win the crowd's applause.

He fails not, he who stakes his all
Upon the right and dares to fall.
What though the living bless or blame.
For him the long success of fame!

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Love Is
Poet: Edmund Spenser

Love is life's end; an end but never ending;
All joys, all sweets, all happiness awarding;
Love is life's wealth (ne'er spent but ever spending),
Love's life's reward, rewarded in rewarding:
Then from thy wretched heart fond care remove.
Ah! shouldst thou live but once love's sweets to prove,
Thou wilt not love to live, unless thou live to love.

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Good Weather
by Ruskin

Sunshine is delicious,
Rain is refreshing,
Wind braces up,
Snow is exhilarating;
There is really no such thing as bad weather,
Only different kinds of good weather.

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The Seasons
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

Spring sees things come back alive
The flowers and the bees arrive.
Summer brings the warm air
We vacation and live without a care
Then the fall it starts to cool
And the children venture back to school
Winter comes with a blast
And we pray it is over fast!
The beauty that each season brings
Gives each of us a different feeling.

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An alphabetical listing by topic of all short poems on the site. We have many different topics or subjects with specific poems for what you are looking for.

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Poetic writings and rhymes 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.

Poetry 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.

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.

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

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