500+ Short Poems

Updated Feb 23/21 - 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





funeral poems
Funeral Poems
Poems offering comfort & condolences


poems about hope
Poems About Hope
10+ Poems offering words of hope

Poem Of The Day

Sunshine And Shadow
Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Life has its shadows, as well as its sun;
Its lights and its shades, all twined together.
I tried to single them out, one by one,
Single and count them, determining whether
There was less blue than there was grey,
And more of the deep night than of the day.
But dear me, dear me, my task's but begun,
And I am not half way into the sun.

For the longer I look on the bright side of earth,
The more of the beautiful do I discover
And really, I never knew what life was worth
Till I searched the wide storehouse of happiness over.
It is filled from the cellar well up to the skies,
With things meant to gladden the heart and the eyes.
The doors are unlocked, you can enter each room,
That lies like a beautiful garden in bloom.

Yet life has its shadow, as well as its sun;
Earth has its storehouse of joy and of sorrow.
But the first is so wide - and my task's but begun -
That the last must be left for a far-distant morrow.
I will count up the blessings God gave in a row,
But dear me! when I get through them, I know
I shall have little time left for the rest,
For life is a swift-flowing river at best.


Current Popular Short Poems

Meaning of Growing Old
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

What does growing old mean?
Should you be sad or should you be keen?
Does it mean life is a bore?
Or does it mean you should open the door...
Read the full poem Growing Old


Home Is Here
Poet: Wilhelmina Stitch

"Home is here," says the chair,
"Though I'm shabby, I don't care.
I have given hours of rest
To a weary, much-loved guest.
Do not ask, 'Home is where...
Read more Home Is Here



How Sweet It Is
Poet: Mary C. Ryan

How sweet it is, at eveningtide,
To feel that God our steps will guide,
And lead us gently through the day,
If we only trust His way....
Read the complete poem on Follow Jesus


Recent Additions

Judge Not Hastily
Poet: Daniel C. Colesworthy

'By one rash act, oh, judge him not,
Nor cast him from your love away!
Upon his heart there's but a spot:
All else is pure as vestal day...
Read the full poem at Lord, I Believe!


Hymn Of Gratitude
Poet: Daniel C. Colesworthy

God of the hills and verdant plains,
I bless thy ruling hand:
The drifting snows and gentle rains
Are sent by thy command...
Read the full poem at Gratitude Poems


Forgive
Poet: Lillian E. Curtis

Forgive! nor number the times two, nor yet eleven.
Forgive! forgive even seventy times seven;
Too much! Oh, too much, do I hear you say,
As in prayer you bow the reverent head...
Read the complete poem at Forgiveness Poems


Special Occasions For The Month Of March

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

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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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