Short Poems

Updated Oct 14/20 - Be encouraged by our collection of hundreds of short poems that are uplifting, inspiring, and encouraging. Plus find poetry to share for special occasions, and for special people. Brief but concise words 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 words in these verses tell a story for you.

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

poems of encouragement to give you inspiration
Poems Of Encouragement

poems about family, short poems expressing appreciation
Poems About Family

friendship poems, best short poems for friends
Friendship Poems

inspirational poems, uplifting and inspiring poems
Inspirational Poems


poems about life to inspire and encourage
Poems About Life

nature poems, focus on the beauty
Nature Poems

poems about the seasons, short poems
Poems About The Seasons

poems for kids, short poems
Poems For Kids

short love poems to say i love you
Short Love Poems
short prayers to pray
Short Prayers

Poem Of The Day

A Mother's Plea
Poet: Mary C. Plummer

Now, that I am old and gray with age,
Forsake me not, my child,
For 'twas thy mother's tender care.
That kept you all the while.

Cast me not into a corner,
And say, "Stay there, your time is o'er,"
For mother's love will ne'er diminish,
Each day she loves you more and more.

Then, to my fleeting years be patient,
For time has had its way with me,
And soon beneath the sod I'll slumber;
Yes, there to spend eternity.


Famous Poems & Poets

containing poems of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement for life

Edgar A. Guest Poems

Patience Strong Poems

Strickland Gillilan Poems

Douglas Malloch Poems

Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poems


More Famous Poems by Famous Poets


Current Popular Poems

You Decide
Poet: Edgar A. Guest

You are the fellow that has to decide
Whether you'll do it or toss it aside.
You are the fellow who makes up your mind
Whether you'll lead or will linger behind...
Be motived by You Decide


Our 24-7 God
Poet: Greta Zwaan

If God says, "Jump," do we fear to obey Him?
Can He be trusted that He will perform?
Is there a chance, a slight possibility,
He'd turn His back and laugh you to scorn...
Read the full poem at Trust In God


Train of Life
Poet: Jean d'Ormesson

At birth, we boarded the train of life and met our parents,
and we believed that they would always travel by our side.
However, at some station, our parents would step down from the train,
leaving us on life's journey alone...
Read more poems about Train Of Life Poem


Given To Me
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer 2020

A helping hand was given to me
At a time when I felt I couldn't see
I felt so down and so alone
What would happen next was unknown....
Read more at Helping Hands


I Love You
Poet: David P Carroll, 2020

As I write this beautiful poem
I'm trying my best
To put it into words
For you sweetheart,
I can't express everything to
You, but sweetheart
My heart beats for you....
More Love Poems For Her


Today
Poet: Unknown

TODAY —
Mend a quarrel.
Search out a forgotten friend.
Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.
Write a love letter.
Share some treasure.
Give a soft answer.
Encourage youth.
Manifest your loyalty in a word or a deed....
Read Just For Today


What Is A Good Life
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

"What is a good life," asked the child
That question made me think awhile
I thought of many different material things
And then questioned, do happiness they bring?
More The Good Life



Recent Additions

Stars and The Soul
Poet: Henry VanDyke

“Two things," the wise man said, “fill me with awe:
The starry heavens and the moral law."
Nay, add another wonder to thy roll,—
The living marvel of the human soul...
Read more Stars and The Soul


Whatever Is — Is Best
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Know as my life grows older
And mine eyes have clearer sight —
That under each rank wrong, somewhere
There lies the root of Right;
That each sorrow has its purpose,
By the sorrowing oft unguessed,
But as sure as the sun brings morning,
Whatever is — is best...
Read the entire poem Whatever Is — Is Best


At Christmas
Poet: Edgar A. Guest

A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than be's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime...
The complete poem At Christmas


Special Occasions For The Month Of October

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

Weddings/Anniversary Wedding Poems Anniversary Poems Wedding Anniversary Quotes
Birthdays Birthday Poems Funny Birthday Poems Birthday Poems For Mom Birthday Quotes
Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Poems Happy Thanksgiving Quotes Thanksgiving Blessings Wishes - Happy Thanksgiving
Retirement Retirement Poems Retirement Quotes


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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 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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