Be encouraged by these adversity poems. Sometimes when we face hardships and difficulties we can feel like we are the only ones who have ever experienced these issues. Read the poet's thoughts on adversity to encourage
you and give you thoughts on how to handle it. The most famous saying on adversity is: "this too shall pass". Wise words to remember as we face life's trouble.
Adversity can teach us many things
Even though we feel disaster it brings
There are lessons there
Lessons that we can share.
Life brings the good and the bad
Making us feel happy and sad
But look at adversity as an opportunity
To strengthen your identity.
When we look back at what occurred
And realize we survived and endured
A hardship we felt we'd never get through
We now see that there was a lesson due.
So change your attitude about hard times
Realize it was a mountain you climb
The adversity has made you stronger today
Learn from it, and be on your way.
Face Prosperity Poet: Catherine Pulsifer
We all would rather face prosperity
Rather than handle adversity.
But in life, trouble does come
Don't let adversity make you succumb
Be determined, look for solutions
To bring the issue to a conclusion.
While the trouble may make you feel down
Be positive and don't you frown
Keep looking ahead, don't look back
Adversity won't last, that is a fact!
Look Away Poet: Annie M. Abey
When the storm breaks over thee
And the angry billows roll,
Foaming with adversity,
'Gainst thy body and thy soul;
When the gale but wilder blows
As you struggle, plead, and pray,
Leave it with the One who knows;
Lift your eyes and look away.
If the storm is all you see,
And you hear naught but its moan,
Soon discouraged you will be,
Tossing helpless and alone;
If, instead, you look above
And in confidence hold still,
You shall prove God's care and love
While you rest in his sweet will.
When the Lord was here below,
Once he walked the troubled sea,
And one cried, "If it be thou,
Bid me, Lord, to come to thee."
"Come," and Peter firmly trod
On the surface of the deep;
For his eyes were on his God,
Who is always strong to keep.
When he saw the boisterous waves
And of them began to think,
Then he cried, "O Master, save!"
For his feet began to sink.
"Wherefore, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
Then the loving Master said.
While he watched the scenes about,
Fear had come and faith had fled.
Look away, then, look away
From the trials dark and long;
Heaven wills that every day
Hope should sing her cheering song.
Trust in spite of doubts and fears;
Heed not what the foe may say.
Angels whisper in thine ears,
"Look to Jesus, look away."
"This, Too, Shall Pass Away" by John Forster
An Eastern monarch commanded his minister
to furnish a motto that should cheer in adversity,
and prevent excessive joy in prosperity.
He gave the monarch for his signet:
"This, too, shall pass away."
How greatly would such a thought console us in sorrow,
or restrain us in joy.
Every state of feeling or suffering, of hope or despair,
will pass away in this life.
A Touch Of Adversity Shows by Kate Sanborn
It takes a touch of adversity to show whether a man is a man at all,
just as it needs the touch of frost to bring out the glories of the trees.
Even on a dark day in October, how royally the woods flame out!
Under what glorious banners they march to meet the winter!
What unmatched splendors, rich as sunset skies,
tender as the rainbow, shine out over the whole earth!
Those splendors are the treasures that the trees were silently laying up
when the summer's sun flooded them all day long;
and shall a man in his time of prosperity lay up no store of sunshine in his inner self,
whereby, when darker days come on, he shall be luminous with courage and good cheer?
Happiness is like a candle flame -
that flickers in a draught and loses light...
A breath of disapproval or of blame
Dims the lovely glow, however slight.
Let the candle of your happiness -
Keep its brightness, burning steadily...
Let it shine in times of storm and stress -
Undisturbed amidst adversity.