6 Poems About Failure

Let these poems about failure encourage and motivate you. We all face failures in life at one time or another, the difference is how we deal with it, our attitude towards the thing that we call failure.

May these poems give you an inspiration to learn all you can from a failure or an unsuccessful attempt, so that you can move forward with new knowledge.


  1. Life's Failures
    Poet: Julie Hebert, 2011

    In life we will have failures, always wishing we had waivers,
    To take back what we've just done.
    So take some time, to sit and unwind,
    So you can see what you've learned from.

    It may be something small, maybe even smaller than a doll,
    Something that not everyone else would see,
    But the important part is, that you take the quiz,
    To learn something that's within thee.

    So why don't we just let, failures be the threat,
    Because failure is more than just that.
    If we can allow ourselves to see, that failure is a key,
    Our next attempt may have a better chance at.

    So start to change your mind, that a failure can be kind,
    If we allow ourselves to learn from it.
    No more shall a failure bring, unhappiness to him
    As it's now one less failure to submit.


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  3. The Real Successes
    Poet: Edgar A. Guest

    You think that the failures are many,
    You think the successes are few,
    But you judge by the rule of the penny,
    And not by the good that men do.
    You judge men by standards of treasure
    That merely obtain upon earth,
    When the brother you're snubbing may measure
    Full-length to God's standard of worth.

    The failures are not in the ditches,
    The failures are not in the ranks,
    They have missed the acquirement of riches,
    Their fortunes are not in the banks.
    Their virtues are never paraded,
    Their worth is not always in view,
    But they're fighting their battles unaided,
    And fighting them honestly, too.

    There are failures to-day in high places
    The failures aren't all in the low;
    There are rich men with scorn in their faces
    Whose homes are but castles of woe.
    The homes that are happy are many,
    And numberless fathers are true;
    And this is the standard, if any,
    By which we must judge what men do.

    Wherever loved ones are awaiting
    The toiler to kiss and caress,
    Though in Bradstreet's he hasn't a rating,
    He still is a splendid success.
    If the dear ones who gather about him
    And know what he's striving to do
    Have never a reason to doubt him,
    Is he less successful than you?

    You think that the failures are many,
    You judge by men's profits in gold;
    You judge by the rule of the penny--
    In this true success isn't told.
    This falsely man's story is telling,
    For wealth often brings on distress,
    But wherever love brightens a dwelling,
    There lives; rich or poor, a success.



  4. Dream Again
    Poet: Patience Strong

    When your dreams have failed you -
    Dream again...
    When you think you're beaten -
    Dream again...

    Failure cannot break your heart -
    Life's a game, so play your part -
    Dare to make another start.
    Dream again...

    Next time you'll be stronger - wiser too -
    Think of all the things you meant to do -
    Keep the glory of the goal in view -
    and dream again...

    Do not heed the world, its taunts and jeers -
    Lift your eyes and face the coming years -
    All great things are bought with human tears -
    So dream again.



  5. Failures You Have None?
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    If failures you have none
    If mistakes you have not one
    Then living you are not
    You're living in the same spot.

    You see to get ahead
    You must live not play dead
    Some risks you may have to take
    You have to live life awake.

    Failures you will see
    Some may not be pretty
    But learn from them and then go on
    Success is not stumbled upon.

    We all make mistakes
    But let that give your head a shake
    Start again with new knowledge
    It will put you above the average.

    So let your failures teach you
    The one thing that was the issue
    With determination and persistence too
    You will find success in what you do!



  6. Failure
    Poet: Edgar A. Guest

    Failure is ceasing to try!
    ‘Tis accepting defeat
    And to all you may meet
    Giving voice to a sigh;
    ‘Tis in thinking it vain
    To attempt furthermore
    And in bowing to pain
    When the muscles grow sore.

    Failure is stepping aside
    From the brunt of the fray
    In a weak-hearted way,
    Being content to abide
    In the shadows that fall,
    And in being afraid
    Out of life, after all,
    Nothing’s left to be made.

    Failure is thinking despair,
    The forsaking of hope,
    And refusal to cope
    With the day’s round of care.
    It’s in heeding the cry,
    All is lost ! and to stay
    With defeat and not try
    For the happier day



  7. Learn
    Poet: Unknown

    After a while you learn the subtle difference
    Between holding a hand
    And chaining a soul.
    And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
    And company doesn't mean security.
    And you begin to learn
    That kisses aren't compromises
    And presents aren't promises.
    And you begin to accept your defeats
    With your head up and your eyes ahead
    With the grace of a woman or a man
    Not the grief of a child.
    And you learn to build all your loads on today
    Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
    And futures have a way of falling down in midflight.
    After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if
    You ask too much.
    So you plant your own garden
    And decorate your own soul
    Instead of waiting for someone to buy you flowers.
    And you learn that you really can endure
    That you really are strong.
    And you really do have worth.
    And you learn.
    With every failure you learn.

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