35 Meaningful Poems, Short Poems To Inspire

35 Meaningful Poems

Let these meaningful poems give you the inspiration to face the challenges of the day, to give you a positive thought, or just some encouragement for life. When reading these poems you may find your thinking may change from the rhymes and verses of the many different Poets.

Meaning is taken from a poem that leaves us thinking or alters our view on something in our lives. We hope our collection of short poems inspires you!


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  1. Keep The Bright Side Out
    Poet: S. E. Kiser


    The sun may have its troubles.
    But it keeps the bright side out;
    The lark may have misgivings,
    But she hides away her doubt;
    Poets praise the sun for shining
    And the lark for never pining -
    Man has joys from bird and planet, since they
    "keep the bright side out."

    The orchard pink with blossoms
    Gladly puts its bright side out;
    The lilacs have no trouble
    That they ever grieve about,
    And the world is prone to treasure
    Up remembrances of pleasure
    In the name of Him who ever tries to
    "keep the bright side out."



  2. Optimism
    Poet: Unknown


    Get all the good there is today,
    Don't fret about to-morrow.
    There's trouble 'round us all the tune,
    What need is there to borrow?

    Look on the bright side every time,
    Don't waste your time repining
    When any cloud looks dark and dull,
    Turn out the silver lining.



  3. The Ideal
    Poet: Unknown


    We are unsatisfied, and know not why;
    We seek for the ideal of our dreams,
    And strive to reach it builded by the beams
    Of truth and faith. Setting our standard high,
    We struggle on; but when the prize is nigh
    We find that it eludes us, and it seems
    To beckon onward, mocking with its gleams
    Like some bright mirage in the eastern sky.
    With eyes blind to the glory here below.
    Our thoughts forever turned away from earth,
    We see no beauty around us, and the worth
    Hidden in humble things we never know.
    We grope and pass unheeding on the way
    The good that we are seeking day by day.



  4. All Things Come Right
    Poet: Reynale S Pickering


    All things come right, and be it soon or late,
    All things come right at last to compensate
    For all the petty heartaches of today,
    For all the little failures on our way.

    And all our seeming sorrows it appears
    Are really blessings in a mask of tears.
    So if success be tardy at our call,
    It is to test our courage, that is all.

    And in the end each heart will seek its rest
    Beside the one it always loved the best.
    The darkest hour holds the brightest light.
    And all things come right.



  5. One Day At A Time
    Poet: Helen Hunt Jackson


    One day at a time!
    It's a wholesome rhyme;
    A good one to live by,
    A day at a time!



  6. A Little More Heart
    Poet: Unknown


    A little more heart in the things we do,
    And the sun will shine softer, the skies will be blue;
    A little more heart in the words we say,
    And the lives will be sweeter we live by the way;
    A little more heart in the help that we lend.

    And the chains will be stronger that binds friend to friend;
    A little more heart in the toil that we take,
    A little more striving for only love's sake,
    A little more heart in life's song and its prayer.
    And the roses will hide every ache and each care!



  7. Live For
    Poet: Unknown


    I have so much to live for,
    I can't give up just yet -
    I'll face the world with courage
    And not with vain regret.



  8. Open The Door
    Poet: Charles Rufus Skinner


    Open the door, let in the air;
    The winds are sweet and the flowers are fair;
    Joy is abroad in the world today,
    If our door is wide, it may come this way -
    Open the door!

    Open the door, let in the sun;
    He hath a smile for every one;
    He hath made of the raindrops gold and gems,
    He may change our tears to diadems -
    Open the door!

    Open the door of the soul; let in
    Strong, pure thoughts which will banish sin;
    They will grow and bloom with a grace divine.
    And their fruit shall be sweeter than that of the vine -
    Open the door!

    Open the door of the heart; let in
    Sympathy sweet for stranger and kin;
    It will make the halls of the heart so fair
    That angels may enter unaware -
    Open the door!



  9. The Spring Cleaning
    Poet: Reynal Smith Pickering


    Now open up the windows of the heart,
    And let the sunshine penetrate the gloom;
    Clear out the fears and doubts that grimly start
    Like ghosts within the mind's dim haunted room.

    Brush out the cobwebs that your malice wrought,
    And sweep away the grudges that you bear;
    Replace each petty and ungracious thought
    With one that is forgiving, true and fair.

    And when the task is finished, you will find
    That happiness is destined to remain
    Within the sunlit rooms of heart and mind,
    And know your work has not been done in vain.



  10. Build A Little Fence
    Poet: Mary Frances Butts


    Build a little fence of trust
    Around today;
    Fill the place with loving deeds
    And therein stay;
    Look not through the sheltering bars
    Upon tomorrow;
    God will help thee bear what comes
    Of joy or sorrow.



  11. Day By Day
    Poet: F. D. Sherman


    I heard a voice at evening softly say,
    Bear not thy yesterday into tomorrow.
    Nor load this week with last week's load of sorrow.
    Lift all thy burdens as they come, nor try
    To weigh the present with the by and by-
    One step and then another, take thy way;
    Live day by day.

    Live day by day.
    Though autumn leaves are withering round thy way
    Walk in the sunshine. It is all for thee.
    Push straight ahead, as long as thou canst see;
    Dread not the winter whither thou mayest go,
    But when It comes, be thankful for the snow.
    Onward and upward. 'Look and smile and pray;
    Live day by day.



  12. Cheerfulness
    Poet: E. McLain Fields


    If you'll sing a song as you go along,
    In the face of the real or fancied wrong,
    In spite of the doubt, if you'll fight it out,
    And show a heart that is brave and stout;
    If you'll laugh at the jeers and refuse the tears.
    You'll force the ever-reluctant cheers
    That the world denies when a coward cries,
    To give the man who bravely tries.
    And you'll win success with a little song -
    If you'll sing a song as you go along!

    If you'll sing a song as you trudge along.
    You'll see that the singing will make you strong.
    And the heavy load and the rugged road
    And the sting and the stripe of the tortuous goad
    Will soar with the note that you set afloat;
    That the beam will change to a trifling mote;
    That the world is bad when you are sad.
    And bright and beautiful when glad,
    That all you need is a little song -
    If jou sing the song as you trudge along!



  13. The Sun Will Shine
    Poet: Mary Frances Butt


    Is it rainy, little flower?
    Be glad of rain;
    Too much sun would wither thee,
    'Twill shine again;
    The clouds are very thick, 'tis true.
    But just behind them smiles the blue.

    Art thou weary, tender heart?
    Be glad of pain.
    In sorrow sweetest things will grow
    As flowers in rain;
    God watches, and thou wilt have sun.
    When clouds their perfect work have done.



  14. Today And Tomorrow
    Poet: John Ruskin


    Today
    Unsullied comes to thee, new-bom;
    Tomorrow is not thine.
    The sun may cease to shine
    For thee ere earth shall greet its mom.
    Be earnest then, in thought and deed,
    Nor fear approaching night;
    Calm comes with evening light.
    And hope and peace. Thy duty heed
    Today.



  15. What Was His Creed?
    Poet Unknown


    He left a load of anthracite
    In front of a poor woman's door.
    When the deep snow, frozen and white,
    Wrapped street and square, mountain and moor.
    That was his deed.
    He did it well;
    What was his creed?
    I cannot tell.

    He had great faith in loaves of bread
    For hungry people, young and old,
    And hope inspired, kind words he said
    To those he sheltered from the cold.
    For we must feed
    As well as pray.
    What was his creed?
    I cannot say.

    He put his trust in Heaven, and he
    Worked well with hand and head;
    And what he gave in charity
    Sweetened his sleep and daily bread.
    Let us take heed
    For life is brief.
    This was his creed,
    This his belief.



  16. Sunshine Making
    Poet: Juniata Stafford


    Put a bit of sunshine in the day;
    Others need its cheer and so do you -
    Need it most when outer sky's dull gray
    Leaves the sunshine-making yours to do.

    Give the day a streak of rosy dawn;
    Give it, too, a touch of highest noon;
    Make the ones about you wonder why
    Sunset crimson should appear "so soon."

    Sunshine-making is a blessed task;
    Cheery hearts, like lovely, wide-blue sky,
    Banish weary gloom and give fresh hope,
    Check the rising tear or thoughtless sigh.

    Put the golden sunshine in each day;
    Others need the cheer that comes thro' you -
    Need it most when outer sky's dull gray
    Leaves the sunshine-making yours to do.



  17. Little by Little
    Poet Unknown


    Little by little the world grows strong,
    Fighting the battles of right and wrong;
    Little by little the wrong gives way,
    Little by little the right has sway;
    Little by little all longing souls
    Struggle up nearer the shining goals.



  18. Old-Fashioned Philosophy
    Poet: J. A. Edgerton


    Scorn not the homely virtues. We are prone
    To search through all the world for something new;
    And yet sometimes old-fashioned things are best -
    Old-fashioned work, old fashioned rectitude.
    Old-fashioned honor and old-fashioned prayer,
    Old-fashioned patience that can bide its time,
    Old-fashioned firesides sacred from the world,
    Old-fashioned satisfaction with enough.
    Old-fashioned candor and simplicity.
    Old-fashioned folks that practice what they preach.



  19. A Little
    Poet: George duMaurier


    A little work, a little play
    To keep us going - and so, good-day!

    A little warmth, a little light
    Of love's bestowing - and so, good-night!

    A little fun to match the sorrow
    Of each day's growing - and so, good-morrow!



  20. Recipe For A Happy Life
    by Margaret Of Navarre


    Theee ounces are necessary, first of patience,
    Then of repose and peace; of conscience
    A pound entire is needful:
    Of pastimes of all sorts, too,
    Should be gathered as much as the hand can hold;
    Of pleasant memory and of hope three good drachms
    There must be at least. But they should moistened be
    With a liquor made from true pleasures which rejoice the heart.
    Then of love's magic drops a few -
    But use them sparingly, for they may bring a flame
    Which naught but tears can drown.
    Grind the whole and mix therewith of merriment an ounce
    To even. Yet all this may not bring happiness
    Except in your orisons you lift your voice
    To Him who holds the gift of health.



  21. Opportunity
    Poet: Judge Walter Malone


    They do me wrong who say I come no more.
    When once I knock and fail to find you in;
    For every day I stand outside your door
    And bid you wait, and rise to fight and win.

    Weep not for precious chances passed away,
    Weep not for golden ages on the wane;
    Each night I burn the records of the day,
    At sunrise every soul is bom again.

    Laugh like a boy at splendors that have sped,
    To vanished joys be blind and deaf and dumb;
    My judgments seal the dead past with its dead,
    But never bind a moment yet to come.

    Though deep in mire, wring not your hands and weep;
    I lend my arm to all who say "I can" ;
    No shame-faced outcast ever sank so deep
    But yet might rise and be again a man.

    Dost thou behold thy lost youth all aghast?
    Dost reel from righteous retribution's blow?
    Then turn from blotted archives of the past
    And find the future's page as white as snow.



  22. Act The Man
    Poet: E. A. Brinnstool


    Be strong, my boy, and buckle in -
    When disappointments come;
    Choke down adversity and grin,
    Don't act morose and glum.
    Your heart received a knife-thrust there
    Which wasn't in your plan.
    But hold your head up in the air -
    Be brave, and act the man.

    What if the blow was cruel, lad?
    What though it cuts you sore?
    'Twas no worse than we all have had.
    And there'll be dozens more.
    Stand firm and true for what is right -
    With God's help, lad, you can;
    And when reverses come in sight,
    Be brave, and act the man.



  23. Pluck Wins
    Poet Unknown


    Pluck wins! It always wins! though days be slow,
    And nights be dark 'twixt days that come and go.
    Still pluck will win; its average is sure,
    He gains the prize who will the most endure;
    Who faces issues; he who never shirks;
    Who waits and watches, and who always works.



  24. No Use Grievin'
    Poet Unknown


    Ain't no use in grievin'
    Over these hard times;
    Ain't no use in weavin'
    Of your mournful rhymes.
    Ain't a bit o' good in it;

    Neither bread nor wood in it;
    But the way to do -
    Roll your shirt sleeves higher up;
    Loose the brakes and fire up -
    Then, go steamin' through!



  25. One Kindly Thought
    Poet: Dr. Eliot


    May every soul that touches mine
    Be it the slightest contact - get therefrom some good,
    Some little grace - one kindly thought.
    One aspiration yet unfelt, one bit of courage
    For the darkening sky, - one gleam of faith
    To brave the thickening ills of life,
    One glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists,
    To make this life worth while
    And heaven a surer heritage.
    The new religion will not teach that character can be changed quickly.
    It will not deal chiefly with sorrow and death, but with joy and life.



  26. My Share
    Poet: John Kenrick Bangs


    If any round about me play.
    And dance and sing in glad array.
    And laugh and cheer.
    May it be mine to see and hear.

    If any toil at noble things.
    And strive the higher levelings,
    - To reach and win.
    May it be mine to join therein.

    And tears fall like the summer rain
    From troubled skies.
    May it be mine to sympathize.
    In all that makes the round of life,
    Be it of pleasure, peace or strife.
    Joy or despair,
    May I my proper burden bear.



  27. True Worth
    Poet: Alice Cary


    True worth is in being, not seeming,
    In doing, each day that goes by,
    Some little good; not in dreaming
    Of great things to do by and by.
    For whatever men say in blindness,
    And spite of the fancies of youth.
    There's nothing so kingly as kindness.
    And nothing so royal as truth.



  28. The Heart's Door
    Poet: E. E. Hale


    Open the door of your heart, my friend.
    Heedless of class or creed,
    When you hear the cry of a brother's voice.
    The sob of a child in need.

    All the fadeless flowers that bloom
    In the realms of song and art
    Are yours, if you'll only give them room:
    Open the door of your heart.

    To the shining heavens that o'er you bend
    You need no map or chart,
    But only the love the Master gave:
    Open the door of your heart.



  29. Long Live The Man
    Poet: W. H. Wilson


    Long live the man whose heart is fresh
    Who smiles beneath the darkest skies;
    Who to this weary world reveals
    The humor that around us lies.



  30. The World Within
    Poet: Whittier


    As thou hast made thy world without,
    Make thou more fair my world within;
    Shine through its lingering clouds of doubt;
    Rebuke its haunting shapes of sin;
    Fill, brief or long, my granted span
    Of life with love to thee and man;
    Strike when thou wilt the hour of rest,
    But let my last days be my best!



  31. Done By
    Poet Unknown


    If you'd help the world a bit,
    Do as you'd be done by:
    If you'd help to brighten it.
    Do as you'd be done by;

    If you have a blessing, let
    Someone share it; don't forget,
    Selfishness will bring regret; -
    Do as you'd be done by.



  32. The Struggle
    Poet Unknown


    For the right against the wrong.
    For the weak against the strong.
    For the poor who've waited long.
    For the brighter age to be.

    For the truth 'gainst superstition,
    For the faith against tradition,
    For the hope whose glad fruition,
    Our waiting eyes shall see.



  33. The Best Day
    Poet Unknown


    The calendar sparkles
    With days that have brought
    Some prize that was longed for
    Some good that was sought.
    High deeds happen daily,
    Wide truths grow more clear,
    And "each day is the best day
    Of somebody's year."

    Each day finds a hero,
    Each day helps a saint,
    Each day brings to some one
    A joy without taint;
    Though it may not be my turn
    Or yours that is near -
    "Each day is the best day
    Of somebody's year."



  34. Life Is
    Poet Unknown


    Life is a work - begin it,
    Life is a battle - win it.

    Life is a pure heart - shield it.
    Life is a sceptre - wield it.

    Life is God's lesson - learn it,
    Death is His good rest - earn it.



  35. What I Live For
    Poet: George L. Banks


    I live for those who love me.
    Whose hearts are kind and true,
    For the heaven that smiles above me,
    And awaits my spirit, too;
    For the human ties that bind me.
    For the task by Grod assigned me.
    For the bright hopes left behind me,
    And the good that I can do.

    I live for those who love me.
    For those who know me true.
    For the heaven that smiles above me,
    And awaits my spirit, too;
    For the cause that lacks assistance
    For the wrong that needs resistance.
    For the future in the distance.
    And the good that I can do.

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