73 Poems About Life

A collection of short poems about life to inspire and encourage you. Many times as we journeyed through life, we reflected on the short verses in this poetry. Life has its good days and bad, but how we react to those days will reflect our success in life.

Let the words of these Poets give you words for reflection. Encouraging poems and verses to uplift and motivate you in dealing with many different aspects of life.

1. Life Choices 2. Life Journey
3. Life Is Too Short 4. The Good Life
5. Life Lessons 6. The Man In The Glass Poem
7. Life Is Good To Me 8. A Balanced Life
9. Train Of Life Poem 10. Poems About Life And Love
11. What Life Means To Me Poem 12. Poem On Aging
13. Poems About Life Struggles 14. Living A Simple Life
15. A Little Loving Is All I Need 16. Waiting For Life To Begin
17. Living Life Poem 18. Funny Poems About Life
19. Be Thankful Poem 20. Journey Of Life
21. Wonderful Things 22. Poems About Joy
23. Stress Relief Kit 24. Simple Things
25. Follow Your Own Path 26. Respect Poem
27. Holiday Poems 28. I Rather See A Sermon
29. Myself 30. Compensation
31. The Home Builders 32. Legacy
33.It's A Mighty Good World To Me 34. Sleep
35. LIttle Things 36. As I Go On My Way
37. A Middle-Age Reflection 38. Something Sweet To Remember
39. Two Kinds of Discontent 40. Do Not Grumble
41. Life's Progress 42. They Say
43. To-Morrow 44. Do Not Be Discouraged
45. Try, Try Again 46. For This One Hour
47. If All The Skies  48. This Too, Shall Pass Away
49. Life Is Too Short For  

More Life Poems

  1. Life
    Poet: Bernhart Paul Holst

    My life is a beautiful song,
    The days pass swiftly away,
    The years speed so quickly along —
    It seems like the dream of a day.

    My youth was a charming delight,
    A springtime of which poets sin;
    It dawned on me, happy and bright,
    But flew like a bird on the wing.

    The years of maturity came.
    Fraught with the chances of life;
    The labors that were not in vain
    Gave stimuli, fruitful and rife.

    As student, as teacher, as man.
    The seasons so quickly have flown;
    The cycles of time swiftly ran
    And taken dear friends I have known.

    And soon will I turn to the west,
    West, where the sun sinks from view.
    To welcome the long, peaceful rest,
    After bidding all earth-friends adieu.

    My life is a beautiful song,
    The days pass swiftly away,
    The years speed so quickly along —
    It seems like the dream of a day.

  2. Your Life
    Poet: Julie Hebert, 2011

    Each day we are given is a gift,
    And a gift we always should appreciate.
    When days start to run together,
    It's then that our days depreciate.

    So try to slow and take each day,
    Only one at a time.
    Life will always have its ups and downs,
    But the ups are more fun to climb.

    Every morning awake to accomplish something,
    Should be on your mind.
    So choose your thought for the day,
    And do it and then unwind.

    If every day you have a goal,
    And every day it gets done.
    Life will never run away,
    And life will be much more fun.

  3. life is a gift poems

  4.  A Balance In Life?
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2019

    How do you get a balance in life?
    Our time can sometimes create such strife
    How much of your time is focused on
    Getting to the top and being number one.

    There is more to life than just making money
    Look at relationships and spending time with your buddy
    At the end of the day, you will see that these things
    Relationships are key and happiness they bring.

    And if only you seek to have fun and play
    You will not find happiness each day
    As time goes on with no goals in mind
    Life has a tendency to leave you behind.

    The time we spend can have so many demands
    Balance seems hard to learn and understand
    But remember, you have control of it
    You decide what you'll permit.

    So what does a balance in life mean to you?
    Do you consider it in all you do
    Take the time to work hard but, also relax
    Don't get worn down and overtaxed.

    Moderation in life is the key
    Balance can result in feelings of happy.
    So whatever you do may you find
    Work hard but allow time to unwind.

  5.   Worth While
    Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    It is easy enough to be pleasant.
    When life flows by like a song,
    But the man worth while is one who will smile,
    When everything goes dead wrong.
    For the test of the heart is trouble,
    And it always comes with the years;
    And the smile that is worth the praises of earth,
    Is the smile that shines through tears.

    It is easy enough to be prudent
    When nothing tempts you to stray.
    When without or within no voice of sin
    Is luring your soul away;
    But it*s only a negative virtue
    Until it is tried by fire.
    And the life that is worth the honor on earth,
    Is the one that resists desire.

    By the cynic, the sad, the fallen.
    Who had no strength for the strife.
    The world's highway is cumbered today,
    They make up the sum of life.
    But the virtue that conquers passion,
    And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
    It is these that are worth the homage on earth,
    For we find them but once in a while.

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  7.  The Meaning of Life
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    Have you given thought to the meaning of life
    Or do you go day to day with the strife
    Do you ever step back and reflect
    On the meaning of life and every aspect.

    What is your purpose in life to be
    These are questions you must ask and see
    Questions to reflect on and to consider
    Are you happy or are you bitter.

    Is there more to life than you realize
    Do you help others and recognize
    That life is not just about you
    We are all in it together that is so true.

    The years go by in a blink of an eye
    What will people say about you when you die?
    Will they remember how hard you worked
    Or will they remember you as a jerk.

    The meaning of life is to me
    Sharing and kindness to be
    A loving person who helps others
    One who realizes that we are all brothers.

  8. The Years Go By
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    When we were young aging seemed like fun
    We couldn't wait until the age was done
    We then hit our teens and with life came
    Some responsibility but still lots of games.
    And so the twenty's were realized
    And we found we had to get organized.

    And before you knew it we hit the big three o!
    A party was had, the energy was glad, oh, what a show
    Before you knew it they were saying over the hill
     You hit the age of forty and had responsibility for all the bills
    Fifty crept up ever so slow
    But you wonder where did the years go?

    With 60 approaching you look back and see
    How fast the years went by, oh, you need more coffee
    70 flys by in a blink of an eye
    You just grin and kiss the years goodbye.
    Then 80 arrives with a blast
    With family around you wondering how long you will last.

    While the words may seem funny,
    Aging can truly be sunny
    Life each day and
    Let aging have its way
    Enjoy your life and keep smilin'
    The years will pass by that is for certain!

  9. life problems poems

  10. Struggles Come Your Way
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    Just because struggles come your way
    Doesn't mean it can ruin your day
    The good and the bad are a way of life
    Don't get down, move beyond the strife.

    We must live each day, taking things in stride
    Helping each other, stoping any divide
    Life is better when we support and love
    And that is what's expected from above.

    You see we were given choices to make
    We are not robots, we are not fake
    So if you're faced with a trial or two
    Don't give up, let others help you through.

  11. What Is This Life
    Poet: W. H. Davies

    WHAT is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare?—
    No time to stand beneath the boughs,
    And stare as long as sheep and cows:

    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

    No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance:
    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began?

    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

  12. Everybody Is Lonesome
    Poet Unknown

    Way down deep within their hearts
    Everybody's lonesome;
    Far within their secret parts
    Everybody's lonesome.
    Makes no difference how they smile,
    How they live or what their style;
    Once in every little while
    Everybody's lonesome.

    People first in big affairs —
    Even they are lonesome.
    Maybe like to put on airs;
    Just the same, they're lonesome.
    Men for whom existence blends
    Every good; who gain all ends,
    Still reach out their hands for friends;
    Everybody's lonesome.

    Women, silk-clad, jeweled fine.
    Yes, they, too, are lonesome;
    When their gems the brightest shine.
    They are just as lonesome.
    Some must serve and some command.
    All still seek, with groping hand.
    Love, and friends who understand.
    Everybody's lonesome.

    Though your gift of friendship's small
    Everybody's lonesome.
    It may answer someone's call;
    Someone who is lonesome.
    Give, and give with might and main;
    Give your hands, and join the chain,
    And your gift will be your gain
    Some time, when you're lonesome.

  13. When Does Life Begin
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    Does life begin when you obtain more things?
    Or does life begin when you make big earnings?
    Does life begin when tomorrow dawns
    Or does tomorrow just make you yawn?

    The only life we have to live
    Is today, the day we have to give
    Don't wait for a certain thing
    For happiness to bring.

    Live each day and live it full
    Don't waste it and be a fool
    Begin each day and be thankful for
    All that the day has in store!

  14. life is poems

  15. Life Is For Livin
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    Life is meant to be lived each day
    Do our best in every way
    Set our goals and work towards
    The achievement and its rewards.

    We must always appreciate
    And take the time to initiate
    Relationships that are key to life
    To help us through daily strife.

    No sense worrying about what tomorrow holds
    Live today and see it unfold
    Be thankful for the day we've been given
    Each day is a day for truly livin'!

  16. Not Worth Fooling With
    Poet: Strickland Gillilan

    What - "life is not worth fooling with?"
    You're right, my lad, you're right!
    Just spread that doctrine far and wide,
    and spread it with your might.
    Life never is worth "fooling with" -
     this is the truth you're giving.
    It isn't worth the "fooling with,
    " but it's wholly worth the living!

    You say it's "not worth fooling with" -
    the task assigned to you.
    You're right again, impatient lad;
     the thing you say is true.
    Perhaps not in the sense you mean -
     if so, there's trouble brewing.
    Your job is not worth "fooling with"
    but it's surely worth the doing!

    "No, tasks are not worth "fooling with"
    - 'tis not what tasks were made for.
    You must not fool with them at all' -
    that's not what you are paid for.
    The best that's in you, body, soul and mind,
     you should be giving
    To what your hands have found to do -
     not "fooling" - toiling, living!

  17. life thankful poems

  18. What Are
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    What are the things you are thankful for?
    Do you focus on whether you're rich or poor;
    Or are you content or looking for more;
    Do you focus on material things;
    Do you think happiness they will bring;
    Do you focus on making more money;
    Does money bring you more of life's honey.

    What are the things you are thankful for?
    Is it "when this happens" tomorrow will be -
    I will be happier just wait and see.
    Do you miss the sunset and sunrise or do you see
    That time passed by because you are too busy.
    When family and friends call you on the phone
    You're too busy you say, with a groan.

    The things to be thankful for money can't buy
    Money and things just can't supply
    Be thankful for the simple things - just stop and see
    People who love you to every degree.
    The breathtaking sunset and the sunrise
    Can delight your eyes and give such a surprise.
    So take time and be thankful for the simple things
    Today they surround you and happiness they can bring.

  19. Only A Smile
    Poet: George McDonald

    Only a smile was given me
    On the crowded street one day,
    But it pierced the gloom of my saddened heart
    Like a sunbeam's ray.
    The shadows of doubt hung o'er me,
    And the burden of pain I bore,
    And the voice of hope I could not hear,
    Though I listened o'er and o'er.

    But there came a rift in the crowd about,
    And a face that I knew passed by,
    And the smile I caught was brighter to me
    Than the blue of a summer sky;
    For it gave me back the sunshine,
    And it scattered each somber thought,
    And my heart rejoiced in the kindly warmth
    Which that kindly smile had wrought.

    Only a smile from a kindly face
    On the busy street that day;
    Forgotten as soon as given, perhaps,
    As the donor went her way;
    But straight to my heart it went speeding
    To gild the clouds that were there,
    And I found that of sunshine and life's blue skies
    I also might take my share.

  20. Rainy Days
    Poet: Patience Strong

    When raindrops fall and skies look grey-
    You hear so many people say-
    What awful weather!- with a groan,
    they watch the rain come pouring down.

    They grumble if they venture out,
    and if indoors they prowl about,
    with doleful faces all day long-
    and then, of course, things all go wrong.

    But if we're happy right deep down -
    inside our hearts, we never frown
    because the rain clouds gather low.
    We take our brightness where we go.

    Outside conditions can't annoy-
    when we possess that secret joy-
    that inward radiance nothing dims.
    So rise above the weather's whims!

    Why wait for the capricious sun?
    You'll find that there is lots of fun
    in being kissed by soft cool showers,
    and laughing with the grateful flowers.

  21. Stress Relief
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    Stress can seem to compound
    Making it hard to rebound
    If we don't find relief
    It can fill us with such grief.

    You need to find a way
    To control stress each day.
    It may be a simple thing
    Like taking a walk, or running.

    Life challenges need to be
    Put in perspective, so you can see
    Not all things have to be done
    You need some time to have some fun.

    Sometimes we just need to talk
    Or go with a friend for a walk
    Talking to others can get it off your chest
    Allowing you to move forward at your best.

    A question to ask yourself sometime
    "Will this matter in 5 years time?"
    If it does, then take action now
    And if not let it go somehow.

    The worse thing you can do
    Is to let stress overwhelm you
    Find relief, so you can proceed
    It will help you to succeed!

  22. simple things in life poems

  23. Little Things
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    Simple things are the little things
    Such happiness they can bring
    From watching a sunrise
    To giving a child a simple surprise.

    If we stop and look and see
    How simple things in life can be
    The best and happiest times
    During our life journey climb.

  24. Creed
    Poet: Edgar A. Guest

    I would live this life so well
    Strangers of me praise might tell
    Somehow I would like to be
    Cherished here in memory.
    Not as one whose skill was great;
    Not as one who conquered fate;
    Not as one who rose to fame,
    Leaving a remembered name,
    But as one who served some need
    With a timely, kindly deed.

    I would have my life be told
    Not in glory or in gold,
    Or in books which students read,
    Giving name and date and deed
    Of a dead man labeled great
    Let mine be the lesser fate
    Let me be to print unknown;
    O'er my grave no towering stone.
    Tis sufficient at the end
    To be mourned for as a friend.

  25. Happy Times
    Poet: Kate Summers

    Holidays are meant to be
    Happy times for all to see
    The holiday may be a special occasion
    Or it may be a two week vacation.

    No matter what the holiday
    Whether at home or away
    Be sure to relax, fun to be had
    A time for all to be glad.

  26. A Lesson From The Clock
    by John Imrie

    Tick, tick, tick, tick,
    Time flies so quick,
    With never ceaseless motion;
    Our moments pass
    Like sands in glass,
    Or wavelets of the ocean.

    Thus moments go,
    For weal or woe,
    And none returneth ever;
    How mindful we
    Should ever be
    To spend with wise endeavour.

    The life of man
    Is but a span.
    Short, transient, and fleeting;
    With here and there
    A joy or care,
    A parting or a meeting.

    Then let each hour,
    Like beauteous flower.
    Some fragrance send to Heaven;
    To God above,
    In grateful love,
    Lot ransomed powers be given.

  27. Downsizing Means
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2015

    My previous life when I heard the term
    downsizing meant a turn for worse
    But now we are talking not about a job
    We are talking about a smaller home

    Letting go of space
    Letting go of material things
    Less room
    Will this be doom?

    But the benefits to me
    Less housework you see
    Lower heating costs
    And a cosizer house

    So now when I hear the term
    Downsizing means
    Living simply with
    The things that mean something to me!

  28. Live Each Hour
    by Kay Cammer

    I live each hour
    As I find it.
    This hour is lovely -
    Those behind it
    Were sometimes minus
    Warm smiles or bliss
    But I'm unconcerned;
    I'll never miss,
    Or waste time over,
    Happiness is now
    When the hour begins.

  29. A Psalm of Life
    Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Tell me not, in mournful numbers, life is but an empty dream! -
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,and things are not what they seem.
    Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal;
    Dust thou art, to dust returnest, was not spoken of the soul.

    Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, is our destined end or way;
    But to act, that each to-morrow find us farther than to-day.
    Art is long, and Time is fleeting, and our hearts, though stout and brave,
    Still, like muffled drums, are beating, funeral marches to the grave.

    In the world’s broad field of battle, in the bivouac of Life,
    Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife!
    Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant! Let the dead Past bury its dead!
    Act,— act in the living Present! Heart within, and God o’erhead!

    Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time;
    Footprints, that perhaps another, sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
    A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, seeing, shall take heart again.

    Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate;
    Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.

  30. have you ever asked, Oh! what is life?
  31. Life
    by Mary C. Ryan

    Oh! what is life, but a short breath,
    The heavings of a breast,
    A soul's strange dream while on the earth,
    A vague and brief unrest?

    Each year is a tidal wave,
    Hastening us o'er life's sea;
    A warning voice from the cold grave,
    Where all is mystery.

    E'en like a harp carelessly strung,
    Life sounds no perfect chord.
    The sweetest strains that can be sung,
    Are marred with harsh discords.

    If days, the notes of life's great song,
    Could all be played aright.
    Oh ! then the world as one vast throng
    Would listen at its might.

More Poems About Life To Encourage You:

Life Choices Life Journey Life Is Too Short The Good Life
Life Lessons The Man In The Glass Poem Life Is Good To Me A Balanced Life
Train Of Life Poem Poems About Life And Love What Life Means To Me Poem Poem On Aging
Poems About Life Struggles Living A Simple Life A Little Loving Is All I Need Waiting For Life To Begin
Living Life Poem Funny Poems About Life Be Thankful Poem Journey Of Life
Wonderful Things Poems About Joy Stress Relief Kit Simple Things
Follow Your Own Path Respect Poem Holiday Poems I Rather See A Sermon
Myself Compensation The Home Builders Legacy
It's A Mighty Good World To Me Sleep LIttle Things A Middle-Age Reflection
Something Sweet To Remember Two Kinds of Discontent Do Not Grumble Life's Progress
They Say To-Morrow Do Not Be Discouraged Try, Try Again
For This One Hour If All The Skies  This Too, Shall Pass Away

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