Motivational Poems are so wonderful in bringing to us our much needed dose of inspiration, yet allowing us to enjoy the writing of some very talented individuals. The best ones are as follows:
When Things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to Smile but have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
The above is the first paragraph from the famous poem by Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959) entitled: Don't Quit. This is the basis for all successful people. Many of them, if not all, have had rough times and disappointing starts to their lives, but they kept on believing in themselves.
Another one of my favorite motivational poems:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
This poem is titled: INVICTUS. It is most famous for it's final two lines: I am the mast of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. "Invictus" was originally published in 1888 by the English poet, William Ernest Henley (1849-1903).
Motivational Poems inspire us and educate our intellect to view a world of motivational success through the beautiful words of a poet.
Another of the greats is the poem written in 1895 by Rudyard Kipling entitled, "If":
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make a heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
This poem first published in 1910 is written in the form of parental advice to the poet's son. What wonderful advice to give to your child!
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