20 Positive Poems

There are so many inspiring and motivating positive poems today written by poets to help you overcome a problem, reach a goal, or let go of the resentment you’ve been holding on for so long. May these positive poems we compiled not only give you the strength and the courage to face a new day, but may they help you become a better person as well. Enjoy!

Positive Poems


1. The Strongest Girl I Ever Knew

By: Ronald Doe More By Ronald Doe


She never got to dance

Or go to her own prom.

She never got the chance

To forget where she came from.


She never got to kiss,

A man she idolized.

She never felt love’s bliss,

‘Cause she was paralyzed.


She never got to talk

About love with a smile.

She never got to walk

Down a church’s aisle.


She never got to say

Those precious words, “I Do.”

But she was far and away

The strongest girl I ever knew.


She couldn’t brush her hair

Or put make up on her face.

She couldn’t hold you dear

Or give you a warm embrace.


She couldn’t clasp her hands

As if in the form of prayer.

She couldn’t understand

Why she was in a wheelchair.


She never showed her fears

Or let you hear her cries.

She never showed the tears

That fell down from her eyes.


She never looked for pity

Or sympathy from you.

That’s why she’ll always be

The strongest girl I ever knew.


2. Phenomenal Woman

By: Maya Angelou


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman



Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need of my care,

‘Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


3. Pain Ends

By: Katy A. Brown


Breathe in the fresh air,

Put your mind at ease.

Let down your hair,

Let it flow in the breeze.


Let your eyes wander

To all the beauty to be seen.

If those toxic thoughts you still do ponder,

Then let out a scream.


Scream until the pain is gone,

Until you no longer feel afraid.

Open your eyes to a new dawn,

Let the darkness fade.


No longer compare yourself

Or your flaws to others’ perfections.

Take the negativity off the shelf.

Focus on your direction.


Pick the sadness up off the floor,

Sweep it into the wind.

Close the door on self-hatred.

Never let it back in.


For the lies it would often tell you,

You will no longer agree.

Happiness and love are what you should hold onto.

They are whom you should give the key.


Pay no attention to the toxic thoughts,

Listen to those who adore everything you are.

Overthinking was what you once were taught,

But now those thoughts you put in a jar.


Focus on your goals,

Never lose your fight.

It’s time to open new scrolls.

Everything will be all right.


4. You Will Never See Me Fall

By: Joyce Alcantara More By Joyce Alcantara


You may see me struggle,

but you won’t see me fall.

Regardless if I’m weak or not,

I’m going to stand tall.

Everyone says life is easy,

but truly living it is not.

Times get hard,

people struggle

and constantly get put on the spot.

I’m going to wear the biggest smile,

even though I want to cry.

I’m going to fight to live,

even though I’m destined to die.

And even though it’s hard

and I may struggle through it all,

you may see me struggle.

but you will never see me fall.


5. Mighty Oak

By: Kathy J Parenteau


Stand tall, oh mighty oak, for all the world to see.

Your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.

Though storm clouds hover above you,

Your branches span the sky

In search of the radiant sunlight you

Count on to survive.

When the winds are high and restless and

You lose a limb or two,

It only makes you stronger.

We could learn so much from you.

Though generations have come and gone

And brought about such change,

Quietly you’ve watched them all,

Yet still remained the same.

I only pray God gives to me

The strength he’s given you

To face each day with hope,

Whether skies are black or blue.

Life on earth is truly a gift.

Every moment we must treasure.

It’s the simple things we take for granted

That become our ultimate pleasures.


6. Dreams

By: Chelci Biggs


Dreaming is our souls voice from within.

Connecting our brain and hearts true feelings.

Dreams are the voice, that needs to be heard.

Not like just any, but a black n white picture.

The details may seem blurry to ones eye.

But another sees color, in a different light.

The picture is printed out there before you.

It’s your decision, on what dreams you make come true.


7. What Might Have Been

By: Hazel Lee


I held a moment in my hand,

Brilliant as a star,

Fragile as a flower,

A shiny silver out of one hour.

I dropped it carelessly.

Oh God! I knew not

I held opportunity.


8. You Cannot Change

By: Brian Tracy


You cannot change the world,

But you can present the world with one improved person – yourself.


You can go to work on yourself to make yourself

Into the kind of person you admire and respect.

You can become a role model and set a standard for others.

You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting

Or speaking in a negative way toward anyone for any reason.

You can insist upon always doing things the loving way,

Rather than the hurtful way.

By doing these things each day, you can continue on your journey

Toward becoming an exceptional human being.


9. Count Your Blessings


Count your blessings instead of your crosses,

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes,

Count your friends instead of your foes.


Count your smiles instead of your tears,

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean,

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.


Count your health instead of your wealth,

Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

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10. How When Where

By: John Oxenham


It is not so much where you live,

As how, and why, and when you live,

That answers in the affirmative,

Or maybe in the negative,

The question Are you fit to live?


It is not so much where you live,

As how you live, and whether good

Flows from you through your neighborhood.

And why you live, and whether you

Aim high and noblest ends pursue,

And keep Life brimming full and true.


And when you live, and whether Time

Is at its nadir or its prime,

And whether you descend or climb.

It is not so much where you live,

As whether while you live you live

And to the world your highest give,

And so make answer positive

That you are truly fit to live.


11. Allow Yourself

By: Catherine Pulsifer


Allow yourself to dream,

And when you do dream big

Allow yourself to learn

And when you do learn all you can


Allow yourself to laugh

And when you do share your laughter

Allow yourself to set goals

And when you do reward yourself as you move forward


Allow yourself to be determined

And when you do you will find you will succeed

Allow yourself to believe in yourself

And when you do you will find self confidence


Allow yourself to lend a helping hand

And when you do a hand will help you.

Allow yourself relaxation

And when you do you will find new ideas.


Allow yourself love

And when you do you will find love in return

Allow yourself to be happy

And when you do you will influence others around you.


Allow yourself to be positive

And when you do life will get easier.

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12. Your Bucket List

By: Julie Hebert


A bucket list,

We all should record.

To give us goals,

To work towards.


Make a list,

From one to twenty.

You can have more,

If you want to have plenty.


You’re bucket list,

Will hold your dreams.

That one day,

Won’t be a dream.


Setting goals

Is good to do,

To make your dreams

Come true for you.


13. Parting


This life has many varied scenes

Of joy and peace, of grief and pain,

To-day we meet, to-morrow part,

Perchance to never meet again.


How often we part from those we love

In sullen, angry, thoughtless mood,

And think that soon we’ll meet again

Adown life’s shining, sunny road.


But days and weeks and months go by,

Yes, even long and weary years,

Before we see the brightening eye

Last seen in sullen, angry tears.


And oftentimes it is the last

Of mortal parting on the earth,

And we will only meet again

At our sublime celestial birth.


Then let us live and part in peace

With those we love and all around,

So fellowship and love ‘ll increase,

And not a vain regret be found.


Oh never let the parting sun

Go down upon our childish wrath,

Forgive, forget the wrong that’s done,

And walk the loving, peaceful path.


14. Positive Things

By: Seema Chowdhury


Discover all the positive things

Life has in store for you

And move forward

To discover who you are

And fill your moments

With yes and possibilities.


Don’t sit down with negative thoughts

Or bow to negative circumstance

Decide your future

And don’t give up


Learn to stand up

To your ideas and dreams

And when you fall

Try to bounce back


Renew your spirit

And grab the moment

And prove your worth.


15. The Most Positive Person

By: Lyn Paul


The most positive person in the world has fallen into a hole

A broken marriage, she has lost her role

So unimportant and losing energy

No role to be herself to promote her glee

Wanting to do something valuable to feel a need

The most positive person in the world has done so many a good deed.


Thinking so hard to not lose that positive desire

Fighting negative to stay out of the fire

She has an amazing gift of bringing life to those

She needs that seed before the wind blows


So the most positive person in the world,

Has lost her way

Desperate to find hope

To breathe light in to each new day

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16. The Positive Mind

By: David Harris


Sailing on a ship of memories

Over the tide of broken dreams

Hear the wail of the lost souls

Who just linger there


Each day we fight to hold a place

In an unforgiving world

That cast aside the failures

To an unrelenting tide


Every mountain is scaleable

If you really want to try

No goal is unattainable

To the positive mind


17. Positive Light

By: Uriah Hamilton


Got to make it through this life

As a positive light

Shining in the darkness

Of manipulative fear.


Don’t be a slave

To certain prejudices,

Don’t allow societal values

To limit your growth

As a human being

With the power to believe

In the higher possibilities of love.


Never be consumed

With anger or hate,

Never hesitate

To see the goodness

In somebody else’s eyes.


The goal is to make it to the grave

Only after being a gift to those who survive;

Never allow it legitimately be spoken of you

It would be better for the world

For him to die soon.

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18. Desiderata

By: Max Ehrmann


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly,

and listen to others,

even the dull and the ignorant;

they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

you may become vain and bitter,

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble,

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals,

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love,

for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment

it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,

be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,

no less than the trees and the stars,

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,

whatever you conceive Him to be,

and whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.


19. How Did You Die? 

By: Edmund Vance Cooke


Did you tackle that trouble that came your way

With a resolute heart and cheerful?

Or hide your face from the light of day

With a craven soul and fearful?

Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,

Or a trouble is what you make it,

And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,

But only how did you take it?


You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what’s that.

Come up with a smiling face.

It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,

But to lie there-that’s disgrace.

The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce

Be proud of your blackened eye.

It isn’t the fact that you’re licked that counts,

It’s how did you fight-and why?


And though you be done to the death, what then?

If you battled the best you could,

If you played your part in the world of men,

Why, the Critic will call it good.

Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,

And whether he’s slow or spry,

It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,

But only how did you die?


20. Can You Sing a Song?

By: Joseph Morris


Can you sing a song to greet the sun,

Can you cheerily tackle the work to be done,

Can you vision it finished when only begun,

Can you sing a song?


Can you sing a song when the day’s half through,

When even the thought of the rest wearies you,

With so little done and so much to do,

Can you sing a song?


Can you sing a song at the close of the day,

When weary and tired, the work’s put away,

With the joy that it’s done the best of the pay,

Can you sing a song?


21. It Takes Courage


It takes strength to be firm,

It takes courage to be gentle.


It takes strength to conquer,

It takes courage to surrender.


It takes strength to be certain,

It takes courage to have doubt.


It takes strength to fit in,

It takes courage to stand out.


It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain,

It takes courage to feel your own pain.


It takes strength to endure abuse,

It takes courage to stop it.


It takes strength to stand alone,

It takes courage to lean on another.


It takes strength to love,

It takes courage to be loved.


It takes strength to survive,

It takes courage to live.

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22. Keep Sweet

By: Strickland W. Gillilan


Don’t be foolish and get sour when things don’t just come your way,

Don’t you be a pampered baby and declare, “Now I won’t play.”

Just go grinning on and bear it,

Have you heartache? Millions share it,

If you earn a crown, you’ll wear it,

Keep sweet.


Don’t go handing out your troubles to your busy fellow-men,

If you whine around they’ll try to keep from meeting you again,

Don’t declare the world’s “agin” you,

Don’t let pessimism win you,

Prove there’s lots of good stuff in you,

Keep sweet.


If your dearest hopes seem blighted and despair looms into view,

Set your jaw and whisper grimly, “Though they’re false, yet I’ll be true.”

Never let your heart grow bitter,

With your lips to Hope’s transmitter,

Hear Love’s songbirds bravely twitter,

“Keep sweet.”


Bless your heart, this world’s a good one, and will always help a man,

Hate, misanthropy, and malice have no place in nature’s plan.

Help your brother there who’s sighing.

Keep his flag of courage flying,

Help him try ’twill keep you trying,

Keep sweet.


23. Letting Go


To let go doesn’t mean to stop caring,

It means I can’t do it for someone else.

To let go is not to cut myself off.

It’s the realization that I can’t control another.

To let go is not to enable,

but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To let go is to admit powerlessness,

which means the outcome is not in my hands.

To let go is not to try and change or blame another,

I can only change myself.

To let go is not to care for, but to care about.

To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.

To let go is not to judge,

but to allow another to be a human being.

To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,

but to allow others to affect their own outcomes.

To let go is not to be protective,

It is to permit another to face reality.

To let go is not to deny, but to accept.

To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue,

but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.

To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,

but to take each day as it comes and cherish the moment.

To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone,

but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To let go is not to regret the past,

but to grow and live for the future.

To let go is to fear less and love more.


24. Laughing song

By: William Blake


When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,

And the dimpling stream runs laughing by,

When the air does laugh with our merry wit,

And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.


When the meadows laugh with lively green,

And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,

When Mary and Susan and Emily

With their sweet round mouths sing “Ha, ha he!”


When the painted birds laugh in the shade,

Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread,

Come live, and be merry, and join with me,

To sing the sweet chorus of “Ha, ha, he!”


25. If

By: Malcolm O. Varner


If I can keep my eyes focused on what’s ahead,

And allow what’s behind me to simply be dead,

Then I will make it.


If I can keep a firm grip on the present elements in my hand,

And wisely position my feet so that I always stand,

Then I will make it.


If I can accept that rocky ground and steep climbs

Are necessary obstacles to be conquered with patience and time,

Then I will make it.


If I can muster my strength to keep pressing on,

Especially in times when it seems I’m being baked by the sun,

Then I will make it.


If I can learn to crucify my pride,

By praying for strength and allowing my friends to stand at my side,

Then I will make it.


If I can fully embrace the good that’s inside,

Relinquishing fear, doubt, and shame, so it can shine,

Then I will make it.


If I can do all of these things one day at a time,

Knowing that I’m not perfect, and that being fine,

Then I will make it.


26. A Time To Believe

By: B.J. Morbitzer


To believe is to know that

every day is a new beginning.

Is to trust that miracles happen,

and dreams really do come true.


To believe is to see angels

dancing among the clouds,

To know the wonder of a stardust sky

and the wisdom of the man in the moon.


To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,

The innocence of a child’s eyes

and the beauty of an aging hand,

for it is through their teachings we learn to love.


To believe is to find the strength

and courage that lies within us

When it’s time to pick up

the pieces and begin again.


To believe is to know

we are not alone,

That life is a gift

and this is our time to cherish it.


To believe is to know

that wonderful surprises are just

waiting to happen,

And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.


If only we believe.


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