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Inspirational Poems

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I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best.
- William Arthur Ward

To see the world in a grain of sand,
and to see heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.
- William Blake

 

Bold Light of Spirit:
Out of the darkness and into the light,
Open our eyes and behold such a sight.
Brilliance of day takes the place of the night,
Boldness and courage are swords of His Might.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ...
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn - I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

A question that sometimes drives me hazy:
am I or are the others crazy?
- Albert Einstein

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

THE fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
- Carl Sandburg

Gather yourself by the sea shore and I will love you there.
Assemble yourself with wild things,
with songs of the sparrow and sea-foam.
Let mad beauty collect itself in your eyes
and it will shine - Calling me.
For I long for a man with nests of wild things in his hair.
A man who will Kiss the Flame.
- Jewel

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

Confused Memories of Childhood:
Hate to my father, cruel hate,
confused with love - a mix not great.
The man I love - the man I hate;
the man I want to emulate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

You don't help people in your poems.
I've been trying to help people all my life -
that's my trouble.
- Charles Olson

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- Carol Ann Duffy

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
- Robert Penn Warren

Early on, if I was alone two three nights in a row,
I'd start writing poems about suicide.
- Jack Nicholson

I don't write poems and put them to music.
Just let things flow.
- Martin Gore

I have also written some poems which have not been collected in a volume.
- Grazia Deledda

I admire Ginsberg as a poet, despite the fact that
he seems not to know when he is being good and when he is bad.
But he will last, or at least those poems will last.
- Leslie Fiedler

My earliest poems sing of the absolute necessity of
allowing love to invade and pervade one's life.
That can make the miracle happen in reality.
Try it.
- James Broughton

I've always thought my poems told stories.
- Douglas Dunn

People can put their best poems straight onto the web.
- Roger McGough

For instance, it's a little better now than it was two or three years ago,
but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem
to be written in the present indicative.
- Peter Davison

If I were brave enough to say so, I'd like to think
that I had written some poems that people are not going to forget.
- Peter Davison

I was writing notes, but not composing poems.
The Hunter began to develop out of this fragmented process.
- George Murray

I also write poems, so that is something that I really enjoy.
- Billy Sherwood

To me many short poems read and write like beginnings
that simply whet my appetite;
I want to get over that.
- John Barton

A discrete series is a series of terms each of which is empirically derived,
each one of which is empirically true.
And this is the reason for the fragmentary character of those poems.
- George Oppen

By reason of weird translation, many such sets of instructions read like poems anyhow.
- Brian Ferneyhough

If I wasn't writing poems I'd be washing my hands all the time.
- Sherman Alexie

Every so often I find some poems that are too good
for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a
little too involved with the nature of poetry,
as such.
- Peter Davison

The only difference between me and others is that they
think they can change something with cute little poems,
nice cards or embracing trees and being nice to little lapdogs.
- Henry Rollins

Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated:
extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take.
- A. R. Ammons

I tend to like poems that engage me -
that is to say,
which do not bore me.
- Mark Strand

These poems, with all their crudities,
doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of
Man and in praise of God,
and I'd be a damn' fool if they weren't.
- Dylan Thomas

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many
poems without signing them,
was often a woman.
- Virginia Woolf

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems,
like notes that shape music.
- Joan Miro

There must of course be a relationship between translating
and making poems of your own,
but what it is I just don't know.
- Robert Fitzgerald

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems
about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- Philip Dunne

The few bad poems which occasionally are created during
abstinence are of no great interest.
- Wilhelm Reich

I would like to be proud of having written some poems that will be remembered,
but I will never know whether I will have any reason to be proud of that.
- Peter Davison

I didn't think about whether I was writing poems.
I was thinking.
And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand.
- David Antin

I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed,
ones that I have sent aside.
Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there
is something about them that I cannot give up on.
- John Barton

Yes, I do often write poems from the mind,
but I hope I don't ignore feelings and emotions.
- Anne Stevenson

We read Robert Browning's poetry.
Here we needed no guidance from the professor:
the poems themselves were enough.
- Carl Sandburg

There's one of my new poems actually -
is a good example of where my poetry has ended up.
My earlier river poetry was more like a cross between
Shelley and Dylan Thomas.
- Robert Adamson

My readers at that time were still men of letters;
but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Only truthful hands write true poems.
I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
- Paul Celan

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite,
remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
- John Barton

Spring has returned.
The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

'A collected poems' is either a gravestone or a testimonial to survival.
- Al Purdy

I like Beethoven, especially the poems.
- Ringo Starr

I used to carry about with me a German map-case filled with poems.
- John Hawkes

My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter.
I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
- Rita Dove

I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because
his personality was so extreme,
so driven.
He did everything to excess.
- Robert Morgan

Many of my poems are not sexual.
- Thom Gunn

I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and
there are no hollow places.
- John Ashbery

As a friendly one.
I would still like to write concrete poems,
but I can only do it sometimes.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought
by them beyond the poems.
- Muriel Rukeyser

The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
- Peter Davison

The number of people writing poems is vast,
and their reasons for doing so are many,
that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions.
- Mark Strand

I love chapbooks.
They're in some ways the ideal form in which to publish and read poems.
You can read 19 poems in a way you can't sit down and
read 60 to 70 pages of poems.
- Robert Morgan

My first collection of poems was published by Bloodaxe Books,
which was then a very new imprint.
- Helen Dunmore

The title of the poems was The Only Bar in Dixon.
We sent it out to The New Yorker on a fluke,
and they took them and printed all three in the same issue.
- James Welch

Why does one always ask a writer why they stopped?
I am sure everyone finds in any drawer a few dear poems.
- Peter Bichsel

Many poets write books.
They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book,
but there are two poems I need to write,
one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds

I learned to play guitar at a young age and converted
poems and stuff that I had written to songs.
- Gregory Harrison

I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level.
The long poem has been a relative constant.
- John Barton

I write the poems first, with only a few exceptions for odd reasons,
where I'm given the illustration first.
- Jack Prelutsky

Well, "The Wellspring" was written from 1983 to 1986.
And it had a section in the beginning that was poems
that began from others' experience.
- Sharon Olds

I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out,
It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

What we call a poem is mostly what is not there on the page.
The strength of any poem is the poems that it has managed to exclude.
- Harold Bloom

However, I began to submit poems to British magazines,
and some were accepted.
It was a great moment to see my first poems published.
It felt like entering a tradition.
- Helen Dunmore

The notes I have made are not a diary in the ordinary sense,
but partly lengthy records of my spiritual experiences,
and partly poems in prose.
- Edvard Munch


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