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The best short poems make insightful comments
about life.

They hone in with laser-like focus on a particular thought
or scene and leave you with the feeling of truth.

Some of the best poems below are very uplifting and inspirational,
while others leave you questioning the way you've always viewed
the world.

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A Voice Within - Jerome K. Jerome

Come away from the din.
Come away to the quiet fields,
Over which the great sky stretches,
And where, between us and the stars,
There lies but silence;
And there, in the stillness, let us listen
To the voice that is speaking within us.


Mountain Air - John Galsworthy

Tell me of Progress if you will,
But give me sunshine on a hill
The grey rocks spiring to the blue,
The scent of larches, pinks and dew,
And summer sighing in the trees,
And snowy breath on every breeze.
Take towns and all that you find there,
And leave me sun and mountain air!




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The Fog - Carl Sandburg

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.


I'm Nobody! Who Are You? - Emily Dickinson

I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you - Nobody - too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Don't tell! they'd advertise - you know!

How dreary - to be - Somebody!
How public - like a Frog -
To tell one's name - the livelong June -
To an admiring Bog!


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This is a beautiful poem about life that leaves us longing for the answers.

My Soul Is From Elsewhere - Rumi

All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that,
And I intend to end up there.

Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.

I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.


We Wear the Mask - Paul Laurence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes -
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!


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A Lovely Garden - Anonymous

If you have a mind at peace,
And a heart that cannot harden;
Go find a door that opens wide
Upon a lovely garden.


- by Henry Van Dyke

Use what talents you possess;
The woods would be very silent
If no birds sang
Except those that sang best.


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The two quotes below are included in the best short poems for their beauty. They certainly could have been inspirational poems.

Walk With The Dreamers - Wilfred Peterson

Walk with the dreamers,
the believers, the courageous,
the cheerful, the planners,
the doers, the successful people
with their heads in the clouds
and their feet on the ground.
Let their spirit light a fire within you
to leave this world better than when you found it.


- By Edgar Guest

Because we cannot forever smile,
Because we must trudge in the dust awhile,
Because we think that the way is long,
Some of us whimper that life's all wrong.
But somehow we live and our sky grows bright,
And everything seems to work out all right.


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An Autumn Night - Basho

An autumn night -
don't think your life
didn't matter.


- By Nayyirah Waheed

I don't pay attention to the world ending.
It has ended for me many times,
And began again in the morning.







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Best Famous Poems

Famous short poems by Joyce Kilmer, William Blake,
Edgar Allan Poe and more!


Short Inspirational Poems

Some of the best short inspirational poems
like the "Winds Of Fate" and "Let Me Arise."


Best Short Love Poems

Many are the stars I see,
But in my eye no star like thee....


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Emily Dickinson wrote some of the best poems. of all time. This page is a full listing of her poems on the Bartleby poetry website.


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