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Short Poetry - Short Inspirational Poetry

My other pages of short poetry are so popular
I had to do another.

A good short poem may have a deep or subtle meaning.

Or it may simple make you smile. Most of the poems on
this page are comtemplative and inspiring.

Not all those who wander are lost.

- J.R.R. Tolkien
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My favorites are:

Hold On To Your Dream

If All The Skies

Short Poem by Rumi


All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter - J.R.R. Tolkien

Short Poetry from Fellowship Of The Ring. I love the idea that we have a fire within us that only needs to be awakened.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.


Learn To Be Quiet - Franz Kafka

You need not do anything.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, just wait.
You need not even wait,
Just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.
And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.
It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.




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Hold On To Your Dream - By Anonymous

There's a voice that calls to some of us
From somewhere deep inside
A voice that will not give us peace,
Until at least we've tried
To catch that bright elusive star,
Though foolish it may seem
To those not driven as we are
To hold on to a dream.

And then that voice inside of us
That others cannot know
Tells us that our chance will come,
That we must not let go.
If we can only persevere
Someday our star will gleam
And they'll know why we had to try
To hold on to our dream.


Short Poetry - Short Inspirational Poetry

Not every day can be sunshine and roses. According to this poem,
we wouldn't want it that way.

If All The Skies - Henry Van Dyke

If all the skies were sunshine,
Our faces would be fain
To feel once more upon them
The cooling plash of rain.

If all the world were music,
Our hearts would often long
For one sweet strain of silence,
To break the endless song.

If life were always merry,
Our souls would seek relief,
And rest from weary laughter
In the quiet arms of grief.


Another more contemplative poem:

Thunderstorms - W.H. Davies

My mind has thunderstorms,
That brood for heavy hours:
Until they rain me words;
My thoughts are drooping flowers
And sulking, silent birds.

Yet come, dark thunderstorms,
And brood your heavy hours;
For when you rain me words,
My thoughts are dancing flowers
And joyful singing birds.


Before You - William Arthur Ward - Short Poetry

Sometimes short poetry makes a great life to-do list.

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Dust If You Must - Author Unknown

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better,
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come 'round again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not always kind.
And when you go and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.


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- By Rumi

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
Where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.


Let's go out there and seize the day!

Life - Author Unknown

Life itself can't give you joy
Unless you really will it;
Life just gives you time and space,
It's up to you to fill it.







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