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Short Inspirational Poems - Short Poems

Below are some very powerful short poems.

Some are straight forward and inspirational. Others are
more reflective and mysterious.

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The human spirit is stronger than
anything that can happen to it.

- C.C. Scott
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Winds Of Fate - Ella Wheeler Wilcox - Short Poems

You set the course of your own life. You set the sail of your own soul.

One ship drives east and another drives west
With the self-same winds that blow;
'Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
That tells them the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate
As we voyage along through life;
'Tis the set of the soul
That decides its goal
And not the calm or the strife.


Let Me Arise - Violet Fane

Let me arise and open the gate,
to breathe the wild warm air of the heath,
And to let in Love, and to let out Hate,
And anger at living and scorn of Fate,
To let in Life, and to let out Death.


What If You Slept? - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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A mystical dream poem.

What if you slept? And what if,
In your sleep
You dreamed?
And what if,
In your dream,
You went to heaven
And there plucked
A strange and
Beautiful flower?
And what if,
When you awoke,
You had the flower in your hand?
Ah, what then?


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Allan Poe, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Rumi and many others.


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Do Less - Unknown

Wise words for when we are caught up in doing more...

Do less thinking,
And pay more attention to your heart
Do less acquiring,
And pay more attention to what you already have

Do less complaining,
And pay more attention to giving
Do less controlling,
And pay more attention to letting go

Do less criticizing,
And pay more attention to complimenting
Do less arguing,
And pay more attention to forgiveness

Do less running around,
And pay more attention to stillness
Do less talking,
And pay more attention to silence.


Soul Of Light - Swami Vivekananda

A lovely short poem by a 19th C. spiritual leader who introduced Yoga to the West.

I look behind and after
And find that all is right,
In my deepest sorrows
There is a soul of light.


Closed Path - Rabindranath Tagore

I thought that my voyage hadcome to its end
at the last limit of my power,
---that the path before me was closed,
that provisions were exhausted
and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity.

But I find that thy will knows no end in me.
And when old words die out on the tongue,
new melodies break forth from the heart;
and where the old tracks are lost,
new country is revealed with its wonders.



Count Your Blessings - Unknown - Short Inspirational Poem

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In Myself - Louisa May Alcott

I do not ask for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.
Be thou my guide until I find
Led by a tender hand,
The happy kingdom in myself
And dare to take command.


Success Is Counted Sweetest - Emily Dickinson

In this short poem about success longing for success is felt most by those who have yet to succeed...

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory

As he defeated-dying
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!


Invitation - Sri Aurobindo

A beautiful invitation to leave your worldly cares behind and live in the spirit and freedom of nature.

With wind and the weather beating round me
Up to the hill and the moorland I go.
Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?

Not in the petty circle of cities
Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
Over me God is blue in the welkin,
Against me the wind and the storm rebel.

I sport with solitude here in my regions,
Of misadventure have made me a friend.
Who would live largely? Who would live freely?
Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.

I am the Lord of tempest and mountain,
I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.
Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger
Who shares my kingdom and walks at my side.


10,000 by Wu Men - Short Inspirational Poetry
Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.

If your mind isn't clouded
by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.





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