Hopeful Poems That Should Give You a Reason to Be Positive
Hopeful Poems that should give you a Reason to be Positive. How can we find hope amid uncertainty, conflict, or loss? When we feel we have lost hope, we may find inspiration in the words and deeds of others.
In this careful selection of poems, hope takes many forms: an open road, an unturned page, a map to another world, an ark, an infant, or a long-lost glove that returns to its owner.
Using metaphors for hope seems appropriate, as the concept of hope is difficult to describe.
It is deeper than simple optimism and more mysterious, delicate, and elusive.
It is a feeling we must develop and cultivate, but like faith, it is also a state with which we are graced.
Hope can foster determination and grit—the ability to bounce back and remain determined despite failures and setbacks—when we make daily efforts to change and improve what we can control.
These poems speak to the importance of hope and resilience.
1. A Poem of Hope
When life is getting you down, and you need a little hope.
Look deep down inside yourself, and you’ll find the way to cope.
When life is getting you down, and you need a little love.
Go to the person whom you are the closest, as the rest they are above.
When life is getting you down, and all you need is a laugh.
Find the friend that makes you smile, they may even be your staff.
When life is getting you down, don’t allow it so.
Change the way you think of life, and life will be better, you know.
When life is getting you down, don’t sit and mope
Take action and always have hope.
When life is getting you down, take time to pray
Don’t allow yourself to frown God will help you see the blessings of the day.
– Poem by Catherine Pulsifer
2. Life is No Bed of Roses
Life is no bed of roses
For roses have thorns, you see,
But handling with care and balance
Will protect from injury.
All gardens have seasons of beauty
Where the flowers of our living grow
With colours and shapes aplenty
Sweet fragrance to bestow.
Life’s flowers need careful tending
For all life needs sun and rain,
And Love and Faith unending
For Hope to flower again!
– Poem by John McLeod
3. Don’t Give Up
The ladder of prayer is the way to the Lord,
It’s taken one step at a time.
Salvation is instant, but growing is not;
The way can be steep, hard to climb.
Instant solutions don’t often occur,
The lessons of life must be borne.
The purging fire that strengthens the soul
May leave you tattered and torn.
Your tears might flow, your heart distressed,
You feel you cannot hold on.
It’s then that prayer connects to the faith
When you felt that all hope was gone.
God never leaves His child alone,
God never walks away.
He knows your needs before you ask,
He always hears when you pray.
Don’t give up if you can’t see
His answer right away,
But trust the fact that God is there,
Alongside you every day.
– Poem by Greta Zwaan
4. Finding Hope
I’ve always viewed life from the side lines,
Just watching it passing me by.
In the past, too afraid to just let go and live,
And lately too tired to try.
I’ve envied the people around me
So invested in living each day,
While I spent my time hiding out from the world
And searching for ways to escape.
For most of my life I truly believed
I was here to help somebody else,
But now it’s so clear it was just an excuse.
To avoid living life for myself.
It’s sad that our lives and the pain we endure
Can weaken our strength to move on,
But if we get lost in the scars of our past,
Without knowing our lives will be gone.
It’s true, people are disappointing,
They can turn in the blink of an eye,
But we can’t avoid hurting each other,
When we all want a chance at this life.
But there’s something I’ve learned through the wisdom of age,
A truth about all of our lives,
And that is no matter what path we each take,
In the end, we just want to survive.
So the time has now come to conquer my fears
And to stand up and face a new day.
Let the hurts of my past wash away with my tears
And stop letting my life slip away.
– Poem by Pat. A Fleming
5. Despite The Storms
Despite the storms,
beauty arrives like
it was always going to.
Despite the darkness,
the light returns.
Despite your loss,
your heart will be
Despite the breaking,
your heart will feel
like it belongs in the
land of joy once more.
This is how it will
always be. Keep living.
– Poem by S.C. Lourie
6. In Good Time
Life can seem an endless maze,
The twists and turns, lulls and delays,
But things always fall into place…
In good time.
Friends will sometimes go away.
Some may disappoint or others betray,
But new ones will come to stay…
In good time.
The hurt of getting something wrong,
And the lesson it often brings along
Are there, you see, to make you strong…
In good time.
Kindness freely given away,
Unnoticed now, will somehow find its way
Back to you and come to stay…
In good time.
Efforts seem not to pay to plan?
Forge on friend, doing the best you can.
Fortune will find the deserving man…
In good time.
Life can be tough, there’s no doubt,
But hope is the thing we can’t do without.
Right things with joy will come about…
In good time.
– Poem by Abimbola T. Alabi
7. Hope is the Thing With Feathers
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
– Poem by Emily Dickinson
8. Stay Alive
When I look at you,
What I see
Is a girl who’s scared
Just to be
Why is different
So foreign to you?
I’ve watched you struggle,
Seen you cry,
Stared at your face,
Hope no longer in your eye.
I’m trying to help.
Just let me in.
This kind of fight
You cannot win.
Take my hand,
And we’ll go home.
Don’t let them say
What they say.
You’re stronger than that,
At least I know, anyway.
It’s going to be hard.
Just don’t give up.
I’ve seen miracles
Very close up.
– Poem by Leah Williams
9. Carrion Comfort
Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;
Not untwist — slack they may be — these last strands of man
In me ór, most weary, cry I can no more. I can;
Can something, hope, wish day come, not choose not to be.
But ah, but O thou terrible, why wouldst thou rude on me
Thy wring-world right foot rock? lay a lionlimb against me? scan
With darksome devouring eyes my bruisèd bones? and fan,
O in turns of tempest, me heaped there; me frantic to avoid thee and flee?
Why? That my chaff might fly; my grain lie, sheer and clear.
Nay in all that toil, that coil, since (seems) I kissed the rod,
Hand rather, my heart lo! lapped strength, stole joy, would laugh, chéer.
Cheer whom though? the hero whose heaven-handling flung me, fóot tród
Me? or me that fought him? O which one? is it each one? That night, that year
Of now done darkness I wretch lay wrestling with (my God!) my God.
– Poem by GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
10. Psalm 150
Some folks fool themselves into believing,
But I know what I know once, at the height
Of hopeless touching, my man and I hold
Our breaths, certain we can stop time or maybe
Eliminate it from our lives, which are shorter
Since we learned to make love for each other
Rather than doing it to each other. As for praise
And worship, I prefer the latter. Only memory
Makes us kneel, silent and still. Hear me?
Thunder scares. Lightning lets us see. Then,
Heads covered, we wait for rain. Dear Lord,
Let me watch for his arrival and hang my head
And shake it like a man who’s lost and lived.
Something keeps trying, but I’m not killed yet.
– Poem by JERICHO BROWN
11. A Center
You must hold your quiet center,
where you do what only you can do.
If others call you a maniac or a fool,
just let them wag their tongues.
If some praise your perseverance,
don’t feel too happy about it—
only solitude is a lasting friend.
You must hold your distant center.
Don’t move even if earth and heaven quake.
If others think you are insignificant,
that’s because you haven’t held on long enough.
As long as you stay put year after year,
eventually you will find a world
beginning to revolve around you.
– Poem by HA JIN
12. Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note
Lately, I’ve become accustomed to the way
The ground opens up and envelopes me
Each time I go out to walk the dog.
Or the broad edged silly music the wind
Makes when I run for a bus…
Things have come to that.
And now, each night I count the stars,
And each night I get the same number.
And when they will not come to be counted,
I count the holes they leave.
Nobody sings anymore.
And then last night, I tiptoed up
To my daughter’s room and heard her
Talking to someone, and when I opened
The door, there was no one there…
Only she on her knees, peeking into
Her own clasped hands.
– Poem by AMIRI BARAKA
13. An Old Story
We were made to understand it would be
Terrible. Every small want, every niggling urge,
Every hate swollen to a kind of epic wind.
Livid, the land, and ravaged, like a rageful
Dream. The worst in us having taken over
And broken the rest utterly down.
A long age
Passed. When at last we knew how little
Would survive us—how little we had mended
Or built that was not now lost—something
Large and old awoke. And then our singing
Brought on a different manner of weather.
Then animals long believed gone crept down
From trees. We took new stock of one another.
We wept to be reminded of such color.
– Poem by TRACY K. SMITH
If you are not to become a monster,
you must care what they think.
If you care what they think,
how will you not hate them,
and so become a monster
of the opposite kind? From where then
is love to come—love for your enemy
that is the way of liberty?
From forgiveness. Forgiven, they go
free of you, and you of them;
they are to you as sunlight
on a green branch. You must not
think of them again, except
as monsters like yourself,
pitiable because unforgiving.
– Poem by WENDELL BERRY
Where there is Life, There is Hope, These word is a general statement said in the world today. And the intriguing thing is. IT’S TRUE.
As far as we are living we should always Hope, Hope for the best, Hope for blessings, Good health, and Good Luck.
Anything can happen at any time so we should be hopeful and positive.
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