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Poems About Courage Braving Through Trying Times in Life.

Poems About Courage Braving Through Trying Times in Life.

Poems About Courage – Courage, to me, means you’re turning up regardless. Despite the doubt, uncertainty, and fear. No matter how many times you have already been forced into depression.

And if you’re not sure how you can keep going, Here’s a poem about courage for you, to remind you that you’re far from alone, and far more strong than you’ve ever been credited with in the past.

Actually, strength has nothing to do with how dominant you feel and much more to do with how you always turn up.poems about courage
1. The End of the Rope

When you’ve lost every vestige of hope
And you think you are beaten and done,
When you’ve come to the end of your rope,
Tie a knot in the end and hang on.

Have courage; for here is the dope;
When you stand with your back to the wall,
Though you’ve come to the end of your rope
Tie a knot in the end and hang on.

Don’t admit that life’s getting your goat
When your friends seem to all disappear,
When you’ve come to the end of your rope,
Tie a knot in the end and hang on.

by Margaret Nickerson Martin

2. Courage

Courage isn’t a brilliant dash,
A daring deed in a moment’s flash;
It isn’t an instantaneous thing
Born of despair with a sudden spring
It isn’t a creature of flickered hope
Or the final tug at a slipping rope;
But it’s something deep in the soul of man
That is working always to serve some plan.

Courage isn’t the last resort
In the work of life or the game of sport;
It isn’t a thing that a man can call
At some future time when he’s apt to fall;
If he hasn’t it now, he will have it not
When the strain is great and the pace is hot.
For who would strive for a distant goal
Must always have courage within his soul.

Courage isn’t a dazzling light
That flashes and passes away from sight;
It’s a slow, unwavering, ingrained trait
With the patience to work and the strength to wait.
It’s part of a man when his skies are blue,
It’s part of him when he has work to do.
The brave man never is freed of it.
He has it when there is no need of it.

Courage was never designed for show;
It isn’t a thing that can come and go;
It’s written in victory and defeat
And every trial a man may meet.
It’s part of his hours, his days and his years,
Back of his smiles and behind his tears.
Courage is more than a daring deed:
It’s the breath of life and a strong man’s creed.

by Edgar A. Guest (circa 1916)

3. Brave Hearts

Brave hearts bend not so soon to care—
Firm minds uplift the load of fate;
They bear what others shrink to bear,
And boldly any doom await!
They rise above what would oppress
A weaker spirit to the ground;
And, though they feel no jot the less,
Their sorrows scorn to breathe a sound.

by Charles Swain

4. Arnold von Winkleried

“Make way for liberty!” he cried,
Make way for liberty, and died.
In arms the Austrian phalanx stood,
A living wall, a human wood,—
A wall, where every conscious stone
Seemed to its kindred thousands grown.
A rampart all assaults to bear,
Till time to dust their frames should wear;
So still, so dense the Austrians stood,
A living wall, a human wood.

by James Montgomery

5. Courage

Carelessly over the plain away,
Where by the boldest man no path
Cut before thee thou canst discern,
Make for thyself a path!
Silence, loved one, my heart!
Cracking, let it not break!
Breaking, break not with thee.

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

6. How Did You Die?

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

by Edmund Vance Cooke

7. Courage

There is a courage, a majestic thing
That springs forth from the brow of pain, full-grown,
Minerva-like, and dares all dangers known,
And all the threatening future yet may bring;
Crowned with the helmet of great suffering,
Serene with that grand strength by martyrs shown,
When at the stake they die and make no moan,
And even as the flames leap up are heard to sing.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

8. To a Young Man

The great were once as you.
They whom men magnify to-day
Once groped and blundered on life’s way,
Were fearful of themselves, and thought
By magic was men’s greatness wrought.
They feared to try what they could do;
Yet Fame hath crowned with her success
The selfsame gifts that you possess.

by Edgar A. Guest

9. Courage

When evening comes the shadows grow, as the sun begins to set.
Take care that you don’t come to know, a thing that’s called regret.
Not what you try or what you do, throughout a carefree youth.
It’s what you don’t you’ll come to rue, when time reveals it’s truth.

There is wisdom to be had from mistaken words and acts.
You’ll find that failure’s not so bad, it strengthens you in fact.
Rejection’s fear or the fear of failure, that paralizes you.
Is the stuff of tears and that which keeps you dreams from coming true.

It takes a certain kind of nerve to tell someone you care.
But then nature tends to serve the person who would dare.
Bravery isn’t something you can cultivate from seed.
It must be conjured up anew each time that there’s a need.

So take these words and hold them close, it’s certain you’ll find that,
one second of courage to speak from the heart
will result in you hearing them back.

by Wish Belkin

10. Feel Him

God is around us everyday,
you can see him in the sky,
in the flowers, in the water, and
you can feel him in the wind,
in the warmth of the sun.
Always remember you are never alone,
He is always with you.

by Catherine Pulsifer

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11. He Suffices

Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing fright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience gains all things;
Who has God wants nothing;
God alone suffices.

by St. Theresa of Avila

12. Why Be Weak?

We kneel, how weak; we rise, how full of power!
Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
Or others – that we are not always strong,
That we are ever overborne with care,
That we should ever weak or heartless be,
Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer,
And joy and strength and courage are with Thee?

by Trench

13. Serenity

O God, give us serenity
to accept what cannot be changed;
and courage to change what should be changed
and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

by Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

14. It Takes Courage

It takes strength to be firm, it takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to conquer, it takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain, it takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in, it takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain, it takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to endure abuse, it takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone, it takes courage to lean on another.
It takes strength to love, it takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive, it takes courage to live.

by Wish Belkin

15. The Monster

Dear Anxiety,

When they ask me what I am afraid of,
I lie.

I can never expose you,
never tell the truth about you
for fear of speaking you into existence.
You are my punisher and my captor,
my tormentor, my torturer.
You are the little voice inside of my head
telling me bad, bad things to do to myself,
things I can’t talk about
for fear I’ll forget who I am and turn into you.

You tell me we are one and the same, but I am not you.
I would never hurt a child the way you have hurt me.
I would never tell a young girl she is unlovable,
or fat,
or ugly,
or crazy,
or worthless.

I would never tell her to carve ugly, terrible words into her body,
to hold a flame to her skin,
until she has burned herself so badly that the pain goes out like a light
and her nerves are dead,
just like she should be.

by Olivia M Likens

16. Life May Be Hard

Don’t stop and scream at the pebble that made you fall.
If you can’t get up, at least crawl.
You gotta move forward
And never be cornered
By the thoughts that created an invisible border.

Life is hard.
Life may leave some scars,
But never be afraid
Of what lies ahead.
You can get through.
You just need some faith
And the belief that everything works out for the best.

When life gets you down, you gotta bounce back up.
No matter how hard, you have to get up.
Life may be hard,
But it can also be fun.
Explore different paths
And hold up your flag.
The flag is the symbol that you’ve made it far.

by Olivia M Likens

17. Never Give Up

Never give up,
Never give in.
Move onward and upward with strength from within.

Always believe,
Always look forward.
Never be the one who is seen as a coward.

Remember the past,
Look for the future.
Always remember it’s often good to be obscure.

You are special,
You are unique.
To go far in life is what you should seek.

You are brilliant,
You prove to be amazing every day,
And there is someone who will love you in every way

by Becky

18. Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

by Maya Angelou

19. Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

by William Ernest Henley

20. Life Is Like A Marathon

Life is like a marathon
That we cannot reject, we must run
It’s a continuous route that we travel on
At some points the path is tough, sometimes it’s fun

Even though the trek is lengthy
We don’t have to do it alone
By your side, I’m fierce and I’m frail
With you I can navigate through the unknown

In this race, we may stumble
We are likely to collapse or trip
In this marathon we learn to get back up
And fight furiously through every dip

This road is extensive and coarse
But we must battle forward
Striding past every obstacle
And looking past the pain onward

So run this race to your utmost ability
Give everything that you got
Because at the precious finish line
People will remember how hard you fought

by Ella J. Phillips

Poems About Courage


Poems About CourageCourage requires esteem. It does not matter where you are and who you are, bravery can be found in all aspects of life.

To be brave is to stand tall against mighty might. Even a young person without hope, through their example, can have confidence and dare to be different, dream and improve, and maybe teach and be an inspiration to others.

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