Poems About Hard Times

Poems About Hard Times – 12 Poems for Difficult Times

These poems about hard times will give you some sort of encouragement for when things are really difficult.

The journey of a human person isn’t a bed of roses. Our paths are marked with thorns, poisons, and valleys. It is very important that as individuals we should be open to unflattering situations that might show up in our lives.

Hard times are part of the human conditions so poems about hard times are necessary to give comfort and a sense of direction. Poems about hard times are not written to glorify our down moments in life, they are written to give us comfort and hope for better days.

1. Title: “A Cradle Song”

Sweet sleep with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown.
Sweet sleep, Angel mild,
Hover o’er my happy child.

Sweet smiles in the night
Hover over my delight;
Sweet smiles, Mother’s smiles,
All the livelong night beguiles.

Sweet moans, dovelike sighs,
Chase not slumber from thy eyes.
Sweet moans, sweeter smiles,
All the dovelike moans beguiles.

Smiles on thee on me on all,
Who became an infant small,
Infant smiles are His own smiles,
Heaven and earth to peace beguiles.

A Cradle Song - Poems About Hard Times

2. Title: “Forget”

Forget how to care.
Forget how to trust.
Forget how to love.
For my sanity, I must.

Been burned by the promises
and many a lie.
I’ve sat back and watched
as my feelings all die.

I vowed I would love,
honor and cherish him always.
But he treats us like we are
invisible… daily.

For now I will live
as the “unaffected me”.
If only to salvage
my diminishing sanity.

Forget - Poems About Hard Times

3. Title: “Invictus”

In the darkness that shrouds my being,
Black as the pit from end to end,
I thank whatever gods might be seen,
For my soul, resilient, it defends.

In the fierce grip of circumstance,
No flinch or cry did I yield.
Beneath the blows of happenstance,
My head is bloodied, but unsealed.

Beyond this realm of anger and sorrow,
A Horror in the shadow is displayed,
Yet the years’ threat, today and tomorrow,
Finds me and will find me unafraid.

The gate’s width doesn’t concern,
Nor the scroll’s punishments unfold,
I am the master of my turn,
The captain of a soul, bold.

Invictus - Poems About Hard Times

4. Title: “Rise”

I’ll ascend after each downfall,
Stand tall, resilient overall.
Over the wall, I will climb,
Above all challenges, in my prime.

Like the sun, never to wane,
Setting nightly, rising again.
Like the ocean’s tides, ebb and flow,
Down they go, then upward they go.

Like the trees, from seeds they grow,
Reaching heights, continually they show.
After each fall, I’ll rise and rise,
A testament to strength that never dies.

I will rise after every fall,
No matter how many times I recall.
In the face of each setback’s size,
After every fall, I will rise.

Rise - Poems About Hard Times

5. Title: “My Papa’s Waltz”

The whiskey on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother’s countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one knuckle;
At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.

You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt,
Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt.

My Papa's Waltz - Poems About Hard Times

6. Title: “Recession”

Recession, akin to flu, extends its reach,
Big brother succumbs, little brother’s breach.
Financial steps taken, consequences persist,
Currency assailed, economy in a slow-motion twist.

Big brother shivers, recession’s sweat,
Little brother’s economy burns, jobs we fret.
Spending hurts, pockets feel the strain,
Thousands jobless, seeking daily gain.

Shopping essentials, luxury we forgo,
Dreams of driving, cars we window show.
Rich live well, in style, buffet of foods,
Hope for recovery, back to normal moods.

Stocks leap like sunlit salmon run,
Bulls in a frenzy, bears in hibernation.
Worries and pains subside as flu concludes,
Recovery hopes rise, as the ordeal eludes.

Recession - Poems About Hard Times

7. Title: “Still Here”

Life’s persistent knocks won’t keep me down,
Resilient, standing firm, a worthwhile mind I own.
Not the brightest, but organized and professional,
Even with a small brain, my spirit’s exceptional.

The illusion of scattered thoughts quickly shatters,
I defy expectations, good in professional matters.
Told I couldn’t talk, risking my career’s fall,
Defiant, I fought back, ignoring the doctor’s call.

Silence and helplessness won’t define my life,
Under the knife, I faced the risks and the strife.
My eyes may see half, but they perceive the most,
No coasting on disability, I refuse to boast.

A gorgeously cracked mind, beautifully racked,
Delightfully dark, an adventure I’ve tracked.
Time to recognize, be proud of the stand,
Could have laid down, but I rose up grand.

Still Here - Poems About Hard Times

8. Title: “Inner Strength”

Through our mistakes, wisdom we gain,
Discovering where we caused a strain.
When far from home, the truth unfolds,
Finding where our heart truly holds.

Closing our eyes, dreams shine bright,
In our darkest hours, revealing the light.
Losing our way, gazing at stars above,
Praying for guidance and boundless love.

Times of grief unveil love’s true essence,
A profound lesson, a heartfelt presence.
Challenges sent to test our might,
Striving and giving our best in the fight.

I believe in God, a watchful guide,
Leading us in our quest, side by side.
Through errors and trials, we invest,
In the journey of life, we manifest.

Inner Strength - Poems About Hard Times

9. Title: “The Night Guard”

Shadows grow on my wall, dark and long,
Voices rise and fall, harsh and strong.
Do they know I hear? Maybe they don’t care,
Child locked in fright, heart pounding in the air.

Sister climbs in, pulls my blanket tight,
Awakened by noise, she sobs through the night.
We soothe each other, can’t show our fear,
Night guards, we endure, eyes dry, no tear.

Rocking and singing, drowning the fight,
Frozen in time, hoping for morning light.
Peaceful in my cot, we’re finally okay,
Sunlight glows, guiding us to a new day.

Get up, get dressed, get the bus, sometimes eat,
Two of us, together on the street.
My job is done until tonight’s risk,
Teacher, forgive me if my head’s on my desk.

The Night Guard - Poems About Hard Times

10. Title: “Take Heart”

Frequently, we miss
Beauty within the pain’s abyss.
Often unseen, the treasure we find,
Hidden beneath the struggles that bind.

Pain’s journey may seem endless,
Yet, there’s an end, a process.
Sometimes unnoticed, hearts breaking,
Struggling in silence, inner aching.

At times, all we perceive
Is the mountain of blame to retrieve.
A journey entangled in lies and shame,
A path we travel, bearing our name.

My love, listen closely,
The mountain’s path is steep and holy.
Hope descends from realms above,
Be brave, take heart, and courageous love.

Take Heart - Poems About Hard Times

11. Title: “Climb Every Mountain”

Each of us faces a towering peak,
Especially those with losses so bleak.
Climbing that mountain is a must,
To conquer fears and regain trust.

All endure a massive climb,
For those with illness, it’s each time.
Every step on that rocky incline,
Leads closer to an inner serenity, so divine.

A mountain, too, for family strife,
Yet climb we must to embrace life.
Families are a gift, a divine lift,
Ascending the peak is a spiritual shift.

A great big mountain for us all,
Following paths where ancestors fall.
Ascending, reaching the lofty crest,
Nearer to God, feeling truly blessed.

Climb Every Mountain - Poems About Hard Times

12. Title: “A Mother’s Pain for Her Children

Often I sit and wonder,
Mother ponders, eyes so far.
As if the world she has to bear,
Her sadness, she tries to wear.

She smiles when she sees me,
Acts glad, but sometimes she cries.
Is it worth all this trying,
I wonder, as I see her sigh?

Today, a rough day she had,
Yelling, cursing, and tears.
Father’s words cut deep,
Mother prays, her secret keeps.

Through life, she lives unhappy,
Children’s smiles, kind and pure.
Struggles and abuse she endures,
Hiding pain, hoping for a future secure.

A Mother's Pain for Her Children - Poems About Hard Times

Poems about hard times are very uniquely structured to relate to our struggles and individual battles. These poems ideally are meant to give a sense of relief and consolation.

You must share these poems with friends and family members going through hard times.

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