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10 Uplifting Poems to Read

With the world in a slump, we can all use a little inspiration and help in lifting our spirits. Everyone has different ways of keeping sane and staying positive. Poetry is a great way to get in some reading and feed your mind with what it really needs right now. You may even get into writing it yourself, which is extremely therapeutic. So try taking a break from the novels or magazines and check out these 10 uplifting poems. 


1. “If” by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you   

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;   

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;...


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2. “Still I rise” by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise….


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3. “Do it anyway” by Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway….


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4. “A Time To Believe” by B.J Morbitzer

To believe is to know that

every day is a new beginning.

Is to trust that miracles happen,

and dreams really do come true….


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5. “Keep Sweet” by Strickland W. Gillilan

Don't be foolish and get sour when things don't just come your way-

Don't you be a pampered baby and declare, 'Now I won't play!'

Just go grinning on and bear it;

Have you heartache? Millions share it,

If you earn a crown, you'll wear it-

Keep sweet….


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6. “Count Your Blessings” by Unknown

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses

Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes….


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7. “Mother To Son” by Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

It’s had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor—



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8. “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness

That most frightens us….


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9. “It Couldn't be Done” by Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done

      But he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

      On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

      That couldn’t be done, and he did it!...


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10. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;...


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