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10 Famous Poems From Great Poets

Sometimes when we try to overcome certain challenges of life we embrace poetry as source of strength. Other times we read poetry to share with our loved ones.

There are hidden fountains of peace, strength and beauty in poetry. If we could just let these words simmer through, then they are sure to uplift the mind and bring joy to the despairing soul. Poetry is miracle in words.

The following are collection of poems from some of the most famous poets and arguably the greatest writers of poetry. 

Enjoy the beautiful poems below

A smile to remember – Charles Bukowski
We had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
to be happy, told me, "be happy Henry!"
And she was right: it's better to be happy if you
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
understand what was attacking him from within.

My mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: "Henry, smile!
Why don't you ever smile?"

and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw

one day the goldfish died, all five of them,
they floated on the water, on their sides, their
eyes still open,
and when my father got home he threw them to the cat
there on the kitchen floor and we watched as my mother

O Captain! my Captain – Walt Whitman

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won; 
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, 
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring: 
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red, 
Where on the deck my Captain lies, 
Fallen cold and dead. 

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells; 
Rise up-for you the flag is flung-for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths-for you the shores a-crowding; 
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning; 
Here Captain! dear father! 
This arm beneath your head; 
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead. 

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still; 
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will; 
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done; 
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells! 
But I, with mournful tread, 
Walk the deck my Captain lies, 
Fallen cold and dead.

Walking Around – Pablo Neruda
It so happens I am sick of being a man.
And it happens that I walk into tailor shops and movie
dried up, waterproof, like a swan made of felt
steering my way in a water of wombs and ashes.

The smell of barbershops makes me break into hoarse
The only thing I want is to lie still like stones or wool.
The only thing I want is to see no more stores, no gardens,
no more goods, no spectacles, no elevators.

It so happens that I am sick of my feet and my nails
and my hair and my shadow.
It so happens I am sick of being a man.

Still it would be marvelous
to terrify a law clerk with a cut lily,
or kill a nun with a blow on the ear.
It would be great
to go through the streets with a green knife
letting out yells until I died of the cold.

I don't want to go on being a root in the dark,
insecure, stretched out, shivering with sleep,
going on down, into the moist guts of the earth,
taking in and thinking, eating every day.

I don't want so much misery.
I don't want to go on as a root and a tomb,
alone under the ground, a warehouse with corpses,
half frozen, dying of grief.

That's why Monday, when it sees me coming
with my convict face, blazes up like gasoline,
and it howls on its way like a wounded wheel,
and leaves tracks full of warm blood leading toward the

And it pushes me into certain corners, into some moist
into hospitals where the bones fly out the window,
into shoe shops that smell like vinegar,
and certain streets hideous as cracks in the skin.

There are sulphur-colored birds, and hideous intestines
hanging over the doors of houses that I hate,
and there are false teeth forgotten in a coffeepot,
there are mirrors
that ought to have wept from shame and terror,
there are umbrellas everywhere, and venoms, and umbilical

I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes,
my rage, forgetting everything,
I walk by, going through office buildings and orthopedic
and courtyards with washing hanging from the line:
underwear, towels and shirts from which slow
dirty tears are falling.

Remember – Christina Georgina
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
 Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
 For if the darkness and corruption leave
 A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
 Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

Still I Rise – 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.

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?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Have you earned your tomorrow – Edgar Guest
Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along?
Or a childish sort of “howdy” and then vanish in the throng?
Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way,
Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today

Can you say to night, in parting with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what y did or said;
Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day or lose it, was it well or solely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say,
You earned one tomorrow by the work you did today ?

A pretty a day – E.E Cummings
A pretty a day
(and every fades)
is here and away
(but born are maids
to flower an hour
in all,all)
o yes to flower
until so blithe
a doer a wooer
some limber and lithe
some very fine mower
a tall;tall
some jerry so very
(and nellie and fan)
some handsomest harry
(and sally and nan
they tremble and cower
so pale:pale)
for betty was born
to never say nay
but lucy could learn
and lily could pray
and fewer were shyer
than doll. doll

As I grew older – Langston Hughes
It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun—
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky—
The wall.
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!

Love is – Adrian Henry
Love is…
Love is feeling cold in the back of vans
Love is a fanclub with only two fans
Love is walking holding paint stained hands
Love is.
Love is fish and chips on winter nights
Love is blankets full of strange delights
Love is when you don’t put out the light
Love is
Love is the presents in Christmas shops
Love is when you’re feeling Top of the Pops
Love is what happens when the music stops
Love is
Love is white panties lying all forlorn
Love is pink nightdresses still slightly warm
Love is when you have to leave at dawn
Love is
Love is you and love is me
Love is prison and love is free
Love’s what’s there when you are away from  me

'Hope' is the thing with feathers - Emily Dickinson
“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.

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40 Powerful Inspirational Quotes For Workers

Have you ever tried to do a particular job or try doing something new but lack the motivation to get it done? Often times, when encumbered with loads of challenges, the zeal and passion to carry out certain duties seem to elude us and we find ourselves running in circles.

Being successful is not all about having dreams and visions, but the drive to execute these dreams. Motivation goes beyond just the planning stage of a dream, to successfully execute your job you need to remain motivated. 

Being successful in your work also entails daily improvement in your work process and mental habits so that you experience a new motivation and drive to execute your dreams every day.

We have carefully compiled 40 powerful inspirational quotes for work to help you in executing those dreams of yours effectively. These quotes will help you to dig deep and find that little spark that will take you through the day.

A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new – Albert Einstein

One person can make a difference and everyone should try – John F. Kennedy

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going… it’s as simple as that – Earl Nightingale

If you can’t stop thinking of it, don’t stop working on it – Michael Jordan

Working hard is very important. But there is something that matters even more: Believing in Yourself – Harry Potter

You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good – Jerry West

The difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary is the little extra – Jimmy Johnson

Believe you can and you are half there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. – Theodore Rubin

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team – Phil Jackson

We are what we do repeatedly, excellence then, is not an act, but a habit – Aristotle

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking – Henry Ford

It is not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it – Lou Holtz

Greatness is not where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must  sail with the wind and sometimes against it- but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor – Oliver Wendel holmes

Success usually comes to those who are too busy looking for it – Henry David Thoreau

Many of the life’s failure are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up – Thomas A. Edison

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. – Jim Rohn

The secret to success is to do the common things uncommonly well. –  John D. Rockfeller

There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs – Zig Ziglar

Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose. – G.K Nelson

Working hard overcomes a lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the characteristic of successful people. – Marsha Evans

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. – Vince Lombardi

If your success was earned through hard work and honesty, never apologize for it. – Frank Sonnenberg

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. - Swami Vivekananda

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. - Ray Goforth

People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. - Tony Robbins

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. - Francis Chan

What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed. - Dave Thomas

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. - Steve Jobs

The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be. - Reid Hoffman

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.   Winston Churchill

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. -  Drew Houston

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. - Colin R. Davis

The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. - Barack Obama

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -  Eleanor Roosevelt

I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying. - Jeff Bezos

If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know & start charging for it.– Kim Garst

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” Orison Swett Marden

We believe the spark is back. Keep holding on to these quotes though the path  is not without difficulties. When we persevere, we overcome. 

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Amazing Love Poems For You

From the beginning of time love has been in the air, unifying distinct souls with a loving heart together. Love is a beautiful feeling that electrifies the soul of a lover and causes him or her to whisper sweet words to their lover. It is the spice of  life on which genuine relationship is established. Love inspires, it creates an environment to explore the amazing qualities of your lover.
Here is a list of amazing love poems to keep that love feeling of yours burning continually

Since There’s No Help
Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part;
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me,
And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart
That thus so cleanly I myself can free;
Shake hands forever, cancel all our vows,
And when we meet at any time again,
Be it not seen in either of our brows
That we one jot of former love retain.
Now at the last gasp of Love’s latest breath,
When, his pulse failing, Passion speechless lies,
When Faith is kneeling by his bed of death,
And Innocence is closing up his eyes,
Now if thou wouldst, when all have given him over,
From death to life thou might him yet recover.

By : Michael Drayton

Poem for My Love  
How do we come to be here next to each other   in the night
Where are the stars that show us to our love  inevitable
Outside the leaves flame usual in darkness and the rain
falls cool and blessed on the holy flesh   
the black men waiting on the corner for   
a womanly mirage
I am amazed by peace
It is this possibility of you asleep
and breathing in the quiet air

By: June Jordan

Love Is More Thicker Than Forget
 Love is more thicker than forget
More thinner than recall
More seldom than a wave is wet
More frequent than to fail

It is most mad and  moonly
And less it shall unbe
Than all the sea which only
Is deeper than the sea

Love is less always than to win
Less never than alive
Less bigger than the least begin
Less littler than forgive

It is most sane and sunly
And more it cannot die
Than all the sky which only
Is higher than the sky

By: E.E Cummings

Love and Friendship
Love is like the wild rose-briar, 
Friendship like the holly-tree— 
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms 
But which will bloom most constantly? 
The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring, 
Its summer blossoms scent the air; 
Yet wait till winter comes again 
And who will call the wild-briar fair? 

Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now 
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen, 
That when December blights thy brow 
He still may leave thy garland green. 

By: Emily Bronte

How Do I Love Thee
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace,
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,-I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!-and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Your lips, your eyes, your soul
Are like a work of art
The most creative things of all
Is your beautiful heart

If you were a painting
No colours could express
 The beauty deep inside you,
A rainbow, nothing less.

If you were a sculpture
The clay could hardly make
Your figure of an angel
Without one mistake

If you were a euphony,
No choir could really sing
All the beautiful music
Your eyes could possibly bring

So here I am, an artist,
With inspiration beyond belief
But to capture such rare beauty
I’d love to be a thief

By: Zlata Steere


If Not For You
If not for you, I wouldn’t know
What true love really meant.
I’d never feel this inner peace;
I couldn’t be content.

If not for you, I’d never have
The pleasures of romance.
I’d miss the bliss, the craziness,
Of love’s sweet, silly dance.

I have to feel your tender touch;
I have to hear your voice;
No other one could take your place;
You’re it; I have no choice.

If not for you, I’d be adrift;
I don’t know what I’d do;
I’d be searching for my other half,
Incomplete, if not for you.

By: Joanna Fuchs

I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.

I love you only because it's you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood. 
By: Pablo Neruda

Hope you enjoyed this collection of love poems. Show that love today, express those feelings of yours in a loving and beautiful way. Go on loving! Visit this inspirational site always for more love poems and  inspirational quotes.

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Uplifting Quotes About Life

Often times we are encumbered with lots of depressing thoughts trying to keep us unhappy. Then someone utters a kind word and those thoughts vanish. Little words of love and encouragement are soul soothing; carefully repositioning the mind to its right frame. Be it depression accrued in our workplaces, business areas, school, among colleagues and so on, these words can help us in the way we think, feel, behave and act in a positive manner.

Uplifting quotes can motivate us, provide succor and stir us towards pursuing our set goals while also boosting our self esteem and confidence. 

We have carefully outlined the below quotes to help boost your confidence and uplift your mind. Constant meditation and practice of these quotes will help you confront and overcome your challenges.

Uplifting Quotes About Life

1.      Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt

2.      Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

3.      For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.– Ralph Waldo Emerson

4.      I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A Edison

5.      I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed - Michael Jordan

6.      All life is an experiment. The more the experiments you make, the better - Ralp Waldo Emerson

7.      We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey - Kenji Miyazawa

8.      Nobody can hurt me without my permission- Mahatma Gandhi

9.      Defeat is simply a signal to press onward – Helen Keller

10.  If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. – Dolly Parton

11.  Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? – L.M. Montgomery

12.  Learning never exhausts the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci

13.  Only in the darkness can you see the stars. – Martin Luther King Jr.

14.  The past does not equal the future. – Tony Robbins

15.  There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou

  1. Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something. - Ralph Marston
  2. Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. - Napoleon Hill

  1. Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons do not last. The spring rains will come. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

  1. To help yourself, help others. Whatever good you do travels a circle and returns to you many times over- but remember, life isn't about what you get, it's about what you become. - Dennis Gaskill

  1. Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah Winfrey

  1. Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure. - Napoleon Hill

  1. The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape. - Bono

  1. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius

  1. Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons. - Lailah Gifty Akita

  1. We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.– Martin Luther King

26.  Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending. – Chico Xavier

27.  Turn your wounds into wisdom. – Oprah Winfrey

28.  Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr. Seuss

29.  Yesterday is not ours to recover but tomorrow is ours to win or lose - Lyndon B. Johnson

30.  The best way to predict the future is to create it – Abraham Lincoln

31.  Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference – Buddha

32.  The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones – Chinese Proverb

Stay focused on that dream of yours; never give up because you are depressed. Like the famous Oprah Winfrey says “Turn your wounds into wisdom”. Visit this motivational quotes site any time for more inspirational quotes to help you overcome life challenges and kep your soul uplifted.

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