94 Best Poems about Hope to Inspire You

It’s easy to feel hopeless when life crushes you, with one wave of misery slamming into the next.

Perhaps you’ve been hanging on by your teeth and don’t have the strength to continue.

However, you do.

You have the ability to muster the smallest grain of inspiration and optimism.

The hope poems we’ve compiled here may be that seed, pushing you to regain your footing and foresee a brighter future.

Let’s look at these poems about hope now.

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Inspirational Poems about Hope

Hope is the one thing that can bring us through the most difficult situations. Whether you’re going through a tough moment or need some inspiration, these poems of hope and encouragement can help.

1. Just Wait for The Sun

    by Lisa Marks

When everything’s darkness

And you feel so alone,

When the rain doesn’t stop

And you can’t make it home,

When it feels all is lost

And you just want to run,

It can’t rain forever.

Just wait for the sun.

When family is pain,

When friends can’t be found,

When you just want to scream

But you can’t find the sound,

When it’s all your fault,

And you feel like you’re done,

Just wait for the sun.

The sunshine will come.

The storm always passes.

It won’t last forever.

The rain always stops and gives way to good weather.

The brightest and warmest of days still to come.

Please wait for the sun.

The sunshine will come.

People who need you,

People who still love you

Can warm up your soul like the sunshine above you.

You’re never alone,

No matter what’s done.

Wait for the sun.

Just wait for the sun.

Dark clouds always pass.

I promise you, hun.

We’re all waiting with you.

Just wait for the sun.

2. Finding Hope

    by Patricia A Fleming

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.

3. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

    by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –

And sings the tune with out 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.

4. This, Too, Will Pass

    by Grace Noll Crowell

This, too, will pass.

O heart, say it over and over,

Out of your deepest sorrow,

out of your deepest grief,

No hurt can last forever–

Perhaps tomorrow will bring relief.

This, too, will pass.

It will spend itself–

Its fury will die as the wind dies down

with the setting sun;

Assuaged and calm, you will rest again,

Forgetting a thing that is done.

Repeat it again and again,

O heart, for your comfort;

This, too, will pass

as surely as passed before

The old forgotten pain, and the other sorrows

That once you bore.

As certain as stars at night,

or dawn after darkness,

Inherent as the lift of the blowing grass,

Whatever your despair or your frustration–

This, too, will pass.

5. Look for The Blossom

    by Jessica Bryan

The blossom will always grow.

The seasons will always change.

People come and go,

Their shadows comforting and strange.

The flowers will always bloom

Once the darkness subsides.

When every corner is filled with gloom,

Remember the sun just hides.

Brighter days will follow.

Earth will keep moving.

Look for the brighter color.

Help lift the darkness looming.

Breathe in the air around us.

Close your eyes for a minute’s rest.

Live life for those who guided us,

For this moment is just a test.

You will get stronger.

Days will get longer.

Hope will flourish,

Memories to cherish.

6. As Is Life

    by Albi Demeza

It’s strange the things you remember

And the things you seem to forget.

It’s a jamboree of all sorts,

A patchwork of joys and regrets.

You remember the days when you mess up,

The days when sadness brings tears,

But you forget all those small happy moments

When it’s laughter that brings you to tears.

If only we could be happy forever,

To look forward, not think of the past,

Our lives would be full of elation,

With sadness a ghost of the past.

7. Perfect

    by Shianne

My heart flows through this icy land.

Come and take my lonely hand.

Show me how to make things right.

Cry these tears no more tonight.

Sing this sorrowful song into the air.

Try to live with out a care.

Look up at the stars in the sky.

Dry those tears from your eye.

Lift your head, bring your smiles back.

Paint your world with color instead of black.

Undo your lies, make them true.

Don’t let your anger take over you.

Open your eyes, what do you see?

There’s so many things that you could be

If instead of thinking, you actually tried

And forgot about the tears you cried.

You could be living in a world of hope

And letting go, learning how to cope.

With everything life throws your way

And living your fullest every day.

You can force the shadows back to the dark.

Leave with out a single scratch or mark.

You can learn to live with out your pain,

Without putting yourself through this strain.

You can learn all this if you only realize

It only matters what perfect is in your eyes.

8. My Repossessed Hope

    by Evangeline King

Gasping for air

I cling, I cling

to whatever’s left

to anything

Walls closing in

room spins, room spins

Getting so dizzy

this ride needs to end

Fist hammers down

the pain, the pain

Sunshine is gone

There’s nothing but rain

Fall to my knees

I cave, I cave

Tide swept me up

now I’m lost in the waves

Too tired to fight

Can’t cope, can’t cope

No way to regain

my repossessed hope

9. If Only

    by Petra Sheane

If Only…

A prayer was held in our nation,

Beauty was seen in more ways than one,

Children who are lost could find their salvation,

Death was slain and torture was done.

If Only…

Earth was awakened after years of endurance,

Forgotten feelings were rekindled anew,

God was man’s only path and assurance,

Hope was the foundation of the world we knew.

If Only…

I knew more stories than those that were told,

Joy was a plague, and peace a disease,

Knowledge was worth more than silver and gold,

Love was sacred and endless as the seas.

If Only…

Miracles were seen more than daylight,

Never was replaced with forever,

Our eyes could see through the dark of the night,

Passion lived in us more than ever.

If Only…

Questions were answered, and answers were questioned,

Roses were pure and with out thorns,

Sadness received only love and affection,

The empty knew why it was they were born.

If Only…

Us as a nation would join hands in song,

Victory was a gift to the humble,

When tears were shed, the earth felt strong,

Exalted men would fall and crumble.

If Only…

You and I would last forever.

If Only…

Beautiful Poems about Hope

We all experience low points in our lives. Read the following beautiful poetries about hope and consider the advice that these poets provide. Discover a poem about hope to motivate you.

1. I’m Busy

    by Brooke Hampton

I’m busy;

but not in the way

most people accept.

I’m busy calming my fear

and finding my courage.

I’m busy listening to my kids.

I’m busy getting in touch

with what is real.

I’m busy growing things and

connecting with the natural world.

I’m busy questioning my answers.

I’m busy being present in my life.

2. Believe in Yourself

    by Sagar

Believe in yourself and you can achieve

Things you never thought possible.

Believe in yourself and you can discover

New talents hidden inside of you.

Believe in yourself and you can reach

New heights that you thought immeasurable.

Believe in yourself and you can elucidate

The problem that defies every solution.

Believe in yourself and you can tackle

The hardest of all situations.

Believe in yourself and you can make

The complicated things seem simple.

Believe in yourself and you can enjoy

The beauty of nature’s creation.

Believe in yourself and you can learn

Skills of gaining knowledge from experience.

Believe in yourself and you can discern

New depths in your life.

Believe in yourself and you can perform

Way beyond your expectations.

Believe in your aim and work towards it,

With elation, determination and dedication.

Believe in yourself and you’ll feel blessed,

As you are God’s special creation.

3. Time Goes

    by Crystal Lewis

Time goes by and slips away

Just as the sky turns from blue to grey.

We are here but only for a short stay.

Don’t let life pass with words you never say.

Don’t live in anger, with fear and regrets.

Seek forgiveness and lay your pain to rest.

Don’t judge too quickly, as you may be wrong.

Instead, choose to live life as an uplifting song.

When tears fall, wipe them away

As they will only last but for a day.

Sometimes we hurt because we care.

Sometimes life seems unfair.

We make mistakes we wish we could change

And wonder how our life could be rearranged.

Second chances last only for so long, reach out to others

As we are all sisters and brothers.

There are angels in heaven that watch us every day.

They look over us as we laugh and play.

Live with joy, and when you lie down at night,

Thank the Lord and release any strife.

4. Keep Going

    by Kate Summers

When failures come – keep going

When you feel like giving up – keep going

When people mock your idea – keep going

When challenges you face – keep going

When mistakes are made, learn – but keep going

Because perseverance just keeps going!

5. Look Well to This Day

    by Kalidasa, Indian Poet

Look well to this day,

For it and it alone is life.

In its brief course

Lie all the essence of your existence:

The Glory of Growth

The Satisfaction of Achievement

The Splendor of Beauty

For yesterday is but a dream,

And tomorrow is but a vision.

But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

6. Don’t Quit

    by Anonymous

When things go wrong as they sometimes will;

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;

When the funds are low, and the debts are high;

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh;

When care is pressing you down a bit

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Success is failure turned inside out;

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;

And you can never tell how close you are;

It may be near when it seems afar.

So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.

7. Things You Can Control

    by Caleb LP Gunner

Your Beliefs

Your attitude

Your thoughts

Your perspective

How honest you are

Who your friends are

What books you read

How often you exercise

The type of food you eat

How many risks you take

How you interpret the situation

How kind you are to others

How kind you are to yourself

How often you say “I love you.”

How often you say “thank you.”

How you express your feelings

Whether or not you ask for help

How often you practice gratitude

How many times you smile today

The amount of effort you put forth

How you spend / invest your money

How much time you spend worrying

How often you think about your past

Whether or not you judge other people

Whether or not you try again after a setback

How much you appreciate the things you have

8. Sunny Soul

    by M. A. Kidder

To the sunny soul that is full of hope,

And whose beautiful trust ne’er faileth,

The grass is green, and the flowers are bright.

Though the wintry storm prevaileth.

9. Hope Never Slumbers Long

    by Anna J. Granniss

Not even Hope can always soar and sing;

Sometimes she needs must rest a willing wing.

And wait in midst of her glad carolling.

Faint not, dear heart, though she rest over night –

Her wings are swifter than the wings of light;

They’re gaining strength for more enduring flight.

Fret not because her voice is sometimes still;

It may be catching some new lilt or thrill;

She’ll sing again, all of her own sweet will.

Perhaps when worn with pain, in darkened room.

Denied the light, the beauty, and the bloom,

You’ll see a little rift with in the gloom;

Then hear a stir, as of unfolding wings;

And low, sweet notes, as one who tries the strings

In tender prelude just before he sings.

And wakened Hope, grown vigorous and strong.

Will then surprise the silence with a song –

Keep a brave heart, Hope never slumbers long.

Famous Poems about Hope

These famous hope poems demonstrate the role of hope in the great minds of history, both present and past. Take a closer look at them.

1. Never Let Go of Hope

    by Jancarl Campi

One day

you will see

that it all

has finally come together.

What you have

always wished for

has finally come to be.

You will look back

and laugh at what has passed

and you will ask yourself,

“How did I get through all of that?”

Just never let go of hope.

Just never quit dreaming.

And never let love

depart from your life.

2. Hope Is Better

    by Martin Tupper

Never go gloomy, man with a mind,

Hope is a better companion than fear;

Providence, ever benignant and kind,

Gives with a smile what you take with a tear;

All will be right,

Look to the light.

Morning was ever the daughter of night;

All that was black will be all that is bright,

Cheerily, cheerily, then cheer up.

Many a foe is a friend in disguise,

Many a trouble a blessing most true,

Helping the heart to be happy and wise,

With love ever precious and joys ever new.

Stand in the van,

Strike like a man!

This is the bravest and cleverest plan;

Trusting in God while you do what you can.

Cheerily, cheerily, then cheer up.

3. Hope

    by Max Ehrmann

Deny me all the good of earth —

All joy and soul-rebounding mirth,

All wealth and rank and love’s great days;

But leave one thing by which to cope

With ebbing life’s dim evening rays —

Leave me but hope.

4. The Year

    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What can be said in New Year rhymes,

That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,

We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,

We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,

We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,

We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,

And that’s the burden of the year.

5. No Nation Can Hope

    by Roy L. Smith

No nation can hope –

For prosperity so long as millions are denied opportunity.

For peace that does not cultivate the goodwill of other nations.

For honor which does not respect other nation’s honor.

For safety which does not deal openly with other nations.

For international respect which does not respect international opinion.

For profitable trade which undertakes to get all the profits.

For permanence which defies the moral order of the universe.

6. Don’t Let The Song Go Our of Your Life

    By Kate R. Stiles

Don’t let the song go out of your life;

Though it chance sometimes to flow

In a minor strain, it will blend again

With the major tone, you know.

What though shadows rise to obscure life’s skies,

And hide for a time the sun;

They sooner will lift, and reveal the rift,

If you let the melody run.

Don’t let the song go out of your life;

Ah! it never would need to go.

If with thought more true and a broader view

We looked at this life below.

Oh! Why should we moan that life’s springtime has flown,

Or sigh for the fair summer time?

The autumn hath days filled with paeans of praise.

And the winter hath bells that chime.

7. Positive Hope

    by Catherine Pulsifer

We can lose many things in life

We may find we have had our share of strife

But the one thing you never want to loose

Is your hope, you get to choose.

You can stay focused on the negative today

You can blame others in every way

But at the end of it all,

Our hope will prevent us from a fall.

You see focusing on things will get better

Will keep our lives centered

To look forward with positive hope

Rather than sit around and mope.

8. Every Day

    by Anonymous

Every day is a fresh beginning,

Every morn is the world made new;

You who are weary of sorrow and sinning.

Here is a beautiful hope for you;

A hope for me and a hope for you.

Short Poems about Hope

Whether we are going through a difficult period or just looking forward, we all need to hold on to hope. The words in these short poems on hope encourage you to never give up hope.

1. Do Something

    by Lucy Larcom

If the world seems cool to you,

Kindle fires to warm it!

Let their comfort hide from you

Winters that deform it.

Hearts as frozen as your own

To that radiance gather;

You will soon forget to moan,

“Ah! the cheerless weather! “

If the world’s a “vale of tears,”

Smile till rainbows span it;

Breathe the love that life endears

Clear from clouds to fan it.

Of your gladness lend a gleam

Unto souls that shiver;

Show them how dark sorrow’s stream

Blends with hope’s bright river.

2. His Hope With All

    by Mary H. Houghton

The night is mother of the day,

The winter of the spring;

And even upon old decay

The greenest mosses cling.

Behind the cloud the starlight lurks;

Through showers the sunbeams fall;

For God, who loveth all His works.

Hath left His hope with all.

3. Ray of Hope

    by Celia Thaxter

There is no day so dark.

But through the murk some ray of hope may steal.

Some blessed touch from heaven, that we may feel

If we but choose to mark.

We shut the portals fast

And turn the key, and let no sunshine in;

Yet the worst despair that comes through sin

God’s light shall reach at last.

4. Hope

    by Anonymous

Tis better to hope, though clouds hang low,

And keep the eyes uplifted,

For the sweet blue sky will soon peep through,

When the ominous clouds are rifted.

There was never a night with out a day,

Or an evening with out a morning.

And the darkest hour, as the proverb goes,

Is the hour before the dawning.

5. Good Time Comin’

    by Anonymous

Thank the Lord,

If today has sorrow

We can live in hope

Of a bright tomorrow!

And still find peace

When the storm is hummin’,

An’ sweet release

In the good time comin’!

6. Singing Through The Rain

    by Luella Clark

O Robin, singing through the rain,

How welcome is thy clear refrain,

The tempest trying all in vain

To cheat thee of thy song!

What cheerfulness, by pain unspent.

What gladness born of calm content.

Unto thy strain belong.

Let sinking hearts, taught by thy strain,

Learn, too, to triumph over pain.

And, like thee, singing in the rain

A song of hope and cheer.

7. Words of Strength

    by Friedrich Schiller

There are three lessons I would write,

Three words as with a burning pen,

In tracings of eternal light,

Upon the hearts of men.

Have hope. Though clouds environ now,

And gladness hides her face in scorn,

Put thou the shadow from thy brow;

No night but hath its morn.

Have faith. Where’er thy bark is driven –

The calm’s disport, the tempest’s mirth –

Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven,

The inhabitants of earth.

Have love – not love alone for one,

But man as man thy brother call,

And scatter like the circling sun

Thy charities on all.

Thus grave these lessons on thy soul –

Hope, Faith, and Love – and thou shalt find

Strength when life’s surges rudest roll,

Light when thou else wert blind.

Long Poems about Hope

Here is a list of long poetry about hope. May the words in these long poems encourage you and remind you to never give up on hope and faith!

1. 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.

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 backyard.

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.

2. Goodbye to Tolerance

    by denise levertove

Genial poets, pink-faced  

earnest wits—

you have given the world

some choice morsels,

gobbets of language presented

as one presents T-bone steak

and Cherries Jubilee.

Goodbye, goodbye,

don’t care

if I never taste your fine food again,

neutral fellows, seers of every side.

Tolerance, what crimes

are committed in your name.

And you, good women, bakers of nicest bread,

blood donors. Your crumbs

choke me, I would not want

a drop of your blood in me, it is pumped

by weak hearts, perfect pulses that never

falter: irresponsive

to nightmare reality.

It is my brothers, my sisters,

whose blood spurts out and stops


because you choose to believe it is not your business.

Goodbye, goodbye,

your poems

shut their little mouths,  

your loaves grow moldy,  

a gulf has split

the ground between us,

and you won’t wave, you’re looking

another way.

We shan’t meet again—

unless you leap it, leaving  

behind you the cherished  

worms of your dispassion,  

your pallid ironies,

your jovial, murderous,  

wry-humored balanced judgment,

leap over, un-

balanced? … then

how our fanatic tears

would flow and mingle  

for joy …

3. Caged Bird

    by Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wings

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks

down his narrow cage

can seldom see through

his bars of rage

his wings are clipped and

his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings

with fearful trill

of the things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill for the caged bird

sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees

and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn

and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams

his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream

his wings are clipped and his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom.

4. Hold Your Heart

    by Ashley Bahr

Remember those days when you were young?

Life was as easy as it could be.

There were laughs and stories and dreams.

You saw the sunshine and you were free.

Well there comes a point when you realize

That you finally have to grow up

And that hiding under your covers

Won’t ever be quite enough.

I know those days when it feels like

There’s no way you can keep going on.

Life just isn’t worth living,

And nothing could be more wrong.

Those days when it’s such a struggle

Just to pull yourself out of the bed.

The depression, it overwhelms you.

The fearful thoughts are spinning through your head.

Those days when you feel so broken

And the pieces keep falling apart.

Your sky grows stormy and gray.

Too much pain for this young, burdened heart.

You feel like there’s no solution

To this riddle or game they call life.

And when it’s your darkest hour,

It is then that I’ll show you the light.

The light at the end of the tunnel

When you thought maybe this was the end.

I promise there’s beautiful sunshine

On this dark road with sharp turns and bends.

Though it may not always seem it,

There’s still happiness in this place.

And what you have to realize

Is that it takes a little faith.

I have always been here with you,

Just as I always will be,

And when life knocks you down so low,

Just put your trust in me.

So remember those days when you were young.

Life was as easy as it could be.

There were laughs and stories and dreams.

You saw the sunshine and you were free.

Well now here in your darkest hour,

Get under the covers and turn out the light.

Close your eyes and dream, my child.

Let me hold your heart tonight.

5. Opportunity

    by Berton Braley

With doubt and dismay you are smitten

You think there’s no chance for you, son?

Why, the best books haven’t been written

The best race hasn’t been run,

The best score hasn’t been made yet,

The best song hasn’t been sung,

The best tune hasn’t been played yet,

Cheer up, for the world is young!

No chance? Why the world is just eager

For things that you ought to create

Its store of true wealth is still meagre

Its needs are incessant and great,

It yearns for more power and beauty

More laughter and love and romance,

More loyalty, labor and duty,

No chance–why there’s nothing but chance!

For the best verse hasn’t been rhymed yet,

The best house hasn’t been planned,

The highest peak hasn’t been climbed yet,

The mightiest rivers aren’t spanned,

Don’t worry and fret, faint hearted,

The chances have just begun,

For the Best jobs haven’t been started,

The Best work hasn’t been done.

6. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

   by Maya Angelou

Shadows on the wall

Noises down the hall

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Bad dogs barking loud

Big ghosts in a cloud

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Mean old Mother Goose

Lions on the loose

They don’t frighten me at all

Dragons breathing flame

On my counterpane

That doesn’t frighten me at all.

I go boo

Make them shoo

I make fun

Way they run

I won’t cry

So they fly

I just smile

They go wild

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Tough guys fight

All alone at night

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Panthers in the park

Strangers in the dark

No, they don’t frighten me at all.

That new classroom where

Boys all pull my hair

(Kissy little girls

With their hair in curls)

They don’t frighten me at all.

Don’t show me frogs and snakes

And listen for my scream,

If I’m afraid at all

It’s only in my dreams.

I’ve got a magic charm

That I keep up my sleeve

I can walk the ocean floor

And never have to breathe.

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Not at all

Not at all.

7. The Time Is Now

    by Bettina Van Vaerenbergh

We have but a short time

On this earth,

So value your life

For what it’s really worth.

Your life has purpose.

God sent you on a mission.

To live, to love, to learn –

Is His commission.

The world needs you.

Believe me, it’s true!

Some things need doing

That only you can do.

Character matters;

Be your own person,

Your own original self,

Not someone else’s version.

Develop your talents;

They are unique.

Use your time well;

Listen only to positive critique.

Go after your dreams.

Be bold. Be brave.

Swim against the stream;

It’s more than okay.

The time is now

To find your passion.

Time waits for no one,

So get into action.

To be free of regret

In your old age,

Never ever forget

To fully live today!

8. Desiderata

    by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, with out surrender,

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant;

they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals,

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love;

for in the face of all aridity and

disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,

whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

9. Thanksgiving

    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We walk on starry fields of white

And do not see the daisies;

For blessings common in our sight

We rarely offer praises.

We sigh for some supreme delight

To crown our lives with splendor,

And quite ignore our daily store

Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way

Upon our thought and feeling.

They hang about us all the day,

Our time from pleasure stealing.

So unobtrusive many a joy

We pass by and forget it,

But worry strives to own our lives

And conquers if we let it.

There’s not a day in all the year

But holds some hidden pleasure,

And looking back, joys oft appear

To brim the past’s wide measure.

But blessings are like friends, I hold,

Who love and labor near us.

We ought to raise our notes of praise

While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise

Of worry or of trouble.

Farseeing is the soul and wise

Who knows the mask is double.

But he who has the faith and strength

To thank his God for sorrow

Has found a joy with out alloy

To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes

Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;

The hours and days a silent phrase

Of music we are living.

And so the theme should swell and grow

As weeks and months pass o’er us,

And rise sublime at this good time,

A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

The littlest Christmas tree

lived in a meadow of green

among a family

of tall evergreens.

He learned how to whisper

the evergreen song

with the slightest of wind

that came gently along.

He watched as the birds

made a home out of twigs

and couldn’t wait till

he, too, was big.

For all of the trees

offered a home,

the maple, the pine, and the oak,

who’s so strong.

“I hate being little,”

the little tree said,

“I can’t even turn colors

like the maple turns red.

I can’t help the animals

like the mighty old oak.

He shelters them all

in his wide mighty cloak.”

The older tree said,

“Why, little tree, you don’t know?

The story of a mighty king

from the land with no snow?”

Little tree questioned,

“A land with no snow?”

“Yes!” said old tree,

“A very old story,

from so long ago.”

“A star appeared,

giving great light

over a manger

on long winter’s night.

A baby was born,

a king of all kings,

and with him comes love

over all things.”

“He lived in a country

all covered in sand,

and laid down his life

to save all of man.”

Little tree thought of the gift

given by him,

then the big tree said with the

happiest grin,

“We’re not just trees,

but a reminder of that day.

There’s a much bigger part

of a role that we play!”

“For on Christmas Eve,

my life I’ll lay down,

in exchange for a happier,

loving ground.

And as I stand dying,

they’ll adorn me in trim.

This all will be done

in memory of him.”

“Among a warm fire,

with family and friends,

in the sweet songs of Christmas,

I’ll find my great end.

Then ever so gently,

He’ll come down to see

and take me to heaven,

Jesus and me.”

“So you see, little tree,

we are not like the oak

who shelters all things

beneath his great cloak.

Nor are we like the maple

in fall,

whose colors leave many

standing in awe.”

“The gift that we give

is ourselves, limb for limb,

the greatest of honor,

in memory of him.”

The little tree bowed

his head down and cried

and thought of the king

who willingly died.

For what kind of gift

can anyone give

than to lay down your life

when you wanted to live?

A swelling of pride

came over the tree.

Can all of this happen

Because of just me?

Can I really bring honor?

By adorning a home?

By reminding mankind

that he’s never alone?

With this thought, little tree

began singing with glee.

Happy and proud

to be a true Christmas tree.

You can still hear them singing

even the smallest in height,

singing of Christmas

and that one holy night.

Poems about Hope That Rhyme

Here are some rhyming poems about hope. When you find yourself thinking about hopelessness, come to this hope poetry and realize that there is always a path forward.

1. Let God Have His Way

    by Joyce Bell

To verily… Let God Have His Way

Is much more than words… we say

It’s choosing to stand …and survey

Rather than ‘bend’ things our way

It is calling on our faith – each day

While ignoring the obvious display

Of bold, unrighteous… acts at play

It is being still when itching to flay

It is trusting when wanting to bray

It is patience despite the vast outlay

Of what is wrong, and fully decayed

It’s strength found in hope’s …sleigh

It’s leaning while relying on Yahweh

It’s remaining silent in times of gray

It’s crying but turning…yet…to pray

Where in the humanness of our…clay

We tell Jah what we need on our tray

But ere delay not…to hastily convey

All the results are His whatever may

And it’s waiting … with in belief’s ray

Yielded, as we Let God Have His Way

2. Silver Lining

    by Nicola An 

This numinous path you take

They can neither break nor fake,

Let the strength you wield

Be your humble shield

As we all sink into the abyss

Love is our air of bliss

It’s the light we choose

The light we never lose

3. Before The Ice Is in The Pools

    by Emily Dickinson

Before the ice is in the pools

Before the skaters go,

Or any check at nightfall

Is tarnished by the snow

Before the fields have finished,

Before the Christmas tree,

Wonder upon wonder

Will arrive to me!

What we touch the hems of

On a summer’s day

What is only walking

Just a bridge away

That which sings so-speaks so

When there’s no one here

Will the frock I wept in

Answer me to wear?

4. The Holy Night

    by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

We sate among the stalls at Bethlehem;

The dumb kine from their fodder turning them,

Softened their horned faces

To almost human gazes

Toward the newly Born:

The simple shepherds from the star-lit brooks

Brought their visionary looks,

As yet in their astonied hearing rung

The strange sweet angel-tongue:

The magi of the East, in sandals worn,

Knelt reverent, sweeping round,

With long pale beards, their gifts upon the ground,

The incense, myrrh, and gold

These baby hands were impotent to hold:

So let all earthlies and celestials wait

Upon thy royal state.

Sleep, sleep, my kingly One!

5. Minstrels

    by William Wordsworth

The minstrels played their Christmas tune

To-night beneath my cottage-eaves;

While, smitten by a lofty moon,

The encircling laurels, thick with leaves,

Gave back a rich and dazzling sheen,

That overpowered their natural green.

Through hill and valley every breeze

Had sunk to rest with folded wings:

Keen was the air, but could not freeze,

Nor check, the music of the strings;

So stout and hardy were the band

That scraped the chords with strenuous hand.

6. Star of The East

    by Eugene Field More Eugene Field

Star of the East, that long ago

Brought wise men on their way

Where, angels singing to and fro,

The Child of Bethlehem lay

Above that Syrian hill afar

Thou shinest out to-night, O Star!

Star of the East, the night were drear

But for the tender grace

That with thy glory comes to cheer

Earth’s loneliest, darkest place;

For by that charity we see

Where there is hope for all and me.

Star of the East! show us the way

In wisdom undefiled

To seek that manger out and lay

Our gifts before the child

To bring our hearts and offer them

Unto our King in Bethlehem!

And who but listened?—till was paid

Respect to every inmate’s claim,

The greeting given, the music played

In honour of each household name,

Duly pronounced with lusty call,

And “Merry Christmas” wished to all.

7. Kriss Kringle

    by Thomas Bailey Aldrich 

Just as the moon was fading

Amid her misty rings,

And every stocking was stuffed

With childhood’s precious things,

Old Kriss Kringle looked around,

And saw on the elm-tree bough,

High hung, an oriole’s nest,

Lonely and empty now.

“Quite a stocking,” he laughed,

“Hung up there on a tree!

I didn’t suppose the birds

Expected a present from me!”

Then old Kriss Kringle, who loves

A joke as well as the best,

Dropped a handful of snowflakes

Into the oriole’s empty nest.

8. Ring Out, Wild Bells

    by Alfred Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light;

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,

For those that here we see no more,

Ring out the feud of rich and poor,

Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife;

Ring in the nobler modes of life,

With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care the sin,

The faithless coldness of the times;

Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,

But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,

The civic slander and the spite;

Ring in the love of truth and right,

Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart, the kindlier hand;

Ring out the darkness of the land,

Ring in the Christ that is to be.

9. Christmas Bells

    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along

The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,

A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth

The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound

The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent

The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn

The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;

“There is no peace on earth,” I said;

For hate is strong,

And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail,

The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Poems about Hope for Kids

You must teach your kids about hope from a very young age so that they have this valuable lesson ingrained in their minds. This easy hope poetry for children may help do that.

1. The Mountain And The Squirrel

    by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mountain and the squirrel

Had a quarrel,

And the former called the latter

“Little prig.”

Bun replied,

“You are doubtless very big;

But all sorts of things and weather

Must be taken in together

To make up a year

And a sphere.

And I think it no disgrace

To occupy my place.

If I’m not so large as you,

You are not so small as I,

And not half so spry:

I’ll not deny you make

A very pretty squirrel track.

Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;

If I cannot carry forests on my back,

Neither can you crack a nut.”

2. Aim High to The Sky

    by James McDonald

Aim high to the sky,

In all that you do.

Because you just never know,

What it takes to be you.

Be strong and be brave,

But at the same time be kind.

And always be sure,

That you’re using your mind.

3. Don’t Give Up

    by Phoebe Cary

If you’ve tried and have not won,

Never stop for crying;

All’s that’s great and good is done

Just by patient trying.

Though young birds, in flying, fall,

Still their wings grow stronger;

And the next time they can keep

Up a little longer.

Though the sturdy oak has known

Many a blast that bowed her,

She has risen again, and grown

Loftier and prouder.

If by easy work you beat,

Who the more will prize you?

Gaining victory from defeat,—

That’s the test that tries you!

4. If I Were…

    by Eva L. Robinson

If I were a queen,

I’d rule a mighty land.

If I were a princess,

I’d take a prince’s hand.

If I were a soldier,

I’d fight a mighty war.

If I were a hero,

I’d be the best they ever saw.

If I were a dancer,

I’d dance with such grace.

If I were a runner,

I’d win every race!

If I were an actress,

I’d take part in a play,

For I can do anything,

No matter what you say.

5. Listen to The Mustn’ts

    by Shel Silverstein

Listen to the Mustn’ts, child,

Listen to the Don’ts

Listen to the Shouldn’ts

The Impossibles, the Wont’s

Listen to the Never Haves

Then listen close to me-

Anything can happen, child,

Anything can be

6. If You Can’t Go Over or Under, Go Round

    by Joseph Morris

A baby mole got to feeling big,

And wanted to show how he could dig;

So he plowed along in the soft, warm dirt

Till he hit something hard, and it surely hurt!

A dozen stars flew out of his snout;

He sat on his haunches, began to pout;

Then rammed the thing again with his head—

His grandpap picked him up half dead.

“Young man,” he said, “though your pate is bone.

You can’t butt your way through solid stone.

This bit of advice is good, I’ve found:

If you can’t go over or under, go round.”

A traveler came to a stream one day,

And because it presumed to cross his way,

And wouldn’t turn round to suit his whim

And change its course to go with him,

His anger rose far more than it should,

And he vowed he’d cross right where he stood.

A man said there was a bridge below,

But not a step would he budge or go.

The current was swift and the bank was steep,

But he jumped right in with a violent leap.

A fisherman dragged him out half-drowned:

“When you can’t go over or under, go round.”

If you come to a place that you can’t get through,

Or over or under, the thing to do

Is to find a way round the impassable wall,

Not say you’ll go YOUR way or not at all.

You can always get to the place you’re going,

If you’ll set your sails as the wind is blowing.

If the mountains are high, go round the valley;

If the streets are blocked, go up some alley;

If the parlor-car’s filled, don’t scorn a freight;

If the front door’s closed, go in the side gate.

To reach your goal this advice is sound:

If you can’t go over or under, go round!

7. Us Two

    by A. A. Milne

Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,

There’s always Pooh and Me.

Whatever I do, he wants to do,

“Where are you going to-day?” says Pooh:

“Well, that’s very odd ‘Cos I was too.

Let’s go together,” says Pooh, says he.

“Let’s go together,” says Pooh.

“What’s twice eleven?” I said to Pooh.

(“Twice what?” said Pooh to Me.)

“I think it ought to be twenty-two.”

“Just what I think myself,” said Pooh.

“It wasn’t an easy sum to do,

But that’s what it is,” said Pooh, said he.

“That’s what it is,” said Pooh.

“Let’s look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.

“Yes, let’s,” said Pooh to Me.

We crossed the river and found a few —

“Yes, those are dragons all right,” said Pooh.

“As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.

That’s what they are,” said Pooh, said he.

“That’s what they are,” said Pooh.

“Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh.

“That’s right,” said Pooh to Me.

“I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh,

And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo!

Silly old dragons!” — And off they flew.

“I wasn’t afraid,” said Pooh, said he,

“I’m never afraid with you.”

So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,

There’s always Pooh and Me.

“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,

“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,

It isn’t much fun for One, but Two,

Can stick together, says Pooh, says he.

“That’s how it is,” says Pooh.

8. Thinking

    by Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are;

If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,

It is almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;

For out in this world we find

Success begins with a person’s will

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;

You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man;

But sooner or later the person who wins

Is the one who thinks he can!

9. A Daydream

    by Lolo T. Frenchie

A daydream

A world of extreme

A fantasy place

Or even outer space

A place for you

Where you can pass through

When you’re feeling blue and alone

A place of your own

Where anything goes

And there’s no shadows

A place where smiles gleam

And everyone is a team

This is my daydream

My place of joy and hope

Poems about Hope in Hard Times

How do we find hope in the times of uncertainty, conflict, or loss? When we feel hopeless, we might find inspiration in the words and actions of others. These are some poems on finding hope in difficult circumstances.

1. Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do

    by Daphne Edwin

Tough times never last,

but tough people do

Some people are swept away with their problems

but those who stand firm are very few.

An inner voice says, ‘don’t quit, don’t quit’

Never in dismay, give up hope and sit.

Success is never easy,

it comes bit by bit

Failures are the ladders of success

Learn from your mistakes and do your best.

Tough people do the same

They wrestle with their problems

And don’t make excuses which are lame.

They smile, when tears cloud their eyes

They never miss an opportunity

and are wise.

They are always in control of their actions

and by their hard work failure seems like a fiction

2. Persistence

    by Walter Savage Landor

My hopes retire; my wishes as before

Struggle to find their resting-place in vain:

The ebbing sea thus beats against the shore;

The shore repels it; it returns again.

3. Do Your Best

    by Kate Louise Wheeler

Make the best of life today

Take what God has given;

Do not falter on the way

Each step leads to Heaven.

Tho’ the journey may be long,

And the way be weary,

Make it shorter with a song

Days will seem less dreary.

Let the sunshine fill your heart

All it’s shadows hiding;

Do your humble little part

Leave to God the guiding.

Do not soar to highest things

‘Till you have a reason;

He will give the soul it’s wings

In his own good season.

Little robins in the nest

Ere their wings are stronger

Learn too late that it is best

To keep patient longer.

If you cannot do to-day

What you hope and plan,

God will show a better way,

Do the best you can.

4. Earnestness

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The hurry of the times affects us so

In this swift rushing hour, we crowd and press,

And thrust each other backward, as we go,

And do not pause to lay sufficient stress

Upon that good, strong, true word, Earnestness.

In our impetuous haste, could we but know

Its full, deep meaning, its vast import, oh,

Then might we grasp the secret of success!

In that receding age when men were great,

The bone, and sinew of their purpose lay

In this one word. God likes an earnest soul

Too earnest to be eager. Soon or late

It leaves the spent horde breathless by the way,

And stands serene, triumphant, at the goal.

5. Perseverance

    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We must not hope to be mowers,

And to gather the ripe gold ears,

Unless we have first been sowers

And watered the furrows with tears.

It is not just as we take it,

This mystical world of ours,

Life’s field will yield as we make it

A harvest of thorns or of flowers.

6. Never Despair

    by William Smith O’Brien

Never despair! Let the feeble in spirit

Bow like the willow that stoops to the blast.

Droop not in peril! ’T is manhood’s true merit

Nobly to struggle and hope to the last.

When by the sunshine of fortune forsaken

Faint sinks the heart of the feeble with fear,

Stand like the oak of the forest—unshaken,

Never despair—Boys—oh! never despair.

Never despair! Though adversity rages,

Fiercely and fell as the surge on the shore,

Firm as the rock of the ocean for ages,

Stem the rude torrent till danger is o’er.

Fate with its whirlwind our joys may all sever,

True to ourselves, we have nothing to fear.

Be this our hope and our anchor for ever

Never despair—Boys—oh! never despair.

7. Keep Going

    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Is the goal distant, and troubled the road,

And the way long?

And heavy your load?

Then gird up your courage, and say ‘I am strong,’

And keep going.

Is the work weary, and endless the grind

And petty the pay?

Then brace up your mind

And say ‘Something better is coming my way,’

And keep doing.

Is the drink bitter life pours in your cup 

Is the taste gall?

Then smile and look up

And say ‘God is with me whatever befall,’

And keep trusting.

Is the heart heavy with hope long deferred,

And with prayers that seem vain?

Keep saying the word 

And that which you strive for you yet shall attain.

Keep praying.

8. How Did You Die?

    by Edmund Vance Cooke

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?

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what’s that!

Come up with a smiling face.

It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,

But to lie there—that’s disgrace.

The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce

Be proud of your blackened eye!

It isn’t the fact that you’re licked that counts;

It’s how did you fight and why?

And though you be done to the death, what then?

If you battled the best you could,

If you played your part in the world of men,

Why, the Critic will call it good.

Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,

And whether he’s slow or spry,

It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,

But only, how did you die?

Poems about Hope for The Future

Do you need a little push to help you see the broader picture? These poems on hope for the future could just do the trick.

1. Hope for The Future Poem

    by Joseph T. Renaldi

Today we face the trying times

Of heartache and pain.

Many hopes and dreams are shattered,

And prayers seem to be in vain.

With the hope of peace diminishing,

The heart has no definitive song.

We’ve waited for an end to hostilities,

But the struggle seems so long.

Yet – there is hope for the future,

Liberty and freedom are still in command,

But God will make the ultimate decisions.

He will evaluate our worldly demands,

And he holds the future in his grasp.

Why should we despair?

He mourns and counts every tear,

And he hears and reviews every prayer.

2. Live in The Now

    by Lenora McWhorter

Look not back on yesterday

or what you have left behind.

For only today is yours to claim,

and this moment only is your time.

Fret not on what has been

or on what has passed you by.

Yesterday is far behind you.

You can’t change it if you try.

New opportunities await you.

They come with each new day,

so look ahead with faith and hope,

and blessings will come your way.

Keep faith alive in your heart.

Live full and live well each day.

Do all the good for all you can

to all those who pass your way.

Yesterday is out of your reach

and tomorrow is not yours to claim.

Only this moment belongs to you.

So use it wisely, in Jesus’ name.

3. All Because of You

   by Dana

My life is changing.

The life that I’ve had,

It’s changing forever,

But no need to be sad.

It’s time to move on,

Time to start anew.

I jumped from the nest.

With some trouble, I flew.

I might hit a few bumps,

Maybe made a wrong turn,

But all of those troubles

Are lessons I’ll learn.

So as my life changes,

I hope that you’ll see

It’s you who I’ll credit

For the life that I lead.

4. Circle of Life

    by Carly Nasch

Life is a carousel, always going forward, never going back.

Existence is a hard thing to keep when you stop trying.

To live a life, you must want to live.

To want to live you must find a way.

When all hope is lost, you must stand tall.

When all others retreat, you must prevail.

You are the conscience inside your head.

You create your own destiny.

Life is a very hard thing to keep

When your life does not always go the way you plan.

Fight for your life and the right to keep dreaming.

If you feel you were gifted, share your gift.

If you feel you were cursed, fix it.

As you get older, your life becomes a challenge.

Who are you?

What do you want in life?

What will you be?

What is your purpose in life?

If you worry, these things will turn into burdens.

But if you hold on to them in the back of your mind,

All of the answers will come in time.

Life is a carousel, always going forward, never going back.

Look to the future, not to the past.

5. Journey of Life

   by Chitra Rao

Life is a long-distance journey

With ups and downs,

Twist and turns,

With sad and happy moments.

It begins with a single step.

Never become a coward in life;

Face the problems with strong determination,

With a smile on your lips.

Be brave and courageous in life.

Set your aim with a strong mindset.

Hope for the best and reach your goal.

Be an optimist and see the positive side of life.

Keep smiling.

Do not miss any opportunity.

Grab all those you get and move on the path of success,

As life is a long race that begins with a single step.

6. Butterfly Wings

    by Sabina Laura

We all need

some measure of comfort,

the safety of a cocoon,

But I remind myself

that change is good,

that I cannot spend

my whole life

being a caterpillar,

that courage

wears butterfly wings

and the sky has never looked

more inviting.

7. Today’s Walk

    by Kathy Russell

I will walk slowly through this day;

I leave what is not needed behind from yesterday.

I will treasure all the knowledge to move forward.

What I do today will not change or erase the past.

I move on knowing that today I will do differently than before.

If I fail, there will be another tomorrow and a future tomorrow for hope.

8. Changing Regrets

    by Brittany

Is life a reality or just a dream?

It all seems like there is nothing we can’t see.

Blinded by a dark spot full of regrets,

But all is in the future that we can’t see yet.

We all have a bond to hold together and each other.

If not, the people who hold on will fall down.

Smile, don’t frown; there will be more happy times,

You’ll shine; grab my hand and stand.

Take a chance, enhance.

Embrace the gift of life, hold it tight and never let go.

You do have something to show.

9. Hopeful Future

    by Morgan Deuson

It is okay

To feel sorrow,

To mourn

When good times

Are in the past

And trials

Have come to present.


To the future

With hope,

For with out hope…

There is no true life.

11. Game of Life

    By Sarah White

Roll the dice,

Play a new game.

Life for you

Will never be the same.

No looking back,

No aspect of time,

You now have

A new mountain to climb.

Your body seems to stop

Whilst the world keeps going.

With no time to think,

Time still keeps flowing.

Going back to the dice

And the game, you will roll

It’s time to start a new life

Complete with heart and soul.

Poems about Hope And Love

Love and hope are inseparable. Check out the samples below if you’re seeking for some poetry that emphasize the significance of having hope in your love life.

1. The Promise of Spring A Fibonacci

    by Elaine Cecelia George



Kiss you

While you sleep

Lady dressed in white

And melt your cold heart made of ice



Will rise


High into the sky

And fall as raindrops from God’s eyes




Buds below

Where now you will grow

With me – in the bloom of a rose

2. Another Chance to Fly

    by Mike Gentile 

Each day I live and wake to see

the scarlet sun that shines for me

and listen to a feathered song

inviting me to sing along

I know I’ll find just what I seek

though rain may come to kiss my cheek

for with each day, with every sigh

there comes another chance to fly

The bluest blues of azure seas

are calling me now to appease

to leave behind an angry man

and wing away, I know I can

With love and grace, I’ll find the way

as I then glide through twilight gray

and to the clouds, I say goodbye

here comes another chance to fly

3. The Birds Begin

    by Annabelle Jane

Despite the black, the birds begin

To call the light unto the day,

Persistent songs remind the Sun

To send the stars upon their way.

There’s hope in this which I admire:

The birds trust what they’re yet to see,

I know I trust you just the same,

And always will, unfailingly.

4. Hope Outweighs Sorrow

    by Emile Pinet

Falling in love’s magical,

it’s like your heart is on fire.

And all your heart hears is hope,

not the words of a liar.

When trust begins to weaken,

hope shores it up with more lies.

And an outpouring of pain

replaces truth as it dies.

Fear gathers up nagging doubts

as they morph into goodbyes.

And lost dreams discreetly drown

as tears spill from crying eyes.

Let time carry you away

to where hope outweighs sorrow.

For, like a river, it flows

towards a new tomorrow.

5. Yellow Heart

    by Melissa Wadkins Patterson

This morning I wrote a poem

about a yellow heart

pining for red fusion,

in a desperate attempt

to shake the fruit

that never


And tonight I am alone

without tangerine lips

or the temptation of apple,

carefully watching familiar verses

unravel themselves

and fanatically dance around

like a final punctuation mark

or an overused cliche,

while my hands whittle metaphors

into a quick-witted instrument

sharp enough to scrape

the smeared imagery

off the sidewalk of poem,

Still I am not sorry

the fruit has not


to kiss my weary head,

it takes an overly cautious yellow

to see the perfect shade of red

6. Myriads of Umbrellas

    by Andrea Dietrich

Myriads of umbrellas

like I’ve never seen

floating upward brilliant red,

yellow, pink and green.

Many happy thoughts must be

in the springtime breeze,

or bright hope could not ascend

high above the trees!

Opened up, hope shelters us

from the rains of gloom.

Losing sight of happiness

would be mankind’s doom.

Peace and love must guide our thoughts

so we might see rise

myriads of umbrellas

through all earth’s blue skies!

Poems about Hope And Resilience

Hope may promote resilience and grit—the ability to recover and persevere in the face of failures and setbacks. Below are a few poems on hope and resilience.

1. Won’t You Celebrate With Me 

    by Lucille Clifton

won’t you celebrate with me

what i have shaped into

a kind of life? i had no model.

born in Babylon

both nonwhite and woman

what did i see to be except myself?

i made it up

here on this bridge between

starshine and clay,

my one hand holding tight

my other hand; come celebrate

with me that everyday

something has tried to kill me

and has failed.

2. A Center

    by HA Jin

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.

3. Lift Every Voice And Sing

   by James Weldon Johnson  

Lift every voice and sing

Till earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the listening skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.  

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,

Bitter the chastening rod,

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;  

Yet with a steady beat,

Have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,

We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from the gloomy past,  

Till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,  

God of our silent tears,

Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who hast by Thy might  

Led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,

Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;

Shadowed beneath Thy hand,  

May we forever stand.  

True to our God,

True to our native land.

4. Second Attempt Crossing 

    by Javier Zamora

For Chino

In the middle of that desert that didn’t look like sand

and sand only,

in the middle of those acacias, whiptails, and coyotes, someone yelled

“¡La Migra!” and everyone ran.

In that dried creek where 40 of us slept, we turned to each other

and you flew from my side in the dirt.

Black-throated sparrows and dawn

hitting the tops of mesquites,

beautifully. Against the herd of legs,

you sprinted back toward me,

I jumped on your shoulders,

and we ran from the white trucks. It was then the gun

ready to press its index.

I said, “freeze, Chino, ¡pará por favor!”

So I wouldn’t touch their legs that kicked you,

you pushed me under your chest,

and I’ve never thanked you.

Beautiful Chino — 

the only name I know to call you by — 

farewell your tattooed chest:

the M, the S, the 13. Farewell

the phone number you gave me

when you went east to Virginia,

and I went west to San Francisco.

You called twice a month,

then your cousin said the gang you ran from

in San Salvador

found you in Alexandria. Farewell

your brown arms that shielded me then,

that shield me now, from La Migra.

5. Facing It

    by Yusef Komunyakaa  

My black face fades,

hiding inside the black granite.  

I said I wouldn’t

dammit: No tears.  

I’m stone. I’m flesh.  

My clouded reflection eyes me  

like a bird of prey, the profile of night  

slanted against morning. I turn  

this way—the stone lets me go.  

I turn that way—I’m inside  

the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

again, depending on the light  

to make a difference.  

I go down the 58,022 names,  

half-expecting to find  

my own in letters like smoke.  

I touch the name Andrew Johnson;  

I see the booby trap’s white flash.  

Names shimmer on a woman’s blouse  

but when she walks away  

the names stay on the wall.  

Brushstrokes flash, a red bird’s  

wings cutting across my stare.  

The sky. A plane in the sky.  

A white vet’s image floats  

closer to me, then his pale eyes  

look through mine. I’m a window.  

He’s lost his right arm  

inside the stone. In the black mirror  

a woman’s trying to erase names:  

No, she’s brushing a boy’s hair.

6. Psalm 150

    by Jericho Brown

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.

7. Carrion Comfort 

    by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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.

8. Thanks

    by W.S Merwin


with the night falling we are saying thank you

we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings

we are running out of the glass rooms

with our mouths full of food to look at the sky

and say thank you

we are standing by the water thanking it

standing by the windows looking out

in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging

after funerals we are saying thank you

after the news of the dead

whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you

in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators

remembering wars and the police at the door

and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you

in the banks we are saying thank you

in the faces of the officials and the rich

and of all who will never change

we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us

taking our feelings we are saying thank you

with the forests falling faster than the minutes

of our lives we are saying thank you

with the words going out like cells of a brain

with the cities growing over us

we are saying thank you faster and faster

with nobody listening we are saying thank you

thank you we are saying and waving

dark though it is

9. Of History And Hope

    by Miller Williams

We have memorized America,

how it was born and who we have been and where.

In ceremonies and silence we say the words,

telling the stories, singing the old songs.

We like the places they take us. Mostly we do.

The great and all the anonymous dead are there.

We know the sound of all the sounds we brought.

The rich taste of it is on our tongues.

But where are we going to be, and why, and who?

The disenfranchised dead want to know.

We mean to be the people we meant to be,

to keep on going where we meant to go.

But how do we fashion the future? Who can say how

except in the minds of those who will call it Now?

The children. The children. And how does our garden grow?

With waving hands—oh, rarely in a row—

and flowering faces. And brambles, that we can no longer allow.

Who were many people coming together

cannot become one people falling apart.

Who dreamed for every child an even chance

cannot let luck alone turn doorknobs or not.

Whose law was never so much of the hand as the head

cannot let chaos make its way to the heart.

Who have seen learning struggle from teacher to child

cannot let ignorance spread itself like rot.

We know what we have done and what we have said,

and how we have grown, degree by slow degree,

believing ourselves toward all we have tried to become—

just and compassionate, equal, able, and free.

All this in the hands of children, eyes already set

on a land we never can visit—it isn’t there yet—

but looking through their eyes, we can see

what our long gift to them may come to be.

If we can truly remember, they will not forget.

10. All The Dead Boys Look Like Me

    by Christopher Soto

Last time I saw myself die is when police killed Jessie Hernandez

A 17 year old brown queer // who was sleeping in their car

Yesterday I saw myself die again // Fifty times I died in Orlando // &

I remember reading // Dr. José Esteban Muñoz before he passed

I was studying at NYU // where he was teaching // where he wrote shit

That made me feel like a queer brown survival was possible // But he didn’t

Survive & now // on the dance floor // in the restroom // on the news // in my chest

There are another fifty bodies that look like mine // & are

Dead // & I’ve been marching for Black Lives & talking about police brutality

Against Native communities too // for years now // but this morning

I feel it // I really feel it again // How can we imagine ourselves // We being black native

Today // Brown people // How can we imagine ourselves

When All the Dead Boys Look Like Us? // Once I asked my nephew where he wanted

To go to College // What career he would like // as if

The whole world was his for the choosing // Once he answered me with out fearing

Tombstones or cages or the hands from a father // The hands of my lover

Yesterday praised my whole body // Made angels from my lips // Ave Maria

Full of Grace // He propped me up like the roof of a cathedral // in NYC

Before we opened the news & read // & read about people who think two brown queers

Can’t build cathedrals // only cemeteries // & each time we kiss

A funeral plot opens // In the bedroom I accept his kiss // & I lose my reflection

I’m tired of writing this poem // but I want to say one last word about

Yesterday // my father called // I heard him cry for only the second time in my life

He sounded like he loved me // it’s something I’m rarely able to hear

& I hope // if anything // his sound is what my body remembers first.

Final Thoughts

You may be thinking that hope poems alone will not improve your life or circumstances.

They are; however, a beginning point to remind you that everything is not lost.

Something greater is on the way, and you have the inner strength to make it happen.

So trust what you’ve learned in this essay today.

Which of these classic poems for hope appealed to you?

What phrases can you cling to today to help you get through difficult times?

Let us know in the comment section below.

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