Poems About Life

Poems about life can entertain you, motivate you, calm you, encourage you, soothe you and lift you up. Life's ups and downs in a poem. Enjoy!

Life Inspirational Poem

Overcoming life

This life inspirational poem covers a lot of different types of life's struggles.


In life, there will be people who hurt you.
Spend more time with those who love you.
You will make mistakes.
Mistakes are ammunition
against future catastrophes.
You may have regrets.
Unless you can get time back,
focus on happiness now.
You may lose people you love.
Pour that love on people who need it.
You will bump against obstacles to your goals.
Obstacles are challenges
that sharpen your motivation and resolve.
You may have worries that hold you back.
Every fear you overcome
makes you stronger and better.
You are overcoming.

By Joanna Fuchs

Happiness Tip

Happiness comes
not from what goes on
outside of you
but rather in how you perceive life
from the inside.

The healthy tendency
to focus on and emphasize
positive experiences
and file them away
for frequent recall
while dimming memories
of distressing times
is one of the major components
of a happy life.

Think of a happy memory right now. 

By Joanna Fuchs

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Boredom is rest, relaxation, free time. This free verse poem about life focuses on the positive aspects of boredom.

About Boredom

The Gift of Boredom

Are you bored?

Millions of people
spend every waking moment
working brutally hard
to put meager food on the table
and a roof over their heads.

Be grateful for your boredom.

By Joanna Fuchs

Our time on the planet always SEEMS unlimited; but it's not. This free verse poem about life emphasizes the importance of controlling what we do with the time we have.

Running out of time.

Running Out of Time

Life is complicated.
There will always be problems.
Stress is a distraction
from what’s really important.

Don’t wait for things to get better.
Count your blessings;
Learn to be happy right now,
Otherwise you might run out of time.

By Joanna Fuchs

Poem about Life Is Short

Do you relate to this situation? I do! I wrote this poem about life from experience. Life is short; we only have so much time. We cannot let others steal that time making us unhappy. Note: In this poem, I am not referring to letting go of people who can't take care of themselves physically or mentally, but rather normal people who seem to take delight in provoking you.

Move On

Sometimes you have to let people go,
to preserve your sanity,
guard your health,
protect your heart.

Sometimes those people are family,
especially family,
because they know
what buttons to push.

Sometimes you have to forgive, release,
and move on.

By Joanna Fuchs

Bubble in chaos

Life poems often talk about dealing with pressure and stress. Here's a poem about life that gives a solution.

Peace Amidst Chaos

In the midst of chaos, pressure,
confusion and noise,
create and inhabit
your bubble of peace.

By Joanna Fuchs

Life Celebration Poem

In the 1980s, I attended a self-improvement seminar, like EST, but not EST. An assignment was to "write a short poem about yourself." I wrote the following poem about celebrating life:


With the past as a brilliant teacher
And the future as a beckoning light
She rode the buoyant waves of now--
Reveling in the cool, wet sparkle of being.

By Joanna Fuchs

Life Lesson Poems

A life lesson poem can make you aware of things you did not realize, such as, life does not give you what you want instantly. You have to work for your goals, have persistence, and be patient.

Things take time

Things take time

Things take time.
The efforts you are making today,
the tasks you are doing,
rarely produce instant results.
Be patient.
Watch, make adjustments,
polish your plan.
The seeds you have planted
will bud and bloom at the right time,
giving you even more results
than you hoped for.

By Joanna Fuchs

You take a huge leap forward when you understand the life lesson that your thoughts control your feelings and actions. A good life requires rest, needs sleep. For some, sleeplessness may be a physical problem, a chemical imbalance, some other bodily discomfort. But for many, it’s all about what does on in the mind, what you are thinking, that keeps you awake.

Time To Go To Sleep

"It’s time to go to sleep,
but I don’t think I’ll be able to..."
the first step on the wretched road
to insomnia.
Muscles tighten in knots,
stomach groans in fearful anticipation,
thoughts are entirely pessimistic.
"Another sleepless night." 

"It’s time to go to sleep,
to rest, restore, rejuvenate.
Mmm...looking forward to it."
Head on soft pillow,
snuggling into blanket,
blessed peace, escape from chaos,
letting go.
Thoughts tuned by choice
to happy memories,
optimistic tomorrows,

By Joanna Fuchs

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Poems about Life's Journey

Ups and downs of life

This poem about life's journey describes life's ups and downs.

That’s Life

A world full of corrupt, evil-doers
can blind you to the decent people…
loyal, pleasurable friends,
honest, trustworthy strangers.
A world full of immorality
can make you forget the rewards
of clinging to what is right.
A world full of nastiness
can block your awareness
of all that’s nice in your life.
Protect yourself against the bad.
Embrace and enjoy the good.
That’s life. 

By Joanna Fuchs

Life's journey is full of mistakes. Most people feel bad about mistakes. The smart ones us them to make their life's journey better, asking "What can I learn from this?"

Valuable Mistakes

A mistake is a valuable teacher
with a lesson you can use for life.
When you make an error,
ask yourself:
What can I learn from this?
Write this new knowledge down.
Apply it to make your life better.
A better life
from a beautiful mistake.

By Joanna Fuchs

Stress Less

To ease stress,
stop trying to get from people
what they cannot or will not give.
If they can’t or won’t
do what you want
if they can’t or won’t be
who you want,
trying to change them
creates stress, frustration,
sadness and anger.
You can flee from them, or
you can choose to accept them
the way they are,
living your life the way you want
as much as you can,
getting your needs met in other ways.

By Joanna Fuchs

Dark times can bring light

This poem about life is a mood lifter. It's a life poem that encourages you to look at the big picture, rather than just what' s happening right now.

Dark Times
Life has dark times
that make you stronger
and smarter
when the light returns.

By Joanna Fuchs

This poem about life talks about how to deal with the seasons of life.


Gently look at the past.
Enjoy pleasant memories.
Learn from the past
so you don’t repeat mistakes.
Rein in the past
when it creates sadness or anger.
You are in control
of what you choose to
think, see and feel.
Never let the past
withdraw energy from the present.

Live in the moment.
Stop to see, hear, smell, taste, feel.
Wallow in the sensual pleasures of the present.
Take time to escape the past and the future.
Set yourself free to live now, right now.

Plan for the future,
but don’t overdo it.
Some things you can handle
when they come,
if they come.
Resist canceling the present moment
by overplanning the future.
Peace is not needing to know
everything that will happen.

Grab today.
Squeeze all the juice out of it.
Know you did well.

By Joanna Fuchs

Poem about Life Struggles

Poems about life struggles are popular, so here's a free verse poem about life  that can help you move past the pain.


Sometimes life hands us
burdens we can't change,
but we try anyway,
using up a lot of energy
and experiencing a lot of pain
in the process.

Accept things you can't change.
Accept, accept, accept.
Then take that time and energy
you've been wasting
and focus it on something
that will bring you pleasure.

You deserve it.

By Joanna Fuchs

Poems about life always include problems with other people. Here's a cautionary message to help you be careful.


By Joanna Fuchs

Those who write popular sayings about life always include the advice to let go of the past, plan but don't worry about the future, and always live in the present.


Take life one day at a time.
Enjoy what there is to enjoy TODAY.
The past cannot be changed.
Fill your life with new pleasures TODAY.
Stop worrying about a future
that may or may not happen.
See the exciting possibilities of TODAY.

Say, out loud, right now:
I will make the most of TODAY!

By Joanna Fuchs

The best sayings to live by come from the Bible.

Life poem Do Not Worry About Tomorrow against misty blue background of mountains.


Matthew 6:34

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