A few inspirational poems to get you thinking about life, chasing dreams, beliefs and the box that we can put ourselves in, and how they can often become much too small.
The Box You’ve Outgrown
by Gem @ The Goal Chaser
Look past the walls,
Open the drapes,
Dare to peer out,
And plan your escapes,
From the box that you’re standing,
So still and so meek,
Dare to reach out,
And have a sneak peek
Of what just might be,
Of what you still dream,
That excites and delights you,
That gives you your steam
They may have gone quiet,
Those big plans and dreams,
As they aren’t in this box,
So, they’re scary, it seems
Your beliefs, fears and doubts,
All act as a wall,
But this little box,
Has gotten too small
So, bend, break or lower,
Those limiting walls,
Seek, grow and prosper,
And learn from your falls
What would you do?
And where could you win?
If these pesky walls
Weren’t holding you in?
So, chase your big goals,
Beyond this safe zone
Step out of the box,
The one you’ve outgrown.
Have You Earned Your Tomorrow
by 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 churlish 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 tonight, in parting with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you 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 sorely 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 have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?
Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You’ve all that the greatest of men have had,
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment they all began,
So start for the top and say “I can.”
Look them over, the wise and great,
They take their food from a common plate
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes,
The world considers them brave and smart.
But you’ve all they had when they made their start.
You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if only you will,
You’re well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have legs and arms and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen, great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.
You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place,
You must say where you want to go.
How much you will study the truth to know,
God has equipped you for life, But He
Lets you decide what you want to be.
Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win,
So figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began.
Get hold of yourself, and say “I can.”
by Douglas Malloch
The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.
The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.
Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees,
The further sky, the greater length,
The more the storm,
the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
Where thickest lies the forest growth
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.
by Maya Angelou
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by Robert Frost
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Friday 4th of March 2022
Hey, I'm doing a historical analysis on "The Box You've Outgrown" and I wanted to know a few things about it like when was this poem written and what events that have happened in the world that inspired you to write this poem.
Thank you in advance.
Tuesday 29th of May 2018
Hello. Sorry to bother you but I would like to know who the author of this poem is. I am doing an English assignment of this poem about who the author is, the date this poem was published and any other facts about why the author wrote this.
I would appreciate any help you can give me.
Tuesday 29th of May 2018
Hi Jaimie, I am the author. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!