8 Spoken Word Poems That You Need To Hear

8 Spoken Word Poems That You  Need To Hear

Whether you're new to appreciating spoken word or just want some new favorites, this list is for you.


The best thing about spoken word poetry is that it gives the audience someone that says "hey, sometimes I feel strange and terrible things, just like you."

This is a comprehensive list of my favorite spoken word poems for when I need something to relate to, or something to make me sad, or something to remind me that it is good in the world.

And now--in no particular order--the spoken word poems that take my heart out of my body, throw it on the ground and stomp on it in the best way possible.

Andrea Gibson--Living Proof

"Pacing in the mind mangle of being someone on my way to die, asking someone else not to."

 Blythe Baird--The Kindest Thing She Almost Did

"She tells me, 'I don't know how to love anyone with my whole being.' And all at once I feel so stupid, and so small as I tell her 'Well, I don't know how to not.'"

 Neil Hilborn--You Can't Be Depressed

"The question isn't 'why are you sad?' or even 'how can I help?' The question is 'Do you need a blanket?', 'Can I get you some ginger ale?', 'What's your therapist's number?', 'What kind of sandwich?', 'Where does it hurt?', 'What does the darkness want?', 'Where is it quiet and how do we get there?', 'How can I help?'"

 Old Gray--Like Blood From A Stone

"...and the smoke tendrils once midnight black and swirling above your head break away, leaving nothing in your view but the sky. And it is so perfect. And it is so clear."

 Rudy Francisco--Love Poem Medley

"And I swear I'm not usually a love poet, but if I was to wake up tomorrow morning and decide that I was going to write about love, my first poem--it would be about you."

Rachel Wiley--The Fat Joke

"'World, it hurts to exist like this!'

'So stop existing like that.'"

Doc Luben--14 Lines From Love Letters or Suicide Notes

"Seven. I've just been too afraid for too long."


"There's music, and nights out with friends, and that tingly feeling you get when your crush says your name."

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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