Best Poems For Inspiration

These 5 Poems Will Get You Through Anything

Feeling down? Take a look at these poems for a boost.

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We all need a little inspiration sometimes. Many of us find this in our favorite songs, books, or even through friends. Others like to read poems -- if you're one of those people, this is for you. And if you're not, you can still stand to benefit from these classic poems. Poetry can be powerful, and the following list proves just that.

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

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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 rise.

"Still I Rise," published in 1978, is written like a love letter to one's self. With a combination of simile and rhyme, Maya Angelou describes her determination to rise above whatever obstacles are thrown her way, a determination that is consistent just as much as it is challenged. Despite the criticism she receives, she remains confident in herself: "'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells/ Pumping in my living room." The positive messages of self-love and persistence conveyed through "Still I Rise" are crucial for everyone to hear now and then, but especially when we're facing difficult times.

"If" by Rudyard Kipling

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If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

This famous poem, written by Rudyard Kipling in the early twentieth century, is considered a favorite by many. All four stanzas describe different hypothetical situations -- "If you can make one heap of all your winnings / And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss," -- and the positive responses that we strive for -- "And lose, and start again at your beginnings / And never breathe a word about your loss." The poem centers around one idea: if you can deal with the worst of the worst, and still come out unbattered, you are superior to everything and anything that may confront you. "If" forces you to put challenges into perspective, which is a beyond valuable way to get over them.

"A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!

Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act,—act in the living Present!

Heart within, and God o'erhead!

"A Psalm of Life" is the essential optimist's poem. Through a series of stirring exclamations that read a bit like a pep talk, Longfellow communicates the importance of living in the present, putting the past behind, and waking up each day with the intention to make this one better than the last. The poem's enthusiastic tone instills readers with instant motivation, especially when it seems like everything is going wrong. It's the perfect read for when you're unsure about what's coming next: the future may be unpredictable, but we can always control our response to it.

"Hope Is The Thing With Feathers" by Emily Dickinson

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"Hope" is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -

Fun fact about Emily Dickinson: she authored nearly 2,000 poems, and only after her death were they discovered. In this poem, Dickinson uses metaphor to compare the unwavering song of the bird to one's own sense of hope. Like the bird's song, hope is never extinguished, hope is everywhere, and hope doesn't ask for much effort. It reminds us, even on our worst day, that a little hope goes a long way. Everyone faces moments where it seems like all hope is lost, but according to Dickinson, when it comes down to it, this just isn't the case.

"I Am" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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I know not whence I came,

I know not whither I go;

But the fact stands clear that I am here

In this world of pleasure and woe.

"I Am," another classic poem, delves into the influence we have over the world around us. Wilcox first establishes that we will never understand what we were put here to do, so there's no point in trying to figure it out. Instead of solving this issue, Wilcox suggests that we make the most of it. "Cease wondering why you came – / Stop looking for faults and flaws; / Rise up to-day in your pride and say, / 'I am part of the First Great Cause!" In essence, you have the power to make your life, and the lives of those around you, better or worse. This is the poem to read when your faith in humanity is waning. It tells us that even when everyone around us is caught up in themselves, we can still make a difference acting alone.

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The Burning Of Notre Dame Has Actually Strengthened My Catholic Faith

Corinthians 5:17 says, "Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

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Every year, Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week in the Christian faith. As the most sacred time of the year, those who believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins hold these days dear in our hearts. 2019's Palm Sunday, however, is now held in infamy. The very next day, the precious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris started to burn.

As the world now knows, the famed and historic Notre-Dame de Paris was spontaneously engulfed in flames on April 15, 2019. The cause has not yet been identified precisely but is most likely due to complications during the $6.8 million renovations the cathedral is currently under. Completed back in 1345, the nearly 800-year-old church has withstood the test of time relatively well.

Until now.

The modern world watched as one of the biggest treasures of the past burned away before our eyes, Twitter even erupted in an unprecedented coverage of this world-wide tragedy as many took to social media to pour their condolences and share memories of this French icon. Religion, race and personal beliefs aside, the world collectively grieved and lent support.

While this is truly a loss on a global scale, the blow comes as a particularly harsh one to the Catholic community after a particularly difficult season of Lent. From the Pope addressing allegations of sexual assault, to backlash over the controversial theatrical release of the film "Unplanned", this latest development seemed like a cruel joke in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. I myself felt affected by this fire hundred of thousand miles away in North Carolina. One of our most beloved holy churches was ebbing away in front of us and all God could do was watch.

However, despite all that, we must look forward.

Despite much of the church being reduced to ash, some of the priceless artifacts and objects that were hidden away in the cathedral have been able to survive the ordeal; such as the crown of thorns, numerous pieces of art, the rose windows, the altar cross shown above and the iconic bells of Notre Dame. Once news of this broke out, I was strengthed to my core knowing God was indeed there.

It seems like such an oxymoron to see such a tragedy as a sign of hope, yet the Bible itself is full of those. The 7 plagues that tormented Eygpt, the Great Flood, and even the death of Christ as examples.

As children of Christ, we are told at a very young age to never question his plan. He is all knowing and has a way of making everything fall into place. God sensed that Catholics were in the midst of a troubling time and brought us this opportunity of a new beginning. The burning taking place during Holy Week can also be taken as perfect timing.

The whole premise of this week revolves around the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate, yet miraculously returned three days later before joining Our Father in Heaven, the cathedral can very well do the same and return better than before.

It is a devastating loss but already we are seeing evidence of joyous aftermath. As I noted before, people from all walks of life are offering support and condolences to a faith they were scorning just a week prior. Priceless artifacts have miraculously been recovered and plans for rebuilding have already started. This is a sign of a new beginning, that God is backing us through it all.

Do not question His plan, just have faith. The rest will fall into place.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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