Poems About Strength In Hard Times

Poems about strength in hard times, In times when the world feels scary and tough, poems can be like a warm hug for our hearts. Sometimes, things can get tough and make us feel sad or scared.

There are special words called poems that can help us feel strong and brave, even when times are hard. These special words hold the power to make us feel brave and strong, even when things seem difficult.

Today, we’re going to explore some poems about strength in hard times. 


By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
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!

poems about strength in hard times

“A Mother’s Pain For Her Children“

Often I sit and wonder,
Mother ponders, eyes so far.
As if the world she has to bear,
Her sadness, she tries to wear.

She smiles when she sees me,
Acts glad, but sometimes she cries.
Is it worth all this trying,
I wonder, as I see her sigh?

Today, a rough day she had,
Yelling, cursing, and tears.
Father’s words cut deep,
Mother prays, her secret keeps.

Through life, she lives unhappy,
Children’s smiles, kind and pure.
Struggles and abuse she endures,
Hiding pain, hoping for a future secure.

The Laughing Heart

By Charles Bukowski

Your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness

poems about strength in hard times


By Naomi Shihab Nye

“Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
You must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.”

The Peace Of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world and am free.

poems about strength in hard times


By William Ernest Henley,

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

 “Take Heart”

Frequently, we miss
Beauty within the pain’s abyss.
Often unseen, the treasure we find,
Hidden beneath the struggles that bind.

Pain’s journey may seem endless,
Yet, there’s an end, a process.
Sometimes unnoticed, hearts breaking,
Struggling in silence, inner aching.

At times, all we perceive
Is the mountain of blame to retrieve.
A journey entangled in lies and shame,
A path we travel, bearing our name.

My love, listen closely,
The mountain’s path is steep and holy.
Hope descends from realms above,
Be brave, take heart, and courageous love.

“The Night Guard”

Shadows grow on my wall, dark and long,
Voices rise and fall, harsh and strong.
Do they know I hear? Maybe they don’t care,
Child locked in fright, heart pounding in the air.

Sister climbs in, pulls my blanket tight,
Awakened by noise, she sobs through the night.
We soothe each other, can’t show our fear,
Night guards, we endure, eyes dry, no tear.

Rocking and singing, drowning the fight,
Frozen in time, hoping for morning light.
Peaceful in my cot, we’re finally okay,
Sunlight glows, guiding us to a new day.

Get up, get dressed, get the bus, sometimes eat,
Two of us, together on the street.
My job is done until tonight’s risk,
Teacher, forgive me if my head’s on my desk.

poems about strength in hard times

“Still Here”

Life’s persistent knocks won’t keep me down,
Resilient, standing firm, a worthwhile mind I own.
Not the brightest, but organized and professional,
Even with a small brain, my spirit’s exceptional.

The illusion of scattered thoughts quickly shatters,
I defy expectations, good in professional matters.
Told I couldn’t talk, risking my career’s fall,
Defiant, I fought back, ignoring the doctor’s call.

Silence and helplessness won’t define my life,
Under the knife, I faced the risks and the strife.
My eyes may see half, but they perceive the most,
No coasting on disability, I refuse to boast.

A gorgeously cracked mind, beautifully racked,
Delightfully dark, an adventure I’ve tracked.
Time to recognize, be proud of the stand,
Could have laid down, but I rose up grand.


Recession, akin to flu, extends its reach,
Big brother succumbs, little brother’s breach.
Financial steps taken, consequences persist,
Currency assailed, economy in a slow-motion twist.

Big brother shivers, recession’s sweat,
Little brother’s economy burns, jobs we fret.
Spending hurts, pockets feel the strain,
Thousands jobless, seeking daily gain.

Shopping essentials, luxury we forgo,
Dreams of driving, cars we window show.
Rich live well, in style, buffet of foods,
Hope for recovery, back to normal moods.

Stocks leap like sunlit salmon run,
Bulls in a frenzy, bears in hibernation.
Worries and pains subside as flu concludes,
Recovery hopes rise, as the ordeal eludes.

“My Papa’s Waltz”

The whiskey on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother’s countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one knuckle;
At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.

You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt,
Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt.

poems about strength in hard times


I’ll ascend after each downfall,
Stand tall, resilient overall.
Over the wall, I will climb,
Above all challenges, in my prime.

Like the sun, never to wane,
Setting nightly, rising again.
Like the ocean’s tides, ebb and flow,
Down they go, then upward they go.

Like the trees, from seeds they grow,
Reaching heights, continually they show.
After each fall, I’ll rise and rise,
A testament to strength that never dies.

I will rise after every fall,
No matter how many times I recall.
In the face of each setback’s size,
After every fall, I will rise.


Forget how to care.
Forget how to trust.
Forget how to love.
For my sanity, I must.

Been burned by the promises
and many a lie.
I’ve sat back and watched
as my feelings all die.

I vowed I would love,
honor and cherish him always.
But he treats us like we are
invisible… daily.

For now I will live
as the “unaffected me”.
If only to salvage
my diminishing sanity.

“A Cradle Song”

Sweet sleep with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown.
Sweet sleep, Angel mild,
Hover o’er my happy child.

Sweet smiles in the night
Hover over my delight;
Sweet smiles, Mother’s smiles,
All the livelong night beguiles.

Sweet moans, dovelike sighs,
Chase not slumber from thy eyes.
Sweet moans, sweeter smiles,
All the dovelike moans beguiles.

Smiles on thee on me on all,
Who became an infant small,
Infant smiles are His own smiles,
Heaven and earth to peace beguiles.

“Climb Every Mountain”

Each of us faces a towering peak,
Especially those with losses so bleak.
Climbing that mountain is a must,
To conquer fears and regain trust.

All endure a massive climb,
For those with illness, it’s each time.
Every step on that rocky incline,
Leads closer to an inner serenity, so divine.

A mountain, too, for family strife,
Yet climb we must to embrace life.
Families are a gift, a divine lift,
Ascending the peak is a spiritual shift.

A great big mountain for us all,
Following paths where ancestors fall.
Ascending, reaching the lofty crest,
Nearer to God, feeling truly blessed…

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