“Words can heal and can destroy, it’s you who decide how to use them for others,” says Thomas Salzano an inspirational poet and a famous blogger. Each one looks for some positive motivation when they feel low or lost. Poets and their poems are one such medium that can calm you down and bring back the lost motivation.
Thomas has always tried to motivate others and made them feel good about themselves. There are many such poets like Thomas who have inspired millions of people from their poetry and true words.
Invictus by William Ernest Henley
InvictusOut of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
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.
About William Ernest Henley: is one of the inspirational poets who wrote a lot about inner strength and perseverance. Henley suffered from tuberculosis and his journey as a poet started when he was hospitalized for 20 months due to tuberculosis.
Dreams by Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
About Langston Huges: He was a prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Huges was influenced by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Walt Whitman, and Carl Sandburg. Langston’s poems portray what life was like for African Americans, from their suffering to their love of music.
Be The Best Of Whatever You Are by Douglas Malloch
Be The Best Of Whatever You Are
If you can’t be a pine to the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley- but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass -
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.
If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail -
Be the best of whatever you are!
About Douglas Malloch: His inspiration to write poetry came from his surroundings like the lumber yards, forests and logging camps. Most of his poems relate to these simple roots and surroundings. Malloch also wrote the “Michigan State Song.”
Hope Is The Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson
Hope Is The Thing With Feathers
"Hope" is the thing with features-
That perches in the soul-
And sings the tune without the worlds-
And never stops - at all-
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
About Emily Dickinson: Emily’s own experience played a major role in providing inspiration for her pieces of poetry. Her poetry displays beautiful themes such as joy, love, pain art and nature. She passed away on May 15, 1886, from kidney disease but left behind her volume of poems which were published in 1955 named “Poems of Emily Dickinson.”
Homage To My Hips by Lucille Clifton
Homage To My Hips
These hips are big hips
They need space to
Move around in.
They don’t fit into little
Petty places. These hips
Are free hips.
They don’t like to be held back.
These hips have never been enslaved,
They go where they want to go
They do what they want to do.
These hips are mighty hips.
These hips are magic hips.
I have known them
To put a spell on a man and
Spin him like a top!
About Lucille Clifton: Her poetry celebrates her African American Heritage, feminist themes which generally emphasize the female body like in the poem Homage to my hips.