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"Do not stand at my grave and weep..."

Thus begins Mary Frye's beautiful, inspiring (and probably?) tear-jerking poem. And you'll find a link to the rest of Mary's famous poem below.

  • As well as links to other famous poems like Desiderata, The Invitation, If by Rudyard Kipling, a YouTube video of the Don't Quit Poem and even some inspirational quotes (somewhere!).

  • All you have to do is sit back, relax, enjoy!... That's my kind of self-help!

But first...

Inspirational poems - do not stand at my grave and weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep... (Poem)


Famous Inspirational Poems

What they say...

As promised, some of the most famous inspirational poems in the world. Well, the first few lines, anyway, with links to the full version of the poem.

When you read these inspirational words, ask yourself these questions! Are these poems love poems? Are they friendship poems? Are they inspirational family poems? Are they poems about happiness? Passion poems? (Especially ask yourself these questions with the poems by Steve Maraboli) And then ask yourself whether these are poems about all of these things and more?

Whatever you think, do let me know what you think to these poems. Thanks.


by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

More from Desiderata...




The Invitation
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

More from The Invitation...



Imagine a Woman
by Patricia Lynn Reilly.

Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

More from 'Imagine a Woman...'



Do not stand at my grave and weep
by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.

More from 'Do not stand at my grave and weep...'




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:.

More from 'If...'




Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
by Dylan Thomas.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

More from 'Do Not Go Gentle...'




Or why not read poems by Steve Maraboli.

Oh, and if at all interested in inspirational stories then check out The Two Wolves (short and almost poetic, really)

Or... I write poems sometimes - e.g. this poem called Me?



Okay, I suppose after those great inspirational poems I should deliver on my promise of inspirational quotes too. How about these little beauts, then:

"Life is hard if you live it the easy way
and easy if you live it the hard way. "

-- Joe Pollack

"The problem is not that there are problems.
The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking
that having problems is a problem."

-- Theodore Rubin


Oh golly, these are a bit of hard look at life, aren't they. Okay, how bout this, then...

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . .
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."

-- Shel Silverstein

Yes, that's a bit more inspirational. (Isn't it, child?)

Okay, onward with the inspirational poems...



Inspirational poems - what these sites says...

1. Okay now you simply get to listen. Presenting...

...The Don't Quit Poem. Say no more!


2. Or, if your appetite for motivational poems is insatiable...


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