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Some poems can be viewed as inspirational poems about life. These
short inspirational poems may involve inspirational thoughts that are
uplifting.   They may foster a sense of hope or meaning. (1)
  I have included three short poems that I wrote that I would
consider examples of metaphor poems, inspirational poems about
life, and meaningful poems about life.
  One of the poems ("Soaring Above the Clouds") can also be
considered an optimistic, positive attitude, or hope poem.
  Some inspirational poems may be poems about acceptance, letting
go, and forgiveness.  One of the poems below ("Where Eagles Fly")
can be viewed as an acceptance, letting go, and forgiveness poem.   
It may provide some insight into how to forgive and the meaning of
forgiveness.
  The first two poems below are from my poetry chapbook,
To
Dance with the Wind
(Bell, 1999).  The last poem ("Where Eagles
Fly" is a revised version of a poem in my chapbook,
To Dance with
the Wind
(some of the words in the original version of the poem
were omitted in the poem below).

     
              
Reconnecting with the Past

              The past is not a tape
              in a tape recorder to
              be erased and recorded
              over.

              The past and the present
              are part of the same picture
              that we paint of life.
              Each event in life adds
              a new color to the picture.
              Each event in life adds a
              new element to the landscape.

              We need to reconnect with
              the past to see the majestic
              quality of the entire picture
              that we paint of life.
              The past helps us make sense
              of the present.  


            Soaring Above the Clouds

             The darkness of negative
             thinking hovers over us
             like clouds in a thunderstorm.

             Our view of things is
             obscured, like driving
             through dense fog.

             We need to soar
             above the clouds.
             Every day can be
             a sunny day if
             we perceive the glass
             as at least half full.
             Every day can be
             a sunny day if
             we find meaning in
             something we do
             each day of our lives.

             
Where Eagles Fly

             I am no longer sitting
             in the prison of regret.
             I have accepted the past.
             I am now free to embrace
             the present with a new
             sense of appreciation.

             I am no longer shackled
             by bitterness.  I have
             learned to forgive
             what I thought was
             not forgivable.
             I am free
             to experience the joy of
             unconditional acceptance.

             I am no longer a puppet
             on strings.  My eyes are
             open to see reality with a
             truly authentic mind.
             I allow myself to be
             completely free to soar
             gracefully like an eagle.
             My animated soul
             dances with the wind.
 

Notes

1.  There is an article entitled, "The Psychology of Poetry", on this
website.

References

Bell, B.  (1999).  To Dance with the Wind.  Portland, OR:  Blue
Fox Communications.