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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.
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