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     Inspirational Poems
 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.