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

                    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.


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


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