Short poems can bring a touch of joy, hope, or a revelation of life’s hidden meanings. A simple poem tucked into a message evokes tenderness and warm feelings for both sender and receiver.
Choose a poem from one of the great poets of all time. William Shakespeare, John Keats, Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, Walt Whitman, and many others wrote words that echoed through the years and are still with us today.
Poets like William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Margaret Atwood have written intriguing short poems that surprise, intrigue, and delight.
Anyone can be a poet, penning their own words about life, dreams, love, hardship, and happiness to their heart’s content. When you share your own words, ideas, and the images that come to you in well-crafted lines and verses, you reveal the deepest part of yourself.
At the same time, you help someone else see the beauty in the world within themselves and around them in an entirely new way.
Here are 15 short poems or excerpts to consider next time you want to send your loved one a special message.
-“I can promise all my heart’s devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that’s true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.”
~These I Can Promise, by Mark Twain ~
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all. ”
~Hope is the Thing with Feathers, by Emily Dickenson ~
“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils."
~I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, by William Wordsworth ~
“You are the sun in my sky
Always have been and always will
My light as the days go by.”
“And when wind and winter harden
All the loveless land,
It will whisper of the garden,
You will understand.”
~To My Wife, by Oscar Wilde ~
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
~The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost ~
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and the breadth and the height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.”
~How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~
“Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
And the sky of the sky of a tree called life, which grows
Higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
And this is the wonder that’s keeping the starts apart
I carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)”
~I carry your heart with me, by E.E. Cummings ~
“O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rock,
The prize we sought is won.”
~O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman ~
“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
Of things unknown but longed for still
And his tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom.”
~I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou ~
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate”
~Sonnet 18, by William Shakespeare ~
if each day,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated.”
~If You Forget Me, by Pablo Neruda ~
“Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.”
~If You Think You Are Beaten, by Walter D. Wintle~
“Tree you are,
Moss you are,
You are violets with wind above them.
A child – so high – you are,
And, all this is folly to the world.”
~A Girl, by Ezra Pound ~
“O, my Love’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June.
O, my Love’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.”
~A Red, Red Rose, by Robert Burns ~