Motivational Poetry

As the end of January draws nearer, motivation levels start to wane and New Year's Resolutions seem a distant memory.  Here are three poems to help perk us up and get us going in February.

1.  Desiderata
Max Ehrmann was an American writer of German descent.  Desiderata is a wonderful poem about being kind to yourself.

'With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.'

Max Ehrmann

2.  If
Best known for The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling won the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature.  If is a poem of fatherly advice.

'If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

   If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;'
Rudyard Kipling 

Maya Angelou was an American poet, writer and activist.  Still I Rise is an inspirational empowering poem all about the struggle to overcome prejudice and injustice.
'You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.' 

Maya Angelou


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