Poetry Day Ireland: Inspirational Poetry
The power of an inspirational poem
When we’re feeling low or facing challenges in life, poetry can be a great source of inspiration and comfort. So on Poetry Day Ireland, we’re sharing our favourite inspirational poem about resilience. Written by Poet Edgar A. Guest in the 1920s, “Don’t Quit” is a gentle reminder to us all that even the toughest of times will come to end; it’s not easy, but there are sunnier skies ahead.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low but the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit…
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit!
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many failures turn about
When we might have won had we stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow…
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out…
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Edgar A. Guest
Whatever our troubles or triumphs, there’s an inspirational poem or verse to help encourage and motivate us. Not only are they beautiful to read, but they help show us that we can overcome adversity as others have done before us.
Open your mind to the power of poetry and enjoy.
For more information on where to get started or on poetry events in Ireland, visit the Poetry Ireland website.