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Seven poems that will change your life

The reflection of life has found in poetry a space to think and follow the path.

The following seven poems hold great secrets of humanity, in which we can find the motivation to rediscover our lost path. From Bukowski and Whitman, to Benedetti Hentley, these poems are timeless when in their attempt to inspire our day to day. They are poems that will change your life.

Sometimes life hits us mercilessly and tests us with the worst it has in store for us. However, multiple philosophers have claimed that behind everything that happens to us, there is a reason. Of divine, spiritual or circumstantial origin, the motive behind our daily lives is hidden in ourselves. Giving meaning to good or bad events is one of the keys to achieving a mental balance that allows us to enjoy the pleasures of life.


Great pens of literature and enormous female talents of letters have delved into themes such as freedom, hope, perseverance, will and self-love. From their experiences and what they have learned from day to day, these great writers have captured the human essence in verse. What do the lines of the best poets hide? What do those old lyrics say decades after they were written? How is it possible that a handful of authors wrote poems that will change your life? Charles Bukowski, “Rolling the Dice”

The last cursed poet of English letters delivers in these verses a call to those who live with uncertainty, little will and determination. In the world there are no middle terms, if you want to do something, you must go all the way. It’s that simple.


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If you’re going to try, go all the way.

Otherwise don’t even start.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.

This can mean losing girlfriends,

This may mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.

This can mean freezing on a park bench.

This can mean jail.

This can mean teasing, derision, loneliness…

The others are proof of your insistence, or

of how much you really want to do it.

despite the rejection and disadvantages,

and it will be better than anything you have imagined.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.

There is no other feeling like that.

You will be alone with the gods

and the nights will be lit with fire.

You will lead life straight to the perfect laugh.

It’s the only good fight there is. Photo: Unsplash


It is Hentley’s most celebrated poem written in the same year of his death. The verses are transcendent since they were those that Nelson Mandela recited to himself during his years in prison for racist policies in South Africa. The mettle of one of the most important men of the twentieth century lies in the wise and powerful words of the English writer, who has no qualms about portraying some of the jewels of human existence: hope, freedom and resistance.

Beyond the night that covers me,black as the unfathomable abyss,I thank the gods that may existfor my unconquerable soul.


In the haphazard clutches of circumstancesI haven’t groaned or cried.Subjected to the blows of chancemy head bleeds, but it’s upright.

Beyond this place of anger and tearslies but the horror of the shadow,And even the threat of the yearshe finds me and will find me without fear.


No matter how narrow the door is,how punishable the sentence,I am the master of my destiny,I am the captain of my soul. Walt Whitman, “Singing of Myself XLVI”

Regarded as the great American poem, “Song of Myself,” is one of the most important poems by Whitman, who in turn is one of the most influential poets in American letters.


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The best of time and space is mine,of time and space that have never been measured,of time and space that no one will measure.


I march on a perpetual path. (Listen to me all.)My signs are a rain cape,sturdy shoes and a staff that I have cut in the woods.

No friend of mine will sit in my chair.I have no chair, no church, no philosophy;I don’t lead menor the casinoor the librarynor to the Stock Exchange…


I take them to those high peaks.My left hand will take you by the waist,with the right I will show you landscapes of the continent and the open road.No one, not me, not anyone, can walk this path for you,you have to go through it yourself.It’s not far away, it’s within your reach.Maybe you are in it without knowing it, since you were born,you may find it suddenly on land or at sea.

Throw the herd on your shoulder,I will carry mine… Come on.Magnificent cities and free nations we will find on our route.


If you get tired, give me your burden and lean on my shoulder.Later you will do the same for me…Because once we leave, we will no longer be able to stop.Today, before dawn, I climbed the hill, looked at the skies full of luminaries.And I said to my spirit, When we know all these worlds and the pleasure and wisdom of all things.that contain, will we already be calm and satisfied?And my spirit said:No, we will gain those heights just to move on.

You also ask me questions and I listen to you.And I tell you that I have no answer,that the answer you have to find it by yourself.Sit down for a moment, my son.Here you have bread, eat,and milk, drink.But after you have slept and renewed your dresses, I will kiss you, say goodbye to you, and open the door for you to go out again.


You have long dreamed of despicable dreams.Come, let me clean your eyes…and get used to the radiance of light now.Long time you have splashed on the shore, clinging to a wood.Now you have to be a fearless swimmer.Venture offshore, float,look at me confidentlyand lashes out at the roll. Derek Walcott, “Love After Love”

The 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature details in this poem the importance of self-love. Beyond any surrender and sacrifice for another heart, there must be an admiration, celebration and appreciation for the one who looks at us when we confront the mirror.


and each will smile at the welcome of the other,

and he will say, sit here. Eat.

You will continue to love the stranger you were yourself.

It offers wine, It offers bread. Give back your love

to yourself, to the stranger who loved you

all your life, whom you have not met

Collect the letters from the desk,

the photographs, the desperate lines,

Sit down. Celebrate your life. Marianne Williamson, “Our Deepest Fear”

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The words of the activist and founder of “The Peace Alliance” relate what is inside us, which makes us human beyond all material possession: our freedom. Consumed by pleasures and objects, we leave aside our essence.

Our deepest fear is not that of being inappropriate.

Our deepest fear is that of being powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.

We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, precious talented and fabulous?


Rather, the question is: Who are you not?

There’s nothing illuminating about shrinking you so that other people near you don’t feel insecure.

We are born to bring out the glory of the universe within us, as children do.


You are born to manifest the divine glory that exists within us.

It’s not just in some of us: It’s within each and every one.


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