Sometimes it’s impossible to describe how you’re feeling with regular language. That’s where poetry comes in: it can express every thought you’ve ever had, even strange ones. Fresh U has gathered a variety of lines from poetry that are guaranteed to encapsulate your feelings and motivate you to move forward.
For helping with relationship problems.
“People are supposed to fold in and out of your life like leaves; you’re never supposed to love hard enough that you get road rash from falling. Love doesn’t look good on Facebook, I mean. You took plenty of Instagram pictures carefully excluding me. I guess it was so when you went there would be no evidence. Nothing to delete.” — Raquel Isabelle de Alderete
“When I Say I Forgive You, Know This
I did not bury the hatchet
I have the hatchet in my hands
I am building myself a new house.” — Brenna Twohy
For helping with self-acceptance.
“i watch boys at parties who are so funny and everyone loves him and how they cackle and howl and never worry they’re taking up too much of their audience’s attention. how when i chime in, when i’m just as funny — if not funnier than them — all hell breaks loose. how fast they get vicious to me. how fast they turn their comments onto my personality. how fast they scramble to be the center of attention again: in an instant, the funny stories become snide comments. and i’m quiet again.” — Raquel Isabelle de Alderete
“How much can you change
and get away with it, before you turn into someone
else, before it’s some kind of murder?” — Richard Siken
“i do not want to have you
to fill the empty parts of me
i want to be full on my own” — Rupi Kaur
For helping with school frustration.
“that was not the way you wanted the year to go. it was so frustrating you took your hands off and threw them into the ocean. then you waded back in to retrieve them, wincing as your trousers got wetter. but you were still angry, still shaking from the weight of your own resentment. still searching for a target” — Amrita Chakraborty
"Oh, take me back to the beginning of this tale,
when the night used to shine brighter than the day,
and the stars used to dance across the twilight sky." — worthiestevie
For when you feel angry with the world.
“i watched a nature documentary
once five years ago, before i
stopped watching things because
the world makes me sad, and
somehow, everything is our fault
and somehow, nothing’s getting
better, and i reduce, reuse, recycle,
but the ice keeps melting and
the skies grow gray like they’re
prematurely aging and the ozone
layer rips like your old favorite
pair of jeans and it’s like we just
won’t stop eating the apple
even though god is yelling at us
to just fucking —”
— M.J. Pearl
"Here’s the thing about girls who like girls
who like boys: it’s sort of the same way
a magician feels when he tries to pull out
a rabbit from his hat and all he finds is a dove
from the previous trick, white feathers ruffled,
and you’re tugging colorful scarves out of your
sleeves and never quite finding the end and the
audience is laughing in second-hand embarrassment..."
— M.J. Pearl
No matter what mood you’re in, there’s a poem out there to help you through difficulties and motivate you to find a solution. The next time you're feeling down, try reading something inspirational because it can definitely help.
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