60 Poems about Self Worth Guaranteed to Inspire You

We all experience moments of self-doubt or low self-esteem.

The truth is that we are our own biggest critics and it can be hard to build up our confidence when surrounded by negative thoughts, especially in times of sadness or distress.

Luckily, there are lots of amazing poets and writers out there who have shared their wisdom through beautiful self-worth poems which can provide us with the solace we need for regaining our strength to once again reach high heights.

As Aristotle said “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

So let’s use this knowledge as an opportunity to look within and reconnect with ourselves—which is why we have put together a collection of poems about self worth guaranteed to inspire you!

Best Poems about Self Worth

Have you ever had one of those days where you just don’t feel good enough? Maybe you’re dealing with rejection or just feeling lost in your own self-doubt. Trust us, we’ve all been there. But you know what can help lift you up? Reading some amazing poems about self worth. Seriously, it’s like having someone give you a heartfelt pep talk through their words. Try them!

1. Love from Within

       by Maya Anthony

I searched for love in faces and places,
Longed for approval, ran endless races.
Until I realized, the love I seek,
Was always within, not for the meek.
 
I am my sunshine, my moon, my star,
The love I need is never far.
In my own hug, in my own smile,
I find love that stretches mile by mile.

Love from within, what a precious find,
A soothing balm for the restless mind.
Now I walk with a joy so divine,
Loving myself, through rain or shine.

2. The Mirror’s Tale

       by Maya Anthony

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Whose the fairest of them all?
You say not me, but I disagree,
For my worth is something you can’t see.

I’m not just a face, not just a style,
I’m laughter, tears, I’m versatile.
The stories I’ve lived, the people I’ve met,
Make me someone you’ll never forget.

So, mirror, thanks but no thanks for your view,
My worth is something you never knew.
It’s carved from life, from love, from pain,
Something a glass could never explain.

3. I Will Be Worthy of It

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I may not reach the heights I seek,
My untried strength may fail me;
Or, half-way up the mountain peak
Fierce tempests may assail me.
But though that place I never gain,
Herein lies comfort for my pain —
I will be worthy of it.

I may not triumph in success,
Despite my earnest labour;
I may not grasp results that bless
The efforts of my neighbour.
But though my goal I never see,
This thought shall always dwell with me—
I will be worthy of it.

The golden glory of Love’s light
May never fall on my way;
My path may always lead through night,
Like some deserted byway.
But though life’s dearest joy I miss
There lies a nameless strength in this —
I will be worthy of it.

4. Oblivion

       by Samael Montague

A shattered dimension, glowering from the shadows
Helpless to fight it, I cannot look away
A lifetime of mistakes, haunting my thoughts on the precipice of slumber
What is forgiveness, but an escape to salvation?

Each sunrise, a temporary escape from the nightmares of my past
Each sunset, a sinking feeling for what is to come
The eyes in the shadows leering once more
Reaching into my soul, daring defiance once more

Only now am I ready for redemption, a chance at absolution
Tonight, I reach into the darkness
Take my hand, for I am finally ready
To dance with oblivion, I lay to slumber

5. Colors of Me

       by Maya Anthony

I am a canvas, not just black and white,
A spectrum of colors, in the day and night.
Each shade represents a part of me,
Together they form my unique decree.

I have my blues, moments of sorrow,
And vibrant yellows for a better tomorrow.
Greens of growth, and reds of love,
Each color gifted from the sky above.

I love each hue, each tone, each shade,
In every moment, they softly cascade.
For the colors of me are a beauty so grand,
A masterpiece crafted by a divine hand.

6. Self Love

       by Francis Duggan

Self-love as we know is a necessary thing
But leave it to others our praises for to sing
And though good self-promotion to success often lead
That depends on who you are or how bad is your need.

For your personal ambitions or for wealth or for fame
For glory for self and your family’s name
But self-love can be taken to the very extreme
And vanity is not a good trait it would seem.

Lack of self-love as we know can lead to a life of crime
And many of those who lack in self-love in jail serve some time
For a better life for themselves they cannot dream
Due to their lack of self-worth which leads to low self esteem

Self-love is most important when all is said and done
For if you cannot love yourself you cannot love anyone
But extreme self-love for the soul poverty
As it often can lead to extreme vanity.

7. The Unbreakable Me

       by Maya Anthony

I fell and stumbled, took a hard blow,
Thought I was done, with nothing to show.
But then I stood, wiped away the tear,
Found that I’m stronger than my fear.

Life’s full of bumps, twists, and turns,
With each one, a lesson learned.
I take them in stride, embrace the unknown,
For in each challenge, I have grown.

Unbreakable, unstoppable, that’s me,
Not just surviving, but living free.
Though life’s a maze, I won’t be torn,
For I am resilient, every day reborn.

8. My Symphony

       by William Henry Channing

To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion,
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly,
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages,
with open heart,
to bear all cheerfully,
to all bravely await occasions,
hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden
and unconscious grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.

9. Self-Worth and Freedom

       by Russell H. Ritchey

Why care that many beasts and birds are made by grand design?
So what if one small sparrow falls unseen in forest green?
Because, by Holy Writ we know, none perish yet unknown.
The One Who made the earth and heavens cares for every one.

No hair is without number, twinkling stars all have their name,
no thousand hills or darkened woods regardless where they are
can hide a single creature from the Great Redeemer’s Eye.
Calamity will never fall without it being seen.

So too the soul is worth all riches found throughout the world.
And ‘worth of self’ remains unchanged from womb to grave and on.
But self-esteem, with arrogance, can weave the darkest veil,
success and works can hem the eye to hide self-worth from self.

The worth of self will never change; each person has the same.
So love your self with all your heart, forget how well you do.
Then love all others, just like God, and see their worth the more.
Let go the past, the future grasp – your day of freedom comes.

10. My Credo of Life

       by Patricia A. Fleming

Let me live within the moment.
Let me feel all that I can.
Let me cherish life for all it’s worth,
With everything I am.

Let me see what’s right in front of me,
With vision crystal clear.
And face what’s waiting there for me,
With no hesitance or fear.

May I wake each day with gratitude,
For all my life may be.
And always feel that wonderment
At the world surrounding me.

May I welcome any strangers
With an open heart and mind.
And always stand for what is right
With all the strength that I can find.

Let me forgive myself for my mistakes,
While forgiving others theirs.
And never grow indifferent
But always strive to care.

Let me not forget what matters
In the scheme of every day,
To live each precious moment
In a kind and loving way.

For this moment now is everything,
Nothing matters but today.
So I’ll willingly embrace it
And not let it slip away.

For it passes all so quickly,
And one chance is all we get.
And a life of wasted moments
Is a life filled with regrets.

Famous Poems about Self Worth

These famous poems are truly inspiring and will remind you of just how valuable and important you are. Honestly, there is nothing quite like the power of words to lift you up and help you realize your full potential. So go ahead, check them out and let their beauty and wisdom wash over you. You won’t be sorry!

1. The Beautiful Ordinary

       by Maya Anthony

We often chase stars, the glitz, the glam,
Thinking they show us who we truly am.
But what about the ordinary, the everyday?
Isn’t there beauty in life’s simple array?

You don’t need to be a shooting star,
To be worthy, you just need to be who you are.
In simple laughter, in a loving glance,
Find your worth, give yourself a chance.

Celebrate you, in all that you do,
Whether you’re many, or whether you’re few.
You’re beautiful, in your ordinary way,
A masterpiece living day by day.

2. A Heart Encased in Glass

       by Golden Quill

A world encased in glass.
To the outsider it’s small
To the insider it’s as vast as it can be
To the outsider it remains the same.
To the insider it changes every moment with every passing thought.
To the outsider there is no emotion.
To the insider love exist within
The insider sees.
The outsider is blind.
Look within for life
For life beats within
Being an outsider is a waste of a lifetime
For you will never know what beats inside you.

3. I Know My Soul

       by Claude McKay

I plucked my soul out of its secret place,
And held it to the mirror of my eye,
To see it like a star against the sky,
A twitching body quivering in space,
A spark of passion shining on my face.

And I explored it to determine why
This awful key to my infinity
Conspires to rob me of sweet joy and grace.

And if the sign may not be fully read,
If I can comprehend but not control,
I need not gloom my days with futile dread,
Because I see a part and not the whole.

Contemplating the strange, I’m comforted
By this narcotic thought: I know my soul.

4. A Symphony of Me

       by Maya Anthony

I am not just a single note,
In life’s vast symphonic boat.
I’m highs and lows, I’m fast and slow,
A symphony of me, you know.

I value me, in each rendition,
In every key, and each position.
I’m a melody, complex but free,
A harmonious version of me.

So let your life’s music play,
And love yourself in every way.
For you’re a tune that’s rich and free,
A splendid, loving symphony.

5. A Life in Progress

       by Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui

Fear is loud and bossy.
She can be vicious at times.
And the worst of it is that
she often mingles truth with fiction.
But you must learn to challenge
the stories she feeds you.
You get to be the boss of your thoughts.
You can learn to question
whether or not
everything she tells you
is truth,
whole truth,
and nothing but the truth.
Since you have done the work
to deepen self-awareness
and self-compassion,
when she throws all your past failings
in your face you won’t crumble
because you already know you are imperfect…
AND you are beautiful
and resilient
and worthy
of building a
thoughtfully crafted life.

6. You Are as You Are

       by Joseph Moon

I have made my art from many things
From paupers, peasants, presidents and kings
From beautiful birds with broken wings
From the daily truth that at times stings

High above the horns and gleaming lights
I bravo the actors on opening nights
Below people like so many tiny spinning wheels
With dark death waiting at their heels

They the downtrodden and the forgotten
Their health gone their life rotten
In winter wind and snow so deep
From crass cloud I oft wonder, where do they sleep?

Whilst everything has it’s poetry
No soul seem’d to notice me
Here I am: A flattering self-portrait

7. Boundaries & Bridges

       by Maya Anthony

Boundaries set, not to divide,
But to cultivate a space where I reside.
A personal fortress, yet not a wall,
A loving space where I can stand tall.

Yet bridges too, I happily build,
For connection’s joy is equally thrilled.
To family, friends, to those I know,
My love and care in abundance flow.

Boundaries and bridges, together they stand,
Marks of self-worth, drawn by my hand.
Through self-love, these structures take form,
In the landscape of life, they’re my norm.

8. I Love Being Me

       by Gemma Hayton

I can’t run the fastest
I can’t swim the sea
I can’t type the quickest
but I love being me
I can’t kick a ball
or even climb a tree
I can’t roll in the grass
but I still love being me
You see, this is my life
as others would see
they don’t know what it’s like
to really be me
So next time I’m about
rolling down the street
don’t think of me disabled
but someone cool to meet
I have lots I can teach you
I have loads I can share
you will never gain my wisdom
if you just point and stare
So maybe I can’t run the fastest
maybe I can’t kick a ball
but I wouldn’t change being me
not for you, not at all

9. Eternal Dreams

       by Anonymous

Give people the world
they will only remember the one time you didn’t

Remember to do things for yourself
happiness is not an emotion that’s given

You have to be willing to accept that acceptance from others has nothing to do with your decision

All of those thoughts, lead to bad focus
Clean your lens, create a fresh view, revision

Deep down
I know you know that you consider yourself special to be one in a million

You may have lost your drive, thought to yourself this is a road I’ve already driven

One can repeat and return to a path they chose without comparing it to purgatory or prison

Just be easier on yourself, allow yourself to be forgiven
Don’t let your past keep bitting you, live in the now, in the moment
The present isn’t guaranteed
Gifts aren’t free
Everything comes with a cost just promise me to cherish what you have and create good memories

Before you leave, like a thief in the night and enter forever sleep

Eternal dreams

Inspirational Poems about Self Worth

If you’re feeling down or struggling to see yourself in a positive light, these inspirational poems about self worth are a must-read. They’re not just any ordinary poems – they pack a powerful punch when it comes to reminding you of your value and potential. Give them a read!

1. Accept Yourself

       by Reyna Biddy

accept yourself as a work in progress the continue
to build yourself into the person you’re dreaming to be;
the person you have all the potential to be.
accept your flaws, accept your truths. accept your past.
and make light of them. no one can tear you down if
you make peace with who you are and where you’ve
been. if you are going to focus on the negative at all,
focus on turning them into positives. focus on growing.
sometimes, often times, our minds are the scariest
place to sit. it’ll trick you into comparing yourself
to others and it’ll trick you into believing you aren’t
good enough. but you are. you have always been
and you always will be. you’re much more powerful
when you believe in yourself. if you don’t love
all of you, who will?
give yourself time to blossom.

2. Give Me Laugh Lines and Wrinkles

       by Rupi Kaur

Give me laugh lines and wrinkles
I want proof of the jokes we shared
Engrave the lines into my face like
The roots of a tree that grow deeper
With each passing year
I want sunspots as souvenirs
For the beaches we laid on
I want to look like I was
Never afraid to let the world
Take me by the hand
And show me what it’s made of
I want to leave this place knowing
I did something with my body
Other than trying to
Make it look perfect

3. Pieces of Worth

       by Maya Anthony

They say I’m made of pieces and parts,
Of wins and losses, of stops and starts.
But my worth’s not a puzzle, missing a piece,
It’s a constant, a whole, it doesn’t cease.

Failures don’t break me, nor judgments mar,
For my worth shines consistent, like a northern star.
In the depths of struggle, in the heights of gain,
My worth remains steadfast; it won’t wane.

So let them talk, let them judge, let them pry,
My worth stands tall, reaching for the sky.
Built of endless love, in every moment, every birth,
I am complete, I am whole, such is my worth.

4. Ballad by the Fire

       by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Slowly I smoke and hug my knee,
The while a witless masquerade
Of things that only children, see
Floats in a mist of light and shade:
They pass, a flimsy cavalcade,
And with a weak, remindful glow,
The falling embers break and fade,
As one by one the phantoms go.

Then, with a melancholy glee
To think where once my fancy strayed,
I muse on what the years may be
Whose coming tales are all unsaid,
Till tongs and shovel, snugly laid
Within their shadowed niches, grow
By grim degrees to pick and spade,
As one by one the phantoms go.

But then, what though the mystic Three
Around me ply their merry trade? —
And Charon soon may carry me
Across the gloomy Stygian glade? —
Be up, my soul! nor be afraid
Of what some unborn year may show;
But mind your human debts are paid,
As one by one the phantoms go.

Life is the game that must be played:
This truth at least, good friend, we know;
So live and laugh, nor be dismayed
As one by one the phantoms go.

And we walk together as two friends may,
And laugh, and drink God’s wine.
Oh, a royal comrade any day
I find this Soul of mine.

5. Promise Yourself

       by Christian D. Larson

Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

6. Love Thyself Last

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love thyself last. Look near, behold thy duty
To those who walk beside thee down life’s road;
Make glad their days by little acts of beauty,
And help them bear the burden of earth’s load.

Love thyself last. Look far and find the stranger,
Who staggers ‘neath his sin and his despair;
Go lend a hand, and lead him out of danger,
To hights where he may see the world is fair.

Love thyself last. The vastnesses above thee
Are filled with Spirit Forces, strong and pure.
And fervently, these faithful friends shall love thee:
Keep thou thy watch o’er others, and endure.

Love thyself last; and oh, such joy shall thrill thee,
As never yet to selfish souls was given.
Whate’er thy lot, a perfect peace will fill thee,
And earth shall seem the ante-room of Heaven.

Love thyself last, and thou shall grow in spirit
To see, to hear, to know, and understand.
The message of the stars, lo, thou shall hear it,
And all God’s joys shall be at thy command

7. The Hero Within

       by Maya Anthony

When skies are gray, and winds are tough,
When roads are hard, and climbs are rough,
Who will save the day, take the brunt?
The hero within, in this daring stunt.

No need for capes, no need for flight,
Just inner strength, and resilient might.
In each hurdle faced, in each challenge won,
The hero within says, “It can be done!”

Through storms and trials, I find my way,
With courage as my guide, I’m here to stay.
For the hero within is never far,
My light, my compass, my northern star.

8. Comrades

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I and my Soul are alone to-day,
All in the shining weather;
We were sick of the world, and we put it away,
So we could rejoice together.

Our host, the Sun, in the blue, blue sky,
Is mixing a rare, sweet wine,
In the burnished gold of his cup on high,
For me, and this Soul of mine.

We find it a safe and royal drink,
And a cure for every pain;
It helps us to love, and helps us to think,
And strengthens body and brain.

And sitting here, with my Soul alone,
Where the yellow sun-rays fall,
Of all the friends I have ever known
I find it the best of all.

We rarely meet when the World is near,
For the World hath a pleasing art
And brings me so much that is bright and dear
That my Soul it keepeth apart.

But when I grow weary of mirth and glee,
Of glitter, and glow, and splendor,
Like a tried old friend it comes to me,
With a smile that is sad and tender.

9. Baptism

       by Claude McKay

Into the furnace let me go alone;
Stay you without in terror of the heat.

I will go naked in—for thus ’tis sweet—
Into the weird depths of the hottest zone.
I will not quiver in the frailest bone,
You will not note a flicker of defeat;
My heart shall tremble not its fate to meet,
Nor mouth give utterance to any moan.
The yawning oven spits forth fiery spears;
Red aspish tongues shout wordlessly my name.
Desire destroys, consumes my mortal fears,
Transforming me into a shape of flame.

I will come out, back to your world of tears,
A stronger soul within a finer frame.

10. Me, the Masterpiece

       by Maya Anthony

I am a canvas, ever new,
Splashed with colors, bold and true.
Not yet finished, that’s just fine,
I am a masterpiece, by design.

Each stroke adds worth, each hue is me,
In every brush, I find I’m free.
I value me, both now and then,
A work of art that’s still a gem.

So love yourself, in each new scene,
You’re more valuable than you’ve ever been.
Like a masterpiece, both young and old,
You’re priceless art, more worth than gold.

Short Poems about Self Worth

The words and lines in these short poems flow together beautifully, like a melody that puts you in a trance, making you forget all your fears and doubts. Reading them will uplift your soul and bring a smile to your face, reminding you that you are worthy of love and acceptance just as you are. So don’t wait – check them out now!

1. I Deserve More

       by Hala Alina Ela

I didn’t deserve that
I deserve more
You knew it two
I broke my rules for you
I was killing me
Two give us life
I was drowning
To save the person
Who was pushing my head
Under the water
I can’t count
How many times
You have said
Things would change
Yet things stay the same
I deserve more

2. Surfing

       by Swathi Harish

Falling hard, with every wave,
rythm of jump, stand, fall,
for the entire day.
She departed after sunset,
rejoiced sunrise, next day.
She failed the battles,
but won the war!

3. What You Are Is Essential

       by Christopher Poindexter

fall in love with
expressing yourself.
it does not matter how you
do it.
you understand, creature?
dance until
your feet erode into
the earth,
sing until
your lungs cave
in,
be silent
until the world
understands
the absence
of noise
is beautiful.
express whoever
you are
because
what you are
is essential.

4. Irreplaceable

       by Rupi Kaur

the universe took its time on you
crafted you precisely
so you could offer the world
something distinct from everyone else
so when you doubt
how you were created
you doubt an energy greater than us both

5. Warrier

       by Rupi Kaur

I can’t take my eyes off of me
now that I see myself
I can’t take my mind off of me
can’t believe the tricks
my hands have been up to
the sermons I spoke into existence
the mountains I crushed
with my fingers
and the mountains I built
from all the shit
people tried to
stone me to death with

6. Quest

       by Carrie Williams Clifford

My goal out-distances the utmost star,
Yet is encompassed in my inmost Soul;
I am my goal—my quest, to know myself.
To chart and compass this unfathomed sea,
Myself must plumb the boundless universe.
My Soul contains all thought, all mystery,
All wisdom of the Great Infinite Mind:
This is to discover, I must voyage far,
At last to find it in my pulsing heart.

7. Calling Dreams

       by Georgia Douglas Johnson

The right to make my dreams come true,
I ask, nay, I demand of life,
Nor shall fate’s deadly contraband
Impede my steps, nor countermand;
Too long my heart against the ground
Has beat the dusty years around,
And now at length I rise! I wake!
And stride into the morning break!

8. Self Love

       by Becca Lee

I am sorry but this is my time.
The time I choose to be selfish.
The time that I need to turn within
to tend and nurture —
to bear white flags across the battlefield
that I have allowed my body to become.
I have turned away (inwards)
not because I have any less love
for the world around me,
but because I am focusing on
finding more love for myself.

9. A Thousand Stories Long

       by Nikita Gill

Woman.
You are thousand stories long.
with the depth of the ocean
and an entire constellation
woven into your soul.
And you must remember this
before any man
tries to convince you
that you are less.

10. Bloom for Yourself

       by Anonymous

I have bloomed and flowered
a thousand times
in this lifetime
(even when my roots were damaged)
because i let
the dying petals
fall.

Poems about Self Worth That Rhyme

These poems about self worth with rhyme have the power to inspire and encourage you to believe in yourself. With each verse, you’ll feel the weight of self-doubt and negativity melt away, replaced by a sense of self-love and appreciation. So take a few minutes to immerse yourself in these amazing poems and let them remind you just how incredible you are.

1. Worth Living

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I know not what the future may hold,
Or how to others it seems,
But I know my skies have held more gold
Than I used to find in my dreams.

Though the whole world sings of hopes death chilled,
In grateful truth I say,
That my best hopes have been fulfilled,
And more than fulfilled to-day.

Though oft my arrow I aim at the sun
To see it fall into the sand,
Yet just as often some work I have done
Is better than I have planned.

I do not always grasp the pleasure
For which I reach, maybe;
But quite as frequently over-measure
Is given by joy to me.

To-morrow may bring a grief behind it
That will thoroughly change my mood;
But we only can speak of a thing as we find it–
And I have found life good.

2. The Gardener of Self

       by Maya Anthony

In the garden of my soul, I sow,
Seeds of love, where self-worth can grow.
I water them with kindness, true,
Showered in the light that I pursue.

Weeds of doubt may try to rise,
Thorns of past that criticize.
But with self-care, I cut them clear,
Making room for flowers to appear.

I am the gardener of my own grace,
Cultivating peace in this sacred space.
With each new bloom, I’m more complete,
In my soul’s garden, self-love is sweet.

3. Be Yourself

       by Ellen Bailey

Why would you want to be someone else
When you could be better by being yourself
Why pretend to be someone you are not
When you have something they haven’t got
Cheating yourself of the life you have to live
Deprives others of that only which you can give
You have much more to offer by being just you
Than walking around in someone else’s shoes
Trying to live the life of another is a mistake
It is a masquerade; nothing more than a fake
Be yourself and let your qualities show through
Others will love you more for being just you
Remember that God loves you just as you are
To Him you are already a bright shining star
Family and friends will love you more too
If you spent more time practicing just being you

4. The Priceless Gem

       by Maya Anthony

In a world full of diamonds, rubies, gold,
Where worth is often sold and told,
Remember this, you’re a priceless gem,
Your worth is not defined by them.

You’re unique, not another copy,
Not a puppet in life’s monopoly.
The sparkle you have, only you can give,
In your uniqueness, you truly live.

Don’t trade your worth for fleeting fame,
Or compromise yourself in life’s game.
You’re priceless, a gem that’s rare,
A soul with value beyond compare.

5. Invictus

       by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

6. Light My Way

       by Maya Anthony

In darkness deep, I find a light,
A tiny spark that’s pure and bright.
It’s not from stars, or moon’s soft sway,
It’s within me, and lights my way.

This inner glow, this radiant beam,
Guides me through life, like a dream.
Through trials and joys, come what may,
I am my light, both night and day.

So let your inner brightness shine,
For you are yours, and I am mine.
In self-love’s light, we find the way,
To greet ourselves, and brighten the day.

7. Foreboding

       by Ellen P. Allerton

I will not look for storms when skies are glowing,
With hues of summer sunsets painted o’er;
When all my tides of life are softly flowing,
I will not listen for the breaker’s roar.

I will not search the future for its sorrows,
Nor peer ahead for lions in the way,
I will not weep o’er possible to-morrows—
Sufficient is the evil of to-day.

8. My Own Best Friend

       by Maya Anthony

In life’s journey, come what may,
Others might leave, but I will stay.
By my side, in times thick and thin,
I am my own best friend within.

No need to search far and wide,
For a true ally is by my side.
Mirror reflects not just my skin,
But a best friend who’s always been.

So I vow to love me, come what may,
In every night, and in every day.
I’ll be my friend, till the very end,
A loving heart to myself I’ll send.

9. The Temple of Me

       by Maya Anthony

In the temple of me, I find a space,
A sacred altar, where love I place.
With candles of confidence, bright and free,
I light up the corners of the temple of me.

No need for a crowd, no need for a priest,
In self-love, my soul finds its own feast.
Each thought of kindness, a prayer, you see,
In the holy silence of the temple of me.

So let your temple shine, both old and new,
With love for yourself, and confidence too.
For in each loving thought, you’re bound to be,
The god of the temple, the temple of me.

10. Unchangeable Worth

       by Maya Anthony

Life may change, as years unfurl,
In this ever-twisting, turning world.
But one thing stays as true as birth,
My constant, unchangeable worth.

Not based on what I do or say,
Or how I fare in life’s great play.
My worth is set, it’s there to stay,
Unchanging through both night and day.

So when you doubt, or lose your mirth,
Remember well your priceless worth.
You’re valuable, right from your birth,
A precious gem, with endless worth.

Poems about Self Worth and Self Esteem

Have you ever read a poem that made you feel like you were capable of anything? Well, these poems about self worth and self esteem are exactly that! They have the power to lift you up and remind you of the incredible person you are. So check them out and get ready to be amazed! Trust us, your self-esteem will thank you.

1. Self Esteem

       by Anonymous

“Why would you want to be someone that you are not?
When you could be better by being yourself.
Why pretend to walk in someone else’s shoes?
When you have something they haven’t got.
Just cheating yourself of the life you have to live
Deprives others of that only which you can give.
But you have much more to offer by being just you.
Trying to live the life of another is a mistake.
It is a masquerade, nothing more than fake.”

2. The Captain of My Soul

       by Maya Anthony

I am the captain of my ship,
On a sea so vast and wide.
With self-love as my compass,
Confidence becomes my guide.

No storm can dim my vision,
No wave can shake my core.
For I am strong and capable,
Always yearning to explore.

So let the winds of doubt blow,
And let the tides of fear roll.
They cannot drown my spirit,
For I’m the captain of my soul.

3. Treasures in Life

       by Anonymous

There are treasures in life, but owners are few
Of money and power to buy things brand new
Yet you can be wealthy and feel regal too,
If you will just look for the treasures in you.
These treasures in life are not hard to find
When you look in your heart, your soul, and your mind.
For when you are willing to share what’s within,
Your fervent search for riches will end.
The joy and the laughter, the smile that you bring;
The heart unafraid to love and to sing;
The hand always willing to help those in need;
Ones quick to reach out, to labor and feed.
So thank you for sharing these great gifts inside;
The caring, the cheering, the hug when one cried.
Thanks for the energy, encouragement too,
And thank you for sharing the treasures in you.

4. My Own Cheerleader

       by Maya Anthony

In the game of life, loud and clear,
I hear a cheer, so close, so near.
It’s not the crowd, not someone dear,
It’s me, my own cheerleader here.

“Go on,” I shout within my mind,
“You’re doing great, you’re one-of-a-kind!”
With each self-praise, confidence I find,
And love myself, in a manner unlined.

So be your cheer, in times grim or grand,
With self-love and confidence, make your stand.
For you’re your greatest fan, across the land,
With your own cheers, life becomes so grand.

5. Today I Will Have Courage to Be Me

       by Anonymous

“Today I will have courage
To do one thing that is new
I will be kind to another
And to myself be true
Today I will remember
The blessings that are mine
I’ll live the day with confidence
And for me the sun will shine”

6. Wings of Confidence

       by Maya Anthony

With wings of confidence, I rise,
Above the clouds, touching the skies.
Self-love’s the wind beneath my flight,
Lifting me higher, light as light.

No cage of judgment holds me tight,
I am my own, in day and night.
With each beat, I’m flying free,
A better, loving version of me.

So if you feel you’re sinking low,
Just spread your wings, let self-love grow.
With confidence, you’ll soar and see,
The endless skies of what you can be.

7. In Your Eyes

       by Ester

In your eyes soo sweet, I read the dream of man
In your eyes soo transparent I see again all other eyes
The blue of the rivers, the white of the mountains, the green of the meadows,
The red of the fires and stars
The eyes of another world, the eyes of the universe.

8. I Will not Die an Unlived Life

       by Dawna Markova

“I will not die an unlived life
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.”

9. The Armor of Self

       by Maya Anthony

With self-love as my shield,
And confidence my sword,
I face life’s battlefield,
In harmony, in accord.

No arrows of disdain,
Can pierce my armor true.
For every drop of rain,
I have a hopeful hue.

So, let life’s battles come,
With challenges, anew.
My armor keeps me from
The doubts that I once knew.

10. To Be

       by Issabella Mccarty

I’m so unsure my name should be ambiguous
I reach for things I can’t see with my oculus
I try to grow into who I am
Or who I was?
Or who I’m supposed to be?
I’m not sure if I’m being who I am or growing into who I want to be
I see my aspirations sitting on distant islands waving for my arrival
But I’m too busy worrying about day to day survival
Stress causes me to devalue life
Family, love and friendship makes me feel guilty to questioning my term
I’m looking for the lesson in this but it seems like I can’t learn
Am I incapable of making my desires tangible?
Or are my desires not mine to have?
Will I be stuck in constant reaching with nothing to grab?
Will I drown under the heavy load of malnourished potential?
Or allow suicidal thoughts to deteriorate my mental?
How can I fight an enemy that lives inside of me?
How can I beat my foe when my foe is me?
I am the brick layer to the stone wall that keeps me from my success
I am the hindrance to my own ascension
Who can save my life from self sabotage?
Who can clear out my mind that’s filled like a hoarded garage?
Thoughts lay unevenly on top of each other
Just barely staying above the floor
Hiding painful emotions till I feel them no more
Only keeping them in the dark so they fester and grow
Into nightmares that cause my self worth to plummet
Every time I could’ve won I fumbled it

Final Thoughts

In the end, it’s important to remember that your worth is determined by how you see yourself.

Everyone has positive and negative influences in their lives, but only they can determine where their confidence comes from.

So if you feel like self-worth plays an essential role in your life, make sure to return to these poems about self worth frequently.

Whatever motivation you need to find can be within one of them.

And if it isn’t today, check back tomorrow; as inspiration can be found anywhere from everyday activities to incredible works of art such as poetry.

Let this collection of self-worth poems serve as your guide when rediscovering or solidifying what makes you uniquely special!

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