83 Poems about Self Love That Will Empower You

Self-love can be an incredibly empowering and liberating force.

It is essential to having a strong sense of self-worth, resilience against the world, and overall wellbeing—all qualities necessary for finding true success in life.

That’s why many authors have put their feelings into words through poetry, compiling beautiful phrases that represent the depths of what it means to practice self-care and appreciate ourselves exactly as we are.

To quote renowned American writer and professor Audre Lorde: “Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”

In this blog post, we’ll dive into poems about self love that will remind you just how powerful self love can be.

These self-love poems will inspire you take the first step towards real transformation from within!

Best Poems about Self Love

Are you ever in need of some inspiration and empowerment? Some days, we all need a little boost of self-love. Thankfully, there are a plethora of amazing poems out there that are sure to do just that. These best poems about self love are a reminder to love yourself, celebrate yourself, and be your own cheerleader. Have a look!

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. 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.

4. Self

       by Arthur Vaso

I am a lady
In a white dress
My desire only to be softly caressed
So I take my paint brush, and delinquently paint
My face that pleads let love become quaint
I confess to my brushes
Let a man stroke me
With eloquence and grace
As he gazes into the love on my face
La fenêtre you see that I paint so clear
You have to climb in through it
To hold me so dear
Can you not see into my soft sad lonely eyes?
I desire myself
Wrapped inside of you
On canvas
I shall paint forever
That never existed

5. 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.

6. Baby Steps

       by Joe Dimino

I took a walk with God today,
His pace far more casual than
mine. His voice a bit softer,
calmer. His visions, far more
loftier, but not views to impress
me…more like, to bless me. Not
stepping to me out-stride – more like,
to lovingly guide. His tone to instill in me
self-confidence, and not His awesome
dominance. I took a walk with
God today…met Christ along
the way – and together we made a turn
toward Home….

7. Still Love You More Than as before

       by White Sage

Thousand years! Thousand years it is
Long living like the undying breeze
Deep down myself, deep down my ease
In the thick bark of my heart a love does exist
Thousand years ago
There exist for my mood, a flower that glows
Regulating my heartbeat and blood flow
Raising my guts up and down, in rows
Making my emotions like trumpets blow
Thousand years! Oh so long many years
And I can still feel the pricks of her lovely spear
And the scent of her placating presence, like roses very rare
Oh thousand years, and the love still exist, yes!
I still love you, till forever nonetheless

8. Reborn

       by P.M. Richter

grace will find you
when thoughts fade away
crushed with unbearable grief
“losing your mind”

suffering during a dark night of the soul
the ego crumbles; revealing the light
your soul consciousness
“finding yourself”

directly experiencing the divine sense of oneness
where everything is connected at a deeper level
there is but one consciousness appearing as many

breathless views are available with inner focus
crossing a chasm with one final leap of faith
you become blissful; radiating like the sun
“experiencing enlightenment”

revived with a new perspective
humans are never perfect
but our pure being is

9. 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.

10. Who Says You Can’t Go Back in Time

       by Mike Gentile

Who says I can’t go back in time
No, not the records on my shelf
Just flip a switch and there I am
A version of my younger self

I turn the beat around all night
In memories of Disco shoes
A fever boils inside my brain
Love for the night is mine to lose

Who says I can’t go back in time
No, not the clock that haunts my wall
The tick and tock now tock and tick
As I drift back and have a ball

As pages turn in rhythmic flow
The photos in my book agree
It’s just as though I’m really there
Another sip of wine for me!

11. The Blue-Green Stream

       by Wang Wei

Every time I have started for the Yellow Flower River,
I have gone down the Blue-Green Stream,
Following the hills, making ten thousand turnings,
We go along rapidly, but advance scarcely one hundred li.
We are in the midst of a noise of water,
Of the confused and mingled sounds of water broken by stones,
And in the deep darkness of pine trees.
Rocked, rocked,
Moving on and on,
We float past water-chestnuts
Into a still clearness reflecting reeds and rushes.
My heart is clean and white as silk; it has already achieved Peace;
It is smooth as the placid river.
I love to stay here, curled up on the rocks,
Dropping my fish-line forever.

12. 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.

Famous Poems about Self Love

These famous poems about self love offer up a way to connect with your innermost self, to find those pockets of love and light that sometimes get overshadowed by doubt or insecurity. They also remind you that self love is not only important, but necessary. So, don’t hesitate and check them out for yourself! You won’t be disappointed, we promise.

1. Submerged

       by Lola Ridge

I have known only my own shallows—
Safe, plumbed places,
Where I was wont to preen myself.

But for the abyss
I wanted a plank beneath
And horizons…

I was afraid of the silence
And the slipping toe-hold…

Oh, could I now dive
Into the unexplored deeps of me—
Delve and bring up and give
All that is submerged, encased, unfolded,
That is yet the best.

2. 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.

3. Self-Love

       by John Donne

He that cannot choose but love,
And strives against it still,
Never shall my fancy move,
For he loves against his will;
Nor he which is all his own,
And cannot pleasure choose;
When I am caught he can be gone,
And when he list refuse;
Nor he that loves none but fair,
For such by all are sought;
Nor he that can for foul ones care,
For his judgment then is nought;
Nor he that hath wit, for he
Will make me his jest or slave;
Nor a fool when others –
He can neither –
Nor he that still his mistress prays,
For she is thrall’d therefore;
Nor he that pays, not, for he says
Within, she’s worth no more.
Is there then no kind of men
Whom I may freely prove?
I will vent that humour then
In mine own self-love.

4. Love’s Eternal Death

       by Frederic Parker

The hollow eyes of love are never gone
They keep within the waves of trembled tears
From days so poor when love was looked upon
And one where the deepest pain adheres
They give my eyes of love such sad refrain
To think that love would ever be so cruel
And find it was illusion self-contain
When love so grand became so minuscule
To hold love once in dreamer’s mind I’ve flown
And found the point of rest its final breath
To know I will forever be alone
Cry now as then for its eternal death
I found a love to hold and saw it die
Inside depth of darkest pain, I ask why

5. It Was not Fate

       by William Moore

It was not fate which overtook me,
Rather a wayward, wilful wind
That blew hot for awhile
And then, as the even shadows came, blew cold.
What pity it is that a man grown old in life’s dreaming
Should stop, e’en for a moment, to look into a woman’s eyes.
And I forgot!
Forgot that one’s heart must be steeled against the east wind.
Life and death alike come out of the East:
Life as tender as young grass,
Death as dreadful as the sight of clotted blood.
I shall go back into the darkness,
Not to dream but to seek the light again.
I shall go by paths, mayhap,
On roads that wind around the foothills
Where the plains are bare and wild
And the passers-by come few and far between.
I want the night to be long, the moon blind.
The hills thick with moving memories,
And my heart beating a breathless requiem
For all the dead days I have lived.
When the Dawn comes—Dawn, deathless, dreaming—
I shall will that my soul must be cleansed of hate,
I shall pray for strength to hold children close to my heart,
I shall desire to build houses where the poor will know
shelter, comfort, beauty.
And then may I look into a woman’s eyes
And find holiness, love and the peace which passeth understanding.

6. Myself

       by Edgar Guest

I have to live with myself, and so
I want to be for myself to know.
Always to look myself straight in the eye,
I don’t want to stand, with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I’ve done,
I want to go out with my head erect;
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
But here in the struggle for fame and self
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know
That I’m bluster and bluff and empty show
I never can fool myself, and so
Whatever happens I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free.

7. 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.

8. The Glory Days of Now

       by Mike Gentile

I’m grateful for the sun
which shone on younger days
The days of scurried heartbeats
and butterflies of love

And for the carefree hearts
on beaches of my youth
The nights of clothes and cars
and bars of clubbing beats
I’m grateful for the sun
which lights the memories
of newlyweds with king sized beds
and never-ending dreams

And for all the glory days
I’ve lived and loved, gone by
Yet, as I know sun still
I’m grateful for the glory days of now

9. Love after Love

       by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

10. Rites of Passage

       by Brian Strand

Remember the day
Apron strings loosed, untied
as maternal voices faltered and cried
Remember the day
When a soprano voice lost its elan
and a boy became a man
Remember the day
Peer pressure would not hide
and diffidence was replaced with pride
Remember the day
Desire, with warm whispers heard
questions, answered with just three words
Remember the day
Filled with joy and love
a union blessed from above
Remember the day
Holding a first-born, so wee
as two self-absorbed, became three
Remember the day
Trust was born-a-new
a changed life came into view
Remember the day
Genesis as a work of art
with gifts to share and impart
Remember the day

11. 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.

Inspirational Poems about Self Love

If you’re looking for some inspiration to boost your self-love and confidence, then these inspirational poems about self love are your thing because they are downright amazing and will definitely empower you. Check them out!

1. Emancipation

       by Emily Dickinson

No rack can torture me,
My soul’s at liberty
Behind this mortal bone
There knits a bolder one
You cannot prick with saw,
Nor rend with scymitar.
Two bodies therefore be;
Bind one, and one will flee.
The eagle of his nest
No easier divest
And gain the sky,
Than mayest thou,
Except thyself may be
Thine enemy;
Captivity is consciousness,
So’s liberty.

2. 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.

3. Rhapsody

       by Florence Earle Coates

As the mother bird to the waiting nest,
As the regnant moon to the sea,
As joy to the heart that hath first been blest—
So is my love to me.

Sweet as the song of the lark that soars
From the net of the fowler free,
Sweet as the morning that song adores—
So is my love to me!

As the rose that blossoms in matchless grace
Where the canker may not be,
As the well that springs in a desert place—
So is my love to me.

4. 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.

5. Song of Myself, 1

       by Walt Whitman

I Celebrate Myself

I Celebrate myself, and sing myself,

And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.

Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.

6. O Me! O Life!

       by Walt Whitman

O Me! O life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

7. Blank White Paper

       by Anson Decker

Blank white paper
Infinite hope, endless promise
An inspirational instrument

The artists canvas and lawmakers device
How an absent lover expresses love so precise

So much to say, I’m intimidated by its potential
Fearful to express my true self to you
Or to people exponential

Fear is a disease
A disease impeding me from being me

Blank white paper
A horrifying shrill to action

Blank white paper
My call to create
Channel your optimism
Divorce your pessimism
Summon the courage, others will follow

Allow your new future to begin today
Reveal your dreams hidden by white ink on
Blank white paper

8. See It Through

       by Edgar Guest

When you’re up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it’s vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don’t let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you’re beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don’t give up, whate’er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

9. 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.

10. Life

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I feel the great immensity of life.
All little aims slip from me, and I reach
My yearning soul toward the Infinite.

As when a mighty forest, whose green leaves
Have shut it in, and made it seem a bower
For lovers’ secrets, or for children’s sports,
Casts all its clustering foliage to the winds,
And lets the eye behold it, limitless,
And full of winding mysteries of ways:
So now with life that reaches out before,
And borders on the unexplained Beyond.

I see the stars above me, world on world:
I hear the awful language of all Space;
I feel the distant surging of great seas,
That hide the secrets of the Universe
In their eternal bosoms; and I know
That I am but an atom of the Whole.

11. 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.

Short Poems about Self Love

Trust us, these short poems have the power to empower you and boost your confidence like no other. They remind us that we are all worthy of love and acceptance, and it all starts within ourselves. So, go ahead, check them out. Take a deep breath and let the words wash over you. You never know what kind of magic they might unlock.

1. Rhapsody

       by William Stanley Braithwaite

I am glad daylong for the gift of song,
For time and change and sorrow;
For the sunset wings and the world-end things
Which hang on the edge of to-morrow.
I am glad for my heart whose gates apart
Are the entrance-place of wonders,
Where dreams come in from the rush and din
Like sheep from the rains and thunders.

2. 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.

3. Life: XXII

       by Emily Dickinson

I had no time to hate, because
The grave would hinder me,
And life was not so ample I
Could finish enmity.
Nor had I time to love; but since
Some industry must be,
The little toil of love, I thought,
Was large enough for me.

4. Where Self Love Is Born

       by Caren Krutsinger

a fantasy land
dreamt up by sleeping child
a peaceful magical place
where self-love is born
imperative to her soul

5. Assurance

       by James Oppenheim

Yea, there are as many stars under the Earth as over the Earth…
Plenty of room to roll around in has our planet…
And I, at the edge of the porch,
Hearing the crickets shrill in the star-thick armies of grass,
And beholding over the spread of Earth the spread of the heavens…
Drink this deep moment in my pilgrimage,
With a sense of how forever I have been alive,
With a conviction that I shall go on, ever safe, ever growing,
The stars to be included in my travels,
And the future sure before me.

6. 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!

7. I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

       by Emily Dickinson

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

8. Grief

       by Susan Ashley

I beseech the shards of my shattered self,
as recollections collect with a jagged edge,
for a softened reflection of a dream in smithereens
to sheath this sunken cheeked shadow
lost in the mirrored fragments
of hollow-eyed tears.

9. Self-Love

       by Yung Pueblo

self-love is a sincere
acceptance of the past
an agreement to make
the most of the present
and a willingness to allow
the best to occur in the future

10. The Rebirth

       by Amanda Lovelace

journey as far outside
of your comfort zone
as you can possibly go.
Evolve so magnificently
That you make even
butterflies jealous.
take risk
after risk
after risk.

11. A Thousand Stories Long

       by Nikita Gill

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.

Maya Angelou Poems about Self Love

Maya Angelou‘s words in these poems are like a warm hug and a swift kick in the pants all at the same time. They’ll leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on the world. So, if you’re in need of a little self love pick-me-up, we highly recommend you check out these poems. Trust us, your soul will thank you.

1. Phenomenal Woman

       by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size  
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

2. Caged Bird

       by Maya Angelou

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

3. Touched by an Angel

       by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
On The Pulse of Morning
A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Marked the mastodon,
The dinosaur, who left dried tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.

But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow,
I will give you no hiding place down here.

You, created only a little lower than
The angels, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness
Have lain too long
Facedown in ignorance,
Your mouths spilling words
Armed for slaughter.

The Rock cries out to us today,
You may stand upon me,
But do not hide your face.

4. Still I Rise

       by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

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.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

5. Alone

       by Maya Angelou

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

6. On Aging

       by Maya Angelou

When you see me sitting quietly,
Like a sack left on the shelf,
Don’t think I need your chattering.
I’m listening to myself.
Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!
Hold! Stop your sympathy!
Understanding if you got it,
Otherwise I’ll do without it!
When my bones are stiff and aching,
And my feet won’t climb the stair,
I will only ask one favor:
Don’t bring me no rocking chair.
When you see me walking, stumbling,
Don’t study and get it wrong.
‘Cause tired don’t mean lazy
And every goodbye ain’t gone.
I’m the same person I was back then,
A little less hair, a little less chin,
A lot less lungs and much less wind.
But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in.

Poems about Self Love That Rhyme

If you’re someone who loves a good rhyme, then these poems are definitely for you. From inspiring messages to uplifting words, these poems will leave you feeling empowered and confident in who you are. So why not take a few minutes to check them out? You never know, they just might be the boost of self-love you’ve been looking for.

1. 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.

2. 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.

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. With the Lark

       by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Night is for sorrow and dawn is for joy,
Chasing the troubles that fret and annoy;
Darkness for sighing and daylight for song,—
Cheery and chaste the strain, heartfelt and strong.
All the night through, though I moan in the dark,
I wake in the morning to sing with the lark.

Deep in the midnight the rain whips the leaves,
Softly and sadly the wood-spirit grieves.
But when the first hue of dawn tints the sky,
I shall shake out my wings like the birds and be dry;
And though, like the rain-drops, I grieved through the dark,
I shall wake in the morning to sing with the lark.

On the high hills of heaven, some morning to be,
Where the rain shall not grieve thro’ the leaves of the tree,
There my heart will be glad for the pain I have known,
For my hand will be clasped in the hand of mine own;
And though life has been hard and death’s pathway been dark,
I shall wake in the morning to sing with the lark.

5. Sins in the Sand

       by Kyle Kriticos

We are taught not to judge but how far does that go?
Yes, we’re all taught to love but how much of it shows?

We like to throw stones at the devil’s scapegoats
Yet the ears that will listen are hearing this quote:

“Judge not lest ye be judged”, and isn’t it true?
Or are some people so bad that our judgment is due?

Did you think that salvation was exclusive to you?
If you light fires of judgment won’t you be consumed?

I can’t speak for you but I don’t want to judge people
After all, under God we are all loved as equals

When I join the accuser and his self-righteous band
Somehow I can see my own sins in the sand

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

Poems about Self Love and Healing

Have you ever had one of those days where you just need a little pick-me-up? Maybe you’re feeling down and all you need is a little reminder that you are strong and capable and worthy of love. Well, let us tell you, these poems about self love and healing are just the thing to give you that boost! Don’t believe us? Check them out for yourself and see how they make you feel!

1. The Pain Game

       by Jerry T Curtis

Why do people, want to cause
Other people pain
Where is the Love
That will break the chain

Someone says something
Then it’s tit-for-tat
I’ve played this before
We all know the score
Now who’s up at bat

I think it’s time, for us to play
The self-healing game
Before there’s no one, left
Around to blame

One that’s more thoughtful
And much less insane
Let’s reach for the Sun
And help everyone
Come out of the rain

All we have, is this fleeting chance
To get this right
No time for jealousies
No time to fight

Don’t say, that you’re sorry
Don’t seek to forgive
Just start here today
And throw it away
And learn how to live

2. My Tears

       by Richard Lamoureux

My love for you is magnified
By the curvature of my tears
I’m lost within the corridors
Of my loving you all these years

My tears are not filled with sadness
They are permeated with joy
You have helped me become a man
Who’s connected to inner boy

Within the chambers of my heart
My true self has now been revealed
When you live beside an angel
There is nothing that can’t be healed

I dance within our memories
Anticipate the ones to come
You’re the source of my happy tears
I don’t regret a single one

3. 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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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

7. Envy

       by Mary Lamb

This rose-tree is not made to bear
The violet blue, nor lily fair,
Nor the sweet mignionet:
And if this tree were discontent,
Or wished to change its natural bent,
It all in vain would fret.

And should it fret, you would suppose
It ne’er had seen its own red rose,
Nor after gentle shower
Had ever smelled its rose’s scent,
Or it could ne’er be discontent
With its own pretty flower.

Like such a blind and senseless tree
As I’ve imagined this to be,
All envious persons are:
With care and culture all may find
Some pretty flower in their own mind,
Some talent that is rare.

8. 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.

9. My Darling

       by Nikita Gill

My darling,

You are only human,
and you are allowed to make mistakes.
You are allowed to fall apart sometimes.
You are allowed to hurt and feel pain too much.
You are allowed to ache and get jealous.

Be easy on yourself, and let yourself grow.
Let yourself learn.
Let yourself be.

You are only human,
and you are allowed to make mistakes.

10. Deeper Level Self-Love

       by Christopher Pointdexter

There’s to the empaths.
to the emotional artists.
to the ones whose outlet
is simply feeling.
you are braver
than you know.

Poems about Self Love and Confidence

These amazing poems will lift your spirits and fill your heart with confidence. So, whether you’re feeling a bit down and need a pick-me-up, or simply want to revel in the beauty of self love, these poems will speak to your soul. So don’t hesitate – take a few moments to check them out and feel your confidence soar! Trust us, you won’t regret it.

1. 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

2. 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

3. Self Love

       by Lang Leav

Once when I was running,
from all that haunted me;
to the dark I was succumbing-
to what hurt unbearably.
Searching for the one thing,
that would set my sad soul free.
In time I stumbled upon it,
an inner calm and peace;
and now I am beginning,
to see and to believe,
in who I am becoming –
and all I’ve yet to be.

4. 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.

5. Queens II

       by Nikita Gill

Listen to me girl,
you have castles inside your bones,
coronets in your heart,
if he threatens you with battle,
you raise him a whole war,
the last time I checked,
Queens cower before no man.

6. 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
be silent
until the world
the absence
of noise
is beautiful.
express whoever
you are
what you are
is essential.

7. Serenity

       by Charles Bertram Johnson

The storms that break and sweep about my feet,
The winds that blow and tear, the rains that fall,
Shall not the courage of my soul appall;
I shall be conqueror, tho’ sore defeat
O’erwhelm the outbound keels of all my fleet
Of dreams; tho’ not one tattered sail, but all
Go down mid sea; with heart serene, I’ll greet
The worst or best, the stronger for the squall.

My soul is set amid the storms of life,—
The hurricanes of passion crash and break
And tides of heathen hate sweep o’er our land;
But calm amid the flying ruins of strife,
Or in the leaping flames around the stake
With pierced hands—my faith serene,—I stand!

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

11. 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.

Final Thoughts

Self love is a powerful practice that has the potential to transform our lives.

It can help us to become more confident, resilient, and serene.

These poems about self love serve as excellent reminders of why it’s so important to make it part of our daily routine.

They provide a great way to nurture your own self-care practice and embrace all the beauty within you.

By knowing ourselves deeply and embracing our flaws, we can show up in the world with greater confidence and grace.

Let these self-love poems inspire you to continue on your journey inwards and enjoy the amazing life that awaits you.

So celebrate yourself today and every day from now on.

Please comment in the comments section below about this post if you found it inspiring or if you have any other poems about self-love that have had an impact on your life – we’d love to hear from you!

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