124 Reflection Poems for Self-Discovery and Growth

In the words of Socrates, ‘An unexamined life is not worth living.’

From ancient philosophers to contemporary scholars, the importance of self-reflection has been heralded for millennia.

Today, science and psychology echo these sentiments, shedding light on the profound benefits of introspection.

Poems about reflection offer a unique avenue for exploring the depths of one’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

In this collection, we delve into various categories of reflection poems, from the best poems about reflection to famous verses that have left an indelible mark.

Each category invites you to embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth through the art of reflection poetry.

Best Reflection Poems

Best poems about reflection are like hidden gems among verses, offering profound insights into self-discovery and growth. These poems are crafted with precision to resonate deeply with the reflective reader.

1. The Road not Taken

       by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

2. If

       by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

3. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

       by T.S. Eliot

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question…

4. Mirror

       by Sylvia Plath

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful —
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.

Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.

I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.

5. The Mirror

       by Christina Rossetti

Passing and glassing,
Still I saw no change.
All the same, nothing altered.
Still I seemed the same.

What I see, I know
Can never be true.
Yet it is my image
That looks back at me.

6. Mirror, Mirror

       by William Shakespeare

Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest
Who is it? Is it you? or I? or none?
That fairs so fair, and yet not like at all
To that it glazes on?

7. A Hand-Mirror

       by Walt Whitman

Hold it up sternly! See this it sends back!
(Who is it? Is it you?)
This hard, cold, implacable, relentless, livid face,
This image that flouts you!

8. Reflection

       by Langston Hughes

I see my face in the mirror
And I wonder who it is.
Is it the face my mother sees,
Or the face my lover sees?

Is it the face I show the world,
Or the face I hide inside?
Is it the face I want to be,
Or the face I am?

9. The Mirror

       by W.H. Auden

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Show me the truth behind it all.
Show me the face I’ve hidden from sight,
The face I dread to see at night.

Show me the fear, the doubt, the pain,
The secrets that I’ve kept in vain.
Show me the strength, the love, the light,
The hidden beauty I’ve denied.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Show me the truth behind it all.

10. Reflections

       by Maya Angelou

I look upon my life as a vast ocean—
sometimes calm, sometimes stormy.
But no matter what the weather,
my reflection remains the same—
a reflection of my strength, my resilience, and my faith.

11. The Mirror and I

       by Kahlil Gibran

I stand before the mirror,
And I ask myself,
“Who am I?”

The mirror stares back at me,
And says,
“You are who you see.”

I look into the mirror’s depths,
And I see my reflection,
But it is not just my image.

I see the sum total of all my experiences,
My joys and my sorrows,
My triumphs and my defeats.

I see the person I have become,
And the person I am striving to be.

I am the mirror,
And the mirror is me.

12. The Mirror Has Two Faces

       by Yusef Komunyakaa

The mirror has two faces:
One shows you what you are,
And the other shows you what you could be.

The first face is the face of reality,
The face of your fears and insecurities.
But the second face is the face of possibility,
The face of your dreams and aspirations.

Which face do you choose to see?

13. The Reflection

       by Rumi

In the mirror of your heart,
You will see your true self.
But be careful not to get lost in your own reflection.

For the true self is not the image in the mirror,
But the light that shines through it.

14. Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

       by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

15. Sonnet 18

       by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

16. Ode to a Nightingale

       by John Keats

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
‘Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thy happiness,—
That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees,
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.

17. The Waste Land

       by T.S. Eliot

April is the cruellest month,
Breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Metaphors with things seen not with the passions of the mind
And April’s sprouting lilacs strew the path before her feet.

18. The Tyger

       by William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

19. Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

       by Thomas Gray

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

20. Frost at Midnight

       by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet’s cry
Came loud—and hark, again! loud, loud, and solemn.
It increased my body’s frosty chill,
But sent a thrill of pleasure through my frame,
As if the letter I had charged my brain with
Was the faithful messenger of joy.

21. Ulysses

       by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Come, my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.

Famous Reflection Poems

Famous poems about reflection, often authored by celebrated poets, are like timeless guides to self-discovery. These verses have withstood the test of time, offering wisdom that endures through generations.

1. Look in Thy Glass and Tell the Face Thou Viewest

       by William Shakespeare

Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest
Now is the time that face should form another;
Whose fresh repair will make thee be renew’d
Where age and sickness hold their sway.
Thou art thy mother’s daughter, and her seat
Is now possess’d by thee alone;
Yet still thou art thine own sweet self, dear friend,
And art enough thine own for me.

2. The Pool

       by H.D.

In the pool’s clear depths, I saw my face,
As if reflected in a watery glass—
My hair, a tangled net, enmeshed my neck,
My lips, a twisted thread, were drawn awry;
Through slanting light, a shadow seemed to pass,
Distorting all that was familiar there,
So that I hardly knew myself at last,
Or did not know myself until that moment fair.

3. To Be Written on the Mirror in Whitewash

       by Elizabeth Bishop

Please keep the bathroom door closed tight
For privacy, and also so that light
May not disturb the sleepers in adjacent rooms.
Thank you.

4. Mirrors

       by Elizabeth Jennings

When I look in the mirror, I see
Not the real me, but a stranger’s eye—
Another who looks out from behind
This mask of flesh that I wear.

5. Shadows in the Water

       by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Shadows in the water, shadows in the sky,
How can I tell which one is lying?
Both are so very far away,
Both are so very vague and gray.

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley:
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command…

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent by John Milton:
When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present…

She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron:
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light…

The Tyger by William Blake:
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Daffodils by William Wordsworth:
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees…

6. To Autumn

       by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees…

7. A Dream Within A Dream

       by Edgar Allan Poe:

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day…

Mirror Reflection Poems

Poems on mirrors and reflections invite us to ponder our reflections in the literal and metaphorical mirrors of life. These verses unveil the duality of inner and outer selves, sparking introspection.

1. The Mirror of Life

       by Anonymous

The mirror is a symbol of life,
It reflects our journey through the world.
It shows us our growth and our transformation,
Our successes and our failures.

The mirror is a reminder,
That we are all on a journey,
And that we are all constantly evolving.

2. To the Mirror by Emily Brontë

       by Anonymous

Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Come, and show me to myself.
Show me all that I can be,
All the beauty that I hold.

Show me not the face I see,
But the face that I can be.
Show me my potential,
Show me my true self.

3. The Mirror

       by Anonymous

The mirror reflects my image,
But it’s not just what I see.
It shows me the sum of my experiences,
My joys and my sorrows, my triumphs and defeats.

It shows me the person I have become,
And the person I am striving to be.
The mirror is my teacher,
My guide, and my friend.

4. The Mirror’s Tale

       by Anonymous

The mirror tells me stories,
Of my past, my present, and my future.
It shows me the faces I have worn,
And the faces I have yet to wear.

The mirror is a window to my soul,
It shows me my true self,
Both the good and the bad.

5. Mirror Mirror

       by Anonymous

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Show me the truth, though it may gall.
Show me my strengths and weaknesses,
Show me my hopes and my fears.

Show me the person I can be,
If I only try.
Show me the light within me,
That never dies.

6. The Mirror’s Gaze

       by Anonymous

The mirror’s gaze is piercing,
It sees through my facade.
It shows me the truth,
Even when I don’t want to see it.

The mirror is my confidant,
My therapist, and my judge.
It helps me to understand myself,
And to grow as a person.

7. The Mirror’s Magic

       by Anonymous

The mirror has a magic,
It can transform me.
It can show me the best version of myself,
And inspire me to be more.

The mirror is my motivator,
My cheerleader, and my muse.
It helps me to achieve my goals,
And to live my best life.

8. The Mirror’s Truth

       by Anonymous

The mirror’s truth is sometimes harsh,
But it is always necessary.
It shows me the things I need to work on,
And the things I need to change.

The mirror is my guide,
It helps me to become the best person I can be.
It is a gift that I cherish.

9. The Mirror’s Reflection

       by Anonymous

The mirror reflects my image,
But it also reflects my soul.
It shows me the good and the bad,
The light and the dark.

The mirror is a reminder,
That I am a complex and contradictory being.
That I am both capable of great love and great cruelty.

10 .Mirrors

       by Lucy Larcom

Mirror, tell me, what you see,
Mirror, mirror, speak to me!
Shall I ever be as fair
As the lovely face you bear?

11. The Looking-Glass

       by Lewis Carroll

Lady Clara Vere de Vere,
Of me you shall not win renown:
You thought I was not half so smart
As you! It pays to be smart.

12. The Mirror

       by Richard Le Gallienne

I am this mirror. You, beloved, are
The image it reflects; and as my spell
Is strong or weak to show you foul or fair,
So do I see you, faithful mirror.

13. Self-Reflection

       by Walter Savage Landor

How small a part of time they share,
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!
Ah! surely between man and man,
The lines of good-fellowship ran
More close than lines of duty then.

14. Mirror

       by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt

O mirror of my love, hold up for me
To all eternity
My young and happy face, ere it be old,
And all its gold be turned to snow.

15. The Looking Glass

       by James Rees

The mirror sees her. She sits, one wrist curled in her hand,
Her face pale, one foot resting against her opposite knee.
Her cheeks have a healthy blush.
A ring shines like silver on her thumb.

16. From the Chinese

       by Arthur Waley

Looking in the mirror I see
A youth with a face of morning glow.
I put my cap on one side and say:
“Is that you? Or is it your shadow?”

17. To Be Written on the Mirror in Whitewash

       by Elizabeth Bishop

Write it, write it,
on the mirror in whitewash,
with a nail, with a rose,
with whatever will write.

18. Mirrors

       by Elizabeth Jennings

Between us and the earth we tread

lies a mirror, level and round,

where we may view ourselves from dead

as others see us, never quite so sound.

19. The Pool

       by H.D.

In the pool’s clear depths, I saw
my own face, wrinkled and drawn.
Another face looked back at me,
not mine, yet mine, somehow.

20. Shadows in the Water

       by Amy Levy

In the dark waters, shadows roam,
Headless, bodiless, they glide home;
There, where the trees stretch high and still,
Their swaying branches make no thrill.

21. Passionate Virtuoso

       by Christina Rossetti

She sat before the glass, her features wild,
Her hair loose, her eyes fixed, and her cheeks pale;
With trembling hands, she held the mirror mild,
That reflected back her beauty, undimmed and unveiled.

22. The Looking Glass

       by William Wordsworth

Our faces, too, are masks, partly covering
And partly serving, complicating spirits;
But let the mirror take away our gaze,
And all the life of our souls is lost in space.

23. Before the Mirror

       by Edna St. Vincent Millay

My soul, thou art a wicked thing,
Full of envy, cunning, and deceit.
Thou dost mock me, and thy beauty doth sting.
Ah, how I hate thee, O my mirrored sweet!

24. The Mirror Speaks

       by Anonymous

I am the mirror, the mirror of fate,
Where many a woman hath sought her fate;
Many a maiden, with heart full of hope,
Hath looked into my depths, and seen her scope.

Short Reflection Poems

Short poems about reflection may be concise, but their impact is immense. In a few lines, they capture the essence of self-discovery, offering brief yet profound moments of contemplation.

1. Reflection

       by Edgar Allan Poe

There is no beauty without some strangeness.

2. Mirrored

       by Anonymous

The mirror shows what’s outside,
But not the soul within,
For there’s more to a person’s life
Than just their earthly skin.

3. Inward Reflection

       by Emily Dickinson

I dwell in Possibility—
A fairer House than Prose—
More numerous of Windows—
Superior—for Doors—

4. In the Mirror

       by Maxine Kumin

I have sat and stared until the mirror,
don’t feel quite like waking, I’m so new.
It’s all the tired face of yesterday
I’ve shed. But nothing changed in it that I
Can see except the eyes—they look right back
and see me, see inside of me.

5. Self-Portrait

       by David Whyte

It doesn’t interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
abandoned.
If you know despair or can see it in others.

6. Reflections

       by Shel Silverstein

A million tears, I think I’d cry
If I could weep, but how will I?
The tears can’t flow, the tears can’t show
My deeper love for you, and so…

7. Reflect

       by Shel Silverstein

My mom she was a pretty girl
My father was a hunk
And I was the kid
That never got picked to kick

8. A Mirror

       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!

9. My Shadow

       by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

10. Reflections on Ice-Breaking

       by Ogden Nash

Candy
Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.

11. Reflection

       by Anonymous

I pause to reflect,
On my life and my ways.
I see my strengths and weaknesses,
My joys and my sorrows.

I am grateful for the journey,
And the lessons I’ve learned.
I am excited for the future,
And the possibilities it holds.

12. Mirror

       by Anonymous

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Show me who I am.
Show me my strengths and weaknesses,
My light and my shadow.

Help me to see myself,
As I truly am.
Help me to accept myself,
Flaws and all.

13. Self-Reflection

       by Anonymous

I sit in silence,
And reflect on my life.
I see the good and the bad,
The choices I’ve made.

I am grateful for the lessons,
That I have learned.
I am excited for the future,
And the possibilities that it holds.

14. Reflections of Me

       by Anonymous

I see myself in the mirror,
But it’s not just what I see.
It’s a reflection of my soul,
Of who I am meant to be.

I see my strengths and weaknesses,
My hopes and my fears.
But most of all, I see my potential,
And the light that shines within me.

15. Look in thy Glass

       by William Shakespeare

Thou art thy mother’s daughter, and thy birth
Tells thee that thou shalt find joy in the morning sun;
But if thou live remembered, then shall thy mother’s name
Be wiped from the book of life, and all her honors die.

16. To Be Written on the Mirror in Whitewash

       by Elizabeth Bishop

I am not a camera, but I can take pictures too.
I don’t have a heart, but I collect images like glue.
No interest, no dividends—just a simple point of view.

17. Mirrors

       by Elizabeth Jennings

We see ourselves in mirrors, dim and small,
Not as we really are at all.
Our faces twisted in a shadowy grimace,
Reflected strangers, not our true face.

18. The Pool

       by Hilda Doolittle

In the deep well, the water is so still
It holds within its depths a mirrored world.
A second sky, a second earth, a second April.
Another spring, another life, another soul.

19. The Other Side of a Mirror

       by Mary Coleridge

I sat before my glass one day,
And conjured up a vision bare,
Unlike the aspects glad and gay
That erst were found reflected there.

20. I Remember, I Remember

       by Thomas Hood

I remember, I remember,
The roses, red and white,
The violets, purple, blue, and yellow,
The honeysuckle, sweet delight.

Self-Reflection Poems

Poems about self-reflection delve into the intimate act of introspection. These verses are like private conversations with the self, peering into the depths of one’s thoughts, emotions, and growth.

1. Mirror

       by Anonymous

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who am I? Reflected all.
My face, my form, my outer shell,
But who am I inside as well?

2. Self-Reflection

       by Anonymous

I sit in silence, all alone,
And reflect on the path I’ve known.
I see the choices I’ve made,
The mistakes I’ve paid.

I see the joys, the tears I’ve shed,
The love I’ve given, love received.
I see the person I’ve become,
And the one I’m striving to be.

3. The Inner Self

       by Anonymous

Within me lies a hidden world,
A universe that’s yet unfurled.
My inner self, a mystery,
A vast expanse of boundless sea.

I dive within, and explore my soul,
Unravel secrets I’ve kept whole.
My inner self, my guiding light,
Illuminates my path at night.

4. The Mirror of My Soul

       by Anonymous

I gaze into the mirror of my soul,
And see the truths that make me whole.
My strengths and weaknesses revealed,
My deepest fears, my passions healed.

The mirror shows me who I am,
The beauty and the flaws of man.
I embrace the whole of me,
For I am perfectly me.

5. Self-Discovery

       by Anonymous

On a journey of self-discovery,
I embark on a quest to find the true me.
Through introspection and reflection,
I seek to uncover my hidden section.

I explore my thoughts and feelings,
My motivations and dreams.
I peel back the layers one by one,
Until my true essence is revealed.

6. The Tapestry of Me

       by Anonymous

I am a tapestry of threads,
Woven from the moments I’ve led.
Each thread a unique experience,
Adding to my life’s rich tapestry.

I cherish the threads of joy and love,
The threads of strength and perseverance.
I embrace the threads of sorrow and loss,
For they too have shaped the person I am.

7. The Dance of Self-Reflection

       by Anonymous

In the dance of self-reflection,
I twirl and spin,
Exploring the depths of my being,
Unraveling the mysteries within.

I move with grace and fluidity,
Allowing my inner self to guide me.
I embrace the light and the shadow,
For they are both a part of me.

8. The Mirror Within

       by Anonymous

The mirror within, my inner eye,
Reflects the truth that cannot lie.
It shows me the person I truly am,
Beyond the masks and social sham.

In the mirror within, I see my worth,
My potential, and my life’s rebirth.
I see the strength that lies inside,
The courage to face the world with pride.

9. The Symphony of Self

       by Anonymous

I am a symphony of selves,
A chorus of voices, both hidden and revealed.
Each voice a unique perspective,
Adding to the complexity of my existence.

I listen to the symphony within,
And learn from the wisdom it brings.
I embrace the diversity of my selves,
For they make me whole, make me myself.

10. Self-Acceptance

       by Anonymous

In the journey of self-acceptance,
I learn to love and embrace myself,
With all my flaws and imperfections.
I accept that I am perfectly me,
A unique and precious creation.

I let go of the need to be perfect,
And instead focus on being authentic.
I celebrate the person I am,
And the person I am still becoming.

11. The Gift of the Past

       by Hafiz

The past is a gift,
A treasure to hold.
It’s a story of your life,
To be cherished and told.

Don’t be afraid of the past,
Even if it’s painful.
Embrace it, learn from it,
And grow stronger and wiser.

The past is a part of you,
But it doesn’t define you.
You are the author of your own story,
You choose how it continues.

12. The Mirror of Your Soul

       by Yusef Komunyakaa

The mirror of your soul,
Reflects the past with clarity.
The good, the bad, the ugly,
All revealed for you to see.

Don’t be afraid to look in the mirror,
Even if it’s painful to see.
The truth will set you free,
And help you to become who you’re meant to be.

13. The Weight of the Past

       by Sylvia Plath

The weight of the past,
Can be a heavy load to bear.
But it’s important to remember,
That we are not our past.

We can choose to let go of the burdens,
And move forward with grace.
We can create a new future,
One that is full of embrace.

14. The Dance of the Past

       by Rumi

The past is a dance,
Of light and shadow.
It’s a journey of self-discovery,
Of growth and transformation.

Don’t resist the dance of the past,
Allow it to guide you.
Learn from the lessons it teaches,
And let go of the things that no longer serve you.

15. Sonnet 30

       by William Shakespeare

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new-forced to turn,
A sense of vulnerability grips our core;
Guilt, Regret, Fear, Heartbreak,
The past is an eternal realm.
An inevitable burden.
The mirrors are our reality;
Of what our past has created.

16. I Remember

       by Thomas Hood

I remember, I remember,
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at worn;
He never came a wink too soon,
Nor brought too long a day,
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away!

17. Because I Have Remembered

       by Emily Dickinson

Because I have remembered—oh, so much!
I cannot forget, however great the hurt,
That I have lived, and loved, and laughed, and cried,
And seen the sun rise, and the sun set,
And watched the stars come out above,
And felt the warmth of summer’s sun,
And smelled the flowers blooming in the field,
And heard the birds sing sweet melodies,
And felt the touch of love’s gentle hand,
And known the joy that friendship brings,
And learned the lessons life imparts,
And grown in wisdom through the years,
And found solace in the silence of the night,
And felt the peace that comes with morning light.

18. My Inner Life

       by Edgar Allan Poe

From deep within, a voice proceeds,
A whisper from my soul’s abode,
It speaks of feelings unexpressed,
Emotions hidden, left unspoken,
Thoughts that swirl within my head,
Desires that burn, unuttered,
Dreams that lie dormant, waiting to be said,
Yearnings that forever linger, unsatisfied.

19. I Remember, I Remember

       by Philip Larkin

I remember, I remember,
The roses, red and white,
The sky, a brilliant blue,
The grass, so green and bright,
The trees, they towered high,
The birds sang sweet and clear,
The breeze, it rustled soft and light,
The world, it seemed so pure and dear.

20. For the Fallen

       by Laurence Binyon

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

21. Remember Me When I Am Gone Away

       by Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay …

22. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

       by Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

Reflection Poems about the Past

Poems about reflection on the past journey through time, capturing the essence of nostalgia, regret, and growth. These verses invite us to explore the tapestry of our personal histories.

1. The Past

       by Emily Dickinson

The past is such a curious creature,
To look her in the face
A transport may reward us,
Or a disgrace.

2. To the Past

       by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is a stream of impressions
From the rock in the stream.
The sun, in his own daisy,
Makes his daisy and her flower.

3. The Past is the Present

       by Marianne Moore

If external action is effete
And rhyme is outmoded,
I shall revert to you,
Habitude, in whom…

4. The Past

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

How often have we wasted life,
The while we thought we planned!
The plans we thought we’d made,
we might
Have put into another hand.

5. The Past

       by William Wordsworth

Tumult and peace, the darkness and the light—
Were all like workings of one mind, the features
Of the same face, blossoms upon one tree;
Characters of the great Apocalypse,
The types and symbols of Eternity…

6. The Past

       by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

O, sweet is the moist still air of May
And sweet the beauty of the blossom-bed
And the soft living green which overhead
The passing noontide shadows lightly play…

7. The Past

       by Amy Lowell

She is drawn to the man
As the sunflower turns on her stem,
Seeking the light,
Even in the darkened home.

8. The Past

       by Phoebe Cary

Backward glances are denied,
And the cross is on your path;
Look not back; forward—
You may dread the thing you dread

9. The Past

       by Richard Le Gallienne

I heard a knocking at my door
One morn, when all the day was o’er,
And all the light was fled, and she…

10. The Past

       by Emily Dickinson

Before I got my eye put out
I liked as well to see—
As other creatures, that put theirs
A moment on the firmament—

11. The Past

       by Walter de la Mare

The sweetest thing that ever grew
Beside a human door,
What was it like, my Mother, Mydear?—
We three we went to be together

12. The Past

       by John Clare

When Age the frame with youth compares,
And calls the truth of things to mind,
Then mourns the youth whom pleasure bears,
He leaves the simple soul behind.

13. The Past

       by William Dean Howells

The flowers that on the ruins bloom
All sweet and fragrant in their air,
Are flowers begotten in the tomb
Upon the grave of some young care.

14. The Past

       by Sara Teasdale

To-night I saw it all
Again, but not so close
There was a field, a wall
And two apple trees…

15. The Past

       by Thomas Hardy

IN the unchanging east I saw
An apple bough and peach tree grow:
There they were, but they were not the trees
I planted in the long ago.

16. The Mirror of Time

       by Langston Hughes

I see my life in the mirror of time,
A reflection of days gone by.
The joys and the sorrows, the triumphs and trials,
All etched in the depths of my eye.

I see the faces of loved ones, long gone,
Their smiles, their tears, their embrace.
I see the places I’ve been, the things I’ve done,
The footprints I’ve left in this space.

The mirror of time shows me the past,
But it also shows me the future’s vastness.
It inspires me to live each day to the fullest,
And to cherish the moments with gladness.

17. Rearview Mirror

       by Mary Oliver

I look in the rearview mirror,
And see the miles unfold.
The road I’ve traveled, the places I’ve been,
The stories I’ve yet to be told.

I see the people I’ve loved,
The lessons I’ve learned.
The joys and the sorrows,
The laughter and tears.

The rearview mirror reminds me,
That the past is a part of me.
It shapes who I am today,
And helps me to see who I can be.

18. Echoes of the Past

       by Maya Angelou

The echoes of the past,
Still linger in my soul.
Whispering tales of joy and pain,
Making me whole.

I hear the laughter of children,
Playing carefree in the sun.
I hear the cries of mothers,
Mourning loved ones gone.

I hear the songs of love and loss,
The echoes of my own heart.
The past is a symphony of emotions,
A tapestry of life’s art.

19. Footprints in the Sand

       by Kahlil Gibran

I walk along the beach of life,
Leaving footprints in the sand.
Some deep, some shallow,
All a part of my grand plan.

I look back at the footprints I’ve made,
And reflect on the path I’ve taken.
The choices I’ve made, the lessons I’ve learned,
All a part of my life’s awaken.

My footprints in the sand, a reminder,
That life is a journey, not a destination.
Each step a new beginning,
Each moment a revelation.

20. The Past Is a Lesson

       by Rumi

The past is a lesson,
Not a regret.
It’s a path to growth,
Not a debt.

Don’t dwell on the past,
Don’t let it define you.
Learn from it,
And move on, anew.

The past is a memory,
Not a reality.
It’s a chapter in your book,
Not the whole story.

Reflection Poems about Life

Reflection poems about life encompass the vast spectrum of human experiences. These verses are windows to the soul, illuminating moments of insight, growth, and understanding in the journey of life.

1. The Dance of Life

       by Langston Hughes

Life is a dance,
A rhythm we follow.
Through sunshine and rain,
We move and we grow.

We dance with joy,
We dance with pain.
We dance with love,
We dance again.

The dance of life,
Is a journey divine.
It’s a gift to be cherished,
A treasure to mine.

2. The Path of Life

       by Maya Angelou

The path of life is a winding one,
With twists and turns galore.
But if we keep our eyes on the prize,
We’ll reach our destination for sure.

Along the way, we’ll face challenges,
But we’ll also find joy and love.
We’ll learn and we’ll grow,
And become the best version of ourselves.

So embrace the path of life,
With all its ups and downs.
For it is a journey that is truly ours.

3. The Symphony of Life

       by Walt Whitman

Life is a symphony,
A beautiful and complex creation.
Each note a unique experience,
Adding to the overall composition.

We play our parts in the symphony,
Sometimes solo, sometimes in harmony.
But together, we create a masterpiece,
A celebration of life’s tapestry.

So listen to the symphony of life,
And let it fill your heart with glee.
For it is a gift beyond measure,
A treasure beyond compare.

4. The Miracle of Life

       by Rumi

Life is a miracle,
A precious gift to hold.
It’s a breath of fresh air,
A story to be told.

Each day is a new beginning,
A chance to live to the fullest.
To love and to be loved,
To learn and to grow.

So cherish the miracle of life,
And live it to the fullest extent.
For it is a gift that is truly meant.

5. The Journey of Life

       by Mary Oliver

Life is a journey,
A grand adventure to behold.
We travel through valleys and mountains,
Experiencing all that life unfolds.

We meet people along the way,
Who shape our journey in many ways.
We learn from each other,
And grow stronger day by day.

The journey of life is a precious gift,
To be savored and enjoyed.
So embrace the journey,
And let it lead you to your highest good.

6. The Tapestry of Life

       by Kahlil Gibran

Life is a tapestry,
Woven from the threads of our experiences.
Each thread a unique color,
Adding to the overall beauty and complexity.

Some threads are bright and vibrant,
While others are dark and subdued.
But all the threads are necessary,
To create the tapestry of our lives.

So embrace the tapestry of your life,
With all its different threads.
For it is a masterpiece,
Created by you and for you.

7. The Dance of Light and Shadow

       by Hafiz

Life is a dance of light and shadow,
Of joy and sorrow, of love and loss.
We experience all the emotions,
As we journey through life’s cost.

But don’t be afraid of the shadows,
They are a part of the dance.
They teach us about ourselves,
And help us to grow and advance.

So embrace the dance of light and shadow,
And let it lead you to your truth.
For it is a dance that is truly meant for you.

8. The Gift of Now

       by Yusef Komunyakaa

The gift of now,
Is a precious gift indeed.
It’s the only moment we have,
To plant the seeds we need.

So let’s cherish the gift of now,
And live it to the fullest extent.
For it is a gift that is truly meant.

9. The Power of Love

       by Sylvia Plath

Love is the most powerful force in the universe,
It can heal and transform.
It can give us strength and courage,
To face any storm.

So let’s open our hearts to love,
And let it guide our way.
For it is the love within us,
That will light the darkest day.

10. The Journey Within

       by Rumi

When will you begin that long journey into yourself?
Within you is a mine of rubies, a splendor of your own light.

Leave behind the old beliefs, enter the darkness.
You will meet your true self there, waiting for you.

There is a treasure hidden within you
That is more precious than any gold.
It is the light of your soul, your true essence.

Seek that treasure, and you will find your way to happiness.
The journey within is the only way to true fulfillment.

Final Thoughts

In the realm of reflection poems, we’ve embarked on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and introspection.

Through the eyes of poets, we’ve glimpsed the profound wisdom that can be drawn from the act of reflection.

As we conclude this poetic expedition, we invite you to share your own reflections.

Poems about reflection, after all, are bridges connecting the universal human experience.

Leave your reflections, share your insights, or perhaps even craft your own poetic tribute to the art of introspection.

Your words can be the next guide for someone on their path to self-discovery and growth, continuing the timeless tradition of reflection poetry.

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