117 Self Esteem Poems to Increase Your Self-Worth and Confidence

Are you looking for ways to fill your life with more self-love and confidence?

The self esteem poetry can be a powerful form of expression that can help us reflect on our personal situations and make meaningful changes in our lives.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled an amazing collection of self esteem poems to remind you of just how valued and capable you truly are.

From motivational lines about dreaming big or encouraging words to erase any doubts – these poems about self esteem will lift your spirits up!

So take some time today to reconnect with yourself by reflecting on the beautiful words contained within these verses.

Best Self Esteem Poems

Are you looking to boost your confidence and self-worth? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve got just the thing for you. These best poems about self esteem are the perfect way to lift yourself up and increase your positivity. Try them!

1. Phenomenal Woman

       by Maya Angelou

I am a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s what I am.

I’m not shy; I’m not bold; I’m just me.
I’m not perfect; but I’m free.
I’ve learned from my mistakes
I’m learning to love myself.

I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s what I am.

I walk like I’ve got the world by the tail.
I talk like I’ve got the power to make the sun rise in the west.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s what I am.

I’m one of God’s strong women,
I’m every woman,
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s what I am.

2. 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?

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.

And still I’ll rise.

3. The Man in the Glass

       by Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr

And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.

4. Invictus

       by William Ernest Henley

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

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

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

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

5. The Things You Are

       by Rudyard Kipling

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not let thoughts make you a slave;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters 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 ’emwith 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 laugh, and start again at scratch
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

6. She Walks In Beauty Like the Night

       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
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

7. The Revolution Will not Be Televised

       by Gil Scott-Heron

The revolution will not be televised,
Will not be televised,
Will not be televised,
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox,
In four parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
Blowing his nose or Brezhnev kissing babies.

The revolution will not be televised,
Will not be televised,
Will not be televised,
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not give you sex appeal,
Will not get you tight jeans,
The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner,
Because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

The revolution will not be televised,
Will not be televised,
Will not be televised,
The revolution will not be televised.

8. I Am Enough

       by Sonya Renee Taylor

I am enough.
I am more than enough.
I am worthy of love and respect.
I am enough.

I don’t need to be perfect.
I don’t need to be exceptional.
I don’t need to be brilliant.
I am enough.

I don’t need to be talented.
I don’t need to be successful.
I don’t need to be impressive.
I am enough.

I don’t need to be beautiful.
I don’t need to be thin.
I don’t need to be rich.
I am enough.

I am enough just as I am.
I am enough exactly as I am.
I am enough precisely as I am.
I am enough.

9. To My Fellow Black Muslim Women

       by Anonymous

I see you, my sisters.
I see the strength you carry, the beauty you radiate, the love you pour out into the world.
I see the struggles you face, the pain you endure, the resilience you embody.

I see you walking the tightrope of faith and tradition, of culture and expectation, of self-definition and societal demands.
I see you navigating the complexities of race, gender, and religion, of being Black, Muslim, and a woman in a world that often tries to erase you.

I see you standing tall, even when the world tells you to shrink.
I see you speaking your truth, even when your voice is silenced.
I see you fighting for justice, even when the odds are stacked against you.

My sisters, you are the backbone of our communities.
You are the nurturers, the educators, the changemakers.
You are the embodiment of strength, grace, and beauty.

I am so proud to be counted among you.

In a world that often tries to tear us down, let us lift each other up.
Let us celebrate our triumphs, share our struggles, and support each other through thick and thin.

Together, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.
Together, we can change the world.

To my fellow Black Muslim women, I say:

You are seen.
You are valued.
You are loved.

Never forget your power.

Famous Self Esteem Poems

Reading and reciting these self esteem poems by famous poets can be a truly transformative experience, helping you to feel more capable, strong, and self-assured. So why not check them out? You might just be surprised by how much of a difference they can make in your life!

1. For Those Who Have Forgotten What They Look Like

       by Kait Rokowski

You are the sunflower seeds scattered between pages,
The laughter shared between strangers,
The unexpected phone call from an old friend,
The warmth of a cup of tea on a chilly morning.

You are the first snowfall of winter,
The smell of freshly cut grass,
The sound of children playing outside,
The feeling of sand between your toes.

You are the stars twinkling in the night sky,
The full moon illuminating the road ahead,
The soft rain falling on a summer day,
The joy of dancing in a crowded room.

You are the forgotten memories hiding in the attic,
The photographs collecting dust on a shelf,
The stories waiting to be told,
The secrets whispered only to yourself.

You are the dreams yet to be realized,
The possibilities yet to be explored,
The adventures yet to be embarked upon,
The life yet to be lived.

Remember, you are all these things and so much more.

2. I Am Enough

       by Robert Frost

I am enough of myself to be my own savior
Of a world I alone and only render.
My eyes are open, and my heart is open:
I am the hero of my own life, the villain if I choose.
I am the master of my own fate, the captain of my own soul.

3. 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 al

4. 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

5. A State of Mind

       by AWalter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, your are
If you think you dare not, you won’t,
If you like to win, but don’t think you can
It’s almost a cinch you won’t

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out in the world you’ll find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in a state of mind

For many a game is lost
Ere even a play is run,
And many a coward fails
Ere even his work is begun

Think big and your deeds will grow
Think small and you’ll fall behind
Think that you can and you will
It’s all a state of mind

If you think you are out-classed, your are
You’ve got to think high to rise
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize

Life battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the fellow who thinks he can

6. A Lesson from History

       by Joseph Morris

Everything’s easy after it’s done;
Every battle’s a ‘cinch’ that’s won;
Every problem is clear that’s solved
The earth was round when it revolved!

But Washington stood amid grave doubt
With enemy forces camped about;
He could not know how he would fare
Till after he’d crossed the Delaware.

Though the river was full of ice
He did not think about it twice,
But started across in the dead of night,
The enemy waiting to open the fight.

Likely feeling pretty blue,
Being human, same as you,
But he was brave amid despair,
And Washington crossed the Delaware!

So when you’re with trouble beset,
And your spirits are soaking wet,
When all the sky with clouds is black,
Don’t lie down upon your back

And look at them. Just do the thing;
Though you are choked, still try to sing.
If times are dark, believe them fair,
And you will cross the Delaware!

7. Dreams

       by Ron DeMarco

I’ve dreamed many dreams that never came true,
I’ve seen them vanish at dawn,
But I’ve realized enough of my dreams thank the Lord,
To make me want to dream on,

I’ve prayed many prayers when no answer came,
Though I’ve waited patient and long,
But answers have come to enough of my prayers,
To make me keep praying on,

I’ve trusted many a friend that failed,
And left me to weep alone,
But I’ve found enough of my friends that are really true,
That will make me keep trusting on.

I’ve sown many seeds that have fallen by the way,
For the birds to feed upon,
But I’ve held enough golden sheaves in my hand,
To make me keep sowing on.

I’ve drunk from the cup of disappointment and pain,
I’ve gone many days without song,
But I’ve sipped enough nectar from the Roses of Life,
To make me keep living on!

8. Live Each Moment

       by Anonymous

I may never see tomorrow,
there is no written guarantee.
And things that happened yesterday,
belong to history

I cannot predict the future,
I cannot change the past
I have just the present moment,
I must treat it as my last

I must use this moment wisely,
for it will soon pass away
And be lost to me forever,
as part of yesterday

I must exercise compassion,
help the fallen to their feet.
Be a friend unto the friendless,
make an empty life complete

The unkind things I do today,
may never be undone
And friendships that I fail to win,
may never more be won

I may not have another chance
on bended knee to pray
And thank God with humble heart,
for giving me this day

9. My Darling

       by Nikita Gill

You are not small.
You are not unworthy.
You are not insignificant.

The universe wove you from a constellation,
just so atom, every fibre in you comes from
a different star.

Together, you are bound by stardust , altogether
spectacularly created by the energy of the
universe itself.

And that, my darling,
is the poetry of physics,
the poetry of you.

10. Accept Yourself as a Work in Progress

       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.

11. Paradox

       by Wilder

I’ve spent
So much time
At war with
Myself, I have

I am the walls
of my home
Forgive her, and she
Will forgive you, too
No matter how many times
You asked her to break
—my relationship with my body

12. Change of Attitude

       by Vivien Wade

The optimist knows the sun shines,
Above the clouds, though gray,
The pessimist sees the dark side
Of a gloomy cold winter’s day.

The optimist says “keep on going.
don’t give up when troubles annoy”.
The pessimist thinks “what’s the use,
life’s dull and holds little joy”.

The optimist is always thankful,
For the blessings of each day.
The pessimist keeps complaining
Of things that come his way.

The optimist and the pessimist,
Are opposites to the extreme;
While one sees opportunities,
The other only a broken dream.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist,
Do you see mud not the stars?
Like the two men in prison,
Looking out through prison bars.

Choose to become an optimist,
The negative thoughts cast out,
Replace them with positive ones,
Then life will be better, no doubt

13. Courage

       by Edgar A. Guest

Courage isn’t a brilliant dash,
A daring deed in a moment’s flash;
It isn’t an instantaneous thing
Born of despair with a sudden spring

It isn’t a creature of flickered hope
Or the final tug at a slipping rope;
But it’s something deep in the soul of man
That is working always to serve some plan.

Courage isn’t the last resort
In the work of life or the game of sport;
It isn’t a thing that a man can call
At some future time when he’s apt to fall;

If he hasn’t it now, he will have it not
When the strain is great and the pace is hot.
For who would strive for a distant goal
Must always have courage within his soul.

Courage isn’t a dazzling light
That flashes and passes away from sight;
It’s a slow, unwavering, ingrained trait
With the patience to work and the strength to wait.

It’s part of a man when his skies are blue,
It’s part of him when he has work to do.
The brave man never is freed of it.
He has it when there is no need of it.

Courage was never designed for show;
It isn’t a thing that can come and go;
It’s written in victory and defeat
And every trial a man may meet.

It’s part of his hours, his days and his years,
Back of his smiles and behind his tears.
Courage is more than a daring deed:
It’s the breath of life and a strong man’s creed.

Low Self Esteem Poems

Do you ever have days where you feel like you’re not enough? It’s an awful feeling, but it’s also completely normal. These poems about low self esteem can be incredibly powerful in changing the way you think about yourself. So why not give them a shot?

1. Weiblich Commodity

       by Sandra Nelms-Ludwig

She greets the visitor at the door
wearing a shapeless,
safety pin fastened duster,
hair bound haphazardly with Goody pink foam rollers.
Her frozen facial creases
soften and slide
into the habitual shadow
of perceived obligation
expressed as a half-smile
which never reaches her eyes.
Yes, yes, bounces ping pong fashion
from her lips
as she swallows
the scant desire to say no
just leave me be.
She is a lover,
leaning heavily against
a splintery door jamb.
She snaps a loosening roller
back in place
and quietly listens to another’s needs
as a familiar echo……….

2. It’s not okay

       by Anonymous

you know that moment
when you’re a selfish human
and you abandon every one
who loves you
’cause you’re struggling
and all you see is fire
not with those sparks of excitement
but sparks
that b u r n your soul
then you crush
push them away
causing them to h a t e you
there’s a mirror
between you and your friends, family
which can be shattered
but everytime it shatters
everyone ends up bleeding
and all that you say is
‘ i hate me too ‘
then you hate your existence
and they do too
they are tired
you feel sorry for being a burden
lack of empathy, pessimism, tantrums
mental breakdowns
you keep killing them
and you died ages ago

3. White Girl Trapped Inside a Black Girls’ Body

       by Anonymous

This is sad and disappointing for me because I can never be myself.
Surely in my past lives I must’ve been these other types of people & in this life I’m having a hard time adjusting.
I can’t bring myself to accept this, what is this? What society believes that I should be?
I’m sure to offend people with this personal narrative but why should it offend when it’s about me & how I feel.
Life isn’t kind or forgiving. I just hurt.

4. Retard

       by Anonymous

They’re all laughing at you
You retard
No one loves you
They just want you to go away
And you should
You annoy your friends
You annoy your parents
You annoy your sisters
The only time they will be happy to see you
Is when they see your lifeless body
Hanging from your ceiling fan

5. She Thought She Was Ugly

       by Anonymous

But even in death, she was gorgeous
She thought she was weak
But she tied a knot no one could untie
She thought she was fat
But she weight seventy pounds when they found her
She thought she was a terrible person
But she had many friends that would beg to differ
She thought no one would miss her
But they mourn her every day
She thought there was something wrong with her
But there was nothing wrong with her at all
If only someone told her

6. When Confidence Gets Killed

       by Anonymous

My head is pushed under the water
into the sea of insecurities.
I open my mouth
for a gasp of breath
but no oxygen enters–
only self-hatred.

It floods down my throat.
Traveling, flowing
into my veins
and runs to my heart
like a lion chasing prey.
Snatching the blood-pumper
it rushes to my brain.

My brain.
The self-hatred snickers
as it hisses its nasty words.
“You’re a bitch.”
“You’re a slut.”
“See that fat on your stomach?
Go make yourself throw up.”

The longer it lingers
the more my body collapses
from the inside out
starting from my brain
making way to my heart
and dissolving my lungs.

My organs shrivel to a crisp.
Crumbling, fading to grey
from the dark words
that torture my brain.

My once radiant body
that glowed with confidence
has been diminished and
worn away.
Nothing about me
can ever be the same.

7. Dreams, Desire, and Disappointment

       by Mike Williams

I wanted to paint, but you said artists all starve to death.
I wanted to grow flowers, but you said they are fleeting as breath.

I wanted to open a curiosity shop, but you said it would not last.
Every dream I ever held onto, you silenced into the past.

I wanted to move to a foreign land, you said the language I didn’t speak.
I wanted to thrive at home, but you said it wouldn’t keep.

I wanted to break free from you, you said I’d never survive.
Disappointment held me by a thread, I hardly felt alive.

You made me into a fragile bird, afraid to try its wings.
You crushed every hope I had, now I no longer sing.

You kept me in a cage of your making, to that perch I cling.
Crippled by your point of view, where pain is crowned as king.

You became the proverbial fly in the ointment.
All that I am left with is dreams, desire, and disappointment.

8. When the Sun Is Weak

       by Anonymous

When the sun is weak, even the world tumbles.
You all of a sudden feel like hope is the rarest discipline.
You lose yourself,
And there,
Nothing could ever rekindle that.
You try to hide your spirit, where the once strong star used to hit,
Just right.
Fight hard to kinect with your limp limbs.
Harness the dull wind, so you could generate your turbines.

When the sun is weak, the waters are tainted.
Lost in blue, refuged in the new.
The rainbow scorch painted,
Poor beautiful spectrum, deranged.
Jewels bloom pale, scarred in vain.
Your pride and ego diffused.
Like how my father with his sun,
To me his son, has refused.

When the sun weakens the world quiets.
Like a soul in rest, but never sleeps.
When sun weakens you pray the heavens lest,
The dear creeps that see your courage only for sips.
Let them drink gingerly and delicately,

Father will grant, inevitably, your star will shine permanently.

9. Her Genes

       by Kayleen Ashwood

I wish I had her genes…
She is so much prettier than I.
She has long, soft blonde hair,
and sparkling blue eyes.
But if I looked like her,
would I be me?
Would I have the same thoughts?
The same dreams?
Or would I just be her,
and not realize who I used to be?
If I was her and she was me,
would she think the same?
Would I wish to be her?
Would she wish to be me?
No, I would not wish that on her,
I would not dare.
So I’ll just sit and wonder,
who would I be,
if I had her genes?

10. Mind Over Mirror

       by Anonymous

Mind over matter”?
More like mind over mirror.
When I look at myself through my mind I see and feel beauty.
I see a pretty face on a gorgeous body.
But when I turn towards the mirror
All I see is a ugly useless teenage girl with acne, screwed up eyebrows and a faint mustache.
I see someone who’s never had a real boyfriend.
Someone who’s never kissed a boy.
I see a hopeless and helpless face
And a body that doesn’t fit.

Mirrors can be deceiving
And so can our eyes.
But every time I look in the mirror
I feel like what I see through my mind is just a lie
A lie to protect me
A lie that is suppose to give me courage and hope.
I don’t know what I should believe.
I want to believe my eyes but which way should I look.

I say mind over mirror because I’d like to believe my mind
But mirrors show the truth
They reflect back what others see.
But maybe our own eyes see differently from others’.

Maybe I should break all mirrors and ignore their images.
But how can I when there are so many in this world.
So many reflecting faces
That are only there to judge
They can’t possibly show the real you
The you you want to be
The you you are inside
The you you see in yourself
The you you feel you are

Short Self Esteem Poems

These short poems about self esteem are just the ticket for a quick pick-me-up. With just a few lines, they pack a powerful punch and help to increase your overall self-worth and confidence. Check them out and let these little ditties be the reminder you need to feel like the amazing person you truly are.

1. The Mirror

       by Maya Angelou

I’ve grown so accustomed to hearing your disparaging tone
But I’m done with the damage you’ve done.
I no longer see what you see
The reflection you show is a mere illusion.

I am not your judgment of me
I am a universe of possibilities
A canvas of dreams waiting to be painted
A song waiting to be heard.

I am strength, I am beauty, I am power
I am a force to be reckoned with
And I will not be silenced by your doubt.

2. The Beauty Within

       by Robert Hay

There’s a beauty within you,
A light that shines so bright,
It can only be seen,
When you open your eyes to the light.

Don’t let the darkness cloud your view,
Or the shadows dim your way,
For the beauty within you,
Will never fade away.

3. I Am Enough

       by Nayyirah Waheed

listen to me
when i say
i am enough
i am so enough
exactly enough
right now
and all the time
i am enough.

4. Imperfections

       by Nikita Gill

My imperfections are my beauty marks,
My scars tell a story of strength.
I am not perfect, and that is okay.
I am perfectly me.

5. The Warrior

       by Erin Hanson

You are a warrior,
A fighter, a survivor.
You have endured more than you know,
And you have still come out stronger.

Do not let the scars of your battles define you,
For they are merely a testament to your resilience.
You are a warrior,
And you are beautiful.

6. The Strength Within

       by Beau Taplin

There is a strength within you,
A power that lies dormant,
Waiting to be unleashed.

Do not be afraid to tap into this strength,
To let it guide you through the darkness.
For you are stronger than you know,
And you have the power to overcome anything.

7. Self-Love

       by Rupi Kaur

How you love yourself
is how you teach others
to love you.

8. The Light Within

       by Amanda Gorman

There is a light within you,
A beacon of hope and resilience.
Do not let the darkness dim it,
For it is the source of your strength.

Carry this light with you,
Let it guide you through the storms.
For you are a beacon of hope,
And you have the power to illuminate the world.

9. The Unstoppable You

       by Christine Kane

You are unstoppable,
A force of nature,
A whirlwind of dreams and possibilities.

Do not let anyone tell you otherwise,
For you are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to.
Believe in yourself, and never give up on your dreams.

10. The Beautiful You

       by Anonymous

You are beautiful,
Inside and out.
Do not let anyone tell you otherwise,
For you are perfect just the way you are.

Embrace your beauty,
Cherish your uniqueness.
For you are a masterpiece,
And you are worthy of love and admiration.

Confidence and Self Esteem Poems

Are you feeling like your confidence and self esteem could use a little boost? Look no further than these poems about confidence and self-esteem, specifically designed to lift you up and remind you of your worth.

1. The Lady of Shalott

       by Alfred Lord Tennyson

I am half-sick of shadows, said the lady of Shalott,
Parting from the lowly plain,
Where I have dwelt so long and loved so vainly;
And though I know that I shall die,
Yet will I look upon the face of fate,
Till Time and Grief have done their worst.

2. Ode to My Bitchiness

       by Amanda Lovelace

They say bitches burn bright—and I intend to ignite.
My flames will lick the sky until they turn to ash.
I won’t crumble beneath the weight of your expectations.
Instead, I’ll rise up and burn brighter than ever before.

3. The Waste Land

       by T.S. Eliot

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
Shape without form, shade without color,
Paralyzed force, gesture without motion.

4. I Will Follow You

       by Joanna Fuchs

Whenever you go, I will follow,
To the ends of the earth and beyond,
Through joy and sorrow, through thick and thin,
Forever and always, my love, I will be true.

5. How Can I Be Sure?

       by Nikki Giovanni

How can I be sure?
That there is a place for me
In this world of confusion
Where everything is upside down
And nothing makes sense?

6. Affirmation

       by Maya Angelou

You may not control all the events that happen to you,
but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
Do not complain.
Tears are a river that takes you somewhere.

7. I Believe in Me

       by Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau
Some believe in me
Some believe in you
The best believe in both

8. 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.

9. The Man Who Thinks He Can

       by Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will—
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

10. Our Greatest Fear

       by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

11. Do It Anyway

       by Mother Teresa:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

Self Esteem Poems That Rhyme

Reading these poems about self esteem with rhyme can truly make a difference in how you see yourself and approach the world. So go ahead and check them out – let the magic of poetry do its work and watch as you begin to feel more confident and self-assured. You deserve it!

1. The Truth about Me

       by Anonymous

I used to think I was broken,
That there was something wrong with me.
But then I realized,
I’m just perfectly imperfect,
And that’s exactly how I’m meant to be.

2. Love Yourself

       by Alex Elle

Love yourself, girl,
With all your might,
Just as you would want
Someone else to love you tonight.
Take care of yourself,
Body, mind, and soul,
And never let anyone
Make you feel like you’re less than whole.

3. I Will not Apologize

       by Alicia Keys

I will not apologize for who I am,
For the things that make me different,
For the ways that I am strong and smart,
For the choices that I’ve made.
I will embrace my flaws and quirks,
And celebrate my individuality,
Because being unique is where it’s at,
And that’s just how it’s gotta be.

4. Self Love

       by Kaitlyn Pendleton

Self-love is not always easy,
It’s a journey, not a destination.
But it’s worth fighting for,
To learn to love yourself truly,
And live life without hesitation.

5. Empowerment

       by Anonymous

Empowerment comes from within,
From embracing our strengths and weaknesses.
We must choose to love ourselves,
Flaws and all, and never give up,
On our dreams and aspirations.

6. Beautiful Human

       by Anonymous

You are a beautiful human,
Full of light and love.
Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle,
Or dim your shine from above.
Embrace your uniqueness,
Celebrate your quirks,
And never forget how amazing
You truly are, inside and out.

7. Worthy

       by Anonymous

I am worthy of love and respect,
No matter what anyone says.
I deserve to be treated kind,
And to shine in every way.
So I’ll hold my head high and proud,
And never let anyone bring me down.

8. Unstoppable

       by Sara Kay

I am unstoppable,
A force to be reckoned with.
I face challenges head-on,
And never back down, no matter the size.
I trust myself and my abilities,
And know that I can conquer anything.

9. Strong Woman

       by Anonymous

A strong woman stands tall and proud,
Never letting others bring her down.
She knows she’s capable and brave,
And won’t let anyone else define her worth.
She speaks her truth and stands her ground,
And never lets anyone steal her crown.

Self Esteem Poems for Students

These self-esteem poems for students will help you to challenge negative thoughts, embrace your unique qualities, and ultimately boost your self-confidence. So, don’t waste any more time worrying about what others think of you. Instead, check out these amazing poems and begin your journey towards greater self-love today.

1. The Road to Success

       by Berton Braley

The road to success is not straight,
There’s a curve called failure, a loop called confusion,
Speed bumps called friends, and red lights called enemies.

2. Our Deepest Fear

       by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?

3. The Universe Wove You

       by Bianca Sparacino

The universe wove you from a constellation, just so atom,
Every fiber in you comes from a different star.
There is no replica of you on this planet; there never has been and never will be again.

4. Love Yourself

       by Rupi Kaur

you are worthy of love and respect.
you are worthy of admiration.
even when it feels like nobody else does.

5. Self-Love

       by Christina Rossetti

Who has the world to give,
Take, if thou wilt, thy portion in it,
Of pleasure, pomp, and power,
As much as thou hast known of sorrow.

6. On Being Different

       by Steve Maraboli

I find myself in the quiet moments,
In the times when the world around me slows down,
When the noise dies away,
And I can hear my own breath.

7. The Strength of a Woman

       by Maya Angelou

The strength of a woman is the strength of the earth,
Her laughter is the music of life,
Her tears are the irrigation system that keeps the future green,
Her anger is the thunder that shakes the foundations of oppression,
Her wisdom is the river that runs through our souls,

8. Empowerment

       by Maddy Zollo Rusbosin

Empowerment is not someone giving you power,
It’s recognizing your own strength,
Embracing your own intelligence,
And determining your own destiny.

9. Rainbow in the Sky

       by Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while he pondered weak and weary,
Suddenly there came a knocking, a gentle tapping at his chamber door.
“Tis some visitor,” he muttered, “tapping at my chamber door –
Only this and nothing more.”

10. Be Yourself

       by Ellena

Be yourself, there’s no one better.
Embrace your quirks and special features.
You’re unique, one of a kind,
A masterpiece, an original design.

11. I Am a Student

       by Shannon Wiersbitzky

I am a student, a learner, a dreamer,
Each day is a chance to grow and discover.
I may stumble, I may fall,
But with each challenge, I stand tall.

12. Believe in Yourself

       by Emily Dickinson

Believe in yourself and all that you are.
Know that there’s something inside you that is greater
than any obstacle.

13. The Power of One

       by Ashish Ranjan

One voice can make a difference,
One choice can change a life.
Believe in your power, stand up, be bold,
You are the author of your story, your strife.

14. You Are a Star

       by Anonymous

Shine bright, oh student, you are a star,
With knowledge and wisdom that will take you far.
Embrace each challenge, don’t be afraid,
Your potential is endless, don’t let it fade.

15. You’re Unique

       by Roger W. Hancock

You’re unique, a one-of-a-kind,
With a brilliant mind and a heart that’s kind.
Embrace your gifts, let your light shine,
As a student, you’re destined to climb.

Self Esteem Poems for Girl

From empowering verses about inner beauty to uplifting messages about resilience and strength, these confidence poems for girl have everything you need to feel unstoppable. So what are you waiting for? Check them out and start feeling good about yourself today!

1. The Beauty Within

       by Anonymous

Inside every girl, there’s a beauty to behold
A spark that shines bright, a story yet untold
It’s not about the face, the body or the hair
It’s about the strength, courage and kindness that’s there

2. Little Girl, Little Girl

       by Maya Angelou

Little girl, little girl, don’t let anybody bring you down
They can try to break you, but you don’t have to wear their frown
Your smile is bright, your laughter loud and clear
Don’t let anyone steal your joy, my dear

3. Self-Esteem

       by Rudy Francisco

My self-esteem is not defined by your opinions
I am more than enough, regardless of your dissension
I embrace my flaws, my quirks and my imperfections
I am worthy of love, no matter what your perceptions

4. Girl Power

       by Anonymous

We are the girls who change the world
We are the leaders, the changemakers, the rebels and the bold
We stand tall, we speak up, we dream big
We are the future, we are the power, we are the girls

5. Daughters

       by Kate Hennessy

Daughters are not born, they are made
From the stories we tell, the paths we tread
They grow up strong, they grow up brave
They grow up knowing they can conquer anything

6. To Be a Woman

       by Erica Jong

To be a woman is to be strong
To be a woman is to be fierce
To be a woman is to be beautiful
To be a woman is to be proud

7. Wild Women

       by Anonymous

Wild women are not afraid to roar
They dance under the stars, they run through the storm
They follow their hearts, they chase their dreams
They are the ones who change the norm

8. Fierce

       by Anonymous

She was fierce, she was strong
She didn’t wait for permission, she didn’t wait long
She took what she wanted, she claimed what was hers
She was unapologetic, she was unafraid

9. Sisterhood

       by Anonymous

Sisterhood is powerful, sisterhood is strong
Sisterhood lifts each other up, all day long
Together we rise, together we stand
Together we support, hand in hand

10. Rise Up

       by Anonymous

Rise up, my dear, rise up high
Let your voice be heard, let your spirit fly
You are the change, you are the light
You are the hope, you are the fight

11. Don’t Quit

       by Anonymous

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to give up and cry,

Just remember there’s one who loves you still,
Whose heart is true and will always be so,
That person is you, you’re the one you can rely on,
When nobody else seems to care or know.

So, don’t give up, though the pace is slow,
You may stumble, but you’ll keep your flow.
With head held high, keep moving on,
And remember, you’re the one who can make it happen.

12. Believe in Yourself

       by Anonymous

Believe in yourself,
You are worthy of love,
You are capable of great things,
You are stronger than you think.

Don’t let others tell you differently,
You are unique and special,
You have your own path to walk,
So don’t be afraid to stand out.

Believe in yourself,
You are amazing,
You are beautiful,
You are loved.

13. The Girl with the Cinnamon Skin

       by Elizabeth Acevedo

I met this girl one day
On the subway train.
She had cinnamon skin
And a smile like rain.

I couldn’t help but stare
At her beauty so rare.
She was like a dream come true,
A vision in blue.

We talked for hours that day
And I knew right away
That I had found a friend
Who would stay.

She was smart and funny,
Kind and true.
I was so lucky to have found her,
I knew.

We became inseparable soon,
The best of friends.
We laughed and cried together,
And shared our dreams.

I learned so much from her,
About life and love.
She taught me how to be myself,
And how to rise above.

She was my inspiration,
My guiding light.
She showed me what was possible,
And made my world so bright.

I’m so grateful for her,
My friend so dear.
She’s always there for me,
Through thick and thin, I swear.

I love her more than words can say,
My cinnamon girl, my best friend today.

Self Esteem Poems for Child

These confidence poems for child are the perfect way to infuse a little bit of confidence into your child’s day. It can be tough growing up, and even tougher for kids to navigate their own self-worth. But with these uplifting poems, your child can start feeling more self-assured than ever before. So go ahead and check them out – your child will thank you for it!

1. The Magic Within

       by Anonymous

You are a magical being, full of wonder and might,
With talents and dreams that shine so bright.
Believe in yourself and all that you do,
And never let anyone dull your sparkle too.

2. I Am Special

       by Catherine Pulsifer

I am special, I am unique,
No one else in the world is quite like me.
I have my own strengths and talents galore,
And I am proud of who I am, that’s for sure.

3. Beautiful Me

       by Anonymous

I am beautiful, inside and out,
A masterpiece created without a doubt.
My smile is contagious, my laughter pure delight,
I am a treasure, a true gem in sight.

4. Little One

       by Anonymous

Little one, little one, so small and sweet,
You bring joy to everyone you meet.
Your giggles and smiles light up the day,
And in your eyes, we see a brighter way.

5. I Can Do Anything

       by Anonymous

I can do anything, if I set my mind to it,
I can climb mountains, swim oceans, and fly.
I am strong and capable, brave and bold,
I can achieve anything, young or old.

6. Special and Unique

       by Catherine Pulsifer

You are special and unique, a one-of-a-kind,
A precious individual, not like any other kind.
Embrace your differences, don’t hide or disguise,
For they make you who you are, and that’s a prize.

7. Confident Kid

       by Anonymous

I am a confident kid, with a heart full of pride,
I stand tall and speak loud, with a spirit that won’t hide.
I believe in myself, no matter what others say,
I am awesome, and I seize every single day.

8. Superstar

       by Anonymous

You are a superstar, shining oh so bright,
A ray of sunshine in the darkest night.
You have gifts and talents that no one else can share,
So go ahead, show off, and let your star shine everywhere.

9. Different Is Great

       by Anonymous

Different is great, it means we’re unique,
Not like robots, all the same, but special and sleek.
Embrace your quirks, your style, your flair,
For that’s what makes you, YOU, and that’s beyond compare.

10. I Love Being Me

       by Anonymous

I love being me, with all my faults and grace,
I wouldn’t change a thing, not a single trace.
I am perfect just the way I am,
And I love being me, that’s my biggest fan.

11. The Wonderful Things You Will Be

       by Emily Winfield Martin

You are a painter of dreams,
A dancer in the sun,
A singer of melodies,
A builder of worlds.

You are a dreamer of big things,
A believer in the impossible,
A seeker of beauty,
A giver of love.

You are a child of wonder,
A spark of magic,
A ray of hope,
A breath of fresh air.

The world awaits the wonderful things you will be.

12. You Are Special

       by Anonymous

You are special, you are unique,
You are the only you.
You have your own special gifts,
That you can share with the world.

Don’t compare yourself to others,
You are a different person with different strengths and weaknesses.
Believe in yourself and your abilities,
You can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Never give up on your dreams,
Keep working hard and you will eventually reach your goals.
You are special, you are unique,
You are loved.

13. You Can Do Anything

       by Anonymous

You can do anything,
You can be anything,
You can have anything,
If you just believe in yourself.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
You are capable of great things.
Just set your mind to it and never give up.

You can do anything.

14. You Are a Star

       by Anonymous

You are a star,
Shining ever so bright.
You are a beacon of hope,
Guiding us through the night.

You are a source of joy,
Bringing laughter and delight.
You are a gift to the world,
Making it richer and brighter.

Never forget how special you are.
You are a star.

15. You Are Brave

       by Anonymous

You are brave,
You are strong,
You are capable of anything.

Don’t be afraid to face your fears.
You have the strength to overcome them.

Believe in yourself.
You can do anything you set your mind to.

16. You Are Beautiful

       by Anonymous

You are beautiful,
Inside and out.
You have a kind heart,
A bright smile,
And a gentle spirit.

You are a work of art,
Created with love and care.
Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

You are beautiful.

17. You Are Loved

       by Anonymous

You are loved,
More than words can say.
You are cherished,
And adored in every way.

You are a precious gift,
A treasure to behold.
You are loved, more than you know.

18. Be Yourself

       by Anonymous

Be yourself,
Don’t try to be someone you’re not.
Embrace your uniqueness,
And let your true colors show.

The world needs your special light,
So shine brightly and be you.

Final Thoughts

Self-esteem is an incredibly important part of our lives, and the self esteem poems shared in this blog post seek to bring it back into focus.

The self esteem poetry can be a great source of inspiration and motivation on that journey, especially those based around self-empowerment and positivity.

We hope these poems about self esteem have helped you find meaning in your life and understand more fully who you are.

It’s thus very important to take care of our emotional wellbeing as much as we do our physical one.

It starts with small steps, such as reflecting through poetry or other types of creative writing, but always remember that it’s really worth it in the end.

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