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Positive Poetry for More Sweetness and Light

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Positive Poems in Progress

We’re just getting started in collecting positive poetry to share. Imagine kickstarting your day in a positive way today, and then again tomorrow. That would make a difference in your day and that of those around you and a difference in the day makes a difference in the life.

So send us your positive poems and we’ll be glad to publish them here.

Leave the Night

Fill your world with sweetness and light
Turn from the shadows, leave the night
A miniature sun, oh heart light so bright.

~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator®

Sweetness and Light

You can fill your world with sweetness,
You can choose the kindest way.
By the choices you make
and the actions you take
Positive poetry writes your day.

You can fill your world with sweetness
you can be that special light,
Yes, be that flame ever bright at night.
Sweetness and love is your core.
You’re the one you’ve been waiting for.

You can fill your world with sweetness
Where kindness is your might.
and a light ever bright,
Shining through lands unknown
We’re sisters in darkness, sisters in light,
just walking each other home.

~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator®

Each Day New Beginning

Imagine beginning each day invoking and reflecting your highest thoughts and aspirations. Positive intentions make a difference when followed by action.

iCD community member, Sally Kirkpatrick shared this in the Facebook group on Tuesday and it inspired this article on Positive Poetry:

“My niece, who lost her daughter to cancer when she was only 14, posted this. If my life is half of this I have done my part in this world.”
~Sally Kirkpatrick, retired teacher, writer, creator

What Life Should Be

To learn while still a child
What this life is meant to be.
To know it goes beyond myself,
It’s so much more than me.

To overcome the tragedies,
To survive the hardest times.
To face those moments filled with pain,
And still manage to be kind.

To fight for those who can’t themselves,
To always share my light.
With those who wander in the dark,
To love with all my might.

To still stand up with courage,
Though standing on my own.
To still get up and face each day,
Even when I feel alone.

To try to understand the ones
That no one cares to know.
And make them feel some value
When the world has let them go.

To be an anchor, strong and true,
That person loyal to the end.
To be a constant source of hope
To my family and my friends.

To live a life of decency,
To share my heart and soul.
To always say I’m sorry
When I’ve harmed both friend and foe.

To be proud of whom I’ve tried to be,
And this life I chose to live.
To make the most of every day
By giving all I have to give.

To me that’s what this life should be,
To me that’s what it’s for.
To take what God has given me
And make it so much more

To live a life that matters,
To be someone of great worth.
To love and be loved in return
And make my mark on Earth. 

by Pat A. Fleming, retired mental health social worker

How Better to Be

I think I am my own worst enemy.
I lead myself astray every day.
But that’s okay, lessons learned that way
Inform me how better to be.

Feature Image by Artist, Lisi Martin

Gratitude Poems


I’m thankful for the chance I get each day
To live and laugh and love and play
Even to cry and weep and fuss and muss
Most days I don’t, some days I must

To cry tears of joy for a rescued kit
To sigh in delight at coffee’s first sip
To relish in the scent of a gardenia flower
To feel the strength of Hope with all its power

To know when the world gets too heavy or cold
I can count on my friends to be so bold
To lift me and love me and help me fly
To grab my tail feather and with me soar high

To know my heart beats every hour
To know within me lies all the power
To share all of this love and light
Without reservation, fear, or fright

Even on the days I fuss and yell
Though that’s not the story I’d like to tell
It’s truly within my power to share
All of this love, concern, and care

I can share all the bad things
It’s true, I know I can
That’s not what God wants of me nor any human

So on this day I’m thankful for you
I’m thankful for the bees and the sky so blue
I’m thankful for the joy I found today
I’ll use it like paint to color all grey

You can do this too
Today you can start
With any second of the day
With every beat of your heart

You have all the power and you know it’s true
All that love and light that’s right inside of you

~Shannon DeAnna Schofield, poet, author, gardener beekeeper, b.2/23/1977

Love Poems – Poems of Love


We do not become healers.
We came as healers. We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.

We do not become storytellers.
We came as carriers of the stories
we and our ancestors actually lived. We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.

We do not become artists.
We came as artists. We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.

We do not become writers, dancers, musicians, helpers, peacemakers.
We came as such. We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.

We do not learn to love in this sense.
We came as Love. We are Love.
Some of us are still catching up to who we truly are.

~Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, Jungian psychoanalyst, author, b.1/27/1945

By the author of Women Who Run With Wolves
Woman by huge tree with a flowing scarf that looks like butterfly wings; woman by tree that looks like a butterfly
Image found in Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Facebook page – tribute unknown

The River


“I would love to live 
Like a river flows 
Carried by the surprise 
Of its own unfolding.”

~John O’Donohue, author, Irish poet, celtic spiritualist, 1956-2008

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