My Top 5 Most Inspiring Poems

To be uninspired is, often, a time that is dulling to the imagination. What is the point of letting the mind wander when there is nothing to wander to? I have many times been uninspired and have turned to many different sources to find myself back in my creative routine again. Sometimes, these sources have been as simple as the world around me and nature and other times, I have had to dig deeper in order to get the words flowing once more onto the page.

After years of this digging, I have come up with 5 of the most inspiring poems that, whenever I cannot fathom the idea of creating, I always turn to as a reminder of the possibilities that lie in words. These poems evoke many emotions for me, from pensiveness to grief, and while they may vary in length, they all have caused me to ask countless questions at the end.

I will also provide a part of each poem that is my personal favorite. Feel free to share your favorite part!

A final note before sharing these works: I found a number of these through the Poem A Day email list by the Academy of American poets. You can see subscribe here!

Much Love,


1.       Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

“The wounded surgeon plies the steel / That questions the distempered part; / beneath the bleeding hands we feel / The sharp compassion of the healer’s art…”

2.       Dedication by Czeslaw Milosz

“What is poetry which does not save / Nations or people?”

3.       Music from Childhood by John Yau

“You begin to hear words mourn the sounds buried inside their mouths”

4.       The Bee Meeting by Sylvia Plath

“why am I cold.”

5.       Birthday by Richie Hoffman

“I loved Mozart before I loved you.”