Life Poetry Quotes

Quotes tagged as "life-poetry" Showing 1-9 of 9
Mary Oliver
“Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”
Mary Oliver

Jacob Nordby
“Hello," Life says, "Remember me?
We started out together here
When you were just a bundle
Of innocent amazement.
Remember how you saw the world
With nothing but wonder?
We were such rowdy playmates then.
We painted on the sky with clouds
And made magic out of
Clothespins and peanut butter.
Remember, can you, how I became stained and heavy
With trouble?
Not safe now. Lots of no.
They dressed me in painful clothes
And made you wear them, too.
You don't recognize me, do you
But I've never abandoned you
Or lost my wild, happy desire
To show you
Play with you
Kiss you
Hide and seek down twisty paths
And always discover more.
Want to run away with me again?
Shall we elope without ever leaving
Because that's possible, you know.
I've never been anywhere but here
Waiting for you
To remember.”
Jacob Nordby

Walt Whitman
“Songs of myself
These are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they
are not original with me,
If they are not yours as much as mine they are nothing, or next to nothing,
If they are not the riddle and the untying of the riddle they are nothing,
If they are not just as close as they are distant they are nothing.

This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and the water is,
This the common air that bathes the globe.”
Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
“Songs of myself
I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul,
The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me,
The first I graft and increase upon myself, the latter I translate
into new tongue.

I am the poet of the woman the same as the man,
And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man,..”
Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
“Song of myself
With music strong I come, with my cornets and my drums,
I play not marches for accepted victors only, I play marches for
conquer'd and slain persons.

Have you heard that it was good to gain the day?
I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit
in which they are won.

I beat and pound for the dead,
I blow through my embouchures my loudest and gayest for them.

Vivas to those who have fail'd!
And to those whose war-vessels sank in the sea!
And to those themselves who sank in the sea!
And to all generals that lost engagements, and all overcome heroes!
And the numberless unknown heroes equal to the greatest heroes known!”
Walt Whitman


Three things have a limited threshold:
Time, pain, and death.
While truth, love, and knowledge –
Are boundless.

Three things are needed
For humanity to co-exist:
Truth, peace and basic needs.
Everything else -
Is irrelevant.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Lailah Gifty Akita
“You have to choose what you want to be.
You have to choose your own path in life.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Tapan Ghosh
“O Sailor!

It’s the way I want to be
It’s beyond the pale for me
It’s what being unknown is all about

It’s the path I choose to take
It’s the destiny I make
It’s my life now – the only way out

Out of circulation in another dimension
I carry you right inside my heart
As we’re one, moulded together
Always and forever, never apart

It’s a world where I’m alone
It’s a place where I can atone
It’s a severing of all ties I know

I feel so free and yet I’m bound
I’m invisible and yet around
I know I’ve got to go with the flow

My life now is like a sailboat ride,
Destiny is the wind – with you by my side,
I’m the sailor, who sets the course,
Empowered by an incredible force.”
Tapan Ghosh, Faceless The Only Way Out

“They give us eighteen years
To figure out how to spend our lives;
We’re pushed towards high-paying careers
At the cost of letting our dreams die.”
Justin Wetch, Bending The Universe