10 Best Awakening Poems About Failure on Life

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Failures You Have None?

Poems About Failure on Life


Life’s Failures

Poet: Julie Hebert, © 2011

In life we will have failures, always wishing we had waivers,
To take back what we’ve just done.
So take some time, to sit and unwind,
So you can see what you’ve learned from.

It may be something small, maybe even smaller than a doll,
Something that not everyone else would see,
But the important part is, that you take the quiz,
To learn something that’s within thee.

So why don’t we just let, failures be the threat,
Because failure is more than just that.
If we can allow ourselves to see, that failure is a key,
Our next attempt may have a better chance at.

So start to change your mind, that a failure can be kind,
If we allow ourselves to learn from it.
No more shall a failure bring, unhappiness to him
As it’s now one less failure to submit.


There’s No Such Thing As Failure

Poet: David V. Bush

There’s no such thing as failure
To him who fights when down;
For just as light comes after night,
Success will failure crown.

There’s no such thing as failure
To those who mean to stand.
Each failure hard he’s turned the card
Success, and won the hand.

They only think it’s failure,
And that’s why they’ve not won;
If they’d think right, keep at the fight,
Success would surely come.

There’s no such thing as failure;
Repeat this every day
“I’m bound to win, thru thick or thin,
Success is mine, I say.”

There’s no such thing as failure
Unless you want it so;
With steady nerve, you never swerve,
Success is sure, tho slow.

There’s no such thing as failure!
Repeat, “I’m bound to win,”
Do not complain; affirm again,
“Success, doth now begin.”

There’s no such thing as failure!
Push on and make it flee.
God helps the man who says, “I can.
Success is meant for me.”



By Clifford Greve

To believe the song of the failures
In a land where good men have won
Is casting your lot with the losers;
And doing what they have done.

To listen and learn from the winners,
Is winning yourself — their stake!
You need not fear the advice you hear
But beware whose advice you take!


The Real Successes

Poet: Edgar A. Guest

You think that the failures are many,
You think the successes are few,
But you judge by the rule of the penny,
And not by the good that men do.
You judge men by standards of treasure
That merely obtain upon earth,
When the brother you’re snubbing may measure
Full-length to God’s standard of worth.

The failures are not in the ditches,
The failures are not in the ranks,
They have missed the acquirement of riches,
Their fortunes are not in the banks.
Their virtues are never paraded,
Their worth is not always in view,
But they’re fighting their battles unaided,
And fighting them honestly, too.

There are failures to-day in high places
The failures aren’t all in the low;
There are rich men with scorn in their faces
Whose homes are but castles of woe.
The homes that are happy are many,
And numberless fathers are true;
And this is the standard, if any,
By which we must judge what men do.

Wherever loved ones are awaiting
The toiler to kiss and caress,
Though in Bradstreet’s he hasn’t a rating,
He still is a splendid success.
If the dear ones who gather about him
And know what he’s striving to do
Have never a reason to doubt him,
Is he less successful than you?

You think that the failures are many,
You judge by men’s profits in gold;
You judge by the rule of the penny–
In this true success isn’t told.
This falsely man’s story is telling,
For wealth often brings on distress,
But wherever love brightens a dwelling,
There lives; rich or poor, a success.


Dream Again

Poet: Patience Strong

When your dreams have failed you –
Dream again…
When you think you’re beaten –
Dream again…

Failure cannot break your heart –
Life’s a game, so play your part –
Dare to make another start.
Dream again…

Next time you’ll be stronger – wiser too –
Think of all the things you meant to do –
Keep the glory of the goal in view –
and dream again…

Do not heed the world, its taunts and jeers –
Lift your eyes and face the coming years –
All great things are bought with human tears –
So dream again.



Poet: Edgar A. Guest

Failure is ceasing to try!
‘Tis accepting defeat
And to all you may meet
Giving voice to a sigh;
‘Tis in thinking it vain
To attempt furthermore
And in bowing to pain
When the muscles grow sore.

Failure is stepping aside
From the brunt of the fray
In a weak-hearted way,
Being content to abide
In the shadows that fall,
And in being afraid
Out of life, after all,
Nothing’s left to be made.

Failure is thinking despair,
The forsaking of hope,
And refusal to cope
With the day’s round of care.
It’s in heeding the cry,
All is lost! and to stay
With defeat and not try
For the happier day.



Poet: Unknown

After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand
And chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn
That kisses aren’t compromises
And presents aren’t promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes ahead
With the grace of a woman or a man
Not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your loads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down in midflight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if
You ask too much.
So you plant your own garden
And decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting for someone to buy you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
That you really are strong.
And you really do have worth.
And you learn.
With every failure you learn.


For Those Who Fail

Poet: Joaquin Miller

“All honor to him who shall win the prize”
The world has cried for a thousand years.
But to him who tries and who fails and dies,
I give great honor and glory and tears.

Give glory and honor and pitiful tears
To all who fail in their deeds sublime.
Their ghosts are many in the van of years.
They were bom with Time in advance of Time.

Oh, great is the hero who wins a name.
But greater many and many a time
Some pale-faced fellow who dies in shame
And lets God finish the thought sublime.

And great is the man with a sword undrawn.
And good is the man who refrains from wine;
But the man who falls and who still fights on,
Lo, he is the twin-brother of mine.


The Failure

Poet: John Kendrick Bangs

Now failures are, as I conceive,
No things to weep o’er or to grieve,
But beacon lights to warn us when
We sail too near the rocks again;
Or, better, spurs to urge us on
To surer enterprise anon.

He is a sage who scales the heights
On failures made by other wights,
Provided in his quest for pelf
He ‘s not already failed himself;
And he who hasn’t — well, I guess
He’ll never know how sweet success
Can be to him who from a crash
Emerges stronger for his smash.


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