Myself – Edgar Albert Guest | Inspirational Poems

(Inspirational Poems)

I have to live
with myself and so ..
I want to be fit
for myself to know.

I want to be able
as days go by ..
always to look myself
straight in the eye.

I don’t want to stand
with the setting sun ..
and hate myself
for the things I have done.

I don’t want to keep
on a closet shelf ..
a lot of secrets
about myself.

And fool myself
as I come and go ..
Into thinking no one
else, will ever know.

The kind of person
I really am ..
I don’t want to dress up
myself in sham.

I want to go out
with my head erect ..
I want to deserve
all men’s respect.

But here in the struggle
for fame and wealth ..
I want to be able
to like myself.

I don’t want to look
at myself and know ..
That I am bluster
and bluff and empty show.

I never can hide
myself from me ..
I see what others
may never see.

I know what others
may never know ..
I never can fool
myself and so.

Whatever happens
I want to be
Self respecting
and conscience free.

– Edgar Albert Guest

Inspirational Poems | The Real Good

The Real Good

What is the real good?”
I ask in a musing mood.
“Order,” said the law court;
“Knowledge,” said the school;
“Truth,” said the wise man;
“Pleasure,” said the fool;
“Love,” said the maiden;
“Beauty,” said the page;
“Freedom,” said the dreamer;
“Home,” said the sage;
“Fame,” said the soldier;
“Equity,” said the seer.
Spake my heart fully sad:
“The answer is not here.”
Then within my bosom,
Softly this I heard:
“Each heart holds the secret:
‘Kindness’ is the word.”
By – John Boyle O’Reilly

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Inspirational Poems | One Small Rose

One Small Rose

I would rather have one small rose
From the garden of a friend
Than to have the choicest flowers
When my stay on Earth must end.
I would rather have one pleasant word
In kindness said to me
Than flattery when my heart is still
And my life on Earth has ceased to be.
I would rather have a loving smile
From friends I know are true
Than tears shed round my casket
When this world I’ve bid Adieu.
Bring me all your flowers today
Whether pink, white or red:
I’d rather have one blossom now
Than a truckload when I’m dead.
By – Author Unknown

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Inspirational Poems | My Creed

My Creed

To live as gently as I can;
To be, no matter where, a man;
To take what comes of good or ill
And cling to faith and honor still;
To do my best, and let that stand
The record of my brain and hand;
And then, should failure come to me,
Still work and hope for victory.
To have no secret place wherein
I stoop unseen to shame or sin;
To be the same when I’m alone
As when my every deed is known
To live undaunted, unafraid
Of any step that I have made;
To be without pretense or sham
Exactly what men think I am.
To leave some simple mark behind
To keep my having lived in mind,
If enmity to aught I show,
To be an honest, generous foe,
To play my little part, nor whine
That greater honors are not mine.
This, I believe, is all I need
For my philosophy and creed.
By Edgar A. Guest

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