Reading self-esteem poetry is a great way to motivate yourself or inspire yourself on a daily basis. Similar to affirmations, self-esteem poetry can be repeated to yourself over and over in an effort to change any negative attitudes you may be harboring. Passages that are particularly meaningful to you can be memorized and drawn on if you are feeling negative for any reason.
This article contains a few examples of poetry written with a strong message of self-esteem.
Here is an excerpt from “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman:
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
In his classic “Leaves of Grass” Walt Whitman wrote the following:
“Go, dear friend! If need be, give up all else, and commence to-day to inure yourself to pluck, reality, self-esteem, definiteness, elevatedness;
Rest not, till you rivet and publish yourself of your own personality.”
Virginia Satir wrote a poem called “My Declaration of Self-Esteem”. This poem begins with the statement “I AM ME” and continues with the following;
“In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me
Everything that comes out of me is authentically me
Because I alone chose it - I own everything about me
My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions,
Whether they be to others or to myself - I own my fantasies,
My dreams, my hopes, my fears - I own all my triumphs and
Successes, all my failures and mistakes.”
It concludes with the statement, “I own me, and therefore I can engineer me – I am me and I AM OKAY.”
Marianne Williamson in her book A Return to Love wrote:
“Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
This quote is the very essence of self-esteem poetry and the power and strength you can attain by studying it. There are many more examples of poetry focused on self-esteem, self-confidence and self-improvement. Poetry written with a positive, inspirational message can be very healing on your journey to stronger self-esteem.