Short Poems about Life

Poems About Life and World We Live

The life of a poet is hopefully more than the words they write but rather the life they live.

Maya Angelou truly exemplified living a life worth writing.  Angelou’s other lives included but limited too  a singer; as a composer; as a dancer as an actor in the play The Blacks and in films such as Calypso Heat Wave and How to Make an American Quilt; as a civil rights worker with Martin Luther King, Jr., a friend and confidant to Muhammad Ali and others. As a journalist in Egypt and Ghana; as a writer for television and Hollywood; as director of the 1998 film Down in the Delta.

Maya Angelou lived the life she wrote about. 


Poetry about life is revelation, inspiration and often a desperate attempt to make sense of the world we live in. 

We are the our of choices, experiences, environment, challenges and outlook on life.  As we encounter  different situations and go through life we will ultimately with the struggles and triumphs of this world.  As spiritual beings in a physical body when we encounter a challenge, some of us do have freedom to choose how to react. Not everyone is given this freedom. Because of this every decision that we make leads us in a different direction.  Every decision that we make has significance. Our thoughts impact our outlook our outlook impacts our decisions our decisions create habits and our habits determine our success, failure and outcome. The choices that we make reverberates throughout the entire life and world we experience. This is the very reason that this website Rafa Selase Music is dedicated to poems about life, music that is relevant to our experiences and words that bring meaning.

Poetry extracts the essential moments and meanings of life in a few words. ~ Rafa Selase


Poems about Happiness

Happiness is not perfected until it is shared - African Proverb

Happiness is a ambiguous concept. Poetry tends to define and explain the beauty of happiness while relating the concepts of well-being, quality of life, flourishing, and contentment.

In philosophy and (western) religion, happiness may be defined in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. There has been a transition over time from emphasis on the happiness of virtue to the virtue of happiness or that of joy.

ACTION KEY FOR WRITERS: Write about what makes you happy!

Poems about Family

Basic social unit consisting of parents and their children is how many look at family. But poems tend to explain how we are all connected and he powerful a family unit can be when on one accord. Sometimes poets will also expose the sad times and experiences that all of us share wile being part of a family  unit wether it be the traditional family or those we are connected too. Family may include our communities, cities and nation as a whole. Those which you feel connected or disconnected from.

ACTION KEY FOR WRITERS: Write about who influenced you and how! 

Short Funny Poems

Funny poems can still be serious but a secret is making a serious poem very funny. Check the this poem “misstra know it all”

Langston Hughes is best known as one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. Much of his writing addresses the experience of being black at a time when, to use his own words, “the negro was in vogue.” While he is largely remembered for his jazz-poetry, plays, and novels, Langston Hughes was also a witty comical writer. With so many praises for his contributions it's easy to overlook his light and humurous side. Here is a small video I did on piano using "jazz poetry technique"..It's called Misttra Know it All inspired by Stevie Wonder. 

Deep Poems About Life

I think all poems can be rather deep but I want to believe I typically fit in this category. James Baldwin always provides deep, meaningful poems that make you think and often re-assess your own actions. Below an example of Mr. Baldwin's work: 

            when you send the rain,
            think about it, please,
            a little?
            not get carried away
            by the sound of falling water,
            the marvelous light
            on the falling water.
            am beneath that water.
            It falls with great force
            and the light
            me to the light.

Beautiful Poems

Beauty is everyone and every morning is stares you in the mirror. Maya Angelou sets  the standard: 

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise

Motivational Poems

People always enjoy poems about life that inspire and motivate!

Muhammad Ali - Before regaining the title by upsetting George Foreman Oct. 30, 1974.

"You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned?

Wait `til I whup George Foreman's behind.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

His hand can't hit what his eyes can't see.

Now you see me, now you don't.

George thinks he will, but I know he won't.

I done wrassled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale.

Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick.

I'm so mean, I make medicine sick."

True Love Poems

Sports Poem


2. POEMS ABOUT WOMEN: Stop Hating The Womb...Man
3. MOTIVATIONAL POEMS: One Step From Greatness
4. POEMS ABOUT FEELINGS: You Don't Understand What I am Inside
6. POEMS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA: The Revolution Will Be On Facebook
7. POEMS ABOUT STRUGGLE: This Cold Cold World
9. INSPIRATIONAL POEM - Hope is on the way
10. POLITICAL POEM - Kings Are Made Not Born

11. INDIGENOUS POEM - Red Blooded American



The Better Question is “Why is Faith Important”

I believe poetry often gives us hope and faith to continue preserverng in this life.

The smallest poem can provide hope, courage, and energy.  The Bible often reads as poetry “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Poetic and powerful!  Matthew 17:20

Poetry is all that is honest in the World

Poetry is the last voice!

 As children, we used to see things with such hope, optimism and honesty.  It wasn’t difficult to have this outlook.  But as we grow, we experience life, disappointments, indoctrination and our outlook becomes that of survival to fit in and  appear the "same". What a boring outcome and chain of events that everyone pretends to see the same thing.

 Poetry is the thing that keeps you moving towards those things that are good, gives you reason to question, provides a bridge to celebrate and causes you to keep going when nothing else will. Poetry or faith is simply to trust in those things you cannot see nor touch but that you believe will come true. Poetry is the opposite of fear, it is courage and the faith to say what you see and say it with complete honesty.


Poetry Requires Courage

Great athletic feats, great music, art and outstanding accomplishments are all results of some magnificent dream that someone had to see beyond their current reality. Poets must live courageously to tell the story  with boldness, honesty and creativity. The fact that people reach for the unseen is why the world is so beautiful.



In modern popular fiction, a superhero (or super hero) is usually a type of costumed heroic character who possesses supernatural or superhuman powers and is hopefully dedicated to fighting crime, evil or the oppressor. This may include protecting the public, standing up for the weak, and setting a positive example. Most often they battle a super natural force or crazed sociopath set on destroying the human race.

 In reality by most definitions, superhero characters do not require actual supernatural or superhuman powers to be deemed superheroes. We all have superhero capabilities, but often we need to be reminded of just how powerful we can be when moved by purpose. Your sight, your vision, your perspective and your pen is your superhero power.  Once I realized this everything changed for me creatively!

 9 Steps to write poetry and become your own poetic superhero:

  1. Find a purpose – Find your why. Is it your family, your heart’s desire, social issue or something different? What type of poetry do you want to write.

  2. Document the Issues that concern - write down everything that is important to you. Now research and observe everything that you can about the issue. Start writing!

  3. Develop a physical exercise program – it is difficult to do anything when you don’t have the physical strength or energy to accomplish what you desire. Yes writing poetry will require your physical energy. It is truly a journey. Rafa said it!

  4. Develop a daily prayer/meditation practice - that focuses on speaking positive affirmations about yourself and others. I believe this will help anyone’s perspective and insight!

  5. Be involved in social, political and economic issues – Yes, get involved. But instead of choosing a side, think of how you can build a bridge that focuses on respect, equality and safety for all people. Poets are people that care this is why we do what we do! Getting involved doesn’t necessarily mean joining but rather staying up to date!

  6. Humility – Simple never think you’re better than anyone else and never think less of yourself than anyone. Best place to write from!

  7. Spend some time alone (a little) – Superheroes are special, so at some point they go through a time of ridicule. Don’t let this get to you. Criticism is usually a sign that you are different and unique. This is a powerful place and often when miraculous things happen.

  8. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations – Discomfort is usually when you learn the most and grow.

  9. Take Action – Poets don’t wait for others. They write and express! Take action you have everything you need inside you to accomplish your heart’s desires.



I attempt to use poems to connect with people. Poems about life are about the environmental,  political, social, spiritual and capitalistic world we live in . Urban Poetry is direct, gritty and a reminder of what many want to forget.

Poems About Life: Urban Poetry & Black Poetry

My music uses poems to connect with people authentically. Poems about life, about living in this world, dealing with the ups, downs and tribulations of life. Urban Poetry is straightforward, honest and freeing in a world that refuses to address the realities of systematic oppression in America. Many urban poets like Maya Angelou spoke about military injustice, poverty, lack of access to education and mind control by way of media control and lastly racism.

I personally like poetry that focuses on the essence of using philosophical views, art, beauty, culture and rhythmic sound to connect with our audience.

We love poems about life: Poetry is so beautiful in that it allows the artist to address critical issues with grace, beauty, honesty and apologetically.

Urban Poetry

Urban Poetry In simple terms is a person that has experienced, felt it, withstood it and is now communicating the experience with a style that cannot be denied. Think Gil Scott Heron, Jill Scott, Tupac Shakur, Nikki Giovanni. Furthermore Good Urban Poetry is stating what you mean or directly stating something that parallels what you really mean. Adding insight, further brings the reader or listener into the poem(experience).

One of my favorite poets was  the Great Gil Scott, The poem is titled  “The Revolution Will Be On Facebook” was inspired by him.

Black Poetry

I hate this term "Black Poetry" because poetry is just poetry. But given the historical climate of America; blacks have often been unable to express themselves so they needed to distinguish themselves amongst the masses in order to be heard. Black poetry is deepness, it’s experience, it’s talking about the realities of the so-called black person and experience when others are unwilling to acknowledge the realities and history of America. Black Poetry is Urban Poetry and simply poems about life.

Deepest Poems About Life

Urban Poetry & Black Poetry are at the center of addressing the real condition of the people. This page is dedicated to poems about life, urban poetry, black poems and black poetry.

The community I serve has certain beliefs about Poetry:

 We believe in freedom of expression at all times over political correctness.
We believe in truth over lack of being offended.
We believe in sharing your beliefs.
We believe in being unapologetic when it comes to poetry.
We believe everyone has a poem to share.
We believe great poems are thought provoking.
We believe poetry may be that last honest voice.



  1. Langston Hughes
  2. James Baldwin
  3. Gil Scott-Heron
  4. Tupac Shakur
  5. Nikki Giovanni
  6. Gwendolyn Brooks | Poetry Foundation
  7. Maya Angelou
  8. John Henrik Clarke
  9. Audre Lorde
  10. Paul Laurence Dunbar
  11. Frances Harper
  12. Emily Dickinson
  13. Oscar Wilde
  14. Mark Twain
  15. Ralph Waldo Emerson