Poem: “Encouragement”



I know it’s hard to prevail in some difficult times.

So I write to encourage you – whoever – not to lose your mind.

Situations can be different but never let them break you.

I’m in jail locked down all day but still I write.

Firm I am and my mind fixed tight.

A thing about this situation – never let the cell break you!

Keep you head up like a nose bleed in every situation.

Always know you will make it – your spirit don’t let no one take it.

This poem may not encourage all but I hope some.

Your life is never over until God say it’s done.

Remember every battle you may not win, but know the war has just begun!




  1. Emily on November 16, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I absolutely love the nosebleed analogy! I would never have thought of that, but it’s the part that most reached me…yeah, to keep your head up with that kind of dedication really means something.

  2. E Sted on November 17, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    I love that you are not just writing for yourself but using your knowledge and experience to write a poem to help someone else. I’m sure this poem will help another juvenile and I hope you listen to your own words.

  3. leah on December 3, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    I want to echo what E Sted said — I hope you will be encouraged by your strength, compassion and poetic abilities!

  4. Krystal on December 3, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    I am encouraged simply by reading your words! Beyond the poetry of your words, I like that you are looking out for others. Keep up the good work and know that your poetry is inspiring for others to see through their difficulties – big and small! In fact, I will be passing along your poem to a good friend to help encourage them during a difficult time. Thank you for your poetry!

  5. kassidilenae on November 17, 2020 at 3:37 PM

    I love the encouragement you bring through your writing! It is so easy to feel defeated when life keeps knocking us down. I want to reiterate your challenge to keep your head up. Although we are beat down we are not broken. Keep writing; we hear you!


  6. Samantha on July 2, 2021 at 2:19 PM

    Your upbeat spirit despite your circumstances of being in jail in aspiring! I think many of us on the outside take life and our freedoms for granted, and your poem reminded me that despite the hardships we may go through, there is always something to be grateful for! Thank you so much for this wonderful poem!

    Best regards,


  7. Julia on October 18, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    This poem is very encouaraging, which is very helpful especially now with everything with COVID going on. It can be easy to get discouraged and aggravated, but the best thing to do is keep going and have a positive outlook. I loved the positivity ingrained throughout your writing, and I hope to read more from you soon. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Nina Austria on November 9, 2021 at 9:37 PM

    Thank you for this piece! Your resilience shines so brightly here, and I appreciate you sharing your story in order to encourage people to “prevail in difficult times.” You write so beautifully; keep writing!

  9. Cameron on January 13, 2022 at 3:24 PM

    You speak from experience which brings such originality to the story. You want people to do better than you have, the empathy that you give is incredible and it warms me to see the strength that you exhibit.

  10. Yessica on May 8, 2023 at 5:17 PM

    I would say this made me feel encouraged. I think a lot of people would be touched by such a poem. Encouragement can go along way and with out kind reminders and motivational wisdom it can be hard to keep pushing. You did a great job at not only making it flow so easily but also setting an optimistic tone.

  11. Rahul on October 23, 2023 at 1:55 AM

    “Encouragement” is a concise yet powerful poem that delivers a message of resilience and hope. It’s a great piece of work that reminds us all to stay strong in the face of adversity and never let circumstances define us. Good work!

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