Imagine a Woman – Patricia Lynn Reilly

This is what all the men in the world should listen: to understand women, to understand the need to understand women, to draw inspiration after understanding women. This work is very tender, yet very powerful, like only a woman can.

If – Rudyard Kipling

“If- is the essence of The Gita in English.” – Kushwant Singh.

Need I add more? This poem is a unique combination of sensibility and logic necessary to retain sanity in contemporary times.

Desiderata – Max Ehrmann

‘Desiderata’ in Latin means ‘things desired’. A compact piece of poetry that provides an inimitable perspective on interpersonal relationships, livelihood, ideals, love, god, the universe, and existence itself, Desiderate is the medicine for a wandering soul.

Still I Rise – Poem by Maya Angelou

Walk as if you own the world; let not what happened in the past affect your today. For he who controls today owns tomorrow.

Invictus – Poem by William Ernest Henley

This poem instills courage and faith. It helped the late Nelson Mandela through his term in prison.

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep – Poem by Tom Read

Even after death, we live on. So don’t get too riled up about the problems in life.


Anupam Dwivedi is an editorial intern at Open Road Review.