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.

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Anupam Dwivedi is an editorial intern at Open Road Review.

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