Poetry is about much more than rhymes and clever imagery. At the end of the day, poetry is always about people.

We read poetry with our eyes, listen to its beauty with our ears, and understand the words with our mind. But good poetry, the best poetry, must always be felt within the human heart. It must be experienced. The best poems use the magic of words only to illuminate a deep understanding of our humanity, to perhaps bring us to a time we once lived or take us to a time we've only dreamed of being.

Culled from ALL of our categories, the 100 poems below have touched lives, have encouraged friends and lovers to revisit or discover their hearts, have reminded people again and again and again of their intrinsic humanity. These 100 poems are about real people living real lives.

Let the countdown begin.

  • #75
    Friendship Poems - Poems about Lost Friends: When friendship fills a void, the loss of friendship can but leave us empty.
  • #74
    Love Poems - Teenage Love Poems: Some things are too powerful to say in haste.
  • #73
    Poems on Life - Teen Poems: Sometimes, people feel like they're all alone in the world and nobody knows who they really are.
  • #72
    Friendship Poems: Our path is bumpy enough without trying to walk it in the dark.
  • #71
    Love Poems - Teenage Love Poems: Distance is a barrier that can cause a great deal of pain. But the pain is still never more than the joy.
  • #70
    Sad Poems - Poems about Death: Saying "goodbye" is often another way of saying "I remember."
  • #69
    Love Poems - Erotic Poems: Can mere words mimic the discordant cadence and tender touch of Love? Yea, maybe they can ...
  • #68
    Tima Chavis
    Sad Poems - Sad Love Poems: When the world judges Love, they too often forget the pain their verdict brings.
  • #67
    Crystal Holtz
    Friendship Poems: With a world so full of people, why is it so difficult to find that special friend?
  • #66
    Amber White
    Sad Poems - Sad Love Poems: Love is about giving. But even with love, there can be too much.
  • #65
    Ron Carnell
    Love Poems - Love and Friendship Poems: Friendship and Love are closely twined. Sometimes, too closely ...
  • #64
    Kristin Evans
    Sad Poems - Depression and Suicide Poems: Understanding isn't always easy to find. Especially self-understanding ...
  • #63
    Randall Beers
    Sad Poems - Poems about Death: Faith and love, and words remembered, can lend us strength in our grief.
  • #62
    Melissa Neiding
    Love Poems - Love and Friendship Poems: There are many, many things to appreciate about a beautiful friendship - especially when that friendship is turning to love.
  • #61
    Sad Poems - Depression and Suicide Poems: Too often, our cries for help are silent ones. Unheard. Unheeded.
  • #60
    Friendship Poems: This poem is about not just hearing your friend, but actually taking the time to listen and understand them.
  • #59
    Sad Poems - Depression and Suicide Poems: When everyone else seems happy and you're not, it sometimes feels as if it's your own fault.
  • #58
    Love Poems - Erotic Poems: Is it simply human nature that makes us "want?" Or might it not be love?
  • #57
    Christelle S.
    Love Poems - Love and Friendship Poems: Falling in love with a friend can be difficult. Falling in love with a married friend can be Hell ...
  • #56
    Friendship Poems: Friends offer us much, not least of which is protection from many of Life's troubles.
  • #55
    Rodney Belcher
    Sad Poems - Poems about Death: What we gain can be far more than we could possibly lose.
  • #54
    Jacquilyn Flory
    Friendship Poems - Teen Poems: We don't always recognize the value of a friend unless we take a closer look.
  • #53
    Angie Belanger
    Friendship Poems - Teen Poems: This poem is a gift to a friend that will be sadly missed.
  • #52
    Marge Tindal
    Friendship Poems: This short but very beautiful poem reveals a rare Truth - pain shared is pain lessened.
  • #51
    Sad Poems - Sad Love Poems: How does one go about re-learning to live?