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.

  • #100
    Love Poems - Love and Friendship Poems: Friendship can lead not only to love, but also to lust. And that can be a mistake not easily rectified.
  • #99
    Judy Burnette
    Friendship Poems - Poems about Lost Friends: When friendship end, sometimes it doesn't really end.
  • #98
    Friendship Poems - Teen Poems about Friendship: Friendship is just another word for forgiveness.
  • #97
    Friendship Poems - Teen Poems about Friendship: Some friendships evolve into more - and sometimes it works just the opposite.
  • #96
    Fire Dancer
    Love Poems - Teenage Love Poems: When reality fails us, at least we still have our dreams
  • #95
    Mandy Turner
    Sad Poems - Sad Love Poems: The poets claim "Hope springs eternal." Sometimes, that's not such a good thing.
  • #94
    Love Poems: Is it possible to fall in love with someone you've only just met?
  • #93
    Sad Poems: We all suffer our share of pain. Some, though, don't know how to rid themselves of the pain. And some just need help.
  • #92
    Katherine James
    Love Poems - Teenage Love Poems: If it seems too good to be true, maybe it is.
  • #91
    Poems on Life - Teen Poems about Life: Even in death there are lessons for the living.
  • #90
    Love Poems - Teenage Love Poems: Sometimes we think that we know someone, only to discover they are a total different person.
  • #89
    Love Poems - Cyber Romance Poems: "Love knows no boundaries, no distance, no fear."
  • #88
    Angela Craig
    Sad Poems: When separated from the one you love, days can seemingly stretch to years.
  • #87
    Sammy Lane Sharp
    Friendship Poems: A true friendship that lasts throughout the years is rare indeed, and to be treasured as a priceless gift.
  • #86
    Kit McCallum
    Love Poems: This poem is meant to remind us of that "special day", when words spoken from the heart in front of friends and family, confirm our love to one another.
  • #85
    Kit McCallum
    Sad Poems - Poems about Death: The loss of a beloved pet, even one year later, can hold painful memories.
  • #84
    Amy Richards
    Sad Poems - Poems about Death: The loss of a loved one is very difficult. Some days are worse than others, but the feelings never go away - the hoping, wishing that somehow things could be different...
  • #83
    Kit McCallum
    Poems on Life: At times, we all search for meaning in our lives, often in vain. Perhaps the answer is not to find meaning, but to give it?
  • #82
    Lisa Teller
    Sad Poems: This poet hopes that in reading this poem you will send it to someone you know, and hopefully save a life.
  • #81
    Love Poems - Love and Friendship Poems: To find love, you must first be willing to look for it.
  • #80
    Sad Poems - Poems about Death: Even death has no control over the boundaries of love.
  • #79
    Danielle Hodgkins
    Love Poems - Teenage Love Poems: Sometimes, the only thing harder than meeting the man of your dreams is losing him.
  • #78
    Kit McCallum
    Sad Poems: This is a comforting poem, for those who are struggling with the impending loss of a pet. How do you know when it is time to take that final, long, sorrowful journey to the veterinarians?
  • #77
    Sad Poems - Poems about Death: The end of Life may be just the beginningā€¦
  • #76
    Poet deVine
    Love Poems - Erotic Poems: This poem could cost us our GP rating. <b>Warning: </b>if you're under 18, don't read this poem. If you're over 18, don't read it aloneā€¦