11 Short Poems that Will Speak to Your Soul

By UPLIFT on Sunday June 18th, 2017

Sometimes, a Few Short Words can Change Your Life...

Nayyirah Waheed is an African-American poet who has published two books of incandescent poetry, entitled Salt and Nejma. She began writing at the age of eleven, after being given an assignment to write a poem for a community newspaper by her English teacher. Since then, she has touched many with her published work and also gained a loyal following on Instagram.

Poems come as they will. They come as they want, when I’m waking, eating, exercising, chatting with someone. Sometimes they come to me as a whole, sometimes a line. I think it’s one of the ways my soul communicates with me, I do my best to sit down and listen.

She breaks the rules of poetry, with her signature three-line poems and creative use of full stops. Nayyirah Waheed’s minimalistic poetry covers topics such as love, identity, race, and feminism; and she burns through our ideas around these things with stark clarity.

Here are 11 of her captivating poems that touched us deeply:

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126 Responses to 11 Short Poems that Will Speak to Your Soul

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  5. Thank you..well written poetry with few words but speaks volumes ,certainly did speak to ny heart and soul.x

  6. Your craft is nothing short of tear-inducing. I suppose a good release of humanity at work is always good. I have analyzed them all no less than five times and each time something within me merges with the words. Thank you for sharing.

    • They are, aren’t they Michel. The world is richer for all the artists, poets, and soul-alchemists touching our hearts with their unique and perfect expressions I think 🙂

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