Poems for Mother's Day

Share your devotion on Mother's Day through poetry.

Share your devotion on Mother's Day through poetry.

Mother's Day provides an occasion to express your devotion and admiration for your mom. If you are looking for a new way to tell Mom you love her this year, turn your attention to poetry. Select a poem that is reflective of your feelings, and use the poetic composition to share the sentiments that you may struggle to express yourself.

“Mother's Day” by David Young

When seeking a poem that is directly tied to Mother's Day, you'll be hard pressed to find one that fits the bill more than “Mother's Day” by David Young. This poem, which Young dedicated to his children, features lines in which the author reflects upon the eternal love a mother feels for her children. The effectiveness of this poem stems from the fact that Young manages to juxtapose images of a mother moving through a simple and mundane day with the deep and emotional sentiments that the mother is constantly feeling under the surface. The most telling line in this poem -- “that now I start to understand her love/ for all of us, the fullness of it” -- is highly fitting for inclusion in a Mother's Day card or stitching onto a Mother's Day wall hanging.

“To My Mother” by Edgar Allan Poe

Known as a master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe may hardly seem a person to get mushy in his poetry writing, but he abandoned his normal style when writing “To My Mother.” In this poem, Poe reflects upon his mother, a woman who died earlier than most. Insert a few stanzas of this poem in your Mother's Day card, choosing, for example, the section in which Poe states that he can find no term more “devotional as that of Mother.”

“Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes

If you feel that your mother has taught you many valuable lessons that have helped you avoid the pitfalls and dangers of life, reflect this belief by quoting part or all of Langston Hughes' classic ode to motherhood, “Mother to Son.” This poem, written from the point of view of a mother trying to warn her son of the dangers in life, is full of meaningful phrases and thought-provoking lines. Consider this poem particularly if you have just survived a tumultuous year with the help of your mother as a way to thank her for her guidance.

“Jugglers” by Francisco Aragon

If the moments you enjoy most with your mother are the simplest ones, the poem “Jugglers” by Francisco Aragon is an apt one for you. In this poem, Aragon reflects upon a day he spent watching jugglers from a park bench with his mother. For an interesting and literary Mother's Day option, write your own version of this poem featuring a poetic reflection upon a time you spent with your mother, and present both this poem and your original work to your mother on Mother's Day.

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