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15 Mother’s Day Poems That Will Melt Her Heart

Don't rack your brain for the right way to tell Mom how much she means to you when you can just borrow wise and wonderful words from great poets.

And so because you love me, and because I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name — Christina Rossettird.com

Poetry for Mom

It can be hard to find a way to show Mom just how much she means to you. There are all sorts of great Mother’s Day gifts you could give her, but why not share some poetry and impress her with these gorgeous words from some of history’s best-known poets? You can also share these powerful Mother’s Day quotes, or tailor them to your specific relationship with mother-daughter quotes and mother-son quotes.

 The angels, whispering to one another,Can find, among their burning terms of love,None so devotional as that of "Mother," —Edgar Allan Poerd.com

The Other Mother

Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore by that dear name

I long have called you—

You who are more than mother unto me.

—Edgar Allan Poe

if there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) haveone. —e.e. cummingsrd.com

The Gardener

if there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) have
one. It will not be a pansy heaven nor
a fragile heaven of lilies-of-the-valley but
it will be a heaven of blackred roses….
& the whole garden will bow

—e.e. cummings

You can’t beat these gorgeous Mother’s Day flowers as a gift for Mom.

My mother would be a falconress,and I her [falcon] raised at her will, —Robert Duncanrd.com

The Inspiration

My mother would be a falconress,
and I her [falcon] raised at her will,
from her wrist sent flying, as if I were her own
pride, as if her pride
knew no limits, as if her mind
sought in me flight beyond the horizon.

—Robert Duncan

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Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives—Never closer the whole rest of our lives. —Seamus Heaneyrd.com

The Cook

When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
From each other’s work would bring us to our senses….
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives—
Never closer the whole rest of our lives.

—Seamus Heaney

Maybe I am what she always wanted…maybe I am what she wanted to be…. —Sharon Oldsrd.com

The Mirror

Maybe I am what she always wanted…
maybe I am what she wanted to be….
I lie here now as I once lay
in the crook of her arm, her creature,
and I feel her looking down into me the way
the maker of a sword gazes at his face
in the steel of the blade.

—Sharon Olds

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They were full of sturdiness and singing.My grandmothers were strong. —Margaret Walkerrd.com

The Grandmothers

My grandmothers were strong.
They followed plows and bent to toil.
They moved through fields sowing seed.
They touched earth and grain grew.
They were full of sturdiness and singing.
My grandmothers were strong.

—Margaret Walker

If I were damned of body and soul,I know whose prayers would make me whole, —Rudyard Kiplingrd.com

The Saint

If I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
I know whose love would follow me still,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

—Rudyard Kipling

To her whose heart is my heart's quiet home,To my first Love, my Mother, —Christina Rossettird.com

The Haven

To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name

—Christina Rossetti

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Mother doesn't want a dog.Mother says they shed,And always let the strangers inAnd bark at friends instead, —Judith Viorstrd.com

The Animal Lover

Mother doesn’t want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.
Mother doesn’t want a dog.
She’s making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, I think
She will not want this snake.

—Judith Viorst

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Let her have laughter with her little one;Teach her the endless, tuneless songs to sing, —Dorothy Parkerrd.com

The New Mother

Let her have laughter with her little one;
Teach her the endless, tuneless songs to sing,
Grant her her right to whisper to her son
The foolish names one dare not call a king.

—Dorothy Parker

How I loved those spiky suns,rooted stubborn as childhoodin the grass, tough as the farmer'sbig-headed children… —Jean Nordhausrd.com

The Dandelion Mother

How I loved those spiky suns,
rooted stubborn as childhood
in the grass, tough as the farmer’s
big-headed children—the mats
of yellow hair, the bowl-cut fringe.
How sturdy they were and how
slowly they turned themselves
into galaxies, domes of ghost stars
barely visible by day, pale
cerebrums clinging to life
on tough green stems. Like you.

—Jean Nordhaus

they will always be your clothes without you,as we will always be your daughters without you. —Judith Krollrd.com

The Best-Dressed Mother

Of course they are empty shells, without hope of animation.
Of course they are artifacts.
Even if my sister and I should wear some,
or if we give others away,
they will always be your clothes without you,
as we will always be your daughters without you.

—Judith Kroll

Inside my lunchto my surprisea perfect heart-shapedlove note lies…. —Ken Nesbittrd.com

Mom’s Mistake

Inside my lunch
to my surprise
a perfect heart-shaped
love note lies….

I take it out
and wonder who
would want to tell me
“I love you.”….

My stomach lurching
in my throat,
I open up
my little note.

Then wham! as if
it were a bomb,
inside it reads,
“I love you—Mom.”

—Ken Nesbitt

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Those particular hands that could smooth anything: butter on bread,cool sheets or weather. —Erin Belieurd.com

The Handy Mother

How to describe
that world that mothers spin
and consume and trap

and love us in, that spreads
for years and men and miles?
Those particular hands that could

smooth anything: butter on bread,
cool sheets or weather. It’s
the wonder of them, good or bad,

those mother-hands that pet
and shape and slap,
that sew you together
the pieces of a better house
or life in which you’ll try
to live.

—Erin Belieu

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Your love was like moonlightturning harsh things to beauty, —Lola Ridgerd.com

The Dreamer

Your love was like moonlight
turning harsh things to beauty,
so that little wry souls
reflecting each other obliquely
as in cracked mirrors . . .
beheld in your luminous spirit
their own reflection,
transfigured as in a shining stream,
and loved you for what they are not.

—Lola Ridge

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