89 Best Mother’s Day Poems (to Make Her Feel Special)

2022 Update

Wanting to do something special on the upcoming Mother’s Day? How about sharing a sweet poem?

Mother’s Day is celebrated internationally on the second Sunday of May, so the actual day moves around slightly every year. Regardless, it’s a day of great importance. On this day, consider taking the opportunity to do something special for your beloved mother. After all, our mothers do so much for us. They deserve at least our love and affection in return.

One of the ways you can say thanks to your mother in a thoughtful way is with the use of poetry. We’ve gathered a list of 89 of the most heart-touching Mother’s day poems you can share with her on the big day. If you’re looking to get an emotional response out of her, we’ve included some hard-hitting tear-jerkers. However, not every poem has to be loaded with emotion.

Some of our selections are humorous and light-hearted, so you can convey your thanks while keeping the mood upbeat. The writers behind these masterpieces are appreciative sons and daughters just like yourself, so you and your mother will find these poems to be relatable, realistic, and touching.

Regardless of which poem you go with, your mother is sure to feel the love and appreciation:

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Heartfelt Poems

1.) ”Her Hands”

Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath.
Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step.
Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall.
Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all.

Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow.
Her hands were often there to comfort the hurts that didn’t always show.
Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encouraged me to reach.
Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length.

Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harm’s way.
Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say.
Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree.
Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be.

– Maggie Pittman

2.) “Wonderful Mother”

God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He molded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.

– Pat O’Reilly

3.) “A Thank You Note”

You have told me
all the things
before I knew
I needed to hear them
To be unafraid
Of all the things
I use to fear
Before I knew
I shouldn’t fear them

– Lang Leav

4.) “Only One Mother”

Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
Hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather.
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.

– George Cooper

5.) “Rock Me to Sleep”

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for tonight!
Mother, come back from the echoless shore,
Take me again to your heart as of yore;
Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care,
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother, — rock me to sleep!

Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears,—
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain,—
Take them, and give me my childhood again!
I have grown weary of dust and decay,—
Weary of flinging my soul-wealth away;
Weary of sowing for others to reap;—
Rock me to sleep, mother — rock me to sleep!

– Elizabeth Akers Allen

6.) “Mommy”

Mommy, I love you
More than you see.
You have always been there
When I needed you to be.

I know I don’t show
How great my love is,
But I need you to know
All the love of you I have to give.

I wish there was more
For you I could do,
But all I can say
Is how much I love you.

It is deeper than the oceans,
Higher than the sun.
I could shout it forever
And still not be done.

– Gail M. Russellburg

7.) “Never Enough”

Sometimes I know the words to say to give thanks for all you’ve done,
but then they fly up and away as quickly as they come.

How could I possibly thank you enough, the one who makes me whole,
the one to whom I owe my life, the forming of my soul?

The one who tucked me in at night, the one who stopped my crying,
the one who was the expert at picking up when I was lying.

The one who saw me off to school and spent sad days alone,
yet magically produced a smile as soon as I came home.

The one who makes such sacrifices to always put me first,
who lets me test my broken wings, in spite of how it hurts.

Who paints the world a rainbow when it’s filled with broken dreams,
who explains it all so clearly when nothing is what it seems.

– Unknown

8.) “What I Learned from My Mother”

I learned from my mother how to love
the living, to have plenty of vases on hand
in case you have to rush to the hospital
with peonies cut from the lawn, black ants
still stuck to the buds. I learned to save jars
large enough to hold fruit salad for a whole
grieving household, to cube home-canned pears
and peaches, to slice through maroon grape skins
and flick out the sexual seeds with a knife point.
I learned to attend viewings even if I didn’t know
the deceased, to press the moist hands
of the living, to look in their eyes and offer
sympathy, as though I understood loss even then.
I learned that whatever we say means nothing,
what anyone will remember is that we came.

– Julia Kasdorf

9.) “Mother”

The water of her womb, your first home
The body she pulled apart to welcome you to the world.
The spirit in you she helped grow with all she knew.
The heart that she gave you when yours fell apart.
You are her soft miracle.
So she gave you her eyes to see the best in the worst.
You carry your mother in your eyes.
Make her proud of all she watches you do.

– Nikita Gill

10.) “Thanks”

I know it’s been a hard task,
the things we ask of you.
You should know you’re very special
for all the things you do.

I’m thankful for a wife like you;
no one could take your place.
A heart like yours for those in need
is a thing one can’t replace.

So thanks again for being there
and for all the things you do.
No man could be so lucky
to have a love like you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

– Michael A. Faust

11.) “The Persistence of Scent”

Mother, you will persist in fragrances—
the nectar-scent of carrots, pineapple, pecans
baking in a two-layer cake. I will shorten
my mornings into hours of praise.

More than alchemy, fresh cilantro—
in pungent handfuls—will be sautéed with garlic,
onions, tomatoes. And like magic, beans
will turn into savories in my ordinary kitchen.

And the aroma of lilies will not be resisted.
I will plant tigers, stars, Easters, cannas, callas.
The rain on their talcum will conjure you—
your skin this satiny scent—

here, on the porch swing, just after a bath.
I will sprinkle lily petals on my pond,
dip my hand in this holy water,
rub your silk into my fingers.

– Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

12.) “God’s Special Creation”

The hand that rocks the cradle
also makes the house a home.
It is the prayers of the mother
that keeps the family strong.

Mother rises early in the morning
and bathes her day in prayer.
She talks to God about her family
and places them in His care.

Mother communicates her love
in a thousand different ways.
When there’s a need, she is there,
whether it is night or day.

Mother seasons life with love
and gives so much of herself.
God placed in her the best He had
and made her unlike anyone else.

– Lenora McWhorter

13.) “The Breakfast Nook”

We’d pout. Our mother, brisking off,
urged Darlings! — your vitamins & minerals
dissolve inside with the milk & this-&-that
into instructions rejiggering more
vitamins, minerals, milk & this-&-that
to fizz up & turn into actual you,
or me, or anybody & etc.
Experiment: — you might let drop
capsules & milk into spit in one
another’s cups. Watch, wait;
think, add, stir. I’ll be right back.
One day it quits.
The whole business quits. Imagine that.

– Martha Zweig

14.) “My Mother”

Who fed me from her gentle breast,
And hush’d me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother.

When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet hushaby,
And rock’d me that I should not cry?
My Mother.

Who sat and watched my infant head,
When sleeping in my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.

– Ann Taylor

15.) “My Mother’s Day Prayer”

You are my Mother,
We love each other,
You are my Mother,
I don’t need any other,
I’m grateful to God,
Because he sent me my Lord,
I’m grateful to God,
Because he sent me my sword,
My mother,
You are my strength,
You are my power,
You are the creator of my destiny,
You are the potter of my life,
O my Mother!
You are the truth of my life!

– Unknown

16.) “The Angel that presided ‘oer my birth”

The Angel that presided ‘oer my birth
Said, “Little creature, form’d of Joy and Mirth,
“Go love without the help of any Thing on Earth.”

– William Blake

17.) “How Grateful I Would Be To Have Just One More Day”

If I could have just one more day and
wishes did come true,
I’d spend every glorious moment
side by side with you.
Recalling all the years we shared
and memories we made,
how grateful I would be
to have just one more day.
Where the tears I’ve shed are
not in vain and only fall in bliss.
So many things I’d let you know
about the days you’ve missed.
I wouldn’t have to make pretend
you never went away.
How grateful I would be to
have just one more day.

– Kathy J. Parenteau

18.) “Everything Mom”

How did you find the energy, Mom
To do all the things you did,
To be teacher, nurse and counselor
To me, when I was a kid.
How did you do it all, Mom
Be a chauffeur, cook and friend?
Yet find time to be a playmate,
I just can’t comprehend.
I see now it was love, Mom
That made you come whenever I’d call,
Your inexhaustible love, Mom
And I thank you for it all.

– Joanna Fuchs

19.) “To My Mother”

O thou whose care sustained my infant years,
And taught my prattling lip each note of love;
Whose soothing voice breathed comfort to my fears,
And round my brow hope’s brightest garland wove;

To thee my lay is due, the simple song,
Which Nature gave me at life’s opening day;
To thee these rude, these untaught strains belong,
Whose heart indulgent will not spurn my lay.

O say, amid this wilderness of life,
What bosom would have throbbed like thine for me?
Who would have smiled responsive?—who in grief,
Would e’er have felt, and, feeling, grieved like thee?

– Lucretia Maria Davidson

20.) “No Charge”

I’ve tried to write so many times,
But it’s been hard to say in rhymes.
I’ll try once more and hope you’ll see
Just what your love has meant to me.

Thank you for your pain at birth
That brought me to my life on Earth.
Thanks for all the time you spent
For cuddles and your nourishment.

Thank you for the stories read
As I lay cozy in my bed.
Thanks for your enlightenment
To solve new mysteries life had sent.

Thank you for the cures and care
When sickness caught me unaware.
Thanks for tucking me in tight
And kisses on my head, “Good night.”

– Brian A. Bendall

21.) “A Mother’s Love”

A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may,
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away,
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking,
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns
,And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems,
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret

– Helen Steiner Rice

22.) “For My Mother”

Once more
I summon you
Out of the past
With poignant love,
You who nourished the poet
And the lover.
I see your gray eyes
Looking out to sea
In those Rockport summers,
Keeping a distance
Within the closeness
Which was never intrusive
Opening out
Into the world.
And what I remember
Is how we laughed
Till we cried
Swept into merriment
Especially when times were hard.
And what I remember
Is how you never stopped creating
And how people sent me
Dresses you had designed

– May Sarton

23.) “My Heart”

She’s always been there for me.
Just talking to her can make me happy.
She tells me of the hard times she’s been through
In hopes that I won’t go through them, too.

She’s an independent woman of stature and grace.
She has beautiful eyes and a lovely face,
An audacious strength from deep inside.
In her I know I can confide.

She’s my guardian angel who’ll always be
A very special part of me.
She takes pride in caring for her kin.
She gives us hope and things to believe in.

If I didn’t have her there for me,
I wouldn’t be half the woman I turned out to be.

– Sharlynn N. Manning

24.) “To My 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,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you
In setting my Virginia’s spirit free.
My mother—my own mother, who died early,
Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
And thus are dearer than the mother I knew
By that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.

– Edgar Allen Poe

25.) “Mother”

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.

You are less an image in my mind
than a luster
I see you in gleams
pale as star-light on a gray wall . . .
evanescent as the reflection of a white swan
shimmering in broken water.

– Lola Ridge

26.) “Roses For Mama”

Lord, are there roses in your garden
On the shores of jubilee
Would you pick a dozen of your best
And deliver them for me?
For you see, today is mothers’ day
And I can’t visit my mom
For it wasn’t very long ago
The angels came and took her home.
So if there are roses in your garden
On the shores of Jubilee
Would you pick a dozen of your best
And deliver them for me?
Would you take them to my mother
And tell her that I love her.
Tell her that I miss her
In oh! So many ways
But I have joy in knowing
We’ll meet again someday
And we’ll pick roses together
On the shores of Jubilee..

– Lynn Casstevens

27.) “I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone”

I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old
to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere I wish to stay crooked, bent;
for there I would be dishonest, untrue.
I want my conscience to be
true before you;
want to describe myself like a picture I observed

– Rainer Maria Rilke

28.) “Sonnets are Full of Love, and This My Tome”

Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
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 honoured name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.

– Christina Rossetti

Short Poems

29.) ”Untitled”

Here’s wishing you a Mother’s Day
That’s filled with every pleasure,
And a future that’s as happy
As the memories you treasure!

– Anon

30.) “Mother’s Incomparable Love”

I know, however hard I will try,
I won’t be able to find words,
To express my love for you,
Your love is incomparable, unparallel
Your Love is so pure a feeling,
I cannot find express it on words,
I love you Mom,And, I love God,
Because, he made you for me!!

– Unknown

31.) “The Gardner”

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

– EE Cummings

32.) “I Will Have to Wait Until I’m a Mother”

i struggle so deeply
to understand
how someone can
pour their entire soul
blood and energy
into someone
without wanting
anything in
return

– Rupi Kaur

33.) “A Mother”

A mother wraps her love
around the heart of her child,
keeping each beat steady
through the rhythm of life
until wings take shape
and it’s time for the soul
to take flight.

– Christy Ann Martine

34.) “Thank You for Mother’s Day”

Thank you from the heart
For all you’ve done for me
I bless the Lord for giving me
The best mother there could ever be.

– Anonymous

35.) “The superwoman”

The superwoman of books
She has come in my life
This superwoman is my father’s wife
She is the best Mom
She is the working mom
She is the housemaker
I can truly say
She is that superwoman
I have found my superwoman
Happy Mother’s Day

– Unknown

36.) “Your Clothes”

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

37.) “Tribute to Mother”

A picture memory brings to me;
I look across the years and see
Myself beside my mother’s knee.
I feel her gentle hand restrain
My selfish moods, and know again
A child’s blind sense of wrong and pain.
But wiser now, a man gray grown,
My childhood’s needs are better known.
My mother’s chastening love I own.

– John Greenleaf Whittier

38.) “Untitled”

Your arms were always open when I needed a hug.
Your heart understood when I needed a friend.

– Sarah Malin

39.) “Sunshine”

My Mother, my friend so dear,
Throughout my life you’re always near.
A tender smile to guide my way,
You’re the sunshine to light my day.

– Anon

40) “”M – O – T – H – E – R”

“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold,
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me.

– Howard Johnson

41.) “Land”

My
mother
was
my first country,
The first place I ever lived.

– Nayyirah Waheed

42.) “To My Mother”

You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

43.) “Mother”

The water of her womb, your first home.
The body she pulled apart to welcome you to the world.
The spirit in you she helped grow with all she knew.
The heart that she gave you when yours fell apart.
You are her soft miracle.
So she gave you her eyes to see the best in the worst.
You carry your mother in your eyes.

– Nikita Gill

44.) “Her Wands”

Her hands held me gently from the day
I took my first breath.
Her hands helped to guide me as I took my
first step.
Her hands held me close when the tears
would start to fall.
Her hands were quick to show me that she
would take care of it all.

– Maggie Pittman

45.) “When God Thought of Mother”

When God thought of mother,
He must have laughed with satisfaction,
and framed it quickly —so rich, so deep, so divine,
so full of soul, power, and beauty,
was the conception.

– Henry Ward Beecher

46.) “Thank The Lord”

Every day I thank The Lord
Oh yes I really do,
For giving me a mother,
As sweet and kind as you!

– Holly Giffers

47.) “Mothers Are the Gardeners”

Mothers are the gardeners
Of wind-blown wild flowers.
They water them with happy tears,
Happy with them many years,
Even as the hours
Ring with sweet, sad melodies
Sighing through their bowers.

– Nicholas Gordon

48.) “The Divine Connection”

My mother and that cosmic connection,
I never feel that connection with anyone,
She loves me and I love her,
I love her with all my heart & soul,
I know and she knows,
She is the best of my life- my Mother!

– Unknown

49.) “The wonder woman”

My mother, she is a wonder woman,
I never knew she is this splendor woman,
My mother, she holds me in her arms,
My mother, she never misses her charm,
She is the wonder woman,
She is the splendor woman,
I love her for the wonder she is!

– Unknown

50.) “Your Soul Is a River”

The water of her womb, your first home.
The body she pulled apart to welcome you to the world.
The spirit in you she helped grow with all she knew.
The heart that she gave you when yours fell apart.
You are her soft miracle.

– Nikita Gill

51.) “Best Mother”

My mother is the best
I don’t know the rest
I have a quest
To keep her happy
To keep her glowing
My Mother is the best
She loves like no one else
She cares for me like no one else
My Mother is the best!

– Unknown

Funny Poems

52.) “Untitled”

I had chocolates for you
But they needed inspecting
So I ate them one by one
Not what I was expecting
They didn’t taste rotten, they were actually fine
Chocolaty and sweet, tasted divine
I’m sorry mom, maybe next year will be better
Instead of chocolates, I’ll get you a sweater

– Unknown

53.) “Untitled”

Mum, I know I owe you the world
And you deserve no less
But circumstances have unfurled;
I’m in a financial mess.
For Your Mother’s Day party
I write for you this ditty.
My poetry skills are hearty
And cheap, but oh so witty!

– Unknown

54.) “MY MOTHER’S ON THE PHONE AGAIN!”

MY MOTHER’S ON THE PHONE AGAIN!
My mother’s on the phone again.
It makes my mood grow sour,
Waiting for the talk to stop. . .
I think it’s been an hour.

My mother’s on the phone again.
Will she get off? No way!
It’s either Gramma or Aunt Kit. . . .
I think it’s been a day.

My mother’s on the phone again.
I talk, but she won’t hear.
She said, “Just one more minute, Hon’.” . . .
I think it’s been a year.

– Denise Rodgers

55.) “Untitled”

For all the diapers that you changed,
For all the play dates you arranged.
For all the trips back and forth to school,
For cleaning all the spit up and the drool.
Why is there only one Mother’s Day?
You could have at least gotten the entire month of May!
Dear Mom, thank you for keeping all the bad stuff I did from Dad.

– Unknown

56.) “Untitled”

Unlike King Lear I am well aware
That extravagant expressions of affection
Do not necessarily mean that our children adore us,
Or that their failure to write or phone or do lots of lovely things for us
Means that they don’t.
I am, in addition, well aware
That most of the wise, mature, sensible women I know
Have nothing but disdain for Mother’s Day,
Which they rightfully declare to be a crass, commercial wa
Of getting guilty children to spend money.
Furthermore, I am hoping that I
Will turn into one of those wise, mature, sensible women
Long before this current decade is through.
But meanwhile, if you know what’s good for you,
Send flowers.

– Judith Viorst

57.) “Untitled”

IF I COULD CHOOSE
If I could choose a mother,
I’d choose a mom who’s fun,
Who likes to take me shopping
And won’t stop till we’re done.

I’d choose a mom who listens
When I have things to say,
Who when she sees I’m troubled
Will make the time to stay.

It’s not about baked cookies
(though those are good, it’s true!)
If I could pick and choose a mom,
You know that I’d choose you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

– Denise Rodgers

58.) “Untitled”

Mum you are like the titanic
Extravagant strong and dynamic
You make everything seem so simple
You are a wonderful example
Of how every mother should be
Even though you are a bit lazy
I wouldn’t have you any other way
I love you happy Mother’s day

– Unknown

59.) “Untitled”

I’VE KNOWN YOU
I’ve known you since my day of birth,
(perhaps a few months more).
There’s lots of nice things I could tell,
(but I refuse to bore).

You’re smart. You’re great. You’re all the best.
(There’s much more I could say.)
But I can only think of one. . .
It’s Happy Mother’s Day!

– Denise Rodgers

Cute Poems

60.) “Thanking My Mother for Piano Lessons”

The relief of putting your fingers on the keyboard,
as if you were walking on the beach
and found a diamond
as big as a shoe;

as if
you had just built a wooden table
and the smell of sawdust was in the air,
your hands dry and woody;

as if
you had eluded
the man in the dark hat who had been following you
all week;

the relief
of putting your fingers on the keyboard,
playing the chords of
Beethoven,
Bach,
Chopin
in an afternoon when I had no one to talk to,
when the magazine advertisement forms of soft sweaters
and clean shining Republican middle-class hair
walked into carpeted houses
and left me alone
with bare floors and a few books

– Diane Wakoski

61.) “A Dandelion for My Mother”

ow 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.
Like you, in the end. If you were here,
I’d pluck this trembling globe to show
how beautiful a thing can be
a breath will tear away.

– Jean Nordhaus

62.) “Always Watching”

I was watching you sleep the other day
And prayed that it would last
The peace that rested on your face
I’d never seen in the past

I was watching you speak a while ago
And hoped that you’d go on
The way your words, they had no end
Your Spirit seemed so strong

I was watching you fight the other day
And prayed my tears would dry
All this I knew was done for me
And couldn’t figure out why

I was watching you smile a couple of days ago
And stared in total awe
Was it me who made you shine?
Was that triumph that I saw?

And all this time you’ve waited
And all this time you’ve helped
And all the things you sacrificed
For me to grow up well

– Skye D. Barker

63.) “Dear Mama(4)”

when did we become friends?
it happened so gradual i didn’t notice
maybe i had to get my run out first
take a big bite of the honky world and choke on it
maybe that’s what has to happen with some uppity youngsters
if it happens at all

and now
the thought stark and irrevocable
of being here without you
shakes me

beyond love, fear, regret or anger
into that realm children go
who want to care for/protect their parents
as if they could
and sometimes the lucky ones do

into the realm of making every moment
important
laughing as though laughter wards off death
each word given
received like spanish eight

– Wanda Coleman

64) “A True Angel”

A mother is special; she’s more than a friend.
Whenever you need her, she’ll give you a hand.
She’ll lead you and guide you in all that you do,
Try all that she can just to see you get through.
Good times and bad times, she’s there for it all.
Say head up, be proud, and always stand tall.
She’ll love you through quarrels and even big fights,
or heart-to-heart chats on cold lonely nights.
My mother’s the greatest that I’ve ever known.
I think God made my mother like He’d make his own.
A praiser, a helper, an encourager too,
nothing in this world that she wouldn’t do.
To help us succeed, she does all that she can,
raised a young boy now into a man.
I want to say thank you for all that you do.
Please always know, Mom, that I love you.

– George W. Zellars

65.) “The Great Blue Heron”

As I wandered on the beach
I saw the heron standing
Sunk in the tattered wings
He wore as a hunchback’s coat.
Shadow without a shadow,
Hung on invisible wires
From the top of a canvas day,
What scissors cut him out?
Superimposed on a poster
Of summer by the strand
Of a long-decayed resort,
Poised in the dusty light
Some fifteen summers ago;
I wondered, an empty child,
“Heron, whose ghost are you?”

I stood on the beach alone,
In the sudden chill of the burned.
My thought raced up the path.
Pursuing it, I ran
To my mother in the house
And led her to the scene.
The spectral bird was gone.
But her quick eye saw him drifting
Over the highest pines
On vast, unmoving wings.
Could they be those ashen things,
So grounded, unwieldy, ragged,
A pair of broken arms
That were not made for flight?
In the middle of my loss
I realized she knew:
My mother knew what he was.

– Carolyn Kizer

66.) “A Mother’s Day”

A Mother loves right from the start.
She holds her baby close to her heart.
The bond that grows will never falter.
Her love is so strong it will never alter.

A Mother gives never ending Love.
She never feels that she has given enough.
For you she will always do her best.
Constantly working, there’s no time to rest.

A Mother is there when things go wrong.
A hug and a kiss to help us along.
Always there when we need her near.
Gently wipes our eyes when we shed a tear.

So on this day shower your Mother with Love.
Gifts and presents are nice but that is not enough.
Give your Mother a day to have some peace of mind.
Be gentle, be good, be helpful, be kind.

– Carol Matthews

67.) “Thank You, Mom”

You tell me that you love me when I don’t love myself.
You’re the one who holds my hand when I need the most help.
You smile when you’re sad to make me smile too.
You make my life so much better by everything you do.

The first time you held me, I knew I was safe.
Being in your arms is still my favorite place.
Every second of my life I know that I will be loved,
Because God sent his most loving angel from above.

Your heart is so pure, your smile is so genuine.
You taught me how to love and how to be a gentleman.
You’re the only girl in the world that I will ever need.
Thank you for teaching me how to love and believe.

– Miller Mottla

68.) “ Proverbs 31:25-28”

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

– Bible

69.) “To Any Reader”

As from the house your mother sees
You playing round the garden trees,
So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,
Another child, far, far away,
And in another garden, play.
But do not think you can at all,
By knocking on the window, call
That child to hear you. He intent
Is all on his play-business bent.
He does not hear; he will not look,
Nor yet be lured out of this book.
For, long ago, the truth to say,
He has grown up and gone away,
And it is but a child of air
That lingers in the garden there.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

70.) “Dear Mum”

There’s no one in this world
Who knows me quite like you.
If ever I’m in need,
You’re the first one I turn to.

You’re the reason that I’m here,
Blessed with life itself.
You have always cared for me,
In sickness and in health.

I think we’ve grown together.
We’ve laughed and we’ve cried,
But no matter what’s been thrown our way,
You’ve always been by my side.

Although you’re my mum.
You are also my best friend,
A friendship I am proud to say
Will never, ever end.

– Chrissie Morris

71.) “Mother’s Day”

I see her doing something simple, paying bills,
or leafing through a magazine or book,
and wish that I could say, and she could hear,

that now I start to understand her love
for all of us, the fullness of it.

It burns there in the past, beyond my reach,
a modest lamp.

– David Young

72.) “My Best And Favorite Girl”

You brought me my first toy,
My first bike and baseball glove.
You filled my heart with joy,
And you filled my life with love.
You taught me how to count
And how to say my ABC’s,
How to say, “You’re Welcome,”
“Thank You,” and “Pretty Please.”

You taught me “Our Father,”
And “Hail Mary, Full of Grace,”
And how to greet a neighbor
With a smile and embrace.
You taught me that all things
Come from Jesus up above.
But most of all, sweet Mother,
You taught me how to love.

– Ronalde Doe

73.) “Jugglers”

She and I on a bench eating prawns:

the first day of her fiftieth year and she points
at two street performers about to juggle
fire, and a distant summer morning

surfaces, afloat on the light wind blowing
off the bay—older sisters in the dark, hiding
as big brother parades around the house

his hands outstretched clutching large candles
I’m on a search! he shouts,
marching from room to room

till he finds them huddling in a jungle
of clothes, beacons flickering as flame-
hot wax begins to flow across his fingers…

– Francisco Aragón

74.) “I Love You, Mom”

The way I feel, I can’t explain
The gratitude inside
For all the days and all the nights
You spent right by my side.

For every hug and every kiss
To send me on my way,
For always putting me to bed
To prepare me for another day.

For loving me through the hurt
And pain that’s come my way.
For holding on to me so tight
That I can barely breathe.

For never letting go
Of the hope you hold for my life.
For keeping it so close to you heart
All this time.

– Jessica Ashton

75.) “Heartiest Wish to My Mother”

Here I wish you Happy Mother’s Day
Here I wish the happiest ever day
Let me tell you
Where you belong
In my life, you are on top
In my life, you are a hope
O my Mother
I wish you the greatest strength!

– Unknown

76.) “Working In Your Dungarees”

You always did the best you could
To make your children grow up good.
You always worked to make ends meet,
To give your children food to eat.

For I saw you down on your knees,
Working in your dungarees.
Working hard just to get us by,
But never once did I see you cry.

You always sang a happy song.
You tried to teach me right from wrong.
But somewhere, Mom, I went astray
And broke your heart each Mother’s Day.

You always gave me all you had,
And in return I made you sad.
I guess I didn’t understand
Just what it took to be a man.

– Ronald Doe

77.) “All You Are To Me”

Thank you, Mom…
for the love, strength, and care,
for in this world that is quite rare.
For being my guardian and my guide
on those sad days when I cried.

I’m proud of you because…
you never gave up hope when the times were hard.
You kept going forward through it all, yard by yard.
You have never let others change who you are.
You have always shown me that you’re my favorite star.
You move through the unknown with strength,
no matter how far the length.

– Jessie Sanders

78.) “Risk for Mother”

O my Mother
O my mother
I’m gonna make this coffee for you
I’m gonna take this risk for you
O my Mother
O my Mother
You are so sweet I Don’t need sugar
You are so cute I Don’t need other
O my Mother
O my Mother

– Unknown

79.) “At Night”

When did I know that I’d have to carry it around
in order to have it when I need it, say in a pocket,

the dark itself not dark enough but needing to be
added to, handful by handful if necessary, until

the way my mother would sit all night in a room
without the lights, smoking, until she disappeared?

Where would she go, because I would go there.
In the morning, nothing but a blanket and all her

absence and the feeling in the air of happiness.
And so much loneliness, a kind of purity of being

and emptiness, no one you are or could ever be,
my mother like another me in another life, gone

where I will go, night now likely dark enough
I can be alone as I’ve never been alone before.

– Stanley Plumly

80.) “A Mother’s Lap”

I slept on your lap
I wore that cap
The one that protected me
The one that made me feel loved
The one that made me feel care for
This Mother’s Day
I want to live those moments again with mother
I will love you like anyone other!
Happy Mother’s Day!

– Unknown

81.) “To My Mummy”

To my Mummy,

From the moment we met
And you held me so tight,
I knew I was safe
As you kissed me goodnight.

I woke up so often
And stumbled with feeds.
You never gave up on me,
Met all my needs.

Now that I’m almost
A three-month0old boy,
I want you to know that
You’re my greatest joy.

They say that we look alike,
Same eyes and nose,
Better than looking
Like Dad, I suppose.

– Nick

82.) “Mother”

Your arms were always open
when I needed a hug.
Your heart understood
when I needed a friend.
Your gentle eyes were stern
when I needed a lesson.
Your strength and love has guided me
and gave me wings to fly.

– Sarah Malin

83.) “Mother’s Day”

Mom, I know we’ve been through a lot,
But to this day I have not forgot
All the things you have done for me.
Opening my eyes and letting me see
All the rights and wrongs in life
And help me battle my every day strife.
To know your love is a great feeling.
Thinking of it helps me with dealing,
And on this special day,
I will always say
That I love you in each and every way.
You are the perfect mother for me,
And no matter what I want to be,
I know you will always be there
To show me that you care.
I hope this touches a special place in your heart,
Because no matter what, I shall never part.

– Kody Welch

84.) “What Mother Means”

“Mother” is such a simple word,
But to me there’s meaning seldom heard.
For everything I am today,
My mother’s love showed me the way.

– Karl Fuchs

85.) “The One”

The one who brought me down to earth
And held me every day.
The one who gracefully gave me birth
And said, I love you in every way.

The one who taught me everything,
Like how to crawl and walk.
The one who taught me how to sing
After learning how to talk.

The one who told me, stay in school
And always play nice.
The one who told me, keep it cool,
And gave me good advice.

The one who taught me how to read
And how to do my math.
The one who taught me how to bead
And told me to take a bath.

The one who lectured, school before a man
And to love one another.
Believe me that this woman
Can be no one but my Mother!

– Crystal R. Adame

86.) “Ma”

My sweet ma
You are mother of the family
You hug us all so happily
You are the nurturer of the family
You keep us bonded tightly
We love you ma
We need you ma
Happy Mother’s Day

– Unknown

87.) “To My Mother”

For all the times you gently picked me up,
When I fell down,
For all the times you tied my shoes
And tucked me into bed,
Or needed something
But put me first instead.
For everything we shared,
The dreams, the laughter,
And the tears,
I love you with a “Special Love”
That deepens every year.

– Anon

88.) “My Mother”

I love her so much, my mother.
She’s always in my heart.
Even though we argue,
we’ll never be apart.

She can tell when I have problems.
She knows when I am down.
She’s always there to cheer me up
and take away my frowns.

At times when I get mad at her,
it’s hard to stay that way.
Only because she makes me laugh
every passing day.

I love my mother with all my heart,
but this she does not know.
Sometimes I want to tell her,
but I’m afraid to let it show.

– Shameka Martin

89.) “For All Woman In my Life”

How can I thank you for your support,
For the guidance, prayers, and help of all sorts?

So much you have done that I could never repay.
All I can do is to honor you in this noble way.

Kind, caring, and loving is who you are.
May the blessing of the Lord propel you far.

You took me in as a son and showed me love,
And for that I think of you as an angel from high above.

Knowing you are in my life makes me proud.
Your advice for me leaves me sound.

You have supported me to this end;
You’ve been my Mom and my friend.

I am who I am today
Because you showed me the way.

– Malcolm Ye ndaw

Summary

Did you enjoy browsing through our catalog of the top 89 Mother’s Day poems? If you found a suitable poem, a great way to share it with your mother is by writing it down on a gift card and delivering it to her personally with a personalized gift or something like a box of chocolates.

Oh, and you don’t have to buy a typical gift card from the local store – you can make your own! Even if it doesn’t come out as refined as you’d like it to be, it’s much more personal than a store-bought gift card, and it’s the effort that counts.