Poems to Honor Our Mothers on Mother's Day

Updated on March 9, 2015

These poems honor mothers for the contribution they give to their children's lives. Mothers nurture our bodies, minds, and souls. By providing us with a loving and safe environment in which to grow, they help cultivate psychological health in their children and enable us to realize our full potential.They are always there to give us encouragement if we lose hope or guidance when we feel lost. And through their consistent love and support, they help us to believe in ourselves so that we can achieve our goals and give us the capacity to care about others.

Maternal Admiration  by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Maternal Admiration by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

All the Gifts You've Given to Me

You gave me love when I first drew breath...
You nourished my body and soul.
You gave me the gift to believe in myself,
helping me become the unique person I am.
You gave me an understanding of the value of life...
a desire to share my special talents with others
and to love others with the love you
so generously bestowed on me...
and I will leave this world a better place
for having made a difference.

-Marie Lawrence

Mother and Child by Mary Cassatt
Mother and Child by Mary Cassatt

Favorite Mother's Day Quotes

“Mother is the one we count on for the things that matter most of all.”
-Katherine Butler Hathaway

“The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.”
-Barbara Kingsolver

"Children and mothers never truly part - Bound in the beating of each other's heart."-Charlotte Gray

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." -

-Honore' de Balzac

“When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.”

-Nancy Friday

"Mothers are instinctive philosophers." -Harriet Beecher Stowe

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."

-Jewish proverb

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

-Author Unknown

"If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden."  ~Claudia Ghandi

Always Looking Up to You

I remember when I was a little girl,
I would try on your shoes,
but they wouldn't fit.
They were always too big
but I liked to walk around in them anyway.
Looking up to you...
always wanting to be just like you.

I would see the lipstick
and powder on your dresser.
And I would put them on,
thinking that this would make me like you.

Next came the pearl necklace
and those big pearl button earrings
that was the finishing touch–
so that I could play grown-up.

With my doll, I would
always pretend that she was me
so I could be you.
Tending to all her needs
and singing her a sweet lullaby
as the stars would twinkle in the sky–
holding her close to me
just like you always did
with me... before I fell asleep.

Then as I became older,
it became something more-
I marvelled at all the things you knew.
You would read books to me
and could explain so much
about everything...
I wanted to be smart like you.

So I became an avid reader
learning about gravity,
the moon, the ocean
and the tides...
all about living things
from one-celled organisms
to dinosaurs who once ruled the earth.

And then I grew to
admire you even more
as you talked about things that
were yet beyond my reach
but made me think much more...
about the purpose of our lives.

I've finally grown-up,
and I still try to fit in your shoes...
to act on my beliefs
and show concern for others
who are oppressed,
or have no means to help themselves.

How bright your light always shined,
inspiring me to make the most of my life
and today, I still try to emulate you...
always looking up to you.

-Marie Lawrence

A Mother Aids A Traveler On A Journey

A mother is like an angel
gifted with extraordinary powers
coming to the aid
of a traveler on a sometimes
perilous path.

As she comes to the rescue
of a little one overwhelmed
by stormy waters...
she arrives on fleet foot
to lift him out of danger
and to give another breath of
life, of hope...
a feeling that all is well again.

Her light carries far over the distance
like a luminous star,
in darkness aiding 
travelers worn and weary...
stricken with loneliness or despair,
mitigating hardship
as it nourishes the spirit
and strengthens the belief 
that they can make it at last...
to their destiny.

-Marie Lawrence


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    • SolveMyMaze profile image

      SolveMyMaze 3 years ago

      These poems sum up your hub introduction perfectly in that we're all lucky to have our mums and that we need to make sure that they know how much we appreciate them.

      We wouldn't be here without them, and they're always there for us in our time of need.

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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I love your poems about your mother. I hope all young adults read these.Sometimes we get surprised along the way, and we see our child really was paying attention to a good example, and I thought they never even heard it. Thanks, very interesting.

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      Rebecca Andrews 6 years ago

      Marie Lawrence, I love your poems for mothers and their children. I especially love the poem, "Always Looking Up to you." I find the message to be so true and insightful of the poet. As mothers, we must realize that we are role models and teachers for our children as they are learning from our example all of the time. If we want our children to grow up with values, to be able to care about the lives of others, a desire to learn and seek knowledge and find purpose in their lives, then we must model the behavior that we want our children to learn.