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
Whether singing or scolding, loving or smothering, mothers occupy a mythic space. This complex relationship is frequently celebrated and explored by poets. Find both classic and unconventional poems about mothers by Rossetti, William Meredith, Allen Ginsberg, Mark Strand, and many others. For poems appropriate for Mother's Day, see For Mom.