Sharing poems on Mother's Day is a special way to honor the mothers and mother figures we know, whether or not it’s possible to visit with loved ones in person. For the upcoming occasion, the Academy of American Poets and recommends 21 popular poems from its collection to help celebrate and remember these individuals:


Elizabeth Akers Allen, “Rock Me to Sleep

Edna St. Vincent Millay, “The courage that my mother had

Edgar Allen Poe, “To My Mother” 

Alexander Posey, “Mother and Baby

Lola Ridge, “Mother” 

Christina Rossetti, “To my Mother

Robert Louis Stevenson, “To My Mother


Ellen Bass, “Indigo

Erin Belieu, “Another Poem for Mothers

Wanda Coleman, “Dear Mama (4)

Katie Condon, “Big with Dawn

Angelo Geter, “Wonder Woman

Lupe Mendez, “La suavecita

Li-Young Lee, “I Ask My Mother to Sing

Poems of Remembrance:

Dorianne Laux, “My Mother’s Colander” 

Lisel Mueller, “When I Am Asked

Kiki Petrosino, “Ghosts

Stanley Plumly, ”At Night

Luther Hughes , “My Mother, My Mother” 

Paul Celan, “Aspen Tree

David Young, “Mother’s Day” 

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