This Sunday, May 10, as we gift our mothers with flowers and other tokens of our appreciation, we search for the words to express what they mean to us. In honor of mothers—as creators, as caregivers, as teachers, as confidants, as supporters, and as friends—we present a selection of poems and articles for and about mothers.


As part of our Mother Knows Best series, Toi Derricotte, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jim Moore, Valzhyna Mort, Sharon Olds, and Sandra Simonds discuss poems they’ve written about their mothers, as well as their mothers’ responses to them.

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Make a card extra special by adding some of these poetic lines for Mother’s Day, and don’t forget to share your favorite Mother’s Day poems with Mom this Sunday.

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