5 Touching & Emotional Poems For Your Mother’s Day Card

Mother’s Day is nigh. (Sunday, May 12th, for those who weren’t sure). Do you know what you’re writing in her card?

Good thing we at PAPYRUS have a thing for poems. We even curated a National Poetry Month collection because we believe in the power of poetry. So if you’re scrambling to find words that perfectly convey how much you love and appreciate mom, we’ve got a few suggestions!

These poems range from simply sweet to darkly funny (in the right context), but all of them are definitely beautiful. Pick a stanza or use the whole poem! Either way, she’ll love the effort.


1. Rock Me To Sleep by Elizabeth Akers Allen

Is there anything more comforting than the memory of mom rocking you to sleep? Allen’s poem reminds of the strongest love of all—a mother’s love, and the solace we receive from that love. This beautiful piece will show mom how much you appreciate her always-comforting presence


Over my heart, in the days that are flown,

No love like mother-love ever has shone;

No other worship abides and endures,—      

Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours:

None like a mother can charm away pain

From the sick soul and the world-weary brain.

Slumber’s soft calms o’er my heavy lids creep;—      

Rock me to sleep, mother, — rock me to sleep!

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2. Mother O’ Mine by Rudyard Kipling

For those mothers and children who share a quirky sense of humor—Kipling’s poem, while probably sincere in its creation, works as a good-natured joke about mom’s selfless devotion to her kids!


If I were hanged on the highest hill,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

I know whose love would follow me still,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!


If I were drowned in the deepest sea,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

I know whose tears would come down to me,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!


If I were damned of body and soul,

I know whose prayers would make me whole,

Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!


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3. The Road Not Traveled by Robert Frost

You took the road less traveled, and she couldn’t be any more proud. Frost’s poem is the perfect piece for sharing how much you appreciated her wisdom and advice. She told you to take on the world, and you did!


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


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4. Sonnet by Alice Dunbar-Nelson

While perhaps a little sad, Dunbar-Nelson’s poem is a gorgeous reflection on how people we love can bring color back into the world. If you want to let mom know that she’s an important source of comfort and inspiration, this little poem definitely conveys that message with sincerity.


So far from sweet real things my thoughts had strayed,

I had forgot wide fields, and clear brown streams;            

The perfect loveliness that God has made,—

Wild violets shy and Heaven-mounting dreams.

And now—unwittingly, you’ve made me dream

Of violets, and my soul’s forgotten gleam.     


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5. Rhapsody by William Stanley Braithwaite

How did we learn to appreciate life and the beauty around us? Braithwaite’s poem captures the kind of awe-like wonder an inspiring mother can instill as we emerge from childhood. Let her know on Mother’s Day that, even though you’ve grown up, you still see the magic in the moment.


I am glad daylong for the gift of song,

    For time and change and sorrow;

For the sunset wings and the world-end things

    Which hang on the edge of to-morrow.

I am glad for my heart whose gates apart

    Are the entrance-place of wonders,

Where dreams come in from the rush and din

    Like sheep from the rains and thunders.

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