10 Mother’s Day Poems She Will Love

Along with your Mother’s Day gift this year, why not include a gift of words to make Mum feel extra special? Giving Mum a Mother’s day poem is one of the best ways to express your love as it’s emotive, impassioned and thoughtful.

Poems can make you laugh or cry – sometimes even both. Long Mother’s Day poems can be handwritten on notepaper, printed or emailed. Short poems can be included in Mother’s Day cards.

For something truly unique and thoroughly innovative, use the easy-to-use graphic design tool Canva to create an image that you can drop onto one of our custom photo canvases or use as part of a canvas collage you can create yourself. Imagine your own custom word art included for Mum instead of a photo? Simply beautiful!

Either way, your Mum will definitely feel the love.

You might even like to recite the poem out loud to Mum. This is something to consider, regardless of age.

Despicable Me II taught us that it’s all in the delivery! Check out this cute-as-a-button short movie scene, below. Be sure not to read your poem aloud like that, no matter your age!

If you have time, you might even like to write your own poem or, if that’s not your cup of tea, simply draw inspiration from those who use their special talent for words and write poetry for occasions such as this.

Here are 10 of the best Mother’s Day poems. In the mix, we’ve included Mother’s day poems from daughter and son, a classic sonnet, some Christian poems and a YouTube Mother’s Day poem.

1. Sonnets are full of love

Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.
– Christina Rossetti

Mothers Day Poems - Tulips - Mothers Day Card

2. I Love You, My Wonderful Mother

You let me know you love me
In so many different ways.
You make me feel important
With encouragement and praise.

You’re always there when I need you
To comfort and to care.
I know I’m in your thoughts
Your love follows me everywhere.

Thank you for all you’ve done
And given so generously.
I love you, my wonderful mother
You’re a heaven-sent blessing to me.
– Joanna Fuchs

3. My Treasure

If I could give you diamonds
For each tear you cried for me.
If I could fire you sapphires
For each truth you’ve helped me see.

If I could give you rubies
For the heartache that you’ve known
If I could give you pearls
For the wisdom that you’ve shown.

Then you’ll have a treasure, mother,
that would mount up to the skies
That would almost match
The sparkle in your kind and loving eyes.

But I have no pearls, no diamonds,
As I’m sure you’re well aware
So I’ll give you gifts more precious
My devotion, love and care.
– Author unknown

Mothers Day Poems - Treasure Heart

4. The Lesson

I can’t repay the lessons
That you taught when I was small
Or give you, gift for gift
The daily treasures I recall;

I can’t return encouragement
Or loving words of praise
In quite the way you did for me
Through all my childhood days.

But there is one gift that I can give:
It’s all the love you’ve earned –
For love is what you always taught,
And love is what I learned.
– Author unknown.

5. Happy Mother’s Day

Excerpt (see YouTube video for full poem)

Who could have so many facets that make her oh-so great?
Who has you on her mind each day and today we celebrate?
Whose hands hold and guide you in a way unlike another?
All these are part and parcel of the joys of being a mother!
– Ms Moem

6. A Mother’s love

A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain.

It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away.

It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking .

It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems .

It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation .

A many splendored miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand.
– Helen Steiner Rice

7. I Remember

In my heart are many memories
Of the loving things you’ve done
And today I want to tell you
that I’m thankful for each one

There is a special memory
I’d like to mention too.
Ever since I can remember
I remember loving you.
– Author unknown

Mothers Day Poems - Happy Mother's Day Poem

8. A Mother’s Love

There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.

There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we’ve dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.

There are times when only a Mother’s faith
Can help us on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.

For a Mother’s heart and a Mother’s faith
And a Mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above.
– Author unknown

9. Everything Mum

How did you find the energy, Mum
To do all the things you did,
To be teacher, nurse and counsellor
To me, when I was a kid.

How did you do it all, Mum,
Be a chauffeur, cook and friend,
Yet find time to be a playmate,
I just can’t comprehend.

I see now it was love, Mum
That made you come whenever I’d call,
Your inexhaustible love, Mum
And I thank you for it all.
– Joanna Fuchs

Mothers Day Poems - Flowers On Grass

10. I Thank The Lord

Every day I thank the lord
Oh yes I really do,
For giving me a mother,
As sweet and kind as you!
– Author unknown

If you’re after something more succinct, it’s easy to change these poems into Mother’s Day quotes – just pick your favourite verse!

This Mother’s Day, take some time to put together some beautiful words for your very special Mum. You will find that it makes the gift you give – whether it’s a photo collage print, a bunch of flowers or a lunch date – even more special. If you like our idea of creating a piece of custom word art on canvas especially for Mum, be sure to experiment with Canva and get creative with our CanvasApp.

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Eli is Canvas Factory's resident blogger and social media buff. She has a passion for art, craft, design, fashion and photography. She loves to explore the joys and challenges of family life, relationships, motherhood and pet ownership. Eli finds it's more funny to poke fun at herself than others. She's travelled extensively and considers herself a citizen of the world.

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