Poems, Art, and Quotes in Celebration of Mothers

Updated on April 6, 2017

A Dedication to Mothers

This article is a tribute to mothers and the contribution that they give to their children's lives. Through their nurturing love, they help us to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. They set us on the right path and are always there to give us guidance when we lose our way. They give their children a strong foundation in life by providing them with a loving and safe environment in which to grow, enabling them to discover their unique talents, believe in themselves, face life's challenges, and care about others.

The Mother - By Gwendolyn Brooks

I Feel Your Presence

In the stillness of an evening snowfall,
I think about when we would have our walks together
and talk about all my plans for the future...
I feel your presence.

In a cleansing rain,
as you would dry me off
with a towel when I was a child
and I would giggle with joy...
I feel your presence.

In a beautiful melody beckoning a heart to sing,
I remember practicing the piano
and you would sing along as I played-
sometimes, you had a faraway look in your eyes...
I feel your presence.

In a lovely garden,
where you taught me the miralce of watching life grow,
the feeling of the earth in my hands
which became clay for your living art,
and in the warmth of the sun’s rays on my back...
I feel your presence.

In a memory of a vision of loveliness
when I first saw you all dressed up-
dancing with me on a starry night...
now, when I'm dressed up,
going out for the evening,
kissing my own little girl goodnight
and she tells me how lovely I look...
I feel your presence.

When you stood up to defend your child
against what you
thought was an injustice,
and now, when I do the same
for mine...
I feel your presence.

In a desperation of a moment
when everything feels as if it
is futile...
and I hear you encouraging me to go on...

In the beauty of a sunset,
when you would stand next to me...
saying, "how wonderful is this moment
and my sharing it with you,”
I feel your presence.

When I hold my little girl close,
telling her how much she means to me...
I feel your presence.

In a reflection of a pond,
where we would often wade and
listen to the frogs... I look down in the water
and still see your lovely face...
I feel your presence.

-Marie Lawrence

Motherhood - by Mary Cassatt

They Give Us the Capacity to Show Empathy for Others

Through the example that they set in their unwavering love for us, they in turn give us the capacity to share our love and gifts with others. Thus their uniquely significant role in raising happy and productive children who have empathy for the lives of others has profound effects in helping to create a more civilized world where we recognize the value of others' lives and have compassion for all sentient beings.

A Poem About the Mother and Child Bond Which Lasts a Lifetime and Even Beyond - Auguste Reading to Her Daughter by Mary Cassatt

A Mother’s Love

She holds a mirror to what we can be
and helps to cultivate
what others may not see…
helping her children to succeed.

As she binds wounds
wiping the tears as they fall…
with her words she nurtures our souls
as deftly as she mends torn clothes.

She gives us a sense of the magic about life
and that the secret of happiness
is to follow our hearts…
and have faith in our dreams.

She gives us the freedom to find our own path
but guidance when we go astray,
and with the insight of new wisdom
to know we are going the right way.

We learn the importance of honor
and the virtues of loyalty and truth
as she reminds us never to abandon our values
in a meaningless chase of material pursuit.

She teaches us how to build character
as we learn from our mistakes,
and from the midst of our sorrow
to have hope for a brighter tomorrow.

We learn from her example
how to handle strife…
and the importance of forgiveness
as we go along in our life.

When tested to our endurance,
she reminds us of a larger purpose
as we learn from her example
that we have sufficient strength.

She inspires with her words,
empowers with her faith,
and gives us the capacity to love others
with the love she’s given us.

I see her face through tears
when I was first a child
learning to face my fears,
and an illuminating light for all these years…

She will remain my truest friend
until the very end
and even beyond…

-Marie Lawrence

A Poem About How Mothers Nurture A Promising Life - The Family by Mary Cassatt

Mother and Children by Mary Cassatt
Mother and Children by Mary Cassatt

A Mother's Loving Heart

With alchemist’s power,
she transforms base metal into gold
as she sees gifts
that others may be unable to behold.

She values each and every child
for she knows best their individual worth,
giving them the power to believe-
holding a vision of what they might be.

And for one cast aside by others,
just as an object of art
spared by a collector from a pile of scrap-
she sees its beauty in the rough.
With special care,
she lends a loving hand
to bring forth beauty anew…
so that others may see it too.

She doesn’t accept the judgment of others
which may be flawed;
but instead through a mother’s insight,
spares a radiant light from being dimmed
and a soul from being imprisoned.

And nurturing this promising life
with both love and guiding light…
so with its true nature unthwarted
may give rise to glorious bloom.

-Marie Lawrence

A Mother's Day poem - A Rose for You, Mother

A Rose for You, Mother

I remember when I was a little girl
if I had my feelings hurt,
you gave me a rose
and said,
“this rose is a symbol for all the
love I have for you…
and for your family who loves you too.”

I remember when I lost a music contest,
you gave me a rose
and said,
“this is for all your effort
and the next time you’ll do better.
Look at this lovely rose…
remember, it took awhile before it became
such a beautiful flower.”

If I brought a report card home
that was a disappointment to me…
you said,
“The enjoyment of learning
is far more important
as it will help improve your grades,
and has greater impact in determining
what we can do…
learning doesn’t just end with school.

Think of this rose
to remind you that
life has its ups and downs…
and you will have your days
when sunshine abounds.”

As a symbol of the magic
of your love and the wisdom
you gave me to fulfill my dreams,
I now present this rose to you
on Mother’s Day
as a beloved token of these memories
that I will always cherish,
and of the love I’ll always have for you.

-Marie Lawrence

Favorite Quotes About Mothers - Mother by Mary Cassatt

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."

-- Washington Irving

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."

-- Lin Yutang

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."

-William Makepeace Thackeray

"To a child's ear, 'mother' is magic in any language."

-Arlene Benedict

"No influence is so powerful as that of the mother."

-Sarah Josepha Hale

"A mother understands what a child does not say."

-Jewish proverb

"No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love."

-Edwin Chapin

"Mother is the one we count on for the things that matter most of all."

-Katherine Butler Hathaway

"Mothers can look through a child's eyes and see tomorrow.

"- Reed Markham

"Great mothers build bridges instead of walls."

- Reed Markham

"The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother."

-Napoleon Bonaparte

"The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or business man, or artist, or scientist."

-Theodore Roosevelt

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."

-- George Washington (1732-1799)

A Mother's Love for Her Child Lasts Throughout Eternity - Mother and Child by Le Thi Luu

"No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love."

-Edwin Chapin

A Mother Hugs and Kisses Her Child's Hurts Away - Mother and Child by Mary Cassatt

"A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters."

-George Herbert

"When you were small and just a touch away, I covered you with blankets against the cold night air. But now that you are tall and out of reach, I fold my hands and cover you with prayer."

-Dona Maddux Cooper

"Make a memory with your children, spend some time to show you care; toys and trinkets can't replace those precious moments that you share."

-Elaine Hardt

"You may have tangible wealth untold: Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be I had a Mother who read to me."

-Strickland Gillilan

"Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life."


"My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for--someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me."

-Thomas A. Edison

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."

-Oprah Winfrey

"Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My mother"

-Ann Taylor

"God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers."

-Jewish Proverb

"Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind."

-Kahlil Gibran

"Children and mothers never truly part - Bound in the beating of each other's heart."

-Charlotte Gray

"A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."

-- Victor Hugo

The Importance of Spending Quality Time With your Children - Mother and Child in the Park by August Macke

Spend quality time with your children. It is so important for their minds, bodies, and spirits. Reading a book to them, going to the park, playing with them, making bread or brownies, drawing a picture or making a holiday craft together, going for a nature hike, a dog walk, to a museum, a concert, or telling them a story; all of these are wonderful ways to spend time with them. Try to do one of these activities everyday or at least two or three times weekly if you can't do them each day. But, you can at least spend some time talking daily to your children to see how they are doing and to show them how important their lives are to you. Try to spend some separate time with each of your children, if you have more than one, to develop a strong bond with each and get to know them as unique individuals. And remember, give them a hug everyday and tell them you love them before they go to school and go to bed.

Reading to your child every day when they are young, even starting as babies, will cultivate a lifelong love of reading, and help them aquire the necessary language and writing skills that they need to have to do well not only in school but in life.

Encourage their intellectual growth by taking them to the library, showing a keen interest in their education, helping them with their homework if they need you, and encouraging their participation in the arts, the sciences, and extracurricular activities. Encourage your children to set goals for themselves and being supportive of them in trying to achieve them despite setbacks. They will learn the value of persistence and with your steadfast belief in them, they will eventually succeed.

Instead of comparing your children with others, give your children the emotional support they need to discover their own special gifts and talents. As mothers, we play a vital role in helping our children develop the necessary feelings of self-worth and the coping skills they need psychologically to face life's challenges and overcome adversity. We also help our children develop their unique potential, the skills they need to interact with others, and to find their own niche in society which will bring them happiness and fulfillment. And we contribute significantly by our own example to our children becoming good parents themselves and thus helping to forge future generations to be the leaders, visionaries, and innovators we need in an ever changing, dynamic world. Wow, what an awesome and amazing gift it is to be a mother!

Take the Time to Make Beautiful Memories with Your Child - The Maternelle Caresse by Mary Cassatt

"Make a memory with your children, spend some time to show you care; toys and trinkets can't replace those precious moments that you share."

-Elaine Hardt

Mother and Child Reading by Frederick Warren Freer

As a person who always loved nature, I would take my daughter on nature hikes when she was just a little girl. She would love to talk about all the interesting and lovely sights she would see. Often times, we would bring along sketch pads and crayons so as to forever capture these beautiful moments. Then we would come home and read about some of the animals and plants we saw, and we would proudly display her drawings up in her bedroom. I will always cherish these wonderful memories I have of the times we spent learning and being together. Your children will gain so much from the time you spend together. You will make them feel loved and help them develop feelings of self-worth.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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        Marie Lawrence 

        8 months ago from New Hampshire

        I’m so glad that you enjoyed my poems about mothers. What makes writing so worthwhile is that you can share your thoughts and feelings with others. When others appreciate your writing, then it makes it even more special! Mothers play such an important role in nurturing a child so that they can develop physically, mentally and spiritually and be happy with themselves and have the capacity to love & nurture others as well! From the very start, they help us to see that we are worthy of love and our lives have purpose. And indeed, all through life, they are there for us to give encouragement and help ease our burden when we need it most. They are vital to our well being and have such influence in our lives! Thank you for visiting my hub and for your beautiful compliment.

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        a child who loves her mom 

        8 months ago

        these thoughts are amazing and i feel that every one would have these feelings for her mother.....

        'love u mom'.......

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        4 years ago

        What an amazing Hub. I think at some point in our lives, we all take our mothers for granted which is really inexcusable. That unbreakable bond between mother and child is so special, and it's something we're all lucky to have. The poems in this Hub further cement that.

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        Vivian Sudhir 

        4 years ago from Madurai, India

        Really moving piece, voted up.


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