Love set you going like a fat gold watch. The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its place among the elements. Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival. New statue. In a drafty museum, your nakedness Shadows our safety. We stand round blankly as walls. I'm no more your mother Than the
Whether singing or scolding, loving or smothering, mothers occupy a mythic space. This complex relationship is frequently celebrated and explored by poets. Find both classic and unconventional poems about mothers by Rossetti, William Meredith, Allen Ginsberg, Mark Strand, and many others. For poems appropriate for Mother's Day, see For Mom.