I found the Poetry Foundation looking for a good poem for mother’s day. And I found out it’s worth a stop — their mission is to make poetry more up front in people’s lives. They’ve got a fat archive of poems and a home page they can brag about.
Try Poem of the Day, or Poems about Relationships, or take your chances on a Random Poem.
Today they have a sampler of poems in honor of mother’s day.
I particularly like this one by J Lorraine Brown because of the vivid imagery and the reminder that all mothers start out as fearless little girls.
Tintype on the Pond, 1925
Believe it or not,the old woman said,and I tried to picture it:a girl,the polished white ribs of a roasttied to her boots with twine,the twine coated with candle waxso she could glideuninterruptedacross the ice—my mother,skating on bones.