If the internet is to be believed, all a mom wants on Mother's Day is breakfast in bed and gifts that give her much-needed pampering. Maybe she wants to spend the day with her children and family, maybe she'd prefer to be holed up in a hotel room somewhere, sleeping without interruption and binge-watching HGTV. The truth is, the experience of motherhood, as well as our relationships with our own mothers, is more complex than any social media portrayal. From the good to the bad and the ugly, these nine Mother's Day poems celebrate motherhood in all of its complexity.
Some offer the type of sweet sentiments you can find in the card aisle, while others touch on experiences like miscarriage that are part of the spectrum of motherhood but often go un-discussed. Some of these poets are mothers writing about their children, while others are adult children remembering or mourning their mothers. Share the poems that speak to your feelings and remind you of the women in your life. If you're looking for an original (and inexpensive) gift for mom this year, you can print one of these poems out on nice paper and place it in a store-bought frame. Then your mother will be reminded of your love for her all year long.