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Ode to Mothers -- Poetry for Mothers Day @ the Library

Mother and Child

by: Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857–1940)

mother and baby


I saw a mother holding

 Her play-worn baby son,

Her pliant arms enfolding

 The drooping little one.







mother child



Her lips were made of sweetness,

 And sweet the eyes above;

With infantile completeness

 He yielded to her love.






mother and baby



And I who saw the heaving

 Of breast to dimpling cheek,

Have felt, within, the weaving

 Of thoughts I cannot speak;









mother child


Have felt myself the nestling,

All strengthless, love-enisled;

Have felt myself the mother

 Abrood above her child.








Mothers Day - the poetic holiday of holidays - for mothers and motherhood embody the spirit of poetry.  What better way to celebrate Mothers Day than by sharing poetry found through the library?  SCCLD is the place for poetry - whether in print or online!  

Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald's poem above--and thousands more--can be found on the SCCLD online resource:   Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, The

Books for Poem About Mothers and Motherhood
Angel to Angel
Angel to Angel
Mommy Poems
Mommy Poems
Love to Mamá Love to Mamá The Rainbow Hand
The Rainbow Hand


***Notes about the Old Time Photos in this Post

You can find a rich collection of photos at

Library of Congress - Prints and Photographs On-Line Catalog and right here on the SCCLD website: