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14 Jun 2011

How to Write a Poem for Mum

What better way to show Mum how much you care with a heartfelt poem written by you. Of course, mums love the flowers, the chocolates, the thoughtful gifts and the breakfast in bed too, but my mum always says 'don't waste your money, it's only Mother's Day, not my birthday'! So, why not write a personal verse to your mum to show her how much you love, care and appreciate her, this Mother's Day. For some, writing a poem is as natural as riding a bike, but for the majority of us, apart from needing a pen and paper, we don't know where to start. Well, worry no more as we have put together a handy guide so you can write a wonderful poem for your mum (or mother figure). Do remember, anyone can write a poem, it might take a few attempts but eventually you'll have a fantastic poem that your mum will love nearly as much as she loves you.

A Poem for Mum - Where to Start?

The first thing you need to do is write a list of ideas you can draw inspiration from. What is the best memory you have of your mum? What does she look like - does she remind you of anything? Can you compare her to something else? For example, is she as beautiful as a rose, or does she warm your soul like sunrays dancing on water? Make sure you include on your list 'thank you'. Mother's Day is about showing appreciation and saying thanks to our mums for all they've done for us, all they've sacrificed and for everything they'll do in the future. 'I'm proud you are my mum!'

A Poem for Mum - Which Poetic Form to Use?

The next step is to research online to see if there is a particular poetic style you like, form you would like to try or to simply help you find your voice by knowing what you don't like! There are many poetic forms and techniques, some are complicated, some are simple, some use rhyme, others rely on techniques such as meter and tone. To help you, we have include a few examples below in a selection of poetic styles written by our own fair hands.

Writing Your Poem for Mum

By now you'll have an idea of the kind of poem you're going to write. When it comes to writing your poem, sit where you can relax and not be disturbed. If it helps, put on music, look at photos or recall your fondest memory to help inspire you. Find your 'zone' where it's just you, the pen, the paper and your words. Then let the creativity begin...

Editing - Perfection can be Achieved!

Read over your poem, change bits, chop bits out, move bits round, highlight the words or lines you love and work the rest up to that standard. Not many of us can write a fantastic poem first time. Editing is a normal part of any kind of creative writing. Sometimes it's good to leave your poem for a day or two and come back to it with fresh eyes. If you want to, show your poem to a family member or friend for their constructive criticism. Only the best for Mum will do!

Your Completed Poem for Mum

Remember, when writing your poem, your mum is going to love it because it's personal, it has taken time and it's heartfelt and sincere. If you read your poem and think, yes, that's my mum, then relax, you've done it, put your pen down and leave well alone! What's even better is you're going to make your mum feel like a million dollars on Mother's Day, and that is a priceless feeling, one you've created with your words.

That's it, our handy guide to writing a poem for Mum. The great thing about this guide is you can write your poem for Mum for any occasion, you don't have to wait until it's her birthday or Mother's Day to tell your mum how great she is, mums are amazing all year round!

Examples of Poems for Mum

Dedicated to Mum

There are so many things I want to say,
Firstly, I hope you have a great time today,
And thank you for all you have done for me,
Without your love and support where would I be?
I hope you realise how wonderful you are,
That we all love you, family near and far,
You are one in a million, there's no one like you,
Mum, thank you, I love you, I really, really do.

For Mum

For all of the hugs you've given me,
For all of the tears you've dried,
For all of the advice and understanding,
For all of the times I've cried,
For all of the laughs we have shared,
For all of the cups of tea,
For all of the guidance and support,
For all of the times I rolled in around 3,
For all of the ups and downs,
For all of the times you picked me up when I fell,
For all of the unconditional love you have given me,
No wonder I've turned out so well!

Dear Mum (An Epistle Poem)

Remember when the cat clawed my face?
I know I shouldn't have wrapped her up like a baby,
I was young and I loved that cat so much,
A bit less after she'd made me bleed though!
And that time you went to the fair with me,
On the Gravity Wheel, you went green,
You should have said you were scared,
I know you didn't want me to miss out.
Those times I used to 'creep' in at 3am,
To find you waiting up, with a cup of tea,
You couldn't sleep until you knew I was in safe.
I feel bad for all the times I didn't appreciate you,
Didn't listen, or do as I was told.
That week of silent treatment haunts me now!
I don't know what I did to deserve you, but I am
Glad I've got you and I never want to let you go.
You've done so much for me, how will I ever pay you back?
I don't know if I'll ever be able to, but as long as you know
I love you dearly and do appreciate you. One day I'll get the
Chance to pay you back for everything you've given me, but it's
A huge debt to pay - but a debt I am honoured to owe.
Mum, you're something else. Everyone says their mum is
The best, but you ARE the best and I just want you to know that. xxxx.

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