Strained Mother-Child Relationships

Strained Mother-Child Poems

18 Strained Mother-Child Poems

Some mother-child relationships are strained or tense. Wounds exist that create frustration, anger, and distance.
Poems in this collection are about navigating troublesome relationships between mothers and daughters and mothers and sons.

  1. Love At Last

    • By Peggy Liimatta
    • Published: April 2008
    Poem From Mom Who Wants Her Daughter's Love

    in Mother Daughter Poems

    I remember the good times
    that we once had...
    but still my life
    is oh...so sad

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    • Votes 2598
    • Rating 4.50
    Featured Shared Story

    This poem was very close to my heart. My ex-husband cheated on me. I couldn't deal with being unfaithful, so I divorced him and he begged me to stay. All the lies and deceit and him never...

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  3. The Way I Feel

    • By Stacy K. Pickering
    • Published: February 2006
    Fighting Between Mother And Daughter

    in Mother Daughter Poems

    I feel so much hurt
    I feel so much pain
    I feel like I don't have anyone
    I feel like I want to cry but can't

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 132
    • Favorited 13
    • Votes 232
    • Rating 4.44
    Featured Shared Story

    I felt every single word of this poem me and my birth Mum are not close it's a bit hard for me knowing that your birth Mum wants nothing to do with you or she doesn't love you at all. The...

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  4. I Don't Want Any Other

    • By Ashley N. Hoppes
    • Published: February 2006
    Mom, Please Come Back Into My Life Poem

    in Mother Daughter Poems

    Our life has not been easy.
    We've managed to drift apart.

    But whatever it's worth,

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 254
    • Favorited 19
    • Votes 357
    • Rating 4.43
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    I have faced the same problems, and at times losing hope and waking up to a wet pillow full of tears. I love this poem because it gives me hope for another relationship with my mother. Thank you.

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  6. Do You Have An Answer?

    Absent Mother Poem

    in Mother Daughter Poems

    Why did you do the things you did?
    Why did you say the things you said?
    Why did you change who you are?
    Why did you choose a man over your own daughter?

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    • Stories 12
    • Shares 145
    • Favorited 11
    • Votes 267
    • Rating 4.32
    Featured Shared Story

    Yes, thanks everyone for sharing your stories. I am so sorry to hear these stories. It's unimaginable. I don't feel alone in my feelings about my mother. She died a year ago and left her...

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  7. Mommy Dearest

    • By Amy R. Addington
    • Published: February 2006
    Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship Poem

    in Mother Daughter Poems

    She is my mother,
    that indomitable, unattainable goal.
    A woman of iron and silk and unforgiving praise.
    She is the measure of all that

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 90
    • Favorited 5
    • Votes 135
    • Rating 4.20
    Featured Shared Story

    Very familiar attitude from that daughter. I would be willing to bet everything I own that the mother sees herself in a totally different light.

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  8. No Greater Love

    • By Ann Coren
    • Published: February 2006
    Asking Mother For Forgiveness

    in Mother Daughter Poems

    I caused you a lot pain and I didn't care, but you still loved me.
    Please forgive me, Mama.

    I hurt you in so many ways, but you were always there for me.

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 122
    • Favorited 15
    • Votes 447
    • Rating 4.43
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    It broke my heart. I lost my mama this year. The pain I feel is so great I can feel my heart aching inside my chest. How I too long for her, to see her beautiful face, hear her voice with...

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  10. I Don't Need You

    • By Jennifer J. Austin
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About Mother Leaving

    in Mother Child Poems

    What do you expect me to do or say after you up and left, treating me this way?
    What do you expect me to think now, when the only thing I want to know is how?
    How could you walk away, just turn your back on me?
    What is it you think your lies will help me see?

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 150
    • Favorited 9
    • Votes 127
    • Rating 4.43
  11. Why Did It Turn Out Like This?

    • By Rebecca E. Pitt
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About A Fight Between Mother And Daughter

    in Mother Daughter Poems

    We used to be inseparable.
    Nothing could tear us apart.
    You were my idol.
    I looked up to you for my support.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 72
    • Favorited 10
    • Votes 112
    • Rating 4.36
  12. I Wish

    • By Reba N. Mills
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About A Mother Absent From Her Daughter's Life

    in Mother Child Poems

    I wish you were here with me
    I wish you were here every day,
    To hug me, to ask me if I'm doing okay.
    I wish you were here when I got my first doll

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 54
    • Favorited 10
    • Votes 126
    • Rating 4.30
  13. Time Can't Heal

    Mother-Daughter Relationship Poem

    in Hard Times Poems

    Time can't heal pain that won't mend.
    The suffering, the heart ache,
    It feels like the end.
    Grasping a hold of a moving change,

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    • Stories 1
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    • Favorited 18
    • Votes 203
    • Rating 4.28
    Featured Shared Story

    My daughter has lied about me on Facebook, called me the "C" word in an email, and accused me of coming on to her boyfriends in a text. This child was loved and adored from day one. All of...

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  14. Listen Up

    I Just Want My Mom Back

    in Mother Daughter Poems

    Mom, will you sit down
    To listen what I have to say?
    We can be in the same room
    And be miles and miles away.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 27
    • Favorited 5
    • Votes 125
    • Rating 4.21
    Featured Shared Story

    I read this poem and though it said just how I feel and do too!!!! I never though someone else would feel the same way that I do....this is the best poem I've ever read on family

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  15. Broken Promises And Lies

    • By Jennifer L. Young
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About A Lying Mother

    in Mother Child Poems

    She has made many promises, yet never seems to keep them.
    The lies she tells me are continuous, yet still I believe them.

    I have gotten older, but not any wiser, for when she tells me to trust her and everything will be fine,

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 39
    • Favorited 8
    • Votes 115
    • Rating 4.10
  16. A Teenage Strife

    • By Whitney B. Wickes
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About Not Getting Along With Mom

    in Mother Child Poems

    My mother and I don't get along.
    We share no common song.

    She doesn't understand

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 17
    • Favorited 2
    • Votes 37
    • Rating 4.00
  17. Let Me Out Into The World!

    • By Willow G. Kurowski
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About Yearning For Freedom

    in Mother Child Poems

    She treats me like the child; I am but don't want to be.
    I crave diversity and the right to be free.
    I feel I should have control over my life in order to be me,
    But in her mind this she doesn't see.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 21
    • Favorited 2
    • Votes 51
    • Rating 3.92
  18. Mother

    • By Samantha K. George
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About Mother Causing Daughter Pain

    in Mother Poems

    MOTHER

    Mother, why do you
    treat me like

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 16
    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 88
    • Rating 3.68
  19. Yearning For Approval From Mom

    • By Cristin Gomez
    • Published: September 2011

    in Mom Poems by Teens

    Days go by we haven't talked
    The silence between us grows
    And inside I yell why can't you love me for me?
    She might be deaf and blind too...

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 84
    • Favorited 10
    • Votes 124
    • Rating 4.39
    Featured Shared Story

    The similarities between this poem and the relationship with my mother are uncanny. It's a perfect depiction of how my life is with her and how she makes me feel.

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  20. I Will Do Anything

    • By Rebecca L. Windsor
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About Wanting To Come Back Home

    in Mother Child Poems

    I will do anything to come back home.
    I can't take it anymore.
    I cry myself to sleep; my eyes are always swollen.
    My heart always aches.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 48
    • Favorited 5
    • Votes 52
    • Rating 4.14
  21. Mother

    • By Ashley N. Mitchell
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About Not Realizing Life Was Abnormal

    in Mother Child Poems

    Mother is supposed to be a special word
    A mother is supposed to be loving to a child or so I've heard.

    This I personally do not know.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 11
    • Favorited 1
    • Votes 36
    • Rating 3.97

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