"What is a mother" is a poem written by Francis Cardinal Spellman. For more information on this poem, read on.

What Is A Mother

"My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune." - Graycie Harmon.
A person who will forever remain special in your life is the one who ushered you into this world - your mother. In your childhood, she stands ahead of you and sets an example. As you grow up and become a teenager, she stands behind you to lend you help whenever you need it. When you become a mature adult, she begins to walk beside you so that you can be each other's best friends. At every stage in your life you can find this protective figure standing tall around you. For the immeasurable love and care that they shower upon us, we shall always be full of gratitude towards them. Though we may try hard to pay them back, it is nearly impossible for us to do that. We may love them, get angry at them, dismiss them, rebuke them or even stop talking to them, but their love remains undiminished. On the contrary, their love for us only gets reinforced with every passing day. We fail to recognize this owing to our busy lifestyles and huge responsibilities that leave us with little time for ourselves, let alone time to think of our supportive mothers and thank them. It precisely so that the efforts of mothers do not go unacknowledged that an occasion like mother's day serves as a golden opportunity to express our immense love and gratitude for them.

A day to celebrate the glorious ideal of love and sacrifice called motherhood, mothers' day is all about making moms feel proud and special. It is a perfect day to commemorate the unconditional love, support and sacrifice that your mom has shown in all your big and small things. Mother's day did not take root as a figment of one's imagination. In fact, the concept of revering mothers and celebrating motherhood has existed since the time of ancient civilizations. The Greeks, in the early times, held a mother's day celebration in spring in honor of goddess Rhea, who according to Greek mythology is regarded as the 'mother of the gods'. They paid homage to the goddess by offering honey-cakes, flowers and drinks. As mother's day is celebrated over the world, children - that includes kids, adolescents or the middle-aged - acknowledge the efforts of their mothers in their own special way. The love for mothers can be so intense that it has inspired many poets to write on it. One such famous poem is 'What is a Mother?' Here are the beautiful lyrics of the poem "What is a mother" written by Francis Cardinal Spellman.

What Is A Mother
What is a mother? Who shall answer this?
A mother is a font and spring of life,
A mother is a forest in whose heart
Lies hid a secret ancient as the hills,
For men to claim and take its wealth away;
And like the forest shall her wealth renew
And give, and give again, that men may live.