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To My Mother

By Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of ‘Mother,’
Therefore by that dear name I long have called you—
You who are more than mother unto me,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you,
In setting my Virginia’s spirit free.
My mother—my own mother, who died early,
Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
And thus are dearer than the mother I knew
By that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.

In observance of the National Poetry Month, and in keeping the sentiment of visiting my mother at the cemetery.

6 Responses

  1. This is a beautiful poem and one I had not heard of before. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Neither have I. I was flipping through my copy of complete Edgar Allan Poe and found this poem. Beautiful and sad. It makes me remember my mother.

  2. Doubly touching. Very meaningful. Thank you.

  3. Poe is one of my favorites, but I’d not read this one. Thanks for posting it.

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