38 Touching Poems About Family

Express appreciation and gratitude for your loved ones with these deep and moving words.

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Family members are the closest to our hearts. They know us from birth and keep our little secrets and embarrassing moments safe. And the best way to show your love and gratitude towards them is by dedicating a few words to them. If you are not good with words and have no clue about writing a poem for your family, we can help.

Our family does a lot for us, yet we often fail to recognize the efforts. This post will help you find that happy, emotional, funny, love-filled, and joyful poem that you can share with your family. You can send this poem about family as a token of your love to let them know you think of them. Keep reading to choose the best that reflects your relationship with your family.

38 Family Poems About Relationships

1. Sonnets

Sonnets are full of love, and this my time,
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be;
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me,
To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home;
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come.
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.
By Christina Rossetti

2. Different Meanings Of Family

To some, family means mom, dad and the kids.
To others, family means single parents doing the job of two to make a home.
To some, family means living with grandparents too.
To others, family is the aunt or uncle who has stepped up to fill in for parents.
To some, family means two moms or two dads growing a family together.
To others, family means two people multiplying their love through adoption.
To some, family is limited to blood relations.
To others, family includes friends who are there through thick and thin.
To some, family is all about the people in their lives.
To others, pets are considered family members too.
Yes, family means different things to different people,
But every family has one thing in common, and that’s love.
By Kelly Roper

3. The Necklace of Love

No rubies of red for my lady —
No jewel that glitters and charms,
But the light of the skies in a little one’s eyes,
And a necklace of two little arms.

Of the two little arms that are clinging,
Oh, ne’er was a necklace like this!
And the wealth of the world and Love’s sweetness impearled,
In the joy of a little one’s kiss.

A necklace of love for my lady,
That was linked by the angels above;
No other but this — and the tender, sweet kiss,
That stealeth a little one’s love.
By Frank L. Stanton

4. My Dad

Ever since I was little you were right by my side.
Even though it may not always have been the right decision you were always along for the ride.
I never realized how important you were to me until I left home.
Now my eyes light up every time that you call my phone.

You and mom were so young when I came.
I can’t even imagine how things must have changed.
You weren’t like other young dads who get up and walk out.
You stayed by our side without a doubt.

I am so much like you in everything that you do.
I have always been like that even as a little girl too.
I remember getting up early and going to work with you all day.
No matter how boring it was with you I would stay.

It sucks that it took moving out to see how much you meant to me.
It’s amazing how much it made me open my eyes and see.
If anything ever happened to you I don’t know what I would do.
How I truly feel is one thing I have never told you.

All little kids have that one person they look up to.
That one person that can do no wrong no matter what they do.
You are my hero and you always have been.
Not only are you my dad but my best friend.
By Shawna

5. A Family Is

A family is a group of people.
It can be a group or a couple.
A family is where,
People care.

They share a love for each other.
They don’t have to be a biological brother.
They offer support and encouragement too.
In facing life and all you do.

You can be sure when times are hard,
They will show up and be a safeguard.
And when times are good,
They share and laugh as they should.

Without family the world can be a lonely place,
With no one to love or to embrace.
These relationships you should cherish,
Your life they will enrich.
By Kate summers

6. Family

One of the most heartfelt feelings is,
Putting your family first.
It doesn’t require a scholar or math whiz,
To recognize one suffering from thirst.
Whether it be for liquid or love,
My parents put family first with education.
Taught about respect and God above,
About land and its preservation.
And about family and friends,
Sharing the present and the past,
Making family number one with love that never ends,
And memories that last and last!
By Ouida Nell Greene

7. A Daughter Who Leaves

A woman weaves her daughter’s wedding slippers
that will carry her steps into a new life.
The mother weeps alone into her jeweled sewing box,
slips red thread around its spool,
the same she used to stitch
her daughter’s first silk jacket
embroidered with turtles
that would bring luck, long life.
She remembers all the steps
taken by her daughter’s
unbound quick feet:
dancing on the stones
of the yard among yellow
butterflies and white breasted sparrows.
And she grew, legs strong
body long,
mind independent.
Now she captures all eyes
with her hair combed smooth
and her hips gently swaying like bamboo.
The woman spins her thread
from the spool of her heart,
knotted to her daughter’s
departing wedding slippers.
By Janice Mirikitani

8. Family First

Friends may come and friends may go,
Family is first and this I know;
Putting friends first is a mistake,
And not one that you should make.

Family’s forever and this I know,
Friends enter your life and then they go;
Making friends is fun trust me with this,
But not something you would miss.

Love your family while they are here,
Keep their love very near;
Family can leave the world at any time,
So don’t make yourself feel like slime.

Family is here to comfort you,
I know your friends do this too;
Without your family you would be lost,
Hold on to them no matter the cost.
By Bonnie B Long

9. I Have Much Less To Be Thankful For

This Thanksgiving I have much less to be thankful for.
Much less than I did just one year before.
When I lost Mom, I lost my mother and my best friend.
I had no idea how sick she was or that her life would end.
Four months later I lost my dad as well.
This Thanksgiving I’m living in Hell.
But I am thankful to still have my brother.
We have no parents, we only have each other.
Since March the 6th, I’ve had very little happiness.
Last year I had much to be thankful for but now I have much less.
By Mr. Raul Gonzalez

10. Home, Sweet Home

Mid pleasures and palaces, though we may roam.
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home;
A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there,
Which, sought through the world, is ne’er met elsewhere.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home,
There’s no place like home.

An exile from home, splendor dazzles in vain;
Oh, give me my lowly thatched cottage again;
The birds, singing gayly, that came at my call —
Give me them — and the peace of mind, dearer than all.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home,
There’s no place like home.
By John Howard Payne

11 Family Reunion

The divorced mother and her divorcing
daughter. The about-to-be ex-son-in-law
and the ex-husband’s adopted son.
The divorcing daughter’s child, who is
the step-nephew of the ex-husband’s
adopted son. Everyone cordial:
the ex-husband’s second wife
friendly to the first wife, warm
to the divorcing daughter’s child’s
great-grandmother, who was herself
long ago divorced. Everyone
grown used to the idea of divorce.
Almost everyone has separated
from the landscape of a childhood.
Collections of people in cities
are divorced from clean air and stars.
Toddlers in day care are parted
from working parents, schoolchildren
from the assumption of unbloodied
daylong safety. Old people die apart
from all they’ve gathered over time,
and in strange beds. Adults
grow estranged from a God
evidently divorced from History;

most are cut off from their own
histories, each of which waits
like a child left at day care.
What if you turned back for a moment
and put your arms around yours?
Yes, you might be late for work;
No, your history doesn’t smell sweet
like a toddler’s head. But look
at those small round wrists,
that short-legged, comical walk.
Caress your history – who else will?
Promise to come back later.
Pay attention when it asks you
simple questions: Where are we going?
Is it scary? What happened? Can
I have more now? Who is that?
By Jeredith Merrin

12. My Mother And I

My mother and I
Have fun together.
My mother and I
Help each other.
My mother and I
Go places together.
My mother and I
Love each other.
By Brihana Chan

13. My Sister

My sister! (’tis a wish of mine)
Now that our morning meal is done,
Make haste, your morning task resign;
Come forth and feel the sun.
Edward will come with you—and, pray,
Put on with speed your woodland dress;
And bring no book: for this one day
We’ll give in to idleness.
By Williams Wordsworth

14. All In A Family Way

I have found out a secret for Freddy,
A secret for next Budget day;
Though, perhaps he may know it already,
As he, too‘s a sage in his way.
When next for the Treasury scene he
Announces ‘the Devil to pay’,
Let him write on the bills, ‘Nota bene,
‘Tis all in the family way.’
By Thomas Moore

15. Family

As his son was to start school,
Dad wrote poems everyday.
The poems turned into a cap, a satchel,
textbooks, crayons
and a small umbrella.
On the first day of April,
his son went with Mom,
through the town full of cherry blossoms,
to the People’s School in an old castle,
to attend its first grade entrance ceremony.
At home, now left quiet,
Dad was alone with an aged maid,
listening to bulbuls’ calls,
listening to the sea’s roar,
as if he hadn’t heard them for a long time.
By Tatsuji Miyoshi

16. Families Can Be

Families can be big or small,
The people can be short or tall,
They can be full of girls and boys,
They can be quiet or full of noise.

Families play a part of life,
Even when there is some strife.
But families can be full of love,
They are truly from God above.

Appreciate your family each day,
Don’t wait until they are old and gray.
Be sure to say I love you,
As families are with you through and through.
By Catherine Pulsifer

17. My Mother

You are more than a mother,
You are more than just another,
You are my best friend.
From day one, you’ve been by my side,
And you’ve always told me to never hide.
You said you’d always be there,
and you’d always care.
You told me you’d love me forever,
And not a day goes by where I don’t hear those 3 little words,
I Love You.
And I want you to know that this much is true,
Even though I’m not a little kid anymore,
I love you.
By Trisha Cain

18. My Wonderful Brother

The wonderful time that we had,
Some old memories happy and sad,
I am glad I have you as my brother,
There is no one like you or another,
Bro you are the best and you know,
I don’t have many gestures to show.
By Brother Poems

19. I’m Going Home

The unrelenting tug at my heart,
Something is amiss.
I’ve been away from home,
For too many days weeks months.
I’m going home.
My mother, she misses me.
My family is waiting for me.
Kinship binds hearts together.
Roots of love run deep.
I’m going home
No matter how far I’m away.
Oceans mountains or miles apart,
A part of me never leaves home.
Home is where my family resides.
I’m going back home.
By Fion Lim

20. Family In My Life

My life is filled
With loving people.
This makes me feel
So darn grateful.

I am honored for those
Wonderful people.
They make life so
Real darn peaceful.

So thank you, Mom,
And thank you, Dad.
You’ve both made me
So darn glad.

And then there are Grandparents,
Sisters, brothers, uncles, and aunts.
You’ve all given me,
Everything I could want.
By Julie Hebert

21. Your Family

Your family are people you can depend,
If you get in trouble, they shall defend.
They are the ones that understand,
Always willing to give you a hand.
Your family, you should always cherish,
Without them you would probably perish.
Your connection with them is very deep,
If something happens, together you weep.
Your family can help your confidence build,
With their love and support, you’ll feel fulfilled.
Just don’t forget to show your appreciation,
That will strengthen your relationship.
By tree.cards

22. Family Bond

A family bond is really strong,
They’ll accept you, if you’re wrong.
Family is there for comfort and support,
Even love you, if you’re short.
A family will bring laughter and joy,
Sometimes they are just simply annoying.
But that’s ok, since they care,
Many things with you, they’ll share.
Life without family, wouldn’t be the same,
It would be lonely, and definitely lame.
So make sure you thank, each family member,
For being there, from January to December.
By tree.cards

23. Family

Tell me what does family mean to you.
Is it all the little special things one another do,
Or is it the bond that one another has;
Maybe it’s the love from one generation to another one to pass.
Family is more than a six letter word;
It is a word that often need to be heard.
Family is more than relatives – they are friends;
Friends that will stick with you to the very, very end.
A family bond is stronger than ever,
Because it can overcome any stormy weather.
A family stands tall no matter how hard they fall,
Uniting as one when their backs are against the wall.
That is simply what a family do,
Helping you become a better you.
So when you think about the word family,
Think beyond just the background history.
Like they say an empty house is not a home,
And a true faithful family never stands alone.
By Jeanette Matthews

24. Families Are Forever

We are born into them without a say,
Our family can support us and make our day.
Families consist of many different types,
Some are so kind and others full of stripes.

A loving family is a blessing from above,
It is one that is filled with much love.
And while we may not always agree,
We do listen to each other to some degree.

Respect and cherish these special folks,
And don’t forget to laugh at their corny jokes.
No matter what road in life you go down,
Your family is always there even when you frown.

We may drift apart as the years go by,
But we never know when it is our last goodbye;
So hug your family, stay close to them;
You will find that they can be your best friend.
By Catherine Pulsifer

25. Mom And Dad

You teach me right and wrong…
And when I am sad you sang me that special song…
You tell me everything I need to know…
And when I needed you, you were always there with me….
So when I’m all blue and sad, I call on you, my mom and dad…..
By Janvi

26. Little Sister

The day they got bashed up by Barry’s gang,
Then smashed his father’s biggest Queensland Blue;
And stonked the roof with marbles for an hour,
Their mother, bursting at the seams, came due.
Discussing trip-wires, ambushes and bombs,
They walked the seven streets to Aracan.
Their grandmother kept dropping things. “Drat!”,
She’d tipped the peelings in the billycan.
“Now Mam, you stay put in that chair,”
Their grandfather heaped pine-cones on the fire;
And made some bubble and squeak with cheese and sauce,
While they played Snakes and Ladders on the floor.
Late that night they heard their father’s car,
And listened from the dark carved-wooden bed.
The back door clicked. “A girl, both well,” “Thank God!”
“Let’s put the kettle on,” their Papa said.
By Jan Owen

27. Our Kin

Sister, brother, Mom, and Dad
All make a family glad;
And aunts and uncles with cousins too,
Can make a family more than two.

And then grandparents play a special role,
They complete and make the family whole.
And don’t forget those special friends,
They help make the family blend.

All these people play a part,
They are in our lives from the start;
They know us better than most,
To them, we feel very close.

We don’t have to pretend or be okay,
They accept us the way we are today;
We know no matter what,
They won’t let us stay in a rut.

They encourage and support us,
And the love they offer is a plus.
All these people, we are blessed,
With our kin who are the best!
By Mary S. Scotsburn

28. Family Creature

Family is truly a unique creature,
It can function as an effective teacher.
Each person involved, has plenty to learn,
Through words and actions, respect they may earn.
Sometimes arguments may get pretty loud,
That’s because they’re all just so proud.
They better watch what they say,
Otherwise, they’ll be lonely and gray.
This creature you should always feed,
You never know when something you’ll need.
The trick is to listen and sometimes talk,
Grab the creature, and go for a walk.
By tree.cards

29. Family

A family gives you unconditional love,
Strength and guidance they got form above.
They listen when you need an ear,
And one thing is they always care.
When you need a hand,
They’ll lend you theirs.
If you’re crying they’ll wipe you tears.
If you need comfort, you know where to go.
Their love is never hidden it is always shown.
They always boast about you to anyone they meet,
Family, friends and even strangers on the street.
A family is precious and kind.
A family is truly divine.
A family is God’s gift to everyone.
They are what make your house your home.
To be appreciated you don’t have to go far,
Because your family loves you for who you are.
By Latisha Parkinson

30. The Family Tree

One tree outlives the mighty oak,
Because it’s made of special folk,
Through generations changing form,
Providing shelter from life’s storm.
Our parents’ parents and before,
Who may have lived on distant shores,
They root our lives in memories,
We’re nourished by their histories.
A sturdy trunk that lends support,
And gives us care of every sort –
The fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts,
Who nurture us like tender plants.
The children, branching toward the sky,
Have brand new dreams and deeds to try.
And babies, buds that seem so small,
Will flower so the tree grows tall.
By Jim Wolf

31. To Me What Is Family

Family to me has many meanings,
For all are full of diverse feelings.
Love and anger, both within a single one,
Children who stay and children who run.
Can one family be better than another?
It all depends on how they love each other.
A family’s love should last forever,
Bonds of love nothing can sever.
For the family I have, I am happy and blessed,
And nothing more truthful have I ever confessed.
Family has many meanings, but one rises above,
The greatest meaning of family, is that of love.
By Glaedr, the poet

32. A Family

F-fiercely loyal to those we love.
A-accepting each for who and what they are.
M-matchless in our hopes and dreams for one another.
I-instilling pride in our hard fought heritage.
L-learning about our past guides us in the future.
Y-you love and cherish the people of your heart.
By Patricia Biddle

33. Affection Of A Daughter

The affection of a father is, daughter,
Sweet melody of a song is, daughter,
Live dream of every passion is, daughter,
A unique gift of universe is, daughter
Dear of the dearest face is, daughter,
Don’t pluck these flowers,
Let them blossom …
By Dr Ram Sharma

34. Family Likeness

“You’re just like them!” they say.
And me, I yell, “No way!
He’s so moody,
She’s so shrill,
His chin juts out,
Boy, can she shout!
His nose is big,
And mine’s quite small
There’s no resemblance at all.”
But then on days of harmony
I find that I agree.
Our family is made of different parts,
But we’re all the same
In our hearts.
By Alison Jean Thomas

35. Simple Truths About Family

Family, the people you share everything with…
Including colds, looks, leftovers, and feuds.
Family, the people you love the most…
But pretend not to know when you’re out in public together.
Family, the people you can really count on…
To borrow clothes, money, and get on your last nerve.
Family, the people you respect…
Even though you’d rather die than let friends find out how crazy they are.
Family, the people you just can’t live without…
Even though sometimes you’re pretty sure you’d like to give it a try.
By Kelly Roper

36. In Both the Families

In both the families that both belong to me,
There is every shade of brown, and tan, and paler honey.
I face faces that I see in both the families that both belong to me,
And they can face my crooked grin.
Here is every shade of every color skin.
We fit in.
By Arnold Adoff

37. Grateful

For my family, I’m more than grateful,
I’ve been blessed, it’s truly fateful.
They always stood, right next to me,
Offer advice and help for free.
Love for my family, stems from my heart,
They taught me so much, right from the start.
Encouraged me to reach for the stars,
Helped me overcome so many scars.
Without my family, I’d be completely lost,
Can’t imagine the emotional cost.
I just hope, I may repay,
By loving them back, with zero delay.
By tree.cards

38. Family Issues

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you, they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite.
And He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hands be for happiness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
So He loves the bow that is stable.

By Khalil Gibran

Infographic: Top 3 Heartfelt Poems For Your Family

Family is important to all of us. Family can also be a group of people who are unrelated to you by blood. Whoever we grow up and grow old with leaves a long-lasting impression on us, and you can express your love and respect for them with both your words as well as actions. Check out the top three heartfelt poems you can dedicate to your family.

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Your family is one constant that you enjoy throughout your life. You are connected to your family members from birth and share a bond that often runs deeper than all other relationships. Our collection of poems about families describes their multifaceted nature, importance, and meaning in an all-encompassing way. While families may be all about unconditional care for some, they are a safety net for others. There are various relationships that we enjoy in our families, and each of them has a distinct flavor to it. These heartfelt poems can even be included as a part of a tradition and can be shared on special occasions, paying tribute to a beautiful legacy and ancestry that brings us all together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is family so important?

Family is important because they are the ones who love and support you through all the good and the bad times. However, this is only possible if your family has a healthy, non-toxic dynamic.

What makes a strong family?

Showing gratitude and affection, having a good time together, successfully handling stress and crises, and efficient and constructive communication styles make a strong family.

How can poetry bring families together?

Reading and discussing poetry can encourage meaningful dialogue, self-expression, and a deeper comprehension of feelings and opinions. It may help create lifelong memories and strengthen familial bonds.

What are some common themes in poems about family?

Common themes in poems about family include the bond of love, unity, understanding, and support for one another.

How can poems about family express the love and appreciation we feel for our loved ones?

Highlight the unique qualities of each family member and the memories shared together that define the family to make our poems loving and beautiful.

What are some ways to make a poem about family more personal and meaningful?

To make a poem about family more personal and meaningful, incorporate specific details and memories that are unique to your family. Use descriptive language and sensory imagery to evoke emotions and create a vivid picture.

Can poems about family be used to heal rifts or bring families together?

Yes, poems about family can help heal rifts and bring families together by providing a platform for expressing emotions and sentiments that may be difficult to communicate otherwise.

What are some tips for sharing a poem about family with loved ones?

When sharing a poem about family with loved ones, choose a private and intimate setting where you can connect with your loved ones, and share your thoughts and emotions behind the poem to provide context and deepen their understanding.

Key Takeaways

  • Family is the one thing that keeps us grounded and provides shelter when things get rough so appreciating them in any way is important.
  • Poems are a beautiful way to share your feelings with your family members and thank them for their unconditional love and support.
  • Opt for a poem from the list above or pen down your own by taking inspiration from your shared memories.
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