Poems related to love, such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?" and Rumi's "The Privileged Lovers," are good options for maid of honor speeches. Poems that especially relate to the bride or couple are also good for the speech.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?" is a classic love poem suitable for a maid of honor speech as a celebration of the wedding couple's love. It's possible to use the poem in its entirety or as excerpts.
"The Privileged Lovers" by Rumi is an example of a love poem written in the third person, making it ideal for a maid of honor speech. Maya Angelou's "Touched by an Angel" celebrates love in general. James Thomson's "The Wine of Love" is another poem that works well for the maid of honor speech. Because the poem compares love to a feast, it's appropriate for starting the wedding meal.
A maid of honor speech starts with an introduction that includes how the maid of honor knows the bride. After a brief summary of their friendship, the maid of honor discusses the couple's relationship. The maid of honor can place the poem in this part of the speech or save it for the conclusion as a way to leave the listeners with something to ponder.