The Three Stages

If ever I am mother I’ll be patient

fun and full of life.

I’ll cherish every moment and kiss 

away the strife. 

We’ll stay awake for hours and 

laugh at all the rain

make forts in our pajamas and

get down and play with trains.

When the little dears grow up

I know I’ll be more at peace –

not wringing hands at everything and

gritting all my teeth. 

If only they would listen, 

hold my hand and cross the road

with a cool and calm demeanour.

This is far more than I supposed

would test me in my principles

and rouse in me my rage

I thought this was meant to be my time

and motherhood my stage.

If I could have back those moments

to do it all again

I’d slow down and take a pause

I’d avoid my need to bend

their emerging wills to fit with 

my overarching plans

I’d smile and say 

‘I love you’ more and kiss

their dimpled hands.

I’ve only got this time around

to get the balance right

Please help me to realise that 

and utilise Your sight. 

Disclaimer: If ever there was a poem that just poured out of me it was this one. I have no idea whether it was written in five minutes because I was too consumed with typing the words as fast as they were coming to me!

As well as being inspired by National Poetry Day, this is a double link up with #Write31Days and Five Minute Friday. Today’s prompt is ‘test’. 


For more information on 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, check out Christina Hubbard’s site!


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    1. The selfish part of me wishes I could take credit, Andrew, but this one in particular felt a lot more like I was just a conduit 🙂 Thank you so much for your generous words though – that means so much!

    1. To all mothers everywhere 🙂 It is definitely something I need to remind myself of over and over! (and you never know, you could have poetry hidden in your heart somewhere? I only started writing after I joined the FMF community this year!)

    1. Hooray! What a day to celebrate 🙂 and yes – presence is so key in motherhood… and in finding a happy and meaningful life anywhere, really!

    1. Pleasure, Heidi 🙂 I really hope I can get through to the ‘next stage’ without too many regrets…. writing is so powerful in reorienting my perspective!

    1. I know I’ll need to re-read this to myself each morning so that I can figure this balance thing out! I’m not usually great at deviating from my own plans 🙁

  1. Wow, wow, wow! Emma, this was brilliant. So accurate, so passionate. I loved it!
    Please make it into a graphic, or a greeting card, or something.
    I’d love to hang it somewhere.
    Have a great weekend!

    1. That’s a cool idea – I had never thought of that! I’ll see what I can come up with – might be a fun, creative challenge 🙂

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