NaPoWriMo 2013 – Day 12

napofeature3Over at NaPoWriMo, I was confronted with the oddest prompt to date. It said:

Write a poem consisting entirely of things you’d like to say, but never would, to a parent, lover, sibling, child, teacher, roommate, best friend, mayor, president, corporate CEO, etc.

Despite my initial reaction of and you expect me to share that!, here I am sharing thoughts of me as a new mother.

Perils

By: Meena Rose

There are many better mothers than I;
I am sure, for there are some things I
Can’t endure: mashed baby food,
Vomit and high pitched wails.

My gut quivered and my ears bled;
Through it all I smiled and I cooed;
When the old lady quipped “What an adorable
Angel!” – I really wanted to say “All yours!”

14 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2013 – Day 12

  1. In a classic family story, oft-retold, my mother said to a neighbor one day “you always said that you would love to watch my son – here he is – he’s yours!” (after he had broken land speed barriers and almost blew up the car right next to the brand new house, and then cut up a newly made chocolate cake all over the new living room rug. Yup. Take him. He’s yours! And she handed him over so she could go back and deal with the rest!

    Deep breaths! The time goes quickly.

  2. claudsy says:

    Not having had these experiences from a mother’s pov, I cannot dredge up the same feelings. Having had months on end of responsibility for such little ones belonging to others, I can recall the reasons I always said, “I adore little children; so long as they belong to others and go home after an hour.” Infants–no problem; I can weather it all. Toddlers–trying but manageable. Everything over three years old–no thank you.

    I can appreciate your feelings during this time, Meena. Having three that close together had to have been trying at the best of times.

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