Poetry in the Time of Corona

Hungryyy, he says.
My morning alarm.
I blink sleepily to three more
crowded on the bed.
One falls off
and I hoist her up again
whilst bringing newborn close.

Morning's gentle light falls on bare feet
padding downstairs for
warm porridge in pyjamas.

No rushing, no shortcuts, scrambling for shoes,
No 'Love you' thrown over small shoulders,
stooped under their schoolbag load.

Laughter and tickles and questions and discovery.
Mummy with her babies together,
A family.
Where did these bright little beings come from?
Where have they been?
Why am I getting to know them only now?

has gone mad
With restrictions
and fear.
But at home
all is safe
and near.
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Submitted by Soulwriter on April 21, 2021

Modified by Soulwriter on June 01, 2021

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 656
Words 115
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 7, 3, 3, 7, 8

Charlotte Cohen

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  • mayonde
    Nice! I also awakened with 3 next to me most morns.
    LikeReply23 days ago
  • nwafor_a
    Smiles for this one. In my culture, children are seen as blessings from God.
    LikeReply23 days ago
  • cokerrogers
    They are lucky to have you to protect them through those times. Wonderful poem that brings a bit of warm light to a darker time in the world
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • Soulwriter
      wow I'm so honoured to have your feedback. Many thanks!
      LikeReply7 months ago
  • dougb.19255
    The sanctuary of a loving trusting family. Soak it in. Nurture it. Exemplify it. And yes the outside is going crazy and paranoid and pugnacious…Wayne Blair. A four star gem Charlotte.
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Soulwriter
      thanks, much appreciated
      LikeReply1 year ago


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