Short But Sweet Two

Small girl framed by window


The light catches your curls and the childish curve of your chin and nose – so perfect – like porcelain, but soft, alive, vibrant.

You are happy on my lap, greedily drinking in the delights of the view into the garden.

Sometimes, I am so tired, I feel I might break.

Sometimes, all I know are cries that make my body ache, my mind muddled.

Sometimes, words unsaid – unscreamed – burn my throat and lungs.

Stop. Sleep. Be quiet. Please.

But there are also sun-drenched mornings when your throaty giggles are a balm to all the world’s ills.

There are moments when I look into the luminous hazel pools of your eyes, so like mine, and I see fierce intelligence, unbridled curiosity, and such tenderness.

And then exhaustion seems like a badge of honour to wear proudly, a treasure to cherish and keep.

But please, little one, please…. just sleep tonight, ok?


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  1. 5
    Baby Anon

    This is beautiful and really captures your love. It reminds me of my Mother who always says that as soon as she – finally – gets me to sleep, she aches for me and misses me terribly, she loves me so much. x #bigpinklink

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    This Mum's Life

    She has such a striking and beautiful profile!! Really gorgeous words, and all so true. You’ve perfectly captured how bone achingly tired being a mum can make us, and how we sometimes think we can’t listen to anymore moaning and screaming. Then, one unprovoked hug, or announcement that they love you, can change everything in an instant-and yes, if they sleep it really does help…! xx

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      Someone's Mum

      Thanks so much for such a lovely thoughtful comment. She did sleep last night. I’m really hoping for two in a row! 😂

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    tracey bowden

    Beautiful words I really felt your love for her all the way through such emotion. I could also feel the desperation too behind it all. I hope you get some sleep and a decent rest soon xx #bigpinklink

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    The Pramshed

    A lovely poem Danielle! It’s a while since I’ve looked at your posts, and they are still fab. I feel like we all feel like this about our children, and wanting them to sleep. Claire x #KCACOLS

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