Emotion recollected in tranquillity?

It's hard to know how best to depict the intensity of life with a larger family; I was thrilled when Cloud Malone sent me this poem, which she has kindly given me permission to put up here...

                     No Time
                  by Cloud Malone

             Each day, it's like a marathon
                I hardly seem to stop
              I hit the pavement running
                Never slow below a trot
            Four children take it out of me
              The fighting, all the mess
              Suzannah's little tantrums,
             Stopping Joe from biting Jess
             Then Sam will start up crying
              Making all the others whine
                They only need a cuddle
              But I haven't got the time!
          Washing, brushing, cleaning, mopping
                Bleaching down the loo
           Scrubbing cooking baking wiping
                Scraping off the poo
          Shopping chopping shouting dusting
                 Where do I begin?
             Quite frankly, I'm exhausted
             And I wouldn't change a thing.

And here's a poignant poem from Tracey Huntley, highlighting how swiftly it all passes...

                    A Parent's Love
                   by Tracey Huntley

                Time to get up, it's 3am,
         Another bottle, change that diaper again
           Sing sweet tunes to soothe your ear
            Thank God that He brought you here

         Scratches, scrapes and bruised up knees,
             Asking Mommy to "kiss it please"
          Hey Dad, I heard something under my bed,
      Can you read it again? That book you just read?

           The game will start in thirty minutes,
            Dad is proud because his son is in it
        Mom's still worried about scrapes and scratches,
        But yells 'hoorah!' with every ball he catches

         There's a special glow about a mom and a dad,
             It's there as they raise their child
             Being there through the good and bad;
                  Loving them all the while

                 Hey Dad can you fix my tie?
               Oh come on Mom, please don't cry.
    You two have always been there, just like your here today,
                 Standing right beside me,
            Watching her father give her away

I would love to find more poems that sum up the reality of our lives, so if you're a budding poet with something to say about family life, parenthood, childhood, whatever, please send me any contributions! They must be your own work and not yet published eleswhere or I could run into copyright problems. Now I'm afraid I can't resist the opportunity to inflict one of my own on you, just so that Cloud & Tracey aren't alone, you understand...

       by Angela Corbet

Calm, serene, almost orderly,
home waits, curled gently round the empty hours,
You explode through the door,
chattering, laughing, squalling, demanding,
muddy boots, tousled hair, flashing eyes,
    a jumble of bags,
        a tumble of books,
            a rumble of tums,
"STARVING!" - but choosy! -
bursting with news and views,
injustices, Great Truths,
    a gabble of deadlines,
        a scrabble of fingers,
            a rabble of friends...

Time flies, like a startled cat,
skittering, slinking, sliding away
until night falls; children yawn,
lights flicker out, peace returns,
and the minutes stretch & settle
on my heart, curling softly into memories...

All work is published by kind permission of the authors. I believe all the poems to be the work of the attributed authors; please let me know if you believe there has been an infringement of your rights and I will attempt to rectify matters as soon as possible. Please do not reproduce these poems for gain without obtaining permission from the author.

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