Poems and Prayers for Parents

baby rainbow fingersDo you know someone who’s struggling with a teenager?  Parents too tired to deal with well-meaning or interfering grandparents? A new mother frazzled with the anxiety of sleepless nights, wailing “I don’t know why the baby won’t stop crying!!”  Please pass these on. I especially like the lullabies sang by the babies to their anxious, distraught mums.

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
Rheinhold H. Niebuhr

The Parent

Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore,
And that’s what parents are for.
Ogden Nash


Go to sleep, Mum,
I won’t stop breathing
suddenly in the night.

Go to sleep, I won’t
climb out of my cot and
tumble downstairs.

Mum, I won’t swallow
the pills the doctor gave you
or put hairpins in electric
sockets, just go to sleep.

I won’t cry
when you take me to school and leave me:
I’ll be happy with other children
my own age.

Sleep, Mum sleep.
I won’t
fall in the pond, play with matches,
run under a lorry or even consider
sweets from strangers.

No I won’t
give you a lot of lip,
not like some.

I won’t sniff glue,
fail my exams,
get myself/
my girlfriend pregnant.
I’ll work hard and get a steady/
really worthwhile job.
I promise, go to sleep.

I’ll never forget
to drop in/phone/write
and if
I need any milk, I’ll yell.
Rosemary Norman

Baby Song

From the private ease of Mother’s womb
I fall into the lighted room.

Why don’t they simply put me back
Where it is warm and wet and black?

But one thing follows on another.
Things were different inside Mother.

Padded and jolly I would ride
The perfect comfort of her inside.

They tuck me in a rustling bed
—I lie there raging, small, and red.
Thom Gunn


  1. Hi Janice,
    Your words ticked me into bed after a perfect day of lounging and cuddling with my 3 best friends. Happy Mum’s Day to the best of the best.

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