The whimpers slowly turn to moans,
And soon to full blown cries.
I throw the blankets off my body
And force open my eyes.
I think back to the night before,
That foolish glass of wine.
It caused this pain inside my head,
A good idea at the time.
I stumble slowly down the hall,
And push open the door.
Something painful under foot,
Some toy left on the floor.
I lift my child into my arms,
Her body shines with glee.
This daily greeting of pure joy,
You’re back, she grins, For me!
I forgot to put my slippers on,
Not even a pair of a socks.
I change my daughters leaky nappy
As my feet turn to icy rocks.
Clean and dry, I hug her close,
And sit down on the rocking chair.
She drinks and gulps her milky breakfast
Quietly twisting strands of hair.
Full, she wriggles off my lap,
Sliding swiftly down my legs.
Her toes touch the cold wood floor.
She turns back to me and begs,
Grunts and groans, her arms held high
Up, she gestures, Take me back!
I distract her with a doll, a rattle,
Her beloved jumping Jack.
A minutes peace to sit back into
the cushions of this soothing chair.
A minute to myself to wake,
And rid my eyes of morning glare.
The toys soon will lose their wonder.
I force myself to stand.
I pull open the spotty curtains
And look out at the waking land.
The sun is shining gently in,
Filling the room with light.
She toddles to my cold bare legs,
Grabs them with all her tiny might.
She points to the door, an order
Telling me where to go.
She giggles when we’re in the hall
Faster, she grunts, Why so slow?
We reach the door of my own haven
My bedroom light has just turned on.
My husband’s hidden beneath the duvet.
Then “Boo!”, jumps out, the laugh is on.
Hysterical giggles fill her belly,
She jumps into his waiting arms.
My heart soars, my head has cleared,
Impossible to resist her charms.
I flop beside them on the bed,
The three of us a piling muddle.
This simple pleasure in my life,
The weekend morning cuddle.