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Motherhood Poems: The Ladder

Updated on November 10, 2012
"fort-less" ladder
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Motherhood poems: reflecting on memories of my children

The Ladder


As I gaze out my snow-stained window

I’m keenly aware of this feeling it has cast

Not of its shimmering crystal flakes

But the sense that so much time has passed.



There, in the midst of the snow-filled forest

Silently stands an emblem marking time

Filled with adventure, laughter, and tears

Sounds I still hear in my memory-filled mind.



Water gun battles were born on that fort

Tea parties, mud-cakes made their way up there

Halloween candy was divided and sorted

Innocence without any care.



Vivid, picture-filled memories

Valued at unfathomable worth

Leaf and stick houses, shovel to the head

Animal “traps,” bike ramps formed of earth.


Now, in the snow-covered woods

Brown-stained ladder teetering on a tree

Grown children no longer frequent its rungs

Let it be a symbol, live a life of glee.


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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      crabbykris - I'm so glad to know that this poem brought back memories of your own children when they were younger. I treasure the carefree days of my children's younger years so much. Thank you for your kind words.

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      crabbykris 5 years ago from Fort Pierce

      This is a beautiful poem and some really great pictures. I look forward to more. Thank you for bringing back to me some beautiful memories of my own grown children.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      sen.sush23 - It never occurred to me that a teacher would have similar feelings for her students as they grow and advance beyond children's games, but I can certainly see how that can be the case. How lucky your students have been to have a teacher that can have such sentiments! Thank you for the "congratulations" and for the complimentary words about this poem. It is much appreciated.

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      I just read the interview and came upon the part where you mention this to be your favorite, and true, when I began reading 'The Ladder' I was wondering, since when did you start writing such hubs. :) But you do good here, and you must continue.

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Though I am single and don't have children, but I have students and kids, whom I nurtured and who seem all of a sudden to have grown up and away from their kid interests and games. Beautiful poem and the pictures too. Voted up and shared. Congrats too on being featured in the Weekly.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you Tracy. I'm very glad you can relate. Like you, I remember the sadness I felt with each baby and toddler item I had to let go. That seems like yesterday, yet this fall my youngest will go off to college; I have no idea what I am going to do without seeing both of my children on a daily basis.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I am really touched. Your photos and words provide a perfect balance. I have had these feelings most recently when I had to give away some strollers and baby clothes. My youngest is now five and although I know there will be no more addictions it is hard to say goodbye to that experience. You have hit a beautiful note with this hub.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks DonnaCosmato. I certainly have to give mother nature the credit for the beauty and wonderful memories of watching my kids play endless hours in that woods the credit for the inspiration.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Oh, what beautiful pictures and how clever to relate them to motherhood! Good job!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      I always seem to be far from the Land of Nod myself these days. I grew up in CT, not too far from NJ. We have had an extremely mild winter ourselves; this one sort of popped up out of nowhere, but is sure was pretty. Thanks for stopping by again.

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      catalystsnstars 5 years ago from Land of Nod

      Land of Nod would be a reference to a land of sleep and dreams. But i'm far from it, New Jersey is currently my location and the last snow we had here was about a fourth of an inch. This winter has been very mild, which is why I commented on your pictures. Interesting you had snow, we had rain.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Catalystnstars - I am not sure where the "land of nod" is where you say you're from in your profile, but where I live (Chicago area) we had a snowstorm overnight. I'm glad you liked the photographs; snow usually inspires me in one way or another.

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      catalystsnstars 5 years ago from Land of Nod

      I really liked the pictures, which makes me wonder where you found snow in this kind of dry winter.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Happyboomernurse - You are very sweet to comment on my short poem and photos. You and Tina have given me a measure of validation for sharing these reflections. I truly do hope my children are able to carry over some of their carefree, playful childhood into adulthood. Thank you.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      A tender-hearted poem that any mother could relate to and the photos illustrate it so beautifully.

      Love the last verse.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you Tina. I awoke to this snowy scene this morning, which happens to also be my son's 20th birthday. The feelings and memories just all hit me at once. Of course I'm sure you know as a mother how that can happen at any place, any time. I do appreciate your comment, especially since I was unsure of writing about something more personal.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      What a wonderful poem about the memories of children! Some memories remains and I recognize the feeling in some special places, it feels like it was only yesterday. Beautiful pictures of a snowy nature, Thanks for sharing your memories, I enjoyed it,

      Tina