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Haikus for New Parents

Updated on March 29, 2018
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Seafarer Mama/Karen is a poet, and reads her poetry to small groups of friends, and to larger groups at open mics.

Haikus for the proud parents of newborns, and what to expect in the years to come


The pain forgotten;

Sweet cherub rests on your chest;

You are greatly blessed.

Relief brings hunger;

Little tyke eats ev'ry hour;

Suck burp suck burp suck.


Perfect newborn babe;

A face full of innocence;

Soft skin, tiny toes.

Velvety soft cheeks;

The shadow of eyelashes;

Many deep dimples.

Hair like the Daddy;

Long fingers like the Mommy;

Eyes of sparkling blue.

New Life at Home

The endless diapers;

Sponge baths and midnight feedings:

Dinners 'on the go.'

Memory absent;

Mind confused from sleeplessness;

What do I do now?

Carry baby close;

Play with rattles and silk scarves;

Prepare tasty meals.

Short bedtime stories;

Rocking to soft lullabies

Brings gentle slumber.

Gallery of Adorables

"The ground is moving under me!"
"The ground is moving under me!" | Source
"This wet stuff is pretty cool."
"This wet stuff is pretty cool." | Source
"Another jump in the leaves, please?"
"Another jump in the leaves, please?" | Source

As Baby Grows

First enchanting grin,

Then the rapturous giggles;

Teeth show soon after.

Mushy finger foods;

Toasted O's are ev'rywhere;

Splashes and bubbles.

Crawling and climbing

Reaching on those tippy-toes;

Sea of newspaper.


Gleeful hands "high five;"

Remembering words to songs;

Sings "Baa Baa White Sheep."

Reaching to wash hands;

Pours own cups of water;

Jumping high like frogs.

© 2010 Karen A Szklany


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      Karen A Szklany 6 years ago from New England

      Thanks, Perspycacious. Glad that these Haikus ring true for you. Always good to know that I have touched others by sharing my own experiences. :0)


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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      A beautiful tour de force and remembrance. Try it times three within 14 months! I wonder how it might change, but I identified with each stage you illustrated so beautifully. Up and awesome.

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      Harsheen K. 6 years ago

      nice poem...and beautiful pictures.

      Are they your kids?

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      Karen A Szklany 6 years ago from New England

      Thank you, jhammann. So good to know that my haikus touch other parents. Glad you liked them so much and that they bring back fond memories. :0)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 6 years ago from Reno NV

      These Haiku's brought smiles to my face as I remember all the wonderful moments my children have brought to me. Voted Up!

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      Karen A Szklany 7 years ago from New England

      Thank so so much, "glassvisage" and "Om Paramapoonya"! :0)

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      These are beautiful! I love them all, especially "As Baby Grows." Rating this awesome. :)

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      I think this is great. What a wonderful idea for a Hub! You have obviously spent a lot of time working on this so that they reflect what parents love about their babies. Thanks!

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      Karen A Szklany 7 years ago from New England

      Thank for all the lovely feedback, hub friends!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I really like these being a Montessori parent especially the line pours own water and short time bed stories :)

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      These are wett and obviously from the heart of a parent. This is a nice addition to the challenge. I look forward to more of your work.