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Thoughts on living with older-teens: 'Despair' and 'Don't Wait Up'

Updated on April 12, 2020
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A keen amateur poet, Jacqueline teaches Creative Writing with an emphasis on the effective use of language to create emotions and images.

Although technically a 'full-time' student at the time I wrote these poems, I was also working part-time and bringing up three very active, enthusiastic and busy teenagers. My house was never quiet (thank goodness). I'm sure many parents currently balancing work, studies and home-life will identify with the feelings reflected in these simple, though now somewhat dated, poems:


(by Jacqueline Stamp c.2003)

Simpsons on the telly

Nickleback on C.D.

G.T.A. on P.S. One

And hotmail on P.C.

Airfix on the table

With scissors, paint and glue

Trainers on the staircase

And sprinkles round the loo.

Footballs in the kitchen

Clothes on the settee

D.V.D.s by the fireplace

Is there any room for me?

My little babes,

So cute and cuddly,

Are now three teenagers

Tall, morose and muddly.

Simpsons on the telly

Nickleback on C.D.

G.T.A. on P.S. One

Is there any hope for me?

Don’t Wait Up

(by Jacqueline Stamp c.2003/04)

Don’t wait up. Mum,

I’ll be O.K.,

You worry too much;

You get in my way

Don’t wait up, Mum,

I’m not going to drink.

I’ll be fine to drive,

Whatever you think.

Don’t wait up, Mum,

I’ve got a key,

And my ‘phone’s fully charged,

So I’m quite safe, you see.

Don’t wait up, Mum,

The last words she said,

Then the doorbell woke me

And filled me with dread.

Don’t wait up, Mum,

It’s too late to cry;

Too late to worry;

Too late to say ‘Goodbye’.

Don’t wait up, Mum,

It’s time now to sleep,

And pray to the Lord

My soul to keep.

© 2015 Jacqueline Stamp


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    • Jacqueline Stamp profile imageAUTHOR

      Jacqueline Stamp 

      3 years ago from UK

      Thanks - I hadn't noticed that but will look out for it next time.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Sorry, it's no longer in the Display section; the option appears at the end of your unpublished hub.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      I don't mind at all. Thanks for the visit! Did you know that the hub layout (when we prepare it for publication) has a copyright option in the 'Display' section?


    • Jacqueline Stamp profile imageAUTHOR

      Jacqueline Stamp 

      3 years ago from UK

      Thank you for your comments. Our profiles are all very similar, and Ann, I hope you don't mind but I have copied your copyright statement into my profile as I think it's such a good idea to protect what we publish in this way.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Fun and also powerful poetry. You've created such clear images of having young children around the house; they remind me of mine long ago and, now, of my grandchildren!

      I like to write poetry too occasionally but tend to prefer prose, as I'm more comfortable with that - depends on the mood and the subject!

    • Glenis Rix profile image

      Glen Rix 

      6 years ago from UK

      Oh, yes, I definitely identify with these poems. Reading your bio I have reached the conclusion that your life and mine are very similar. I too attended uni as a mature student (43), eventually emerging with a Postgraduate in Business Management. Did the OU creative writing module three years ago.


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