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Poem: A Stay-at-Home Mum's Quiet Day

Updated on January 24, 2013
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Bronwen loves to enjoy literature and write poetry; some are in her book, 'Dithyrambles', available in her online bookstore.

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Mmmm - Mum! No!

"There my child, a quiet day." Clean hands and face.

"I'll lift you down, that's the way." We have some space.

Pots and dishes are all done, The beds all made.

"Now you play and have some fun." The breadman's paid,

Greengrocer, hawker and milkman, too. The washing I'll fold

While "You play with saucepan and lid." She's as good as gold,

Even sometimes does as she's bid. Now look at this sheet

Worn so threadbare and thin in the middle. "Bang lids to the beat."

Bang! Bang! Mum, no!


I'll thread up the machine with the treadle, The sheet must be turned.

"There's a good girl, please don't fiddle." Oh, that wood has burned

Quite away. Kettle is cold. Add some more, bank it up.

Is that the dog's bone down on the floor? Forgot to feed Pup.

I'll rush it right now out to the shed. Two letters today.

"Come here. I found that rag-book we read. Please quietly play

'Til I get this cumbersome sheet all done. Then I'll put it away

And we'll go outside and play in the sun." All's done and tidy.

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Wherever has my precious child gone? So quick to hide, she

Can disappear like greased lightning. Not inside anywhere.

This is beginning to be quite frightening. Out in the yard? Not there.

"Joybells, come! Coo-ee, coo-ee!" But all is silence.

Could she have opened that soaring gate? She? Climbed a six-foot fence?

Hasten to the front and look around. Oh, no! The gate's open wide.

What a relief! She appears, safe and sound; hair and hide

Intact, thank God. I've aged twenty years. A rope in her hands?

What now? Oh, Lord calm my trembling fears: A horse that stands

So huge and tall? What to do? Start pleading? Don't panic!

Take it slowly, but on he moves. If she suddenly stops

And he goes on with those wide hooves As he plods and clops

She'll be killed. Calmly I say, "Whoa, Dobbin." "Sweetest child,

Give me the rope." My heart is throbbing. He obeys and is mild.

Dobbin is docile. She's not, she yells, "Him's, mine! Him's mine!"

I grab her, hug her, my eye upwells. Now holding the line,

"Don't upset Dobbin," and holding them tight, I turn them back

Through the gateway and in sunshine bright, along the track

'Til we reach the paddock and tie him fast. Then homeward bound

We retrace our steps, until home at last. I survey the ground

As I lock the gate. He's ruined the lawn, my best flowers, too.

Joybells droops and starts to yawn. There's a pile of horse poo,

An adventure bonus, quite a useful thing. Now in for a nap.

Hubby's home already? Please take her and sing. Had a big day? Poor chap!

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    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      stars 439: It all happened so long ago now, but is still vivid in my memory. Thank you for your lovely comments and may God bless you.

      LadyFiddler: Glad you enjoyed it. May you have a blessed week, too. Peace be with you.

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      Joanna Chandler 

      6 years ago from On Planet Earth

      Nice hub blossom, do have an enjoyable week :)

      God be with you

      Shalom

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      stars439 

      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very lovely, and very beautiful, and so true to nature. Beautiful name with so much love, JoyBells. GBY dear heart.

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      BeyondMax: Thank you for such lovely, encouraging comments.

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      BeyondMax 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      How adorably sweet, so heartwarming, puts a smile on my face! What a great job! =)

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Ardie: Thank you! That is so sweet. Being a 'stay-at-home-mum' is one of the most important occupations ever, so my hat off to you. One of the difficulties is that there are no adult work-mates to discuss problems with, or even to have a good laugh with; I often thought I was going to turn into a vegetable, but we do it for love and the rewards are great. God bless you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Audrey Howitt: Sorry for my slow response, I've only recently found how to 'reply', as there seems to have been a change. Yes, I wasn't always a 'stay-at-home-mum', I also worked in between children (they were spread out in age) and I liked it if I had a few minutes' drive between work and home so I could mentally change hats.

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      Sondra 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      I just found my favoritest poem ever! Seriously I am going to print this out and read it when I feel like being a stay home mom is getting to be too much for me. If I can laugh at your stories then I can laugh at my own. Thank you for writing this - Im going to share it with my mom friends!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Ah, I loved this! I used to feel as though I were going on second shift when I got to work and third shift when I got home---you captured it well!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      stars439: Thank you and God bless you, too.

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      stars439 

      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      A wonderful poem. God Bless You Precious heart.

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Smiles are so important! I know just what you mean about a Mum's day never ending; it used to seem as if all the work would never end. How wonderful that we have a loving God to talk to about our problems - HubPages is good fun, too.

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      Isabella Mukanda 

      7 years ago from Fort Myers

      That sure brought a smile to my face. It is so funny and true at the same time. As a 'stay at home mom' who works for Hubpages, I do not have a lot of time to do most of those things that mom does. I have to share my day among a lot of other things sometimes I wonder what is ever finished at the end of the day because my day does not end at the end of everyone's day. Dear God help me. Thanks for humor though, it is healing. Thanks for writing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sky9106: Thank you. Children are a special blessing from God, aren't they?

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      Sky9106 

      7 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      She is so cute and a fitting poem well done Blossom.

      God bless.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lady_E: It was certainly never boring. Thank you for your comments.

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      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely to read. It tickled me. Everyday day is so different and full of "adventure" for Stay-at-home mums.

      Thanks.

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A laugh does the heart good, and it's memories like these that can bring a smile.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Movie Master: Im so glad you enjoyed the humorous side. Thank you for your vote.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Capedium: I'm sure there are lots of good men in the world, the problem is that we often only hear of the bad ones. Thanks for your good wishes.

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      A delightfully real description of a day in the life of a stay-at-home-mom's experiences! In hindsight we are thankful to be able to laugh about many events that come up in life, and that is probably truer in a mom's life than in any other sort of life!

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Just another day eh? .....

      This is lovely Blossom and so funny!

      Voting up!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Ov Overo 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      He must be really sweet... Hmmm...

      Goodnight BlossomSB and sweet dreams..

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it. He loved his children and would never really have turned down an opportunity to be with them, although he often fell asleep when trying to persuade them it was time for the Land of Nod.

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      Ov Overo 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Funny but lovely.. I think it was a nice ride..

      Poor chap... Nice hub

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: We all have days like that, a quiet life at home with small children is a real misnomer.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I'm so glad you saw the funny side, because it was meant to be.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: It was fun. Thank you for coming by.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Joybells: I'd forgotten about the Pipsqueak! What fun! And you were the first to make a comment - thank you for finding me on HubPages. Are you going to join, I'm sure you'd be good. Love and hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa, A day in the life of a Mother..Loved it...

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Loved this poem it's very cute. Vote awesome and funny because this is how it struck me, Joyce.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      blossom this was pretty good :)

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      Joybells (aka Pipsqueak) 

      7 years ago

      That is lovely! Fancy having a poem written just about me! Thank you mum!

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