mum

taxi service
listening ear
giver of hugs
homework adviser
encourager
dispenser of medicine
holder of the purse-strings
worrier
provider of snack-filled cupboards
sanity checker for crazy ideas
defender of your right to be yourself
to be happy
to dream
to live

while I have
the right
to remain
exhausted

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a new adventure

only 10 minutes
surely
since your birth
accompanied by Norah Jones
come away with me
and the wonder
of a baby girl
(convinced you’d be a boy)
and now
tall and strong
beautiful
long-haired
horse-mad
entirely yourself
and proud to be so
taking changes in your stride
understanding
past your years
now laying down to sleep
before a new phase begins
with the morning
new uniform
new school
new friends to make
(old ones to keep)
a little nervous
but excited
for this new adventure
and your mother
your silly old mother
is just about to burst with pride