A Poem from the Middle of the Night with Baby

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

April is National Poetry Month and the month of the Poem a Day Challenge, and I’m celebrating by writing poems in my head while I nurse Baby in the middle of the night!

Sometimes I think
you would crawl
right inside of my heart,
if you could.

Pudgy baby hands
grip and devour
long hair strands,
as if they were
reins to my soul.

Gaping, open mouth kisses
obscure my face from
haggard thoughts.

nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse,
forging us together
as one.

Little do you know:
Whether your hands
can hold me
Whether your kisses
pelt my face
Whether our bodies
connect us as one,

You have dwelled
inside of my heart
since the beginning of time
and will remain there
without end.

baby grabs mama

Baby's reins

baby hugs mom

Tight, tight hugs from Baby

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1 Melissa April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

What a beautiful poem! Go you for writing while nursing!
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2 Lauren@Hobo Mama April 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Oh! I love it. The hair as reins imagery is perfect. Thank you for sharing!
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3 MamaP April 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Brought tears to my eyes (joy!) for you and precious baby -LOVE your words, your feelings and your mothering……


4 Kimberly April 9, 2011 at 2:51 am

Great poem! Thanks for sharing!!
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5 Jessica | Cloth Diapering Mama April 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

“Gaping, open mouth kisses
obscure my face from
haggard thoughts.”

so beautiful and true!!!!!!! xoxoxo


6 smallkucing April 10, 2011 at 9:27 am

Hi! First time coming here thru MBC. You have a lovely blog here. Am following you via GFC :D


7 Danielle April 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Beautifully written. <3
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8 MarfMom April 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm

What a beautiful, beautiful poem!
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9 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama April 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Thank you so much!


10 mandy w April 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I love this poem. It is so true and so wonderful that we are one with our kids. Great job talking about breastfeeding as such a beautiful thing!
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11 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Thank you, Mandy!


12 Terri April 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Gorgeous poem…I love it. I’m teary eyed at the line about us remaining as one with our babies…Thanks for putting all these thoughts and images into words
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13 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Thank you, Terri!


14 Sara June 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

Charise – This is really beautiful. Now that I’ve got a little guy of my own, I can understand these things. :) Thanks for sharing!
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15 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama June 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

Thanks, Sara!


16 Charity August 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Lovely poem. I love the imagery of baby grabbing at your hair like reins to your soul!
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