September 2018

The Mother Side / 2018 / September

Sometimes I hide out When all hell is breaking loose When the kids have trashed the front room And now they’re fighting over juice I’ll hide out in the kitchen And I’ll open up my phone I’ll scroll right through my Facebook But I’ll soon begin to groan That girl I went to school with Has lost 10 lbs I see She’s feeling good, she’s looking great Then I look back at me All out of shape No makeup on, my hair scraped in a bun Snot wipes and sticky finger marks And...

‘It’s your turn’, my wife said to me  As I pulled my behind, off the settee  And picked up our baby, unsure to find What she had produced with a squelch, from her behind As I scaled the stairs, the smell it came  No one should now light a flame With each step closer, to a smelly doom My tummy churned, as we walked in the room The changing mat was clean and ready  And now the smell was coming steady I laid her down and pulled back the nappy What would I find? What would I see  I nearly passed out...

‘Mama!’ she cried. Look at this book! But Mama was not able to look Her eyes were glazed As she lay there Her body in the room But her mind elsewhere There but not there Her eyes open but unseeing She looked awake but like she was dreaming ‘Mama’ she said ‘Play this game with me’ But Mama could not play the game She couldn’t engage She was mentally somewhere far away An escape From her life That she was trying to survive And she believed this escape was helping her thrive ‘Mama’ she begged. ‘Please notice me’ But Mama just could not see She was lost in the...

Welcome to ‘The Mother Side’! I can see your fairly new. You look like you could use some rest, come sit and take a pew. You might never have thought you’d be here, You may have always known that you would, But nothing could have prepared you for this journey they call ‘Motherhood’. You’ll find a lot of women here, In a similar boat to you, Swimming in an endless sea of dribble, sick and poo. We’re here to help each other, So if you ever need advice, From how to sooth a...

How could it be possible? To love another as I love you? But now I see, the love need not be shared Instead the heart grows larger Now there’s enough for two And what is this, this new love That I didn’t feel before A by-product of sibling love You look after her, nurture and protect And she looks up to you, follows and depends A special gift from the mother side A lifelong bond, forever friends. © Rebecca Sherry Author bio: I'm 37, married with two beautiful children (so far). I work 4 days...

I've always listened to my mother's advice, Sometimes it's unfair, too harsh, sometimes nice. Always take note, listen to what she has to say, Remember she was my age back in the day. 'Mum knows best' it's what we know, After all she's taught me everything, to laugh, walk and grow. My Mum's at a decent age and has lots of memories to share, From when she was little and to how she came to name me 'Claire' I'm the youngest, 1 of 4 but I reckon if Mum had...

As I lay here next to you and watch you sleeping, I stare at your face as it twitches with dreams. I stare and I wonder who you will become, my beautiful daughter with me as your mum. What will you look like in 10 years time? What will be your favourite colour, favourite song and favourite food? What will you do when you're in a bad mood? Will you love animals, music or art? Will you be kind and caring and smart? What will you like to do in...

Welcome to The Mother Side! Our journeys here were not the same For some, they were full of happiness For others, there was sadness and pain But however you got here - you're here now And we're all in this together So let's put our differences to one side And love and support each other Our vision is to build a global community and support network So that no mother feels on her own Because feeling isolated is no fun. But wherever you are in this world, you are not alone So if this speaks to you then come join us! Help us build...

Sometimes I don’t enjoy this The wriggling, the writhing, The occasional biting, The niplash, the yoga moves, The scratching and the swiping   But sometimes she just lays there Looking up at me smiling, as she drinks And as she drifts off to sleep I watch her beautiful little face, her chubby cheeks And she is content And I think ‘I am going to miss this’   I never expected to feed her for this long My aim was a year, and 15 months on Breastfeeding goals accomplished And now I’m unsure Of how much more I want to endure I am tired, I want my body back, I...

POETS WANTED! Are you a poet and do you know it?!  We are running a Mother Side poem competition and offering one lucky winner the chance to win over £150 of gifts and goodies from our online shop! To be in with a chance of winning you need to submit your poem by Saturday 6th October!  Click here to find all details of the competition on our entry page. Best of luck! ...