Welcome to ‘The Mother Side’!
I can see you’re 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 teething child to ridding them of headlice,
Just type and post your question,
A problem’s halved when you can share,
And I’ll bet there’s someone in this bunch, who’s already been there!
There’s Zoe, a birthing guru, she’s the founder of this group,
And Kimberley whose little one’s been diagnosed with croup.
There’s Priya who’s plagued with nipple thrush,
And Charlotte who co-sleeps in bed,
There’s Judith who pees when she sneezes,
And Lyn who is starting home ed.
Krissy still breastfeeds her 4-year old,
Dee’s battling with nappy rash,
Susan’s not slept a wink down to colic,
And Vic dreams of nights out on the lash.
Children are gifts to be treasured,
And there are moments you won’t want to miss,
But it’s hard to see the horizon sometimes, when you’re knee-deep and covered in piss.
All of our problems are different,
No two babies are ever the same.
But what we all need is damn good support, without judgement, or blame.
So, if post-natal alopecia’s made you lose all of your hair,
Or the crushing mum-guilt is just too much to bear,
Or perhaps you’re feeling lonely, depressed, a little blue,
Come join us on ‘The Mother Side’ and you’ll see… IT’S NOT JUST YOU!
© Leanne Sword – Winner of The Mother Side Poem Competition 2018