image Keeping You Awake

Spread the love
When I wake in the middle of the night
And keep you up til the dawning light
To make you sad is not my intent
No malice or spite towards you is meant.
And when I keep you from your dreaming
With my crescendo-building screaming
There’s just something that I need
A nice clean nappy or a nourishing feed.
I can see that you want to be snoozing
I know there’s sleep that you’re losing
I really don’t mean to be any trouble
It’s just that I’d love a nice, warm cuddle.
And now it’s almost half-past four
You’re even more sleepy than before
But I just haven’t found my rhythm yet
A routine for night and day not set.
And there’s so much that I want to say
But the words have still to find their way
One day though, I’ll tell you I’m glad
That I have you two as my mum and dad.


  1. Oh this brought tears to my eyes – truly beautifully written. You’re so talented – I’d love to write poetry. I love the part about having not yet found your rhythm but also just wanting a cuddle – how could we ever refuse that? Really very gorgeous #KCACOL

  2. Wow, thank you so much for your lovely feedback, that means so much. Sometimes I find it easier to say things in poetry. I wrote this for my husband after one very challenging night with our baby when he was on ‘shift’. I thought this might be what she wanted to say 🙂 thanks for reading xx

  3. What a lovely sentiment and one that brought back memories of night-feeds! I have to admit that I don’t miss it all but remember looking with love into our little girl’s eyes 🙂 #kcacols

  4. This is so cute and very well written really clever! You almost make it sound like a good thing being awake through the night, almost!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  5. Oh, I remember being here, and still have the odd night like this! I love the perspective in this, it is exactly what you think your baby might say, but it’s also the internal dialogue you have to remind yourself that it’s not deliberate and it won’t last forever. #prose4t

  6. Another really beautiful poem – I bet these are words a baby would definitely say to their parents if they truly could. Thank you so much for linking to Prose for Thought x

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