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Coming home to roost or ... when will they leave the nest

I wrote this poem in September 1997. My husband and I raised 9 children, this is ten months in our house in a nutshell. Tassy refers to the island state of Tasmania. thanks for visiting, cheers- Valerie

Hustle bustle too and fro
Cathy’s coming now you know
with her baby Oh so sweet
precious Rhea tiny feet
Chris will come with them as well
I’m excited can’t you tell

month has gone I don’t know where
rushing here and rushing there
Cathy Chris and Rhea left
Moved to Tassy I’m bereft
house is lonely quiet at last
phone is ringing talking fast

Niki’s coming Gerard too
staying with us month or two
Christmas soon a happy time
get your ndinner stand in line
making plans to move away
they’ll be going saturday

Sundays come the house is still
feeling calm that is until
I realise tomorrow brings
Japanese student and her things
r4ushing round to fix her room
make her welcome month will zoom

Naoko came and fitted well
lovely girl with lots to tell
going here and rushing there
trips and shopping everywhere
month has finished time to go
Naoko’s crying feelings show
sitting quietly cup of tea
granddaughter upon my knee
open letter now its read
Niki’s coming back it said
not for long month or two
work in Sydney join the queue

three months later Niki’s gone
going north her face just shone
Niki’s happy I am too
nothing more for me to do
phone is ringing children say
Lena’s coming from USA

Airports busy planes fly in
people rushing such a din
eyes are searching for her flight
there is Lena face is bright
tears are rolling hug and kiss
finding suitcase giving gift

Lena’s looking traveling round
job she’s searching northward bound
Linda’s pregnant nearly due
this one joins the other two
babysitting moving house
Susan’s got the cat and mouse

Linda too is moving in
Bianca Sarah oh and Glen
finished shopping drivie along
nagging feeling somethings wrong
car in driveway and Oh despair
another student in my care

Akiko Lena Linda’s here
Glen Bianca and Oh dear
Jameela Aysha Sarah too
now I have so much to do
house is buzzing plenty noise
lots of meals and kids with toys

phone is ringing its my son Dru
based in England he is blue
missing all the family life
wants me to visit I’m in strife
Robbie called to say hello
can we take him to the snow

ten months now gone since I had peace
sometimes wish it all would cease
then I see their happy face
beaming since they’re in this place
now I know my job is done
I’m sitting smiling in the sun

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  • Jan Richardson
    Jan Richardsonabout 6 years ago

    Valerie, what an incredible job you have done for your children!!!!! And not satisfied with your NINE, you welcomed exchange students!!!! No wonder you take lots of ‘me’ time now with photography! Your poem gives a great picture! ;-))

  • LOL thank you so much Jan, it was exactly how I felt at the time, cheers and hugs my friend- Valerie

    – Coloursofnature

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerabout 6 years ago

    I love it Valerie! I come from a large family and I can soooo relate! God Bless you Valerie! You are a Mom that Rocks!!!

  • LOL thank you so much Sue, these days I rock in a rocking chair! LOL thanks for the much appreciated visit, cheers- Valerie

    – Coloursofnature

  • bidjara
    bidjaraabout 6 years ago

    A large family is HARD work but the benefits by far out weigh the cost/fights/screams/arguments, etc, etc, etc…..I grew up in a very large extended family (my grandparents raised me) Valerie and admire the hard work and committment its take……I enjoyed reading this I had images straight away of my own childhood…..thank you. Mel

  • LOL! I am glad it evoked some meories for you! thank you for your lovely visit and comment. We now have eleven grandchildren so nothing has really changed, and I love it, cheers and hugs- Valerie xx

    – Coloursofnature

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainover 5 years ago

    Ah and I thought 4 kids was a lot! Wonderful poem, Valerie. I’ve written a few over the years. I should put them up too. Thank you :-)

  • LOL! you are funny, thanks for your lovely visit and comment, it is very much appreciated, cheers and hugs- Valerie x

    – Coloursofnature

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerabout 4 years ago

    What a marvelous gift for expression you have, Val! Your readers are able to be right there by the phone with you, feeling your joy, your anticipation, and and wondering if you’re up to it all! Thanks for sharing thiese wonderful life experiences with us! ~ Pat

  • Thank you Pat for your lovely visit and comment. I haven’t seen our blind pony for a long time because my Uncle passed away and we don’t go up that way anymore. Perhaps we will go for a drive to visit sometime, cheers and hugs- Valerie xxx

    – Coloursofnature

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