Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Babies Don't Keep

I know I posted a link to this poem in my last post, but I had only ever heard the last part of it before I looked it up for my post (to quote it correctly). I loved the first part of the poem (it is a pretty accurate description of my house on a typical day), so I wanted to post it in its entirety:

"Song for a Fifth Child" by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
and out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

1 comment:

Greek Goddess said...

That is sweet. I've known the last verse of that poem since I was a little girl.