Four Children

Four Children

At Last in Bed?

Four children are at last in bed

And I have kissed each little head

Given them water, blankets, books

I’ve sung, and tucked and also read

The house is finally asleep

Some space for me to take a deep

Look at a book, or draw or write

That is until I hear a peep

Some tiny steps and ,”One more kiss?”

How can a mother refuse this?

“Just one quick kiss then really now

Go back to bed you little miss!”

And one will only mean three more

Three more small knocks besiege my door

“Go back to bed, I love you four!”

“Go back to bed, I love you four!”


This poem, besides being inspired by my four kids (5,4,2 and 1), is inspired by Poets and Writers The Time is Now.  The prompt this week:

Tuesday, January 29, was the fiftieth anniversary of the death of American poet Robert Frost.  To honor this day, read Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” on the Academy of American Poets’ website. Analyze the poem’s structure, and write a poem with the same rhyme scheme and number of lines.


  1. Oh I love this! Sounds a lot like my house except there might be a bit more sighing and frustration in my voice 😉 You truly have talent with words!

    1. The last two lines are meant to express subtly my frustration. Believe me – there is a lot of frustration in our house at bedtime and not always expressed so subtly! 🙂

  2. Bedtime is a crisis! It is truly unbelievable how something which occurs in our home at least twice a day (nap-time & nighttime) can seem so truly shocking to these young lives. “Sleep?!? What a silly idea, mama!” Twice a day, every day, every week, every month. Yes, this is madness. I love your poem. I’d love to hear more of your poetry and read more of your writing.

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