Sunday, September 30, 2012

Passing Through

It Must Be Time For Lunch Now, 1979, by Francesca Woodman
Photo prompt courtesy of The Mag 137


a spurt of growth
a nudge, a grudge
in the wee hours of the night
a need for food, his only plight
so I get up with him
(a banana might
settle the unrest)--
 he throws up,
no more grudge just guilt
hours of upset, down
for the count
until it makes its way through
exhausted, but he's ready
for lunch
already
 
 

35 comments:

anthonynorth said...

Loved the ending to that.

Brian Miller said...

if he is asking for lunch he is feeling better....but oy....makes for a very long night...hope he feels better...

Daydreamertoo said...

Awww...glad he's feeling better. It does make us feel guilty if they really don't feel well and we were upset at being woken up doesn't it.

Jinksy said...

Guess we've all been there, done that at some time! LOL

Irish Gumbo said...

Great ending. That ability to forget the awfulness of the near past, especially when it comes to the body gone awry, is something that I as an adult truly miss. It is a good thing to want to think about lunch :)

christopher said...

and another night done with love for love, for the hope of the future and the light.

PattiKen said...

Ouch. This plays a little too close to the home. I was lost in those hours of upset just a few days ago. I'm glad he is feeling better.

jen revved said...

but lucky you to be in the trenches of motherhood, if that applies-- wonderful write as ever--xxj

Linda said...

The trials and tribulations of nurturing our children. It's always good to see them spring back to health so quickly. A mother's love....♥ Thanks for sharing, Laurie.

Green Speck said...

This one was lovely ... I loved the way you played with the words !!!

Heaven said...

Those spurt of growth can make them hungry all the time ~ Glad he feels better and ready for lunch ~

Catfish Tales said...

You bring back memories of my two boys growing up - bottomless pits they were. My stepdaughter always ate like a bird in comparison.

De said...

Loving the internal rhyme in this, Laurie, especially unrest/upset. Such a great cadence. Excellent take on the art piece.

DCW said...

A grandfather says, "Amen".

Eva Gallant said...

Kids bounce back so much more quickly than we do!

Mama Zen said...

I know this drill!

Lyn said...

Oh yes, I remember it well..and maybe a banana for lunch? You put me right in this!

Other Mary said...

Oh yes, you captured the experience of getting up with a sick child perfectly. Nice rhyme and enjambment too.

izzy said...

Oh nothing worse than being sick all night! -well told. Bananas were my way of knowing if I was really sick-or not!

Dana Dampier said...

I've got some experience with this! I hope he is feeling better and you all get some rest.

Dave King said...

That's boys all over! Excellent response to the picture.

Ginny Brannan said...

Oh, those sleepless nights we spend with a sick child! You captured it well, Laurie.

kaykuala said...

down for the count
until it makes its way through

Yes,one finds oneself at the cross-roads sometimes.It takes some efforts to remedy the situation. This is how I see it here.Nicely Laurie!

Hank

Helen said...

Though it's been over fifty years ago, those memories never fade. Wonderful poem, Laurie.

Little Nell said...

I have strange feeling of deja vu :)

Susie Clevenger said...

I hated it when my girls were sick. Love how you ended it...

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Next time I'm up at night with one of my kids, I'll think of your poem!

Raven said...

And you, you are still exhausted. I liked the "forward moving" pace to this, get him fed, get me to bed.

~T~ said...

Reminds me of the time my 4-year-old threw up on his dinner plate, then wanted more to eat. Crazy child!

Tess Kincaid said...

I remember those long nights so well...

Berowne said...

"Ready for lunch." And then, of course, there's dinner...

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

the long night agony eh... anyways, as Sir Brian said, he is already feeling better as he is already asking for lunch...

JJRod'z

Gerry said...

Growing pains, with a parent by his side. How lucky!

gautami tripathy said...

Such a wonderful writing!!

lure of the impure

Carrie Burtt said...

Had a few nights like that myself....great response to the prompt Laurie!!