Everything Changed

Everything changed when we learnt of you,
When we found out we’d be three, not two.
Everything changed as my belly grew,
As we quickly fell in love with you.

Everything changed the moment you arrived,
Blinking, wrinkled, very much alive.
Everything changed, we were parents now.
We’d read the books, but we weren’t sure how.

Everything changed when you learned to smile,
Sleepless nights and nappies all seemed more worthwhile,
Everything changed as we learnt the ropes,
Gaining skills and scars and dreams and hopes.

Everything changed when I first said goodbye,
Just for an hour – but it made me cry.
Everything changed when you learned to walk,
Things changed yet more when you learned to talk.

Everything’s changing almost every day,
But we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Everything changes as you teach us how to live,
With all the love and laughter you so freely give.

Pooky & Lyra aged 11 days. Photo by Alan Barnes

Pooky & Lyra aged 11 days. Photo by Alan Barnes

[Today’s poem is for Lyra and it’s inspired by today’s NaPoWriMo prompt which was to use anaphora – a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the beginning of multiple clauses or, in the case of a poem, multiple lines.]

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19 Responses to Everything Changed

  1. What a beautiful photo for a beautiful poem.

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    • PookyH says:

      Thank you – Alan was our wedding photographer, just starting out then but full time now, Lyra, always a very placid baby, was in a bad mood when Alan came to play. All the best photos from that day (like this one) were taken on the hop by Alan as we tried to calm her. He’s grown to be a special friend, documenting the precious moments in our lives (he also took photos of us when we became a family of four shortly after Ellie joined us).

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  2. CC Champagne says:

    Awwww… This one, strangely, almost made me cry! Such positive insights and happiness, wrapped in beautiful words. Great!

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    • PookyH says:

      Bless you, thank you – I need to write a very different one to Ellie who we never really believed would join our family until we got a call from social services one Friday asking if we could start transition on the Monday. Rather different than all those months of anticipation with Lyra!

      You’ve changed your avatar – you’re beautiful! x

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  3. colonialist says:

    Quite beautifully done. It wouldn’t be half as effective without the anaphora, so you have used the prompt well. The picture is perfect for it, too..

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    • PookyH says:

      Why thank you – I like the prompts because they make you try new things. I especially like the challenge of sticking to some kind of form.

      (I’m going to start sharing daily prompts from May 1st – perhaps you’d like to join in? I’ll share them on my blog and also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookypoetry )

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      • colonialist says:

        I should not let myself be tempted. I have a novel to launch and another to continue, and am behindhand with some pro editing!

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      • PookyH says:

        gah… Little things. I have a 70k manuscript to submit by September and I have written, so far, about 200 words. But it will all be fine. These things always are (and to be fair, it’s non-fiction so it’s pretty easy, your stuff is probably more complicated) but still… go on… you could always just join once a week? I’ll leave you to ponder 🙂 x

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  4. wbdeejay says:

    Everything is changing indeed! A wonderful poem

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  5. I adore your poems! This is wonderful.

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  6. words4jp says:

    This made me smile and take a trip down memory lane. 😉

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