At bedtime

That time again –

when we close the blinds,

the book,

our eyes,

and lie together on the bed.


You drink your last milk feed,

as I drink you in, nose to head –

sweet baby smell

of just-washed-hair –

and all I do

is stare

and stare


and stare.


And when you’re full,

you smile at Slumber

with half-closed eyes,

and I lift a sleepy you

through to your cot.

I have forgotten what life was like

when you weren’t there;

when my evenings must have had

a you-shaped hole

but of this I couldn’t know.


And so, as another evening is unfurled,

(with one arm slung around

your rabbit dear)

you sigh a goodnight to the world.


Sleep soundly, little one.


4 Replies to “At bedtime”

  1. Beautiful Emma, its the loveliest time of day, just before sleep with a little one. I love ‘with one arm slung around your rabbit dear’. We have a beloved bunny rabbit here too xx

    1. Thank you for your lovely words. It is so cute seeing him cuddled up with his bunny 🙂

  2. Very beautiful post 🙂

    1. Thank you so much!

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