Saturday, March 21, 2009

babies don't keep

not sure if i have posted this before, but i came across it tonite and it blessed me. made a few tears well up, actually.
enjoy!

"Babies Don't Keep"

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, rockabye, 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 his 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.

-- Author Unknown

3 comments:

Scott and Sara said...

That is beautiful! I need to remember it when the laundry is stressing me out this week. :)

Kelle Ortiz said...

Beautiful

Aimee said...

love it! For some reason i have had you on my mind lately. How is Liem doing in school? hope your family is well. Me? well, today so wishing money grew on trees....hmmmm.