Pain


A child cries heart-wrenchingly
With growing pains
A mother cries silently
Wishing
Heart filled with anguish
To take away and hinder all pain

Through experience knowing
Life contains heartache and pain
It’s even required for growing
All she can do
Is to help her children see it through
Emerge on the other side of fear and pain

In all life’s disappointments
Through all sorrows and pains
Be a supporting presence
Hold them with love and care

As long as there’s breath in her body
Always there

©RedCat


The other night I never got to fall asleep. Around midnight my youngest started to cry heart-wrenchingly because of growing pains. Aside from heating the wheat-heater, there was nothing I could do beside hold him and comfort him. He fell asleep again, fitfully. Waking every other hour to cry. Sometimes during the night, after crying myself because I felt torn in two wanting to do something and knowing I couldn’t, I wrote this poem.



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Daily Haibun, August 6th – Fall Cleaning

After a long summer it’s been seasonal cleaning time this week. Every nook and cranny wiped clean. Kids rooms rearranged. Old toys removed. Grow out of clothes given away. New or inherited bigger ones put in place.

The house is smelling clean. And I think I’ll treat myself to a glass of something good and some time lounging on the couch.

As the season go

Time to clean, give, throw and stow

Let the fall wind’s blow

© RedCat



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Bedtime stories


What kind of stories do you want to be told?

Of magical creatures and knights of old

Or modern heroes with ingenious gadgets

Maybe of vampires that sleep with maggots

Whatevers your taste

Take your time, bedtime is not for haste

Sleep well my sweet

Mother will watch keep

© RedCat

Daily Haibun, June 29th – Lost skill


After waiting and waiting. The time has finally come. Grandma is fully vaccinated. The kids can come and stay. They are elated. I look at the bags to pack and realize – my pack in a heartbeat skill have faded. I’m back to writing lists and overthinking.

Seasons come and go
They never forget how to
Continuous flow

© RedCat



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Daily Haibun, June 15th – No on Repeat


Some days parenting seems to consist of saying No! umpteen times. Until you feel like a broken record heard to many times before.

Doesn’t matter you’re doing the right thing. Tempers fray and mindfulness becomes an unreachable idea.

Such day’s I’m happy when bedtime goes peacefully and ends with hugs and I love you too!

A child’s tears falling
Grief of a frustrated will
Pains a loving heart

© RedCat


Daily Haibun, June 10th – Last day of school


Tomorrow is the last day of school. And the children are giddy with anticipation. Getting them to bed has been an unusual hard task. The fact that the sun is still streaming through the windows doesn’t help. “-But it’s not night yet!” Has been an argument since they were big enough to talk.

Running around today getting everything in order for tomorrow. I have remembered my own summer anticipation as a child. Dressing up in new summer clothes. Giving and getting bouquets of flowers. The seemingly eternal summer holiday before us.

Summertime is here
Bathing, reading, sleeping late
Lazy days are near

©RedCat


In Sweden school has only two terms, an autumn and spring one. Leaving ten whole weeks for summer. I’ve been told more than once it harks back to when Sweden was still a country with mostly farmers. Meaning they needed the children as workers during the summer and the early harvest. Nowadays it mostly means parents with four weeks of summer leave have to figure out how to juggle work and kids. It also means “after school care” is available for most of the summer for those that need it. Still working from home due to the pandemic, we’ll have to juggle.


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Daily Haibun, June 5th – Icecream and sun

Photo by Nas Mato on Unsplash

“Today we’re going to the big green slide. And on the way there we’re buying ice cream.” My youngest said after lunch today. So we did. Thankfully I found a bench in the shade as he went again and again in the tube slide. 

We’ve had high summer temperatures for a few days now. I just came in from an evening walk and it’s still warm outside. 

In the summer sun
Life feels easier somehow
Troubles blown away

©RedCat



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Daily Haibun – June 1th


Summer is finally here. And the new playground is finally done. So this afternoon was spent discovering all the new ways to climb, slide, spin and swing. Afterwards my muscles informed me that it became its own kind of workout. And my phone informed me that I had taken thousands of steps more than a normal day. 

Discovering play
A magic colourful world
Seen through a child’s eyes

©RedCat


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