Poetry Friday: “The Kids Are Away” – plus links, links, links!

poetryfridaybutton-fulllI know, I’m a day early…but my wife is giving birth today to her 2nd child (my 4th), and I thought she might be a tad annoyed with me if I spent my time in front of the computer rather than by her side.

And honestly, by her side is the only place I want to be right now.

So I’m sharing with you a poem I wrote several years ago – 2001, as a matter of fact. It came about as I was enjoying some quiet time with my first wife while our two  daughters were away visiting their grandparents. It’s a children’s poem for adults, if that makes sense. Hope you like it.

“The Kids Are Away”

Nothing has been broken.
Nothing has been torn.
No clothes are piled upon the floor
after they’ve been worn.

There’s been no angry yelling
and no one’s hurt or mad.
This house seems awful quiet
when there’s just a mom and dad.

© 2001, Matt Forrest Esenwine

Now, for the links!

For the complete Poetry Friday roundup, please visit Steps and Staircases!

Also, please be sure to check out my interview with children’s author/poet David Elliott at Poetry at Play from earlier this week, if you haven’t already!

Finally, I’d like to give a quick shout-out to my online critique group, Poet’s Garage! This is one extremely talented crew, and I’m honoured that they accepted me into their clan just a few months ago. Click on the graphic below to learn a little more about each of us, and if you follow Poetry Friday with any kind of regularity, I’m sure you’ll recognize many of the faces and names!

Thanks for visiting, and the next time we talk, you’ll hear a baby in the background!  (Well, I will, anyway)  Have a great weekend!


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18 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “The Kids Are Away” – plus links, links, links!

  1. I know the feeling in your poem well, Matt. Sure brought back memories of when our son left home and it felt spookily quiet. All the best to you and your wife at this exciting time. Hope all goes well.


  2. Your poem reminds me why I have the grandchildren over as much as possible, Matt. Very fun. Congratulations and best wishes to you, your wife and soon-to-be new member of the family-so exciting!


  3. margaretsmn

    Loved that feeling when my kids were young. Now I miss the piles of laundry, not really, but I do miss them! Congrats and best wishes that everything with the birth and new baby goes well.


  4. Hope all went well with the birth of your baby. It’s very quiet and weird when the kids are having a sleep-over at a friend’s place. I still tip-toe around at night forgetting they’re not even there. Love your cute poem.


  5. Congratulations to you and your family! Thank you to Steven for finding my space and submitting on your behalf, also : ) I enjoyed your poem and the interview with David Elliott. Wishing you and your family many days of new baby bliss!


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