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hbee 01-17-2012 07:39 PM

Babies Donít Keep
by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
Sheís up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, Iíve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shoppingís not done and thereís nothing for stew
And out in the yard thereís a hullabaloo
But Iím playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Arenít his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as Iíve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
Iím rocking my baby and babies donít keep.

hbee 01-17-2012 07:39 PM

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My grandma told me about this poem today... after I apologized for my "shocking" house. ;)

BrandNewMama 01-18-2012 12:23 PM

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Love this...and so true!!

Courtneymomof2 01-27-2012 11:00 PM

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so sweet, and so true, and a little sad all at the same time!

Girl Butt 04-15-2012 11:56 AM

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They sure don't. I have an 11 y.o. and it seems like yesterday...

MyPerfectLife 04-15-2012 12:29 PM

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Tippytoe 04-16-2012 11:49 AM

Awww. I love this. I couldn't have stumbled upon it at a more perfect time <3.

Aleesh_Mom 04-17-2012 10:54 AM

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always makes me cry! :)

Nicolenutt 04-17-2012 11:05 AM

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Love this :)

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