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7 Minutes of Solitude

for a mother

By Donna ReneePublished 4 months ago 1 min read
7 Minutes of Solitude
Photo by Zach Lezniewicz on Unsplash


She creeps past the door behind which the sound machine gently roars

She silently descends the dusty staircase in the dark

She steps over the train tracks, the monster trucks, and the baby dolls

until she finally reaches the coffee pot


She clutches the mug from the pottery stand from that trip so long ago

She breathes in the aroma of steaming coffee, burns her tongue, and tries to remember

how long it must have been since she got to drink it while it was still a little too hot?


She sits and slowly sinks into the peanut butter smeared cushions

She pulls a blanket up over her sweatpants that were clean three days ago

and settles into the corner that used to be her favorite

before the toddler decided it was the best place to store the cheerios


She grabs the remote but doesn't turn the TV on

because that would ruin everything.


It was nice while it lasted.

sad poetry

About the Creator

Donna Renee

Hi! Thanks for reading! My hobbies include making coffee, drinking coffee, and starting to write a story and then rage-deleting it when I get the slightest bit frustrated.


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  • Roy Stevens3 months ago

    Thanks for the memories- and the nightmares... 😉

  • This could only be written by a mother. The struggle and joy is real. LOL!!!

  • I loved that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been woken up by my six year old asking me if its up time yet😂

  • Mariann Carroll3 months ago

    I am an early bird myself , so I can relate

  • Nichelle Calhoun3 months ago

    Love your style. I am right there on this morning wake-up journey. Those moments as self only are spiritual.

  • Veronica Coldiron3 months ago

    OMGOSH! I totally feel this! Love it! I have subscribed. :)

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    I felt this more and more as it progressed. And you gotta love the peanut butter smeared cushions. Hope you get a solid ten minutes next time solitude calls.

  • JBaz3 months ago

    You nailed this. A clever way of presenting a moment of life.

  • Gina C.4 months ago

    Omg! This is just mesmerizing in its accuracy and sweet depiction of beautiful chaos. :) I agree with Paul - I really love how you included the time shots :)

  • Wilkie Stewart4 months ago

    A lovely moment

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    As the parent that did the nighttime feeds for my children...I can relate to this. I am not sure any mother would deny that it is like this though! Beautifully expressed and vivid descriptions. I loved the timestamps and then how it all wrapped up. You have a new subscriber!

  • I guess this is what motherhood is like. Very beautifully written! I loved it!

  • Allie Bickerton4 months ago

    What a refreshing snapshot of life.

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