Some artists such as the fabulous Aletha Kuschan like to paint their children. I like to write the odd poem or two about my precious pumpkins. Here is one I wrote about my daughter Tessa, who is now six. This poem goes into my ‘just for fun’ category as I am sure it is far too sentimental to ever be published in a journal. But I fit into the ‘couldn’t give a toss’ category anyway and have written it just for Tessa.

On the 12th day of November

Baby Tessa arrives in style.

She is different to her brother

With an alertness in her eyes.


Our gorgy, porgy, precious girl

With a warm bread smell about her.

Skin as soft as a pony’s nose

And squidgy toes and fingers.


Our Chooky-Do is lovely

And yummy enough to eat.

We tickle and make her giggle.

Sprinkling kisses on her feet.


We bath and dry and hold her.

A delicate, scrumptious lump.

So warm and soft and sleepy,

Milky breath and tummy plump.


Mummy sings a lullaby,

Her mummy sang to her.

‘Rock-a-bye baby …’ it goes,

Rolling through a sleepy blur.


Peaceful in a baby sling,

Next to Daddy’s chest.

Enveloped in love and protectiveness.

Our blessed child at rest.

20 thoughts on “Baby Tessa

  1. Too true about the ‘sentimentality and fun equals universal appeal’. I’m glad you liked it Brad – when I read it to Tessa she gets a bit scared because she thinks I want to eat her (well that’s her fault for smelling like hot bread). Cheers Gabrielle

    1. Thank you kindly Thomma Lyn – rich with love indeed! Tessa doesn’t like the b&w photos – ‘you look funny’ she says; and Michael says ‘do you want it to look like the olden days’ – oh dear.

    1. Hahahaha – you are only 2 years late Aletha 🙂 It is amazing you found it now. I was just thinking last night that Tessa now smells like Russian Caramels (she always smells like nice things to eat for some reason 😉 ) – she will be 9 next month – holey moley – thanks for your belated comment Aletha xxxooo

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