A Monster Ate My Mum

I have now turned this poem into a storybook. You can read it here. And now, you can also buy the finished book on Lulu.com.

Mummy used to laugh,

Mummy used to smile,

But I haven’t heard her giggle,

Or seen her happy for a while.

She sleeps when it’s daytime,

And is awake all through the night,

I don’t know why, I don’t know how,

But something isn’t right.

She doesn’t shower ever,

She doesn’t even get dressed,

Her hair looks like it needs a brush,

It’s an awful, dreadful mess.

Her eyes are full of sadness,

When she speaks she sounds so flat,

I heard her saying she’s ugly,

And stupid, and useless, and fat.

I want to make her better,

To put a smile back on her face,

I want for her to be happy again,

And for our home to be a wonderful place.

But for now I’ll give her cuddles,

And rest my head upon her tum,

And if ever meet the beast,

I’ll whack the monster that ate my mum.

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40 thoughts on “A Monster Ate My Mum

  1. This is absolutely brilliant, I LOVE it. Fantastic to look at it from a child’s perspective. Thank you so much for linking up. I’m so honoured to be in the presence of some very talented people 🙂 x

  2. This is lovely. And scary. My son has talked about me being like this after Rich died, and what an impact it had on him at a time when he was grieving too. Seeing it in words though, just makes it clearer.

  3. Naomi says:

    What a brilliant piece of work! I’m a clinical psychologist and work mostly with mums with antenatal or postnatal depression (and their kids as well). One of the most common themes that comes up in sessions with mums with kids 12+ months, is ‘how does this affect my child’?. Often times, counselling for pnd is successful with just mum, but the most long lasting effects tend to be seen when we work to help mums re-engage with their kids and repair the dents in those relationships. You’re poem (& now book) is a great tool that I use as part of some of my counselling sessions – and one that the mums are hugely appreciative of as they connect well with it. I’ve just received my order of a few print copies of your book, and as a mum of 2 myself with number 3 on the way, your insight and expression is inspirational. Thank you!

    • instinctivemum says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this fantastic comment. I am so pleased that you are using my book to help families affected by PND…it’s just wonderful to know they are engaging with it and that it is helping, makes me smile so much! Feedback like this is priceless, thank you! 🙂

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