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 Comments on A Monster Ate My Mum

  1. Rachel Abrahams
    March 15, 2013 at 11:05 am (4 years ago)

    Jenny , that is amazing !!! You have just hit a spot that is a massive part of my life.

    Thank you xxxxxx

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    • instinctivemum
      March 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much for reading xxx

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    • instinctivemum
      March 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh no I am sorry to have made you cry , and that you also have suffered PND. Thank you so much for reading xx

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  2. Fee
    March 16, 2013 at 9:03 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful honest poem xx

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  3. Fee
    March 16, 2013 at 9:04 am (4 years ago)

    Honest and heart felt. Xx

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    • instinctivemum
      March 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm (4 years ago)

      Best way to be with this illness sometime! Thank you so much for reading xx

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    • instinctivemum
      March 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you for reading, and commenting xx

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  4. Helen Braid
    March 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm (4 years ago)

    That is brilliant. You should link up with #Prose4T this thurs via @VicWelton

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    • instinctivemum
      March 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, I will definitely link it up this Thursday! 🙂

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  5. The Mummy Scripts
    March 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm (4 years ago)

    This is amazing. You have been so honest with a hint of a smile to lighten it a little. Its speaks to soooooo many women, I’m sure. You have a real talent! x

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    • instinctivemum
      March 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you! I’m amazed by the amount of people who are moved by it xx

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  6. Victoria Welton
    March 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm (4 years ago)

    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

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  7. Jaime Oliver
    March 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm (4 years ago)

    This is an amazing poem I love it 🙂 xxx

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    • instinctivemum
      March 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you for thinking of me! I shall definitely contact them, always happy to share,my story x

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  8. dragonsflypoppy
    March 27, 2013 at 10:27 am (4 years ago)

    What an insightful poem, so interesting written from the child’s point of view. Amazing xx

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    • instinctivemum
      March 27, 2013 at 10:55 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much for reading x

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  9. Georgina Johnson
    March 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Amazing poem xx

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    • instinctivemum
      March 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, and thank you for reading x

      Reply
  10. SarahC (@madyline)
    March 28, 2013 at 7:05 am (4 years ago)

    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.

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    • instinctivemum
      March 28, 2013 at 7:17 am (4 years ago)

      It scared me that even though I thought I was putting on a brave face for my children they were still so aware of what was happening. Thank you for reading x

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  11. muminahurry
    April 5, 2013 at 9:25 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for linking up to my linky. xxx

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    • InstinctiveMum
      April 6, 2013 at 11:30 am (4 years ago)

      Pleasure, I will try to do so every Monday x

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  12. Naomi
    December 11, 2013 at 9:55 am (4 years ago)

    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!

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    • instinctivemum
      December 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

      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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