Before my mum died, I never really took naps.
Couldn’t really understand it,
there was so much else you could do.
But then she died,
and it was just before midday
and I realised -
there’s so much day left.
It stretched on and on in front of me,
hours and hours of this same day,
So I went upstairs,
I told the people that needed to know,
and I went away for a while.
I woke back up in time for an evening meal
with an extended family filled with love
and a sister returned from work
and a phone beeped full of support.
And it’s been two years,
and the days stretch on
and still, almost every day now, I go away for a wee while.
Skip just a little bit,
I wonder if I should stop
Would my mum approve?
Maybe I’ll try tomorrow,
it’s late in the evening now.
Time to go to sleep,