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Parental Leave

A poem based on this article.

Having kids is hard

Difficult on both parents

Sleepless nights…and days

All bleed together

A cacophony of stress

That saps energy

Babies, though, are great

With chubby cheeks and fat feet

But…we’re still tired

Four weeks? Laughable

Healing takes longer than that

Both emotional

And then physical

For a country so obsessed

With the birth of babes

It should be easy

To both have a baby and

Have time with baby.