Mum, I know.

Mum, I know you were here.

I know you were beautiful.

I know your eyes sparkled

Your smile was bright,

Your laughter infectious.

I know you once held me

And your legs once held you.

Mum, I know you became tired.

I know you grew sad,

I know you were thoughtful

Your eyes were reflective.

I know your legs failed you

I know your body did too.

Mum, I know you were fading

I know you could hear me –

I hope you could hear me

As I told you I loved you

I know I held you.

I wept.

Mum, I know I slept little

I know that I needed you,

I know we were cheated

How could I go on?

I know I had to go on.

Mum, I know I still wonder

I know I still grieve,

I know sometimes I cry.

Mum, I wish you were here

Because I know how you’d love us

And we would love you

I know how we’d laugh

I know we would be friends.

But Mum, I now know you taught me

I know the lesson you left

I know to be thankful

To take nothing for granted

To live to the full

Whilst I am alive.

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Mum was diagnosed with MS when I was three. She died when I was 26, she was 48. I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to write openly about her or her illness – maybe because I have never felt that I would do her justice, maybe because I’m not brave enough. But after a reflective weekend spent in the hills with friends sharing memories of a dear friend we have lost recently, my thoughts naturally turned to Mum. This evening I’m feeling grateful and I’m feeling brave – and I’m feeling lucky to be able to fill my life with such wonderful people and experiences.

Thank you for reading.

Polly x


Worm, Slug, Maggot & Leech meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Something silly for Monday : )


Whilst out adventuring the creatures found,

Left over food with holes big and round!

AND THEN! A caterpillar with a gurgling belly…

Had he just returned from Dehli?!


‘What’s up caterpillar, you look so sad?

Are you feeling poorly, feeling bad?!’


‘Ive eaten too much, I’ve been greedy!

I feel very green, I feel queasy!’


‘You need an Alka Seltzer and some time

You’ll soon be absolutely fine.

Believe us – we’re very well informed,

We have also been TRANSFORMED

From the dark depths of despair,

To happy creatures without a care!’


Caterpillar was soon as right as rain

He hoped to see his wise friends again….


And maybe he will! You can read the full story of Worm, Slug, Maggot and Leech and their Troublesome Transformation:

And see more of their adventures (and mine!) at:

Thank you for reading.

Polly x