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Alison Jones, Oxford, UK
Photo: Alison & Edith by Daisy Simonet
A poem about connections between mother and child.
Your loving arms are all the charms
I need when you keep me close,
feed me at the breast, I won’t protest
if you hold me all the time,
I’m yours and you’re mine,
we are together, finding our way
through this journey, at the beginning
of a new life, as I uncurl into being,
and you butterfly into a new
version of you, one you never knew,
could feel so much for one so small.
Nutrition’s not all I’ll get when I rest
comfy on your chest, to suckle and snuffle,
my hands uncurled in joy, as I sink down
into you, deeply held, at home there,
and you stroke my downy hair
giving me love and so many other things,
protection and immunoglobulins,
to guard me from things which would
make me unwell, but we are unaware
of these as we stare at each other
and hold the gaze, and you whisper
in the shell of my ear, “You’re my world,
Alison Jones is an LLL Leader, a writer and teacher from Oxford, a mother to three children, aged five, three, and nine months. She is passionate about breastfeeding and advocates for women and families.
Alison is our poet in residence on breastfeedingtoday. Click to hear more of her poems below (and listen out for her series of poems, coming shortly, to celebrate each of the ten concepts that embody LLL philosophy).