We Speak – a Poem for Parents

Hands find each other

‘We Speak’ is a poem for mums and dads. As parents, our days are already tightly bound by routine – early starts, healthy meals at sensible intervals, drop offs and pick ups, not so early bedtimes and middle of the night calls . . . Since lockdown and the closure of schools, our time has shrunk down further still.

‘We Speak’ moves towards a moment of togetherness for parents at the end of the day, whilst following the parallel track of a child’s language development.  As we delight in our children’s progress and celebrate them finding their voices, it is important not to lose our own.  Without that means of expression and without a connection to each other as a couple, the family unit is incomplete.

We Speak

It’s a mystery, how the mind upscales
from primitive sound
to intricate, webbed sentence,

catches the listening ear;

word on word torrents,
the kind that stream on late nights
when light dips under eyelids.

Hands find each other
and sides align, looking
for union in this timely space.

When the day has drained
to a few specks of moment;
we speak and we are heard.

K. S. Moore

Photo by Geoff Livingston on Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

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K. S. Moore is a Welsh Poet and Writer, based in Ireland. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Stinging Fly, Southword and Crannog.Online magazines: Nutshells and Nuggets, And Other Poems, and Ink Sweat and Tears have also featured poems. Meanwhile, flash fiction and short stories have been published in FlashFlood, Metazen, Number Eleven and The Bohemyth.K. S. Moore has been shortlisted for Flash Mob 2013, Blog Awards Ireland and 99 Fiction. She has performed at Waterford Writers' Weekend, Waterford Winterval and Swansea's Dylan Thomas Festival.


  1. BRILLIANTLY & BEAUTIFULLY COMPOSED. I Loved it & re- read it x 4. Certainly Timely with ALL of Todays constant Turmoil – Only to remind us of True Love & it’s Significant Importance to ALL of us Young & Old ! Many “Thankyou’s” Karen for your Talent Shared.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Maureen! I’m really pleased this poem struck a chord with you. I’ve been working on it for some time & it was quite tricky to get right! Love Karen


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