When Mum Gets Sick

It starts off with a simple sneeze,
maybe a cough or two,
and then she grabs the tissue box.
There’s nothing I can do.
‘Cause then my mum just disappears.
She isn’t anywhere!
But in her place, dressed in her clothes,
is a grumpy grizzly bear.

© Kristin Martin 2012

47 thoughts on “When Mum Gets Sick

  1. Hi Kristin,
    This poem reminded me of when my mom got sick and we had to help her with everything because she was lazy and got really angry really fast.

    • H Tiaana,

      I’m glad my poem reminded you of something from your life. But, on behalf of your mum, can I point out that it is not lazy to stop doing things when you are sick! You are supposed to rest so your body can get well. (I’m sure your mum will agree with me. 🙂 )


  2. Hi Kristin
    That’s a great poem, And also I don’t really like it that much when my mum gets sick and of course most mums don’t want to be sick! But anyways nice poem

    • Hi Omesh,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you like the poem. I wrote it about myself, but from the point of view of my son. I think when I get sick I seem to change from a nice, patient person into a grumpy one!


  3. Hello Kristin,
    When my mum is sick, I try my best to help her. She usually appreciates it. When I’m sick, she tries her best to make me better too.

  4. Hi Kristen
    I think that poem relates to my mum when she’s sick. I chose this poem because the title sounded really interesting. Where did you get the idea of the poem and how long did it take to write the poem?

  5. Hi Kristin
    I agree that is how my mum is when she is sick. She doesn’t want to talk to anyone and she is grumpy. Did you write this poem about your own mother, or how you are when you are sick yourself?

  6. Hello there Kristin,
    Ha ha! So funny! This poem relates a lot to my mum. relates the most when she is sick, some of the time she’s grumpy but mostly kind, sweet,adorable and still my amazing lovable mum!!!

  7. My ma is sick these day. But she help with my Childrens university work which is should give by 14th Oct. I have never seen my mam is taking a rest unless in the night. My great mam. Love you so much. Lovely poem.

  8. The last bit is very funny! I like the rhymes a lot. Have you written any novels?
    This poem is sad because it mentions that your mom is sick.


  9. My mum always when she is sick just sits in bed and she gets all of her children’s love, breakfast in bed and well… rest I suppose. she is a very lucky mum when she is sick which is not very often.

  10. Love the poems and would like to buy a book containing them. Has one ever been published and where could we purchase?

    • Hi Barry,
      I’m glad you love my poems. None of these have been published in a book, but three of my poems are in the fantastic children’s poetry anthology, Tadpoles in the Torrens, edited by Jude Aquilina, which has just been published by Wakefield Press.

  11. Hi Kristin,
    the poems are great. I finally made the time to read them with Rose, who also loves them. Well done! I certainly relate to this one…but the bear also appears when mum doesn’t get enough sleep – which is most of the time!

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