Simply the Best!

Simply the Best!

Why do other people’s mothers
Seem much nicer than my own?
They wear subtle pastel colours,
Mute their voices on the phone,
Serve nutritious home-cooked dinners,
Never stand out from the rest,
Wouldn’t dare to be successful,
Ask their offspring to be best

Why do other people’s children
Seem more normal than my own?
Never fussy over diets,
Want to please us when at home,
Do not argue, love their siblings,
Finish homework, read in bed,
Pay attention to their teachers,
Take account of what is said

Then one day someone felt poorly,
And I started to feel sad
That I had dismissed their value,
Thought uniqueness was all bad,
Whether parent, child or brother,
I would like to shout out loud
You are all amazing people,
And you make me very proud.

About the author

Claire Baldry
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Claire is a retired Headteacher who lives on the East Sussex coast. Claire is an established speaker, performance poet and writer. She has a strong following on You Tube and has been listed in the top 100 Poetry Rivals National Competition. Her poem 'Epiphany' was also published on the Guardian Witness website. Claire has published five booklets of poetry which have sold hundreds of copies. 'Simply Bexhill' was published in early June 2014, and 'Simply Christmas' in November 2014. Her third publication is a series of narrative poems entitled 'The De La Warr Date'. She more recently published 'Seaside and Sailaway', which includes a section of poems about holidays on cruise ships, and Simply Modern Life. Claire has published two full-length novels, the first called 'Different Genes'. and more recently 'My Daughter's Wedding'. Both are romantic stories about love in later life, combined with a gripping mystery. The books can be purchased through bookshops, Amazon or borrowed from any local library. Links can be found at ww.w.clairebaldry.co.uk .Claire and her husband were awarded the SE Diabetes UK Inspire Award in 2017 for innovative ways of fundraising.

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