This poem is called Peacekeeper – it’s inspired by a quote by Rainer Maria Rilke, which urges couples to be the guardians of each other’s solitude.

‘The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries… a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude…’

I never really got this until I had kids, but now it feels really on point. When I’ve had 2 kids all over me all day, the most loving thing my husband can do when he comes in is to give me time to myself. Know what I mean?

I’m sharing this poem on my wedding anniversary as a thank you to my lovely husband for all the times he’s given me the space to find some sanity after a day of making like a climbing frame.


6 thoughts

  1. There was so much I enjoyed about your poem. For starters I love clever rhyming but also your words certainly resonated with me. It’s not often we talk about the effects of parenting on our marriages/life partner relationships and I think you discussed it brilliantly in this poem. Space – so important #prose4thought

  2. Brilliantly done and fabulously read. I love the rhyming and the pace – and the words are so very true. It is hard for Ross and I as we work at home together and, to some extent, get on each others nerves a bit! Space is so important. We are grateful that Grace is such an easy child! I especially loved the last minute. Thanks for linking to Prose for Thought x
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