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Rock-a-Roo Chair

I was going through some old memories I have typed and found this poem. It is long but captures that time in 1990 when I was engaged in full days of grandchild day-care and loving it. Reading the poem again brought back to me the reality of that Rock-a-roo chair and the Rock-a-roo song and the feeling of that little boy in my arms. That little boy is now 25.


Rock-A-Roo Chair


rocking with a baby

is one of the moments

where cuddle and

special take over

and pressure and must do

melt away


cherish the feel

of a tiny one

wrapped tight in blankets

rocking back and forth

forth and back


start to breathe

differently in a rocking

chair – breaths

synchronize with

sounds of wooden runners

skimming the floor


sometimes feet make

a pattern sound

heel – toe; heel toe heel toe

heel – toe; heel toe heel toe

baby quiets

adult too


sometimes songs gather

themselves in the rocker

Rockin in the rockin chair

You and me

Looking out the window

What do you see

Sometimes you see a car

Sometimes you see a car

And sometimes the car is green

and sometimes the car is red

and sometimes the car is blue

and sometimes the car is yellow

Rockin in the rockin chair

You and me…..


two and three-year-olds

will fight sleep for nearly

twenty-seven minutes

wanting to pick the

next thing you see out the window

or the next color

the list is endless

the moon, leaves,

animals, sun

real or pretend

there can always be

another verse


sooner or later

and later or sooner

even three-year-olds

get eyelids that

flicker closed

and heads that burrow

into softness and



adult heads rest too

on the high backed rocker

adult eyes slide shut

sinking in the luxury

of rockin’ rhythm

and toddler scrumptious


rocking with a baby

is the moment

where cuddle

and special

are most


© Copyright 1990 by Ann Freeman Price

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