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Time Out for Mom: Poems and Quotes that Seize my Soul

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Time Out for Mom

Make breakfast, let out the dog, find the other matching shoe. Make sack lunches, let the dog in, remake sack lunches because you made the wrong kind of sandwich and put in cucumbers instead of peppers, even though cucumbers have been the favorite vegetable for months now. All the while, you are trying to motivate Littles that would rather be sleeping <hey, wouldn’t you rather be sleeping right now too?!>, and managing melt downs and disagreements, some times with more grace than others. And somehow you’re supposed to squeeze in breakfast for yourself too, right? Ha ha, very funny.

It is so easy to forget or ignore our own needs. But some times mom needs a time out too! Even just taking a few minutes of our day to enjoy something we love can be so rejuvenating. I mentioned in my post A Few of my Favorite Things: My Petite Joys that I love a good poem. Actually, I love reading in general. Non-fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, you name it. But a good poem…a poem can take only seconds to read, but can refresh your soul in that same amount of time. So I’m taking a time out for myself today to share with you some of my favorite poems and quotes that for varying reasons, seize my soul.

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Poems and Quotes that Seize my Soul

Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts.


93 Percent Stardust

We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains, 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.

-Nikita Gill

Childe Harold, Canto III

Are not the mountains, waves, and skies as much a part of me and of my soul, as I of them?

-Lord Byron

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound’s the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.

-Robert Frost

Canto IV

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more, from these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

-Lord Byron

Further Reading

In a previous post I shared A Few of my Favorite Things: My Petite Joys; many of these make great Time Outs for Mom! In another post, I share A Sincere Evaluation of how I Spend my Time; am I taking time to care for myself?


Questions of the Day:

  1. Do one of these poems speak to you? What does it say?
  2. I’m always looking for recommendations. What’s your favorite poem or quote?
  3. How will you take a time out for yourself today?

14 thoughts on “Time Out for Mom: Poems and Quotes that Seize my Soul

  1. Yes me time is so important and being a mom certainly is about putting everyone else’s needs before you. Lovely poems! Such a good way to relax for a little bit.

  2. In our busy lives is so important to find time for ourselves, even if is so difficult! Love the one by Lord Byron!

  3. I really need a brain break from all the stuff I have to do. This collection of quotes was wonderful. Now I feel a bit more relaxed and ready to tackle the rest of my day 😊

  4. I always forget that I love poetry. I love the poem 93% Stardust. It says that we are all special and can shine brightly. What a great collection of poems. I took some time for myself today when I took a nap. Haha. Dishes can wait. Mommy is tired.

  5. I remember memorizing the Robert Frost poem in jr high! I’m huge on self-care! I don’t feel like I can be my best or give my best if I don’t take care of myself. There’s a quote I love that says taking care of myself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too. Very important to learn to tend to our needs so we can be our best and our family can benefit from that 💖

  6. Thank you so much for sharing these! I love the Robert Frost one in particular. I start each morning with a run by myself before anyone else is up. It’s my peace and quiet. 🙂

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