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I Will Not Break

I Will Not Break

I will not break
I will not flake 
I won’t bake
My baby
Like a cake

Nor outdoor grill
Or microwave
I won’t cook 
My baby
Like a steak

I will not drink
I will not think
Of drowning 
My baby
In the sink

Nor swimming pools,
Tubs, or lakes
I won’t suffocate
Him, or
Throw him away

I will not shake
I will not smother
My crying 
Baby, or 
Make him suffer

I’ll protect my baby
And keep him safe
Because I’m his 
I will not break

Susan Burch
*Written for my sister when she was pregnant

Copyright © Black Eyed Susan

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  1. Date: 5/23/2012 7:23:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Susan. Outstanding. Great job. Nice going. hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 5/23/2012 4:04:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Great one dedicated to your pregnant sister...Sara

  1. Date: 5/23/2012 6:35:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in P.D.'s "SHHHH" contest Susan. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/23/2012 2:52:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in the "shhh" contest

  1. Date: 5/22/2012 9:18:00 PM
    Hi Susan, oi! Once again back here... I think i got the whole break thing memorized already... he he he!. Congratulations,, for your awesome entry in my shh!! and poem of the week contest...thank you for supporting my contest. Have yourself a wonderful and enyable day, :-) PD

  1. Date: 5/22/2012 8:29:00 PM
    congrats on your win Susan

  1. Date: 5/22/2012 2:16:00 PM
    All hail mothers!!...and their amazing patience

  1. Date: 5/22/2012 2:13:00 PM
    Susan congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 5/21/2012 6:57:00 PM
    This has more than meets the eye....It could be silly and fun....or deadly serious, and a terrific reminder of what a good mother should recite every day!! Great job!!

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  1. Date: 5/16/2012 5:09:00 PM
    Awe, Susan, i like this poem a lot... i think i read this one already~ did i not comment this poem... anyways. Your poem, should be printed in every gynecologist office..that way new mothers should never do none of the above. I hope your sister turned out to be a good mother. Good advice, this is the second time I've seen this poem & once again it gave me the chills! The thought of all the wrong mothers, breaking and not handling a baby. Adding this to my favorites, always~ The Poet Destroyer

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 12:22:00 AM
    hey, you did fantastic with this one!! you know, this might sound odd, but I thought this was written for Dr. Suess contest until I got to the end and saw you had previously done it for your sister! Heck, I bet it could pass for a Suess poem! are you going to use it for that one?

  1. Date: 5/1/2012 9:25:00 PM
    Very nice! Your showing the love! :o)

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 5:11:00 PM
    Tender touch for the wee one, hope she has her baby now and applying your wisdom! :)

  1. Date: 4/27/2012 10:04:00 PM
    All smiles..nice write!! INK-U-SCRIPT

  1. Date: 4/27/2012 2:41:00 PM
    lol, i'm sure it gave your sister a good chuckle. many congrats on your wins too, my friend

  1. Date: 4/27/2012 6:51:00 AM
    Very dark subject for light poetry, rhyming structure is quite nice, I wish you'd carried the same structure through out. Interesting poem, glad I dropped by.