Exhaustion – A Poem by Sheri Stewart



us all-


when we

least expect it

or want it…

you know the bone weary feeling-

you don’t want to move

eat, shower or talk….

but you pick yourself up

because life calls you.

inside you though,

you hear the hum

of stillness

you feel your heart beating

your blood flowing

your lungs breathing

you close your eyes

for just a moment

soaking in the peace

knowing this comes

from acceptance

of the routine of life

the demands of parenting

the long hours of work



there is

a shift

in the ability to manage it all…


when the baby cries

you smile

count to ten

and hum a lullaby

while gently rocking

back and forth

along with the

movement of each breath…

when work takes longer

and you arrive home

needing to cook dinner

for hungry mouths

you stroll in smiling

kiss the top of everyone’s head

pop in a favorite family movie

announce “it’s pizza night”

and are surrounded by shouts of

glee and hugs of adoration

as your feel your heartbeat

expanding the love

you feel for this blessing…

you peel off your clothes

wash your hands and face

you grin into the mirror at your reflection

and as you slip into your comfy clothes

you curl up your toes

letting the stress of the day go

when from around the corner

your handsome husband bounces in the door

wraps you in a warm embrace

kisses you softly and whispers,

“honey, you are genius-

pizza and a movie on a Wednesday…”

you giggle

knowing he gets you

he understands

sometimes you are just overwhelmed with life

and that’s perfectly ok with him

your blood races

and you feel flushed

with the gift of grace…

exhaustion now lies upon your lap for a nap

as you hunker down

laughing and nourishing with your family

and as they one at a time

nod off to sleep

you too close your eyes

and silently pray

“thank you God for all my blessings

forgive me for not cooking tonight

or throwing in the laundry

or checking homework

tonight i place our lives

within the palm of your hand


each day





Sheri Stewart is a Florida-based acrylic artist and writer. Her journey of faith and growth, writ upon canvas and journal. Sheri is married with five children and her two golden doodles Finn and Reed are often by her side.


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