witching hour

let go of the task
and relinquish your aim
leave message and room
unsent and untamed
pass over prep
and ignore chime and bell
quiet your will
and your work
and be still
the hour is here
of witching and test
the minutes have come
to unhinge and unrest
best to give in
to toddler and kid
lie on the floor
and flop like a squid
put secrets in pockets
of lions and queens
lift high on your legs
like an airplane might be
whisper of guts
in a sloped blanket fort
and help them to lose
and to win like a sport
the last of your list
will keep until morn
choose ease for the eve
to refuel and restore.

(and if the must dos
cannot be delayed
be patient and bribe
for sanity’s sake)


Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. – Chuck Swindoll

And a few verses…

  • Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. – Psalm 127:1, NIV
  • I will walk in my house with blameless heart. – Psalm 101:2
  • I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. – 2 Cor 12:15
  • Always be humble and gentle, be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. – Eph. 4:2

image: The Belly’s Ocean by Matt Rota

3 thoughts on “witching hour

  1. Love Emily! We all need to embrace the witching hour.

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  2. In our house we try to choose butterflies. Let me explain. About 12 years ago when my son was 3, I was frantically trying to get the house straightened up before my husband was due home from work. Laundry was the task, but Nicholas wanted to go outside and test his new butterfly net. Trying to be a “good” mom, I knelt down to his level and explained we needed to fold the clothes first for Daddy. He took my face in his pudgy little hands and earnestly said, “Mommy, what’s more important? Laundry? Or butterflies?” Aha! And a child shall lead them.
    Funny thing…I’m learning even moms of teenagers need to choose butterflies every now and again. Thanks for sharing your beautiful words, Emily 🙂

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