On my daughter’s first sleepover with Rainbows
The house is still.
No irritating cartoon music on repeat,
no pleading for the last bag of sweets.
No scattered Disney costumes to pick up,
no-one drinking the juice in her cup.
No roll of the die or counting to ten,
no toys being played with, or scratching of pens.
I sit on the sofa with my cup of tea,
as the clock on the mantle ticks patiently.
Elizabeth Shaw is a development manager for a heritage organisation. Born in Yorkshire, she now lives in Cannock, Staffordshire with her husband and daughter. Elizabeth loves writing, nature and archaeology. Follow her on Instagram @shawpoetry.