prior to firstborn’s initial pram outing,
new parents imprisoned, severe self-doubting,
avoiding other mothers, insecure our scouting.
pram retro model, from Fifties past,
wooden body large, little baby – ballast,
cracked white tyres in hard rubber cast.
perambulator heavy, classic antique,
leaf spring bounce made peculiar creak,
seriously bent axel made un-oiled squeak.
large infant ark carried downstairs,
infant strapped in by charge d’affaires,
sleep deprived this amateur parental pair.
i rock old carriage, in soothing motion –
but crying starts before exit-door opens,
journey long-delayed by wailing commotion.
rock a bye baby falls fast asleep,
down steps, carriage angle bit steep
foot-slip near causes humpty-dumpty heap.
falling motion, baby again wakes,
such loud wailing this little boy makes
pinky-plugged lips, outing almost a mistake.
down suburban path parents pram push,
wheels veer, scrape boundary wall and bush;
escapade finally abandoned- why rush?