No Playground Days

No road mapped belly,

No first little kick,

No labour pain,

No tears of joy,

No sleepless nights,

No late night cuddles,

No temper tantrums,

No surprise kisses,

No messy rooms,

No tiny cuddly toys,

No talking back,

No belly laughs,

No hospital visits,

No playground days,

No constant worry,

No endless joy.


Evelyn over at Filling a Hole is hosting the Buddha Rocks Project this week. Each day I am using a different photo as inspiration for my posts chosen from the vast library taken by Eric Alder located at Bubba’s Place Deviant Art Gallery – Buddha Rocks.


About Billie Jo Schinnerer

Born and raised on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment in eastern New York. Formerly a teacher. Moved to the North West area of England in 2003. Now a mother of three who doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up.
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16 Responses to No Playground Days

  1. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes says:

    Oh my goodness. Powerful. I also love the photo.

  2. Evelyn says:

    This leaves you feeling really numb inside.
    Great writing…

  3. Gosh, so sad… 😦 And a great picture.. Well done, Billie Jo.

  4. Eric says:

    Such sadness. But it just shows that everybody gets something different from a photo.

    • I think the photo just triggered some thoughts I had been having about people I know. They are sort of debating having children at the moment. He is focusing on the positive and she is looking at the negative. Then I have another set of friends that are desperate to conceive and can’t. I have two little ones myself and was thinking of what it would be like to have gone down a different path.

  5. Janece says:

    Hauntingly beautiful.I’m sure many women who are either barren or who have lost a little child would relate to this…too much, maybe. You’ve captured that pain exquisitely.

    • Thank you. I was sort of in that frame of consciousness when I wrote it. A new life is so full of promises both good and bad and for some to be without those promises would cause such pain.

  6. Jody Moller says:

    It’s funny how different people take different meaning from the same words. I took this as what life would be like if walking a different path. I loved it Billie Jo – as always.

  7. So haunting…you got me thinking all kinds of things.

  8. Gosh. This is incredibly moving. I adore your interpretation.

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