Rest in my arms and be safe: a poem of new motherhood

by | Jul 31, 2022 | motherfood, poetry | 0 comments

Greetings my newborn,

My heart says hello.

You’ve come such a long way

To lie in my arms.

We’ve got such a long way

Together, to go.

So rest in my arms

and take strength.


So many thoughts now

Pass through my mind.

The world is so hard

And I’m frightened for you.

But now I feel trust,

And trust is our bond.

So rest in my arms

And be safe.


This brief time together

Quickens our hearts

So that we can travel

Our long road ahead.

You drink from my breasts,

I drink from your eyes.

We rest in Life’s arms,

And take strength.


by Hilary Jacobson – 2000

“Rest in my Arms” was originally written as lyrics for a song that mothers sing to their newborns.