Who is the mother?

Poem, after Vivian Paley –  ‘You can’t say you can’t play’

Can I play?
      I ‘m the mother.
But, I want to play.
      I’m playing with the baby.
You can’t say I’m not allowed to play.
      Yes I can – You’re not allowed.
You can’t say I can play.
      Yes I can – you can play.
Yes – I can play.

You can play.

      But I’m the mother.

© Janet McLean, 8 August 2017
(Edited version of previous poem with the same name)

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