I Want To Play
By Jessica Simon
I want to play pirates with this stick and this rock and I want you to make this sock parrot talk.
I want you to lift me up on to this branch so I can climb up where the squirrels like to dance.
I want to jump in puddles and play in the rain I promise once I’m wet I won’t whine and complain.
I want you to fly me up high on your feet and catch me when I jump off this chair, flying leap.
I want to play dress up and wear this big crown and have you dress up like a princess in a gown.
I want you to run with me down to the creek and help me catch frogs in a bucket that leaks.
I want to paint pictures with circles and dots and have you hang them up in very special spots.
I want you to laugh when I tickle your toes and make a honk sound when I grab at your nose.
I want to skip with my cape on my back and have you take videos that I can play back.
I want you to cuddle and say, "have no fear!" when I say there are monsters I swear I can hear.
I want you to take me out for a swim and stand me up on your shoulders so I can dive in.
I want to read a book on my favorite chair and read it so much we tape pages when they tear.
I want you to play with me now more than ever because these times go so fast, I’m not young forever.