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No Time to Play

Dianna (Ars. Joe) Neal

My precious boy with the golden hairCame up one day beside my chairAnd fell upon his bended kneeAnd said, "Oh, Mommy, please play with me!"

I said, "Not now, go on and play;I've got so much to do today."He smiled through tears in eyes so blueWhen I said, "We'll play when I get through."

But the chores lasted all through the dayAnd I never did find time to play.When supper was over and dishes done,I was much too tired for my little son.

I tucked him in and kissed his cheekAnd watched my angel fall asleep.As I tossed and turned upon my bed,Those words kept ringing in my head,

"Not now, son, go on and play,I've got so much to do today."I fell asleep and in a minute's span,My little boy is a full-grown man.

No toys are there to clutter the floor;No dirty fingerprints on the door;No snacks to fix; no tears to dry;The rooms just echo my lonely sigh.

And now I've got the time to play;But my precious boy is gone away.I awoke myself with a pitiful screamAnd realized it was just a dream

For across the room in his little bed,Lay my curly-haired boy, the sleepy-head.My work will wait &ls;til another dayFor now I must find some time to play.