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The Play's the Thing
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

Forgive me, Lord,
for all the tasks
that went undone today.
But this morning when my child
toddled in and asked, “Mommy play?”
I simply had to say yes.
And between the puzzles and trucks
and blocks and dolls and old hats and
books and giggles,
we shared a thousand special thoughts,
a hundred hopes and dreams and hugs.
And tonight, when prayer time came
and he folded his hands and softly whispered,
“Thank you, God, for Mommy and Daddy and
toys and french fries, but ‘specially
for Mommy playing,”
I knew it was a day well wasted.
And I knew You’d understand.

From A New Mother's Prayers (Pocket Books, 1989 and 1996, and Loyola Press, 2004).
This poem also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul (HCI, 1997).
Used here with the author's permission.

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of five books of poetry, a nonfiction book about games, and a novel, Hayley and the Hot Flashes. Jayne created in 2009 to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry. A former copywriter, magazine editor, newspaper columnist, and freelance journalist, her work has appeared in hundreds of publications. When not writing or reading, Jayne enjoys music, old movies, gardening, hiking, and good conversation. A native Floridian, she has lived in Greenville, South Carolina, for almost 30 years. Learn more about her at




Post New Comment:
Simply wonderful! I'm going to send it to my daughter who is in this time of her life.
Posted 05/04/2011 02:16 PM
nadia ibrashi:
A poem that matters to me and all mothers.
Posted 05/04/2011 11:35 AM
Joe Sottile:
A wonderful poem with Mother's Day around the corner...I love the line: "Mommy play?" It reminds me again of "I do! I do!" and "Do again, Daddy! Do again!" Thank you, Jayne.
Posted 05/04/2011 11:21 AM
Great memories of play time with my mom, grandmothers and many wonderful aunts. They taught me the importance of giving an intangible gift that lasts forever!!! Great job Jane!!
Posted 05/04/2011 10:23 AM
I love it!! Thanks for sharing it with us mothers and grandmothers out here!
Posted 05/04/2011 08:26 AM
Ah,yes, "Mommy play?" Who could resist? Crafty moves there, including the Hamlet line. Bravo, Jayne!
Posted 05/04/2011 08:14 AM
Great poem, Jayne! My favorite part is "a day well wasted."
Posted 05/04/2011 07:57 AM

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