She said, "Come, here, baby."

And I reached for her.

She said, "Open wide!"

And I ate.

She sang, "Rock a bye ..."

And I slept for her.

She said, "See? All better."

And my crying stopped.

***

She said, "Finish eating."

And I scowled at her.

She said, "Clean your room."

And I fumed.

She said, "Put it back."

And I whined at her.

She said, "You're going!"

I screamed, "No, I'm not!"

***

She said, "I'll be waiting."