24 Hours

In 24 hours I’ve been reminded
how much energy it takes to have joy,
and how much little boys love trucks,
and so do little girls, thank you,
and I’ve found out how thrilling
it is to run around the couch
screeching like a siren because it’s your turn
to pretend to be a fire truck
but then said little boy and little girl
join in the fun, and I’ve never been
so exhilarated to lead followers.

Making little kids laugh
may require repeating
the same joke long after
it ceased being funny,
but I will do it until they lose
interest, just to hear the trill
and giggle. Promise you that.