If I simply say ‘you’re the best mum I’ve ever had‘,
you’ll know I’m in touch with previous lives.
But you’ll deserve it – because you brought us up
to think and duel with words, and look beyond
to the next time when I shouldn’t be late, or break
House Rules, lest you and I would give and take
for hours and hours – so I would learn and yearn
to be my own person – as is your way.