When we are young,
we play for the sake of it.
There’s no payment due or transactions made.
And what is the process, but the nurturing of narrative?
Needing nothing but a stick and a setting.
Everyone knows the conflict, and we all know our roles.
We writers still play, until we’re called for supper.
Photo of Children playing by Walter Rosenbaum, from the New York Public Library Public Domain Collection