This poem is from the May 1, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Dreamwidth user jjhunter. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.
Sometimes care is spelled N-O.
No, you can't run with scissors.
No, you can't eat cake for breakfast.
No, you're not ready to do without a babysitter.
No, you're not ready to drive.
No, you can't date someone the family hasn't even met.
No, you can't quit school without a diploma.
Sometimes the line between hero and villain
is blurred by a river of tears.