another smaller yellow duck

I bought a large bright yellow plastic duck

a green bottle of Badedas for bubbles

another smaller yellow duck

clockwork that kicked around the tub

& put the plug in hot tap on

wondering at the wonder

of having to be taught to use a bath

oh I’d been raised with those

a lick of soap in & out please

there being others

needing the cooling water

standing cold in the freeze

so I’d never learned to just soak

let go relax feel muscles release

& I was nervous if I could perform

hold the ritual doing something for me

lie there in the water

waiting for peace to come

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