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How To Turn The Tap On
by Joanna M. Weston

stretch your fingers to full length
curl and flex their tensile strength

slide each digit round the points
be careful not to crack your joints

let fingertips find their place
nestling in with perfect grace

start to twist against the thread
that holds the water to its head

turn now until it’s rightly firm
(it is a knack one has to learn)

not too fast and not too slow
to get that desired shower flow

let your body slightly lean away
so you’re not chilled by icy spray

or broiled by fierce heat so great
scalded skin will be your fate

when the temperature is right
turn the faucet hard and tight

then let go, head back, soap and sing
for you are now the shower’s king