The metal bucket full of water.
Taking a bath, the three of us.
We fit together in the tub, having
a good time playing.
Mother comes and sits with us.
She hands out the soap
we wash our faces, our ears, our hair.
She helps us with our body and arms.
One at the time, while the others
are carefully watching.
The basin on the patio at the back
of our house. So we can splatter
at our hearts' content.
We sprinkle and play and the world is fun.
Our weekly bath. The three kids together
in the nude. A happy memory, one
in a million.