Just Add Water

On a hot day, a mud puddle will do, but full immersion is better.
On a hot day, a mud puddle will do, but full immersion is better.

Nosing out wetness
You slither in
To settle peaceably on bottom,
Gratefully kissing the water
Gently lapping you.

For a shimmering
Your fur dances its own life,
Swirling away the heat
In fanciful serpentines
Before you d – r – a – g
Out on toothpick legs,
Your wetsuit stopping all else
But sheer dripping.

SPRITZLE!
A great wriggle
Down your spine
Shatters the wetsuit into mist
From which you emerge,
Tail-end cavorting in joyous disharmony.

THWAMP!
All the world’s a vast Turkish towel.
You dive in with an exuberant abandon
You never show for baths.

Then, drip-dry banner on high,
Tongue lolling cock-eyed,
You strut your delight before me.

Atlanta, 1975

Although Hilary by birth was a Southern belle, she  hardly acted the part and loved snow.