Why must I take a bath today?
I just went swimming yesterday!
Besides I promised my friend Wade,
that at this time we’d go out and play.
I’ll take a bath though it’s not fair,
but don’t expect me to wash my hair,
That’s why I took extra special care
To have it cut so short it’s hardly there!
I beseech you then oh, mother dear,
to use the stuff that says no tears.
You know blindness is one of my greatest fears
and please don’t scrub behind my ears!
Don’t think because I have my toys
and occasionally there is a splashing noise,
that bath time is something to be enjoyed
by army men and their little boys.
I’m only doing what must be done
for every soldier and each tiny gun
to clean them up one by one
so they’ll be ready when the big one comes.
I guess I could stay a little while
here in the warm waters of the deep dark Nile
to wage war on my rubber crocodile.
Just tell Wade I’ll call him after while.
Copyright © Shelly Berkeley | Year Posted 2007
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