Come in, the water's lovely!
was what they said
and in I went
up to my knees at first
oh! how the water sparkled in the sun
and we played and splashed
and someone playfully dunked me
happy and free I slowly stroked
through shoals of gently darting fish
past the shadowed pike in the reeds
and the calling coots and other ducks
- the stately glide-along swan looked on
from under the shade of the twittering trees
below the gently sloping farms
- a piece of heaven in a lake!
when out of the blue the horse fly bit me
that sudden sharp and painful burn
I squashed her with a slap of my palm
- baptism of fire!
When I dried myself off
with the big fluffy towel
the invisible mosquito drilled my cheek
below my eye
and a second tickled my nape
and stung -
again by the female
my blood was raped!
- the male takes
only sweet nectar.