the cold water splashes down my head and hair, awakening and soothing my tense nerves. i blink away the droplets that cling to my lashes and tilt my head back for water on my face. it pounds on my shoulders, too, leaving them more than clean. i step under the water for on last rinse, it washes away the last of the dregs and woes. i step out and touch my wrinkled finger tips to my lips and smile, as i dry the droplets, get into warm clothes and climb into bed as my imagination fills my slumber.