The calm of the hot water
Gently brings me back to life.
The gloriously scented shampoo lather
Cleanses my tresses, renews my spirit.
Soap bar in hand, steam gathering,
The day's worries, trials, washed away.
A body cleansed, a mind relieved.
Skin flush with warmth, face glowing.
The daily opportunity to begin again:
A refreshed, restored version of myself.
The reward after the liberating run,
The reprieve at the day's end.