First you need a stick for stirring,
sturdy but not over-thick.
Test by listening to how
it sounds when fencing with a rock
or spinning in the air: faWoosh!
Next a brother who will help
turn on the hose in the right place.
Strong and smart best friend, somehow
he never seems to be the one
who gets in trouble. spaLoosh!
The stick will break, so use your feet
to mix the mud just right--
until it gloops onto your shirt
when you squeeze your fingers tight.
Test it against the wall: kerSplot!
If it sticks it's perfect but
keep testing to make extra sure.
When you're ready form it up
into a dozen flattened balls.
Knead them with the stick. blaWhop!
This poem was inspired by a prompt from the Lantern Review blog.