Wash it roughly, no grit needed,
sprinkle the powder over, cover it all,
boil up the water, fill the room with steam
stand back while the sprouts start to spring.
Hands first, arms, then shoulders,
torso covered with dark eyes,
legs sturdy but knobbly knees
and the head – ah, where is it?
Splash here, splash there
shower it all over
finally out it pops: warm, mashy grin.
See it walk, not roll or hobble.
Good! Set it to work. Clean the cauldron,
let the chores begin!