Vici went swimming this morning,

outdoors at twenty below.

She likes to strip naked in winter

and run to the lake in the snow.

She goes where the ice has been parted,

walks to the edge and steps in,

wades in the lake 'til it's up to her waist

and sinks in it up to her chin.

She bathes for a couple of minutes,

swims to and fro once or twice,

and then slipping out of the water,

lies naked on top of the ice.

I've four little black and white photos

that show what I'm saying is true.

Vici, God bless you and keep you,

I only wish I was there too.

Tony Thorpe