Papered Revolutions

there was always a right way

to put the toilet paper

on the holder

hanging down over the top

not under, out of reach

flat against the wall


in younger days

she expounded on this rule

taught children


once, twice

a dozen times


in time she mellowed

abandoned lectures


silently rehung

wayward rolls as needed

consternation flushed

automatically as tissue squares


then came the months

of paper carrying

her toilet roll

everpresent companion

wiping mouth and eyes

and parts no longer private


they joked, inside

whether they would

remember to forget

to carry rolls around

from eating to bedside

and toilet bound


she did indeed


in toilet paper toting



obsessive roll-reversal


(artist: unknown)

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