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

corrected

once, twice

a dozen times

 

in time she mellowed

abandoned lectures

explications

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

desist

in toilet paper toting

simultaneously

dumping

obsessive roll-reversal

 

(artist: unknown)

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