In case of fire
this poem is flame-resistant.
Place the cloth it is printed on
over your smoking kitchen pan.
For best results, turn off the burner.
If larger sizes are needed, see
elsewhere in our catalog, items FL-51 to 62.
In case of spills
this poem is absorbent.
Tear one or more squares from the roll,
using additional towels as required
to disinfect countertops, after you have dried them.
If censored texts are needed, see
elsewhere in our catalog, items PC-44 to 93.
In case of capture
this poem is reversible.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o wrote a novel
on sheets of prison toilet paper.
The blank side of this page
is suitable for ink, or similar markers.
Improvise as needed,
and good luck to you.
K Roberts is a professional non-fiction writer and artist who explores themes of memory and identity in mixed media images. Recent work has been featured in Pensive: A Global Journal of Poetry and the Arts, and in Gyroscope Review.