A Most Moist Corner by Paul Tanner

It’s a rainy day.
A customer slips and falls.
All the customers gather:
YOU SHOULD PUT UP A WET FLOOR SIGN! they cry.

The floor is dry, I say. It’s your shoes that are wet:
you slipped on your own shoes, wet with the rain
you chose to go out in.

BUT IT’S THE LAW FOR A SHOP TO PUT OUT
WET FLOOR SIGNS WHEN IT RAINS!
the customers say.

Do they want me to put signs on their heads
so they know when they’re wet?

Or how about outside
when it rains?

How about in your homes
so you know how to dress?

This is why
we have a nanny state
that is funded by
big business.

This is why
both ends
of the political candle
are burning towards
us:

YOU PEOPLE DON’T EVEN KNOW WHEN YOU ARE WET

and soon we’ll all burn.

Paul Tanner
This poem is from this forthcoming book!

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