Not Even the Toilet is Safe—and I don’t mean from Covid-19

by Kim Malinowski

With a modern plague in the air, I excessively clean.

I wipe the doorknobs, the floor, my earlobes, elbows, toilets.

I am not catching Covid 19—because of my butt!

(I don’t even know if it’s scientifically possible—but, I’m not explaining that).

It is not my gluteus maximus that benefits—no, it is my cat Max.

Pristine toilets give Max the perfect chance to put his duck-butt

up high in the air and deep dive into the toilet bowl.

He comes up chin dripping, gleeful—I hope he drinks heartily!

Soggy bum. He’s proud—like we should clap his ingenuity.

I’m eagerly waiting to post a shameful photo on Facebook.

I plan to go viral.

Kim Malinowski earned her B.A. from West Virginia University and her M.F.A. from American University. She studies with The Writers Studio. Her chapbook Death: A Love Story was published by Flutter Press. Her work was featured in Faerie Magazine and appeared in CalliopeWar, Literature, and the ArtsMookychickBluepepper, and others. Stella Bellow is an illustrator currently attending Parsons School of Design in New York City. 

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