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Fire Extinguisher

by Matthew J. Spireng


It's a non-smoking room, as

they all are, so the most likely

source of fire is the electric stove


against the wall in the corner

beyond which the fire extinguisher hangs

where someone mid-height or taller


can just reach it—or might—stretching

on tiptoes, chest, arms and face licked

by the flames from the top of the stove.