By the time you are through saying
‘Grab the fire extinguisher!’ you have pretty
much extinguished your chances of extinguishing the fire.
Who can count the number of neatly stored
birth certificates, family heirlooms, and beloved cats
that might have been saved over the years,
Had someone named the fire extinguisher a ‘clorp’ or a ‘dorb’,
or any number of under-utilized monosyllabic grunts.
Things could have been quite different.