This poem has taken me nearly ten years to write, because it is a found poem: each line is a safety warning taken from the operating instructions to an object. I collected the warnings as I came across them, then arranged them to make what might be a set of instructions for a ninja on an assassination mission. The original items are listed underneath the poem.
Keep hidden and away from children.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Keep away from eyes and ears.
Do not work near edge of bed.
Do not cover breathing hole.
Avoid giving shock.
Strike softly away from body.
Keep clear of unpropped body.
Rattle noise is normal.
©Huw Evans 2019
(Sources: pills, Bazooka gel, party poppers, lorry, hard drive, hard drive, matches, van, hard drive)