Ryan Quinn Flanagan /Doing Headstands in the Sty of the Beholder/

Doing Headstands in the Sty of the Beholder

Naysay,
you sound like a horse
on its way to the glue factory,
no harm in such things
but I feel as though I should warn you
it does not end well
like jumping into the lion enclosure
at the zoo
painted up like a baby
zebra…

I understand the modern grant system as it is.
No one puts their coins into the payphone slot
when there is a peep show to be had.

I once wrote an obscenely long letter to a very dead George Orwell
asking him why he put the pigs in charge
of things.

Turning on the television
I understand.

 


 

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his other half and mounds of snow.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.

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