First Steps by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

First Steps

Lost to thought and treachery
the dirty corners of neglected windows
come into their own
grow legs that become gangly and imbibed
and dance on tables
rosy Renoir cheeks of physical exertion
and I sit perched atop long winding Humpty Dumpty walls
the enlarged hearts of sympathizers hiding out
in basement apartments, dishevelled well-read
mole-humans arguing gameshow Stalinism underground,
quick of mind and temper, promising what has happened
will never happen again; and I leave the library with many books
underarm, enjoy the sun over my face like a universal facial,
these long walks so much better than the short ones
I was forced to take when I was just
starting out.


© 2018 Ryan Quinn Flanagan


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Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, Literary Yard, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.


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