Poem for a Woman with Arms Long as Cable Cars by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Poem for a Woman with Arms Long as Cable Cars

He was being cagey about the details,
so I wasn’t sure you existed.
Each time he went to the window
I figured he was just describing women
he had seen.
His large dog with its face in my lap
as though it knew we both had
no shame.

And later,
hearing his snore from
the next room.

His dog incessantly
scratching at the door
wanting out.

The way his couch springs squeaked
each time I rolled over with
restless sleep.


© 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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