Pinterest by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

We are laying on top of the covers
on a Sunday afternoon
picking through shells for a piece
she wants to build.

Remember this one?,
I ask.

She doesn’t
and goes on sorting.

Why do you always pick the same
little black and white ones,
don’t you know this black is oil?

I grab a large half conch
and hold it to my ear:

YOUR CALL IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US,
PLEASE REMAIN ON THE LINE FOR OUR NEXT
AVAILABLE OFFICER.

She raps me lightly
on the back of my leg
and smiles.

I think we have enough,
she says.

Then we put all the rest
back into plastic sandwich bags
and wipe the sand off
the bed.

 

© 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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