Two Young Hippies by Ryan Quinn Flanagan


The squirrels come up
and eat right out of your hand.

I watch two young hippies
pull their hands away with amazement
after each encounter.

And they are young.
The hippies I mean.

The squirrels are seasoned veterans
of the game.

They know the score.

And the soft young boy
has his hair tied back
in a man bun.

The young girl with many brown
henna designs down her arms.

A long flowing dress
like you find in the thrift

Where the winos fall asleep
in the change rooms
an have to be removed
by security.


© 2019 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 mounds of snow. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, BlogNostics, The Rye Whiskey Review, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.


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