Doc the Dentist & Kate the Big Nosed Whore by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

 

Galloping consumption
boils that attack the skin
and Doc the dentist leaves a failing practice
in Dallas
to head out west and shack up
with Kate the big nosed whore,
not that her nose was obscenely large,
but rather that she couldn’t keep it out
of everyone else’s business
and a dead man walking will be
less careful with the guns,
gamble in frontier towns
coughing up blood and cleaning out the miners
because he is quick of draw
but a horrible shot
and when he finds himself in the clink
it’s big nosed Kate to the rescue
and later providing numbers
at a very famous turkey shoot
before being buried in the wrong spot
at the base of a mountain
which is probably now someone’s
backyard.

© 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 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, BlogNostics, In Between Hangovers, The Rye Whiskey Review and The Oklahoma Review.

 

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