Vanished Without a Trace

Three poems
by Ryan Quinn Flanagan
Windows Are Transparent, Governments Are Not
The paper shredder’s truck
pulls out of city hall.
Third time this week.
It is election time.
Both men look exhausted.
The driver
signalling right
before he makes
a left.
Slumped over the wheel
like a large and slumbering
War Bride
There is this woman
who sits in the window
of a house
a few streets away
from sunup to sundown
never seeming to
They say she lost her husband
in the war
(not sure which one)
and is waiting for him
to come home.
She has a nurse for homecare
and the grocery store delivers
so she never has to go out
for anything.
In the evenings
some of the neighbourhood kids
knock on her door every so often
just to keep the old bird honest,
I guess.
Crouched in the bushes
with muted laughter
as she opens the door
expecting her
7 Billion Flat Tires and Only the Ego Inflated
The world is imperfect
because people are
and people are
the world:
people who buy
when they should sell
when they should
people who lie
and cheat
and steal,
unable to sleep
even when they are
Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his other half and mounds of snow. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, Horror Sleaze Trash, and Your One Phone Call .
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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott serves as an editor for The Peregrine Muse, Happy Hour Hallelujah, and Novelmasters.

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