Ryan Quinn Flanagan

GREEN EGYPT

 

The Pharisees have taken my one good eye

printed it onto monies of a foreign entity

 

atop tiny pocket pyramids of green Egypt

coiled asps shedding skin in fledging alcoves

 

sprawling ivy dropped theatre curtain heavy

over the conclusion

 

sculpted limestone architects with the hands

of their fathers, their mousy well-bred women

 

plied with flowers and sweets

drunk on the moon dream

 

trying to reconcile haughtiness and the hiccup

less than three blocks from city hall

 

a guardrail down by the water so good posture

can always have a thing for the human spine.

 


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, and The Oklahoma Review.

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