Terror Alert

Ryan Quinn Flanagan

hunter sausage and onions
Photo Credit: Amanda/pinprick

The sausages are in the pan,
then the onions
and mushrooms.

There is plenty of steam
and the smoke detector in the hall
goes off.

It is very loud,
the neighbours must
be wondering:

Could al-Qaeda be in my kitchen?

Rearranging the cutlery?

Radicalizing the dish soap?

Converting all the cutting boards to Islam?

I have very imaginative neighbours,
they watch the nightly news
and believe all kinds
of horrors.

Me, I’m more pragmatic.

Like the sausages
and the onions
and the mushrooms
in the pan.

Standing on a chair
I wave a green dish towel
under the smoke detector
until the threat of terror
is gone.

pencilRyan Quinn Flanagan presently resides in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada under 12 feet of snow. He is looking quite forward to the spring thaw or getting away to warmer weather. Florida is his friend. The snow plow is not. Email: cyanogen_rqf[at]hotmail.com

The Bottom Line

Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Cute Houses
Photo Credit: Cimexus

When the average age
of a town
is 56
the ambulance in the driveway
means a new home
will soon be up for sale.

And anticipation will mount
as concerned neighbours
gather in the street

to inquire as to whether the beautiful old lady
a few doors down,
god rest her soul,

had two bedrooms
or three.

Ryan has recently been published in Quills, Toasted Cheese, The New York Quarterly, and The Antigonish Review. He also has pieces appearing in the anthology Lake Effect and has a full length poetry book in print entitled Pigeon Theatre. Email: cyanogen_rqf[at]hotmail.com

Halloween, 1996

Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Some girl at the Halloween party
asked me if I had come
as an unemployed bum,
and I commended her on her costume
and the bravery it took
to come as someone who couldn’t
have kids.

She broke down in tears
and everyone thought me
a bad guy,

but I was a bad guy
so it was just as well.

The rest of the costumes
were pretty predicable:

Four witches
three vampires
two sexy nurses
and a six-pack turned to five
when one fell ill
and couldn’t make it.

“I have recently been published in Quills, Vallum, The New York Quarterly, and The Antigonish Review. I also have pieces appearing in the anthology Lake Effect and have a full-length poetry book in print entitled Pigeon Theatre.” E-mail: cyanogen_rqf[at]hotmail.com