Just Another Pearl Diver by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

The dishes
never stopped
coming

and my fingers
would wrinkle and tear
from the dishwater

being emerged
in the scum
and scrubbing for
so long

each evening

so that
when I got back
to my room
I would put gloves on
in summer
to hold everything
together

and lay in the dark
listening to the neighbours
beat each other
to a pulp.

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Ryan Quinn Flanagan presently resides in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with an acute case of cabin fever after another long Canadian winter. He dreams of warm places and warmer women.

 

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