Sucker Punch by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Sitting in a strip mall parking lot
searching for something in the glove

I watch this old guy
and this young

get into it

and I can’t hear what they are saying
even with the music turned down

but it is most animated

like the dances of male birds
during mating season

then the young guy sucker punches
the old guy who slams down against
the pavement and doesn’t move

some old lady kneeling over him

as the young fella gets back in his car
and races off into the night.

Ryan Quinn Flanagan Black & White

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a happily unmarried proud father of none. His work can be found both in print and online. He has an affinity for dragonflies, discount tequila, and all things sarcastic.


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