Saturday, July 1, 2023



A Maccaronious Statement 


That’s a maccaronious statement,

she announced.


It was the last time she ever

tried to sound cultured.


Everyone at the dinner table

kept laughing.


She got up from the table

and stormed off

even though they had done nothing

and she had done it all.


The Flying Penguin


He was the worst graduate

in the school’s history.


A bird that couldn’t fly.


There was a shortage of pilots

and the standards were lowered.


So that his fellow fighter pilots

came to christen his plane:

The Flying Penguin.


As it was seen

as no small miracle

each time he made it

off the ground.



Every time

you erupt in


a volcano

in a different


goes off.





RYAN QUINN FLANAGAN is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Our Poetry Archive, Setu, Literary Yard, and The Oklahoma Review.



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