A Man Has to Work by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Going around handing out resumes.
A face full of acne and still technically a virgin.
My father telling me a man has to work even if I was still a boy.
That I was lazy and wouldn’t cut it.
Saturating the industrial park up the street with my resumes.
Many times a week.
Completely unskilled to do anything.
And I remember the women at the front desk.
Tasked with not letting anyone get by who did not have
a job order or an appointment.
The looks on their faces that wondered why
I was not in school or somewhere else.
The way they were kind enough to pretend to give my resume
a quick once over
and wait until I left to throw it away.
There is enough cruelty in the world.
This was a little less.

Ryan Quinn Flanagan
Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a happily unmarried proud father of none. His work can be found both in print and online in such joints as Your One Phone Call, Horror Sleaze Trash, and Dead Snakes. He has an affinity for dragonflies, discount tequila, and all things sarcastic.

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