Renal Failure and All the Other Kinds by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

She is at home
on her deathbed
speaking to those no one else
can see
no longer able to eat or drink
the kidneys failed long
and there are many people milling about;
the living, wondering about the
jockeying for position
like pieces on a chessboard
as she fades in and out
on a steady diet of hydromorph
charging someone else
at interest
each day

for even the bed you
die in.

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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