Shore Leave by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Volunteers
turned the whales over one by one
and poured water over the spouts
and put towels over their giant heads
to lessen the trauma
and the expert from the university
could not explain
what had happened
and the news cameras kept rolling
for three days
until the last of them were
finished
then a crane was brought in
to clear the beach
for the summer beach towel
crowd.

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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