Semper Fi by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

He took off his fibreglass leg to let the woman inspect it
and as soon as she had it in her hands
she took off running out of the parking lot.

The man tried to give chase, hobbling on one foot
until he lost control and did a face plant.

A group of young kids leaning up against their cars
on the far side of the lot burst out in laughter
mocking the man.

And propping himself up against the bumper
of a nearby car, the old man knew that his leg
was gone.

Catching his breath for a moment
before struggling back up to stand on
his one remaining foot.

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, Homestead Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, and Dead Snakes. He has an affinity for dragonflies, discount tequila, and all things sarcastic.

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