There was a glass enclosure inside the glass enclosure
to keep everything in –
the glass most of all, being so breakable and dangerous
to elastic blood-flush skin;
dermis in the sciences, like calling a secretary
an administrative assistant
everything made more complicated than it had to be
so that simple understanding could not be had
and when questions arose they were added to the enclosure,
more dangerous than the glass to some,
and the second last letter of the alphabet was banned
from ever coalescing with the other twenty-five
and parents started naming their children: Agreeable
in record numbers
to give them a head start.
Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his other half and mounds of snow. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, Your One Phone Call, Horror Sleaze Trash, and The Oklahoma Review.